Simple tips on how to grow Wishbone Plants



Wishbone plant is a profuse blooming annual flower that starts flowering early in the season and the plant keeps up the show through fall, with just minimal deadheading. Wishbone plants are deer-resistant and they are attractive to hummingbirds. Wishbone plant is a good choice for borders. Below is the basic information about the plant;

The botanical name: The botanical name is Torenia Fournieri.
The common name: The common names are wishbone flower, bluewings.
The plant type:   Wishbone plant is an annual flowering plant.
The mature size: The mature size is about 6 to 12 inches tall, and also 6 to 9 inches wide.
The sun exposure: This plant does well in partial shade, full shade.
The soil type: The plant prefers a Loamy, well-drained soil.
The soil pH: The soil pH is between 6.0 to 6.5.
The blooming time: The blooming time is June to frost
The flower Color: The flower Colors are white, blue-purple, pink with yellow markings.
The native Area: Wishbone plant is native to Asia. 

How to grow Wishbone plant
You can start wishbone plant seeds about 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost date. Wishbone plant does not actually transplant well, so you need to start the seeds in peat or paper pots. Make sure you don’t cover the seeds with soil because they need light to germinate. Make sure you keep the soil moist and relatively warm, around 70 degrees Fahrenheit until the seeds germinate.

The light requirement: Wishbone plants are adaptable to many locations. Just make sure the ideal spot gets morning sun and afternoon shade. By peradventure if you are planting in a location that is very hot, lean toward putting the plant in a shady location.

The soil requirement: Wishbone plants are not particular about soil pH, although they do prefer it to be slightly acidic between 6.0 and 6.5, if possible. The ideal soil for planting is a loamy, rich, moist, and well-drained soil. When planting the wishbone plants, make sure you dig in 1 to 2 inches of compost to improve the quality.

Water requirement: Make sure you keep the soil of the wishbone plants moist but not soggy. Wishbone plants are susceptible to root rot.

Temperature requirement: Wishbone plants grow best in 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and about 65 to 70 degrees at night.  While the wishbone plant is growing, cooler temperatures in the morning will really help the plant to prevent stretch. Wishbone plants are classified as a warm-weather annual, the plant does not prefer hot or humid weather.

Fertilizer requirement: To actually keep wishbone plants prolific and blooming, you can provide the plant with a balanced, all-purpose plant food every 2 to 3 weeks. You can aim for a 10-10-10 balance or 20-20-20 balance. If you are feeding the plant with liquid fertilizer, you can fertilize the plant twice a month throughout the growing season with a ratio of a tablespoon of fertilizer concentrate with a gallon of water.

Pruning the plant: Actually deadheading wishbone plants is not really necessary, although picking off spent blossoms can really encourage more growth. If the wishbone plants really look scraggly, you can clip it back to about half its height.

Pest and disease control: Wishbone plants are attacked by botrytis disease; you can remove the affected plant and ensure that there is good air circulation around the plants. Wishbone plants are also affected by powdery mildew; you can prune the affected areas and also use an appropriate fungicide. Wishbone plants are also attacked by aphids; Aphids are tiny insects that spread disease as they feed on the bottom of the plant leaves, you can use insecticidal soap or you can wash them off with a strong spray.

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