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Golden Trumpet


By Justjan

Golden Trumpet (Allamanta cathartica)

Flowers taken in the nursery.

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This looks like our allamanda cathartica - what we call the golden trumpet vine - which grows everywhere here in the north of Australia. It is actually thought of by many as a weed and has become naturalised in many of our rainforest areas up here in the north.

15 Feb, 2009


Haha..this 'weed' costs money here in Singapore. I think it was $18 per pot. :)

15 Feb, 2009


Woah! You must be kidding! That is incredible - around here people would pay you money so they could get rid of it! It really takes over the garden.

15 Feb, 2009


No I'm not kidding :) For a big pot though. But I didn't buy it. It's too expensive. I bought two pots of 'half dead ' begonias at $8 per pot. It was $12 before discount (before it became full of rotten leaves). I won't spend more than $15 per pot of whatever.

15 Feb, 2009


Well you got a great bargain on the begonias - if they are the ones in your photos. They are looking great - one of my favourite plants (although I don't have the varieties you have and I haven't seen them in the nurseries up here in North Queensland).

15 Feb, 2009


Thanks Bernieh, I think they look lovely now. After pinching the dead leaves and flowers. :) I hope they do well..I have not grown begonia before..was doing some research in the net earlier. Any help is welcome..:p

15 Feb, 2009


I have grown mostly the cane-like begonias (which I have now) and the tuberous ones. As a rule of thumb I've found that most begonias appreciate good indirect light so they will do well on the east side of a house, under a shady tree or in a well-lit fernery. In the north of Oz I've found they need to be under shade-cloth with a rating of at least 70%. Begonias like a moist but well-drained rich soil or potting mix - I often add some perlite just to lighten the mix. I find they don't mind a bit of pruning - the cane-like ones cope better with a good hair cut, while the tuberous ones like to have tip pruning (they actually have a dormant period for a while and then you'll see new shoots in spring). They don't need to be watered every day unless it's summer and they don't mind a bit of low strength liquid fertiliser every month or so (I just use the slow release fertiliser). Hope this helps.

15 Feb, 2009


Thanks Bernieh. I'll keep your advice in mind. I might water everyday since it's hot in Singapore and very humid s well. cos the plants also looked a little wobbly, I've staked them both so they won't topple over. And have been misting as well. Heard they like moisture. So far so good..for now :p Thanks

16 Feb, 2009

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