Scaevola sp. is a great plant for hanging baskets. It has a prostrate habit and its small size (about 8 inches tall by 12 inches wide) makes it a wonderful plant even in pots. I received a cutting one year ago, and it is becoming one of my favorites. Since the cutting rooted, it has bloomed non-stop. It is probably native to Australia.
Blooming Time: In the greenhouse they will bloom all year. Lavender blooms are 1½ inch across with a yellow throat.
Culture: Scaevola sp. need full sun to partial shade with intermediate to warm temperatures. In the greenhouse, we use a soil mix consisting of 1 part peat moss to 1 part loam to 1 part sand or perlite. Even though the plant seems to withstand drought fairly well, it should be kept moist for the best floral display. Fertilize every 6 to 8 weeks using a balanced fertilizer diluted to ½ the strength recommended on the label. Too much fertilizer will increase vegetative growth, but will reduce flowering.
Propagation: Scaevola sp. is propagated by cuttings taken at any time of the year.
Scaevola sp. was featured as Plant of the Week January 5-11, 2001.
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