Brazilian Princess Flower

Discussion in 'HortForum' started by Garth Amundson, Oct 19, 2003.

  1. Garth Amundson

    Garth Amundson Member

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    I dont know if youre in the habit of giving free advice, but...

    I have a question regarding a Brazilian Princess Flowering shrub. We purchased one last year and it grew well on the deck all summer. I brought it it last week and the leaves started to drop. The poor thing didnt even have a chance to bloom. What should I do now, in preperation for next year? Its also grown a little wild and I'm tempted to shape it, but nervous about cutting when its in "shock"

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks again,

  2. HortLine

    HortLine Active Member 10 Years

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    Vancouver, BC
    The Brazilian Princess Flower or Tibouchina must be kept over-winter at temperatures 7-10 degrees C. minimum and the soil must be kept almost dry until spring. In late winter or early spring you can prune to remove weak, crowded and crossing branches cutting back strong growth to within two or three buds of the main framework. You could repot the shrub at this time or add compost as a topdressing. As new growth occurs, you can pinch back tips to encourage bushiness.

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