Free Brunfelsia Pauciflora Calycina Plants

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The Brunfelsia’s unusual common name of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Plant relates to the extraordinary development of the flowers. On the first day of opening they are purple in colour; by the second day they have faded to a paler blue; and by the third day they are an off-white colour. On the fourth day the flower deteriorates. The plant’s erect, bushy habit can easily become rather leggy and get out of control. To maintain a more compact and balanced growth, the growing tips should be pinched out regularly and the plant should be trimmed back in the spring. The variety ‘Floribunda’ is a more compact and freely flowering plant, but it is less commonly available.

Plant type : Flowering plant with erect, bushy habit
Season of interest : Spring and summer, occasionally all year round
Size : 30-60cm (12—24in)
Flower : 4-5cm (1£-2in), purple fading to pale blue then off-white, fragrant
Leaf : Oval, green, shiny 7.5-10cm (3—4in)
Temperature : 16 - 20°C (61 -68°F)
Aspect/Light : Well-lit situation, with some exposure to sun
Humidity : Moderate to high
Watering : Evenly moisten compost in spring and summer, allowing to dry out a little before re-watering; water just enough to prevent drying out in autumn and winter
Feeding : Once every three to four weeks with flowering plant fertilizer in spring and summer
Propagation : Plant 10cm (4in) tip cuttings or semi¬hardwood cuttings in seed and cutting compost at 20-21°C (68—70°F) in spring
Potting : Houseplant potting compost
Problems : Red spider mite
Availability : Occasionally available
Uses indoors : Table-top plant, close to well-lit window
Other varieties : B.p.c. ‘Floribunda' - more compact and freely flowering, B.p.c. 'Macrantha' -larger flowers, up to 5 -7.5cm (2-3in) across