Pentas Plant Spacing - Knowledgebase Question

Albuquerque, NM
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Question by kdhicks
June 7, 1998
I have a donut-shaped garden where I'd like to plant pentas. Its radius is about 5 feet and the planting ring is about 2 feet wide. How many plants should I use? Will they fill in the area so I can use fewer plants?

Also, considering the area I live in (Albuquerque, New Mexico), should I anticipate these dying every year and needing to be replaced? Or do they regrow?

Answer from NGA
June 7, 1998
If the circle is 10 feet across (5 foot radius) the "length" around the bed is about 31 feet. Pentas will cover about 3-4 feet, so it should take 8-10 plants for the bed.

I don't think you can carry a penta through the winter in your location, even with protection (now you've gotta try it, right?) so I'd count on replanting each year.

Good luck with your plants.

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