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Bauhinia fact sheet


from David’s
Exotic Plants
 


Watering


Bauhinia
should be watered thoroughly but then allowed to dry out almost
completely before re-watering. 
Note – they don’t like to be over-watered
, and in the
rest period (winter) they should only be watered when the soil is almost
dust dry.   When
growing begins in the Spring they should be given phostrogen feed once a
week, to encourage new growth.    


Over-wintering
in the UK


Bauhinia
tend to drop their leaves in the winter months.   Simply ensure the tree has plenty of light, ventilation
and food, and do not over-water.


Bauhinia
can be kept on a south-facing window indoors or in a conservatory or
greenhouse not below 5°C. 



Summer
months


Bauhinia
require as much sunlight and ventilation as possible. Feed once a week
with a phostrogen feed to help encourage flowers.  



Pests


Red
spider mite, scale insect, white fly and greenfly are the main culprits
and the best solution is to wash your tree with soapy water every few
days to cut down the insect numbers, or simply give it a good hose down.



Potting


Bauhinia
plants require loam-based compost with either grit or bark chippings to
aid drainage.  The optimum
pH is 6.5.  Bauhinia should
be re-potted once a year if/when the plant becomes pot-bound.

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