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Pellionia repens - watermelon begonia

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Attractive tropical foliage plant with long trailing stems that look lovely displayed in hanging pots and baskets. It also makes a very effective groundcover planted in tropical shade borders where it enjoys low light and high humidity.

Fun Fact: the plant is named for Monsieur J. Alphonse Pellion , a French midshipman-draughtsman, who travelled with explorer de Freycinet on his scientific voyage to northern WA. Pellion helped to produce illustrated records of Australian flora and fauna they encountered.

Pellionia repens Watermelon - watermelon begonia, rainbow vine, Polynesian ivy

APPEARANCE : Tropical trailing or groundcover evergreen with a distinctive herringbone arrangement and veined patterning, purple-silver on deep green. Also known as Elatostema repens
USES: Indoor plant, outside on a shaded patio, shade underplanting in tropical gardens. Ideal for hanging baskets. Effective tropical groundcover as it will root along the stems.
PLANTING: Plant in indirect light, or shade, leaves may become larger if grown in full shade. Prefers rich, well-draining or a good quality potting mix.
CARE: Water regularly during the first 12 weeks, and once established during warmer months. Mist regularly if air humidity is low. Apply a very diluted liquid feed every month for vibrant healthy foliage. Remove the old leaves for a quick tidy up. Prune any long trailing stems to encourage branching and more top growth, tip pruning also helps to encourage thicker growth.
HEIGHT & WIDTH:  30cm H x 50cm W
YOUR PLANTS: These plants are tube-stock plants, healthy young plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 80mm high and 42 mm wide.
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