Blue Potato Bush
Also known as
Potato Flower, Aartappelbos (Afr.)
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2 years to reach maturity
Generally not harvested.
Blue Potato Bush Overview
The Blue Potato Bush, Lycianthes rantonnetii, is grown for its abundance of attractive flowers from early summer to autumn. Historically it was placed in the Solanum genus; however, recent analysis has reclassified it into the genus Lycianthes. It is a many-branched evergreen shrub that provides a good backdrop in large borders or focal specimen plants. A good plant for shaping into a standard - it responds well to pruning.
Common problems with Blue Potato Bush
Susceptible to aphids, red spider mite, encourage beneficial insects like ladybirds to help control pests.
How to propagate Blue Potato Bush
Root semi-ripe cuttings with gentle bottom heat from summer to early autumn.
Seed can be sown in spring once temperatures have warmed up.
Special features of Blue Potato Bush
Can withstand extended dry periods.
Attracts useful insects
Can be grown in large containers, keep soil moist and well drained.
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