Originating from South-East Africa, the Tecomaria belongs to the Bignoniaceae family. In Dutch the Tecomaria is also referred to as the ‘Kaapse Trompet’ (‘Cape Trumpet’) on account of its red to scarlet trumpet-shaped flowers. This pot plant will certainly not disappoint as it flowers from the end of spring right through to autumn. Have you ever taken a close look at the leaves? The pinnate leaves grow diagonally or in rings of 3 along the leaf stem. As a result, the Tecomaria will always have an odd number of leaves on each leaf stem.
Where to put the plant on your patio or balcony
The ideal position for the Tecomaria is in a sunny spot on your patio or balcony. It can even be placed in direct sunlight but it will appreciate some protection against the wind.
Caring for your Tecomaria
During the summer, you can give your Tecomaria plenty of water. Don’t let the potting soil dry out. Remove faded flowers in order to encourage your plant to produce new ones. If you find that your plant has lost its shape, prune it back. You can then cut back the longer branches. And don’t forget to give your plant extra food every now and then. Once a month is sufficient in order for this colourful patio plant to give you pleasure throughout the season.