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*RETAIL - Correa 'Dusky Bells'

*RETAIL - Correa 'Dusky Bells'

This old standby of the Australian fuchsias (actually in the citrus family) has been available but scarce on the West Coast for many years. Shrubs to 4 ft with small rounded leaves and nearly brick-red bell flowers, blooming profusely from mid autumn through winter and occasionally in summer, preferring soil that is not rich and summer water that is only occasional in any exposure but the deepest shade. Though most at home in coastal gardens, we find it makes an indispensable container plant – think winter flowers on the front porch -- having been damaged in our garden only twice when temperatures dipped below 20F. Frost hardy in uppermost USDA zone 8 in the ground.





Planting Recommendations

Under most conditions, planting directly into the garden is best. Keep in mind, that in our care, plants have been protected from intense sunlight and drying winds and would therefore require sheltered transition time in order to acclimate to such conditions in your garden.

All plants going into containers (rather than in the ground) should be potted immediately in well-drained potting mix and watered well to ensure the soil is fully moistened with no air pockets. Succulent plants abide by different rules (**see below).

Plants held for later planting are best stored in a cool greenhouse or a well-lit garage or basement, rather than in your house where conditions are likely too warm and dry.

Those plants needing time to acclimate can be set out in pots and provided some shade and shelter for the first week to allow for a successful transition.

**For cacti and other succulents, we recommend using a soil mix of less than 30% organic matter, preferably a 2-1 blend of cactus/succulent potting soil and pumice, perlite or lava rock. These plants are sensitive to prolonged heavy moisture, especially in cool/winter conditions. Keep this in mind when watering them for the first time. It is better to leave them dry in lower temperatures.

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