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Australian Lilac

These evergreen conservatory plants are a fantastic winter flowering climber and will do well in a bright room or conservatory. The blooms aren't scented like regular lilac but they put on a fantastic show when nothing else is really doing much in early Spring.
Current Description
An unusual and colourful climber that will bring a bit of life to a windowsill in the darkest months of the year. We're excited to have the first of our new season Australian lilacs arrive in and they are looking exceptionally beautiful just as pictured.
80cm tall in 3L pot
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Australian Lilac
Care Instrictions

These instructions are sent with the plant gift

These evergreen climbers are known by a number of names; Australian lilac, purple lilac vine, coral pea and of course their Latin name hardenbergia violacea after the botanist who discovered them. They are an unusual, but very easy going plant, producing masses of purple blooms in the depths of winter.

Australian lilac as you might suspect from the name originate in the southern hemisphere so do need a bit of frost protection. A light spot in a cool room is ideal where the winter flowers can be enjoyed but they will also do well on a patio during the summer months or outdoors against a fence in very sheltered parts of the UK.

How often you need to water will depend on the room conditions. Typically, about a teacup a week, but make your own judgement, by feeling the weight of the pot. Try feeling the weight when dry and when well-watered and then try and keep it half-way in between. Water from the top and let the excess drain out through the lightweight compost.

Problem solving:

Generally Australian lilac are very easy going but be careful not to overwater them in the winter months. You are aiming for damp rather than soggy soil. The small purple flowers will naturally drop as they finish, leaving behind the central stem of the frond - do keep trimming these off to keep the plant neat and to encourage it to keep flowering.

Australian lilac are not too greedy feeders but if you notice the new growth becoming pale or mottled in anyway feed with Plants4Presents plant tonic or with a general purpose houseplant food according to the manufacturers instructions.