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Botanical name:- Carissa grandiflora.
|Scientific name||Carissa grandiflora|
|Common name||Carissa grandiflora|
|Temperature requirement||25-35 °C|
|Light||Part shade/part sun.|
|Watering||Water everyday &keep moist|
|Pests||Aphids, spider mites, thrips|
|Pet friendliness||Toxic to pets and humans|
|Maximum Plant height||100-150cm|
|Potting mix||Potting soil/red soil/manure/perlite|
|Pot requirement||Good drainage&repot every 1-2 years|
|Nutrition||Apply manure for first 15 days and npk for next 15 days|
|Pruning/training||Remove dead & diseased leaves with sterile shears|
|Description||This spiny shrub is native to south africa. Its leathery leaves are shiny and oval with acute tips. Many sharp thorns protect the twigs, making planting close to walkways somewhat hazardous. Milky sap is secreted when the branches are injured. Showy, white flowers contrast perfectly with the dark-green foliage. They may reach 5 cm in diameter, are star shaped, sweetly scented, and grow in clusters in spring and early summer. The fruit is a red, egg shaped berry up to 5 cm long with a delicious, refreshing taste. The natal plum is frost tender but revels in heat, and grows at a moderate speed to a height and width of 1.5 Metres. In its home country, it may even become a small tree up to 9 metres high. It does well in full sun, but also tolerates some shade at the cost of flowering and fruiting. The glossy leaves resist desiccation from wind. Cultivars grow more compactly and remain shrubs of manageable size. They are ideal bushes for small gardens and are useful as screening hedges, groundcover, grouped planting or in containers. The soil should be well drained and neutral. To encourage establishment by an extended root system, watering must be deep. Both drought and soil with a high salt content are tolerated. General purpose fertilisers are best applied in early spring after the plants’ dormancy. As a hedge plant, it takes shearing in spring after flowering, but recovers slowly from harsh cutting back. Recovering rapidly from frost, damaged branches need to be removed, which may spoil the shrub’s appearance|
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