Trees and shrubs

Anisodontea: all maintenance tips

Anisodontea is a beautiful summer flowering shrub that deserves a great place in the garden or on the terrace.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Anisodonthea
Family : malvaceae
Type : Shrub

: 1.5 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Well drained

: Persistent -Flowering : April to October

Planting anisodontea

Planting anisodontea is best done in spring, after any risk of frost.

In areas with mild winters, planting can take place in the fall.

  • Anisodontea likes sunny situations to flower well.
  • He likes light, well-drained soils.
  • Plan for more regular watering the 1st year.
  • Check out our tips for planting shrubs.

The pot culture is very well suited to this shrub. For this, use a horticultural or planting potting mix.

Anisodontea can bloom throughout the year as long as temperatures remain positive.

Growing anisodontea indoors is possible as long as you maintain a period of vegetative rest, in a cool place in the light but not frost.

Multiply the anisodonthea:

  • The multiplication of anisodontea is done by cuttings.

Size and maintenance of anisodontea

It is good to prune at the very beginning of spring in order to promote flowering.

The ideal pruning period is therefore from the end of winter until the very beginning of spring.

  • Prune severely but always keeping a few pairs of leaves at the base.
  • Cutting down the anisodontea helps to promote flowering in summer.
  • Remove dead wood.

Watering and fertilizer:

Anisodontea needs to be watered in extreme heat and / or prolonged drought.

  • Water at the base, rather in the evening, to avoid evaporation.
  • Potted anisodontea requires much more regular watering. Water as soon as the soil is dry on the surface.
  • Provide regular watering for the 1st year after planting.

Add granular flowering shrub fertilizer in the spring.

Overall, maintenance remains limited and very accessible.

Things to know about anisodontea

Anisodontea, also called Cape Mallow, is a pretty little shrub that offers generous blooms most of the year.

Native to South Africa, it particularly likes the south or on the Atlantic coast.

If the foliage is evergreen, it is possible that lasting cold will cause it to shed its leaves.
It is therefore recommended to leave this plant outside only where winter is very mild.

Among the most common and popular varieties, let us retain the anisodontea 'Capensis' and its pink flowers with a red heart, the anisodontea 'Hypomadarum' which offers magnificent pink flowers or the anisodontea 'Malvastroides' which is appreciates for its pale pink bloom.

Anisodontea is a member of the large Malvaceae family, as is thealthea, the lavatère, thealyogyne, the lime tree, thehibiscus, theabutilon, the marshmallow or the Hollyhock.

The name Anisodontea, or anisodonthea, comes from the Greek aniso which means "unequal" andodon which means "toothless".

Advice about anisodontea

In a pot, think about repot the shrub every 2 years.

Photo credit: © SerresFortier, © DerekKeats

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