Mexican orange blossom: Choisya ternata

This evergreen shrub, native to Mexico, bears a profusion of sweetly scented white flowers whose fragrance is reminiscent of oranges. The flowers that are borne in clusters first appear in late winter and continue until early summer. The leathery leaves are also highly aromatic. Mexican orange blossom will grow up to 1.5 m (5 ft) high and does best in partial shade.

In summer it requires a lot of water, which should be very low in lime. The plant needs weekly applications of fertilizer until the beginning of the autumn to ensure that the leaves will be very dark green. If kept drier after the first flowering in the summer, they will flower a second time in autumn.

Cuttings can be taken all year round although summer cuttings root most easily. In winter, it is best placed in a bright, not too light room (5° C/41 ° F to a maximum of 15° C/59° F). If the room is too dark, it will lose its leaves. Old branches that have grown too long can be cut back but otherwise pruning is not necessary. It is usually pest-free.

05. June 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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