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Ellewolfe
Feb 4, 2018 10:38 AM CST
I just started dabbling with gardening and have flower beds on the front of my new house I eventually want to get cleaned up and planted. I bought a few dwarf Pentas to experiment with before I decide what I want to plant in the ground. I have 3 small Penta plants, and I'm not sure what would be best for them. Should I pot them individually in pots, or I have a 2 foot long rectangular planter box but I don't know if it deep enough for them or if they will tolerate being that close together. I can't seem to find the information I'm looking for online. I was thinking of just planting one in the larger planter box and seeing if it spreads out. Not sure what to expect with how they will grow and how much room the give them wide and deep. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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plantladylin
Feb 4, 2018 11:11 AM CST
Pentas are one of my favorites for attracting Butterflies & Hummingbirds! Does your planter box have drainage holes in the bottom? If not, you will need to drill quite a few holes to give sufficient draiange. The height looks fine for your 3 dwarf Pentas, just space them evenly apart and give them lots of sun.

The dwarf varieties of Star Flower (Pentas lanceolata) only grow to about a foot in height and width. The Graffiti is a dwarf series with colors of, reds, lavenders, pinks and white: https://garden.org/plants/sear...
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