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|Plant Height||Approximately 2 Ft
|Blooming Time||4 Months, Yearly 4 times|
|Ideal Temperature||15°C to 40°C(warm and humid climate, can withstand mild frost)|
|Common Names||White Sandpaper Vine, Petrea White, Pandhara Petrea|
|Botanical Name||Petrea volubilis|
White Petrea, also known as "Queen's Wreath" or "Sandpaper Vine" (Scientific Name: Petrea volubilis 'Alba'), is a stunning addition to any garden, balcony, or terrace. This vine is native to Central America but has found its place in many Indian homes and gardens due to its striking beauty and adaptability.
The White Petrea is a fast-growing, semi-evergreen climber known for its unique, cascading clusters of star-shaped white flowers. These beautiful blossoms create an enchanting, waterfall-like effect, and are a perfect choice for adding elegance to your space.
While it's the cascades of white flowers that steal the show, the vine's rough, sandpaper-like leaves are also noteworthy, adding a rich texture to your garden. An additional bonus, the White Petrea is a robust plant that can withstand Indian climates, making it an excellent choice for gardening enthusiasts in our country.
White Petrea thrives when its soil is kept evenly moist, but not overly wet. Overwatering can lead to root rot. It's better to water deeply and infrequently, allowing the soil to dry slightly between watering sessions.
This climber loves full to partial sunlight. It can tolerate some shade but flowering will be more abundant with more sun exposure.
White Petrea is quite resilient and can handle a range of temperatures. It's tropical by nature, so it does best in warm climates, but it can also tolerate cooler conditions. However, it may not survive frosty conditions or prolonged cold spells.
Soil and pH Preference:
This plant prefers well-draining soil and can thrive in a range of pH levels, from slightly acidic to slightly alkaline. However, it does best in neutral to slightly acidic conditions.
The White Petrea appreciates a good, balanced organic fertilizer. Use decomposed cow dung manure or vermi compost every 3-4 months to keep your plant healthy and flowering. A dose of bone meal can boost flowering.
Pruning:Regular pruning helps keep the White Petrea in good shape and encourages more blooms. Prune after the flowering season ends, cutting back the stems that have flowered. This will promote new growth and more flowering in the next season.
Whether you're an experienced gardener or a beginner, the White Petrea offers a charming combination of beauty and resilience. It's a plant that's sure to create a visual impact in your outdoor space.
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