NEMESIA

NEMESIA

The plants of the Nemesia genus belong to the Scrophulariaceae family and originated in Africa and in southern Europe. Because of their lack of resistance to cold, in Italy they are cultivated as annuals. They are trailing shrubs with extremely colourful flowers that recall those of the wild pansy. They bloom from April to late summer, producing a myriad of flowers that give off a delicious fragrance. Nemesia plants need full sun and, in the hottest parts of Italy, they can be placed in part-shade. These creepers are suitable for use as carpet plants, for creating borders, or to be placed in hanging vases to form marvelous cascades. The potting compost must be organic, soft, and well-drained. The perfect mixture is made up of 80% organic compost or peat and 20% sand or perlite with an addition of expanded clay for good drainage of the vases. Irrigation must be frequent and adequate enough to avoid wilting. Considering their abundant blooming, it is advisable to feed the plants at least once a week with small quantities of a soluble ternary fertilizer distributed through the irrigation water. Nemesia plants are quite resistant to disease; they are, one rare occasion, attacked by aphids that can be combated with normal aphicides easily found in garden centers.

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