The Jamaican Bell Flowers is actually a flower that smells like chocolate. The Jamaican Bell Flowers is also known as Glorious Flower of Cuba, the scientifically name is Portlandia grandiflora and is a slow growing evergreen shrub that is native to Cuba and Jamaica. When planted at the beginning it will starts looking like a small tree, with one single stem, then later it will fills out to be more like shrub when it beginning to age. Normally, you will find it growing only about six feet tall but sometimes it can reaches a height of about fifteen feet. There flowers are trumpet shaped, about five to six long with white or pink, smelling like rich creamy chocolate. These flowers are beautifully contrasted by the plant’s dark green leathery leaves. The Jamaican Bell Flowers normally bloom late spring to early summer.


 Growing Portlandia Grandiflora

The Jamaican Bell plants was named for the Duchess of Portland, the plant nearly went extinct until it was propagated by the Jamaican Arboretum in recent years. Now the plant is really available to purchase in garden centers and catalogs all over the world. On the other hand the Jamaican Bell Flower plants cannot tolerate any frost and the plant needs a very humid environment. The Jamaican Bell plants are best suited for tropical locations or a warm greenhouse. Portlandia grandiflora grow best in part shade or filtered sunlight, but they can grow in full sun also. Unlike most other evergreen shrubs, the Jamaican Bell plants like a limey/alkaline soil. The plant requires a lot of water and temperatures no lower than fifty degrees Fahrenheit.


Jamaican Bell Flowers Care

Caring for Portlandia grandiflora is easy as long as you keep their soil consistently moist. In spring you can actually give them a non-acidic soil release fertilizer. To keep Portlandia grandiflora from growing too large you can easily trim the shoots back once a year. In the right conditions Portlandia grandiflora can be delightful long-lived, tropical houseplants.  

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