Keeping Nemesia In A Pot: Can You Grow Nemesia In Planters
By: Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist
Almost any annual plant can be grown in a container providedyou select a suitable sized pot, location and the correct soil. Potted nemesiagrows beautifully just on its own or in combination with other plants that havethe same growing conditions. Charming little nemesia in planters bring ease ofcare along with their whimsical blooms. Add container grown nemesia plants toyour patio garden repertoire and enjoy their sunny character.
Can You Grow Nemesia in a Pot?
Annualplants really round out the spring and summer garden. They provide a real “pick-me-up”as you wait for perennials to come to full flower. Nemesiahas blooms that resemble tiny snapdragonsor lobeliablooms and come in many bright colors. Try using nemesia in planters,either en masse or mixed with other annuals. Keeping nemesia in a pot allowsyou to control where you use the plants and in high heat regions, makes it easyto move them at midday to a slightly cooler location.
The bold colors and diminutive appeal of nemesia makes themstandouts for the summer landscape. You can start seeds in late spring afterthe danger of frost has passed or indoors 6 weeks prior to planting out. Mostgarden centers offer these flowering plants already blooming and the price isworth it to enjoy their festive allure.
Purchasing potted nemesia lets you enjoy the flowers fromday one and they can be grown in a garden bed or container of your choice.Select a container with excellent drainage because nemesia plants like moisturebut cannot abide boggy soil.
Care of Nemesia in Containers
Nemesia are native to South Africa and enjoy sun and warm weather;however, in desert heat, they will fail when temperatures are excessive. In itsnative region, nemesia grows with other plants in grasslands and bloom justafter summer rain. They lodge in cracks and rocky spaces where some moisturecollects but drains away readily.
To grow nemesia in a pot, use good potting soil mixed with alittle sand, perlite or vermiculite to encourage draining. The soil should beslightly acidic. If using garden soil, add compost and check the pH to ensuresome acidity.
Nemesia in planters require 6 to 7 hours per day of fullsun. In warmer regions, they can perform well in partially sunny locations.Install plants even with the soil level and place mulch around the stems tokeep soil cool and conserve moisture.
Water container grown nemesia regularly when the soil feelsdry to the touch. Fertilize once per month with dilutedfish fertilizer or composttea.
As the flowers die, cut the plant back a bit and a newflush of growth will appear. If a frost threatens, cover pots or bring themindoors to avoid losing these captivating little plants.
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How to Grow Nemesia Plants
Nemesia are half hardy annual sub shrubs that reach from 20 to 60 cm in height.
They bloom from spring to summer with orange, purple, white or red tubular flowers.
The size of Nemesia makes them ideal for growing in rock gardens, borders, or as edging plants.
Late Winter and Early Spring Companions
Nemesia are at their best when days are moderate and nights are cool, although hybrid varieties, such as “Bluebird” (Nemesia caerulea), can tolerate temperatures as high as 95 degrees Fahrenheit. In areas with cool summers, nemesia look good growing underneath hydrangeas (Hydrangea), which grow best in USDA zones 3 through 11. Planted along with spring bulbs, nemesia flowers provide lacy contrasts with larger and more upright daffodils (Narcissus spp.) and tulips (Tulipa spp.) and will cover up the leaves of the bulbs after the plants finish flowering.
About the Nemesia
Delicate, cool weather annuals that produce unique, petite snapdragon-like blooms in pastel colors of soft blue, lavender, pink, silver and white to hot, tropical oranges, reds and yellows. Some varieties are sweetly scented, and have been improved to bloom longer into the summer with more heat tolerance. Best in part-shade containers and hanging baskets as a soft textured “filler/spiller”.
Grow in cool sunny to part shade areas, well-drained, evenly moist amended soil or containers. Feed with a slow release fertilizer, Osmocote® or Plant-tone®. Follow label instructions. No deadheading needed, but may need to trim back in the heat of the summer. Mulch 2″ to suppress weeds, retain moisture and protect against extremes of soil temperature.
Planting For Success
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Advice for buying nemesias
- Check the height and spread before you buy – bear in mind that trailing varieties are best for haning baskets and pots
- Choose between annual, perennial and tender perennial nemesias – do you have space to overwinter tender perennial varieties?
- Check the plants for signs of damage and pests, ensuring the leaves and flower buds look healthy
Where to buy nemesias online
Nemesia varieties to grow
Nemesias to grow from seed:
- Nemesia cheiranthus ‘Shooting Stars’ bears unusual and exotic-looking flowers which are yellow with long spurs, and scented.
- Nemesia strumosa ‘Carnival’ series. Compact dwarf habit with flowers in red, yellow, purple, orange, pink and white. Upright habit.
Nemesia hybrids to buy as plants: