What Are Yellow Wax Bells – Tips For Growing Yellow Wax Bells
By: Teo Spengler
Most gardeners keep an eye out for plants and flowers for the darker garden corners, and yellow wax bell plants (Kirengeshoma palmata) are good for the short shade list. The foliage is large and dramatic and the yellow wax bell flowers hang in delicate nodding blossoms.
What are yellow wax bells? These are unusual plants and rather unforgettable. If you’d like more information on these interesting ornamental plants, read on. We’ll also give tips on growing yellow wax bells.
What are Yellow Wax Bells?
The yellow wax bells plant is a unique beauty. Its dark green leaves resemble large maple leaves, deeply lobed and larger than your hand. The yellow wax bell flowers are small and pendulous, hanging in dainty yellow clusters.
The show doesn’t stop there. This handsome shrub also offers fascinating, three-pronged seed capsules that develop from the flowers in autumn. It is an intriguing addition to the woodland garden.
Growing Yellow Wax Bells
Yellow wax bell plants are perennials that thrive in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 through 9. They can grow in sun or partial to full shade, but anywhere you plant them, they need irrigation. Yellow wax bell flowers grow best when you keep their soil consistently moist. It is damaging to let them dry out between watering.
Before you start growing yellow wax bells, find the ideal garden site for them. It’s important to note that the shrubs can grow up to between 3 and 4 feet (1-2 m.) tall. Plant them some 36 inches (1 m.) apart.
Where to use yellow wax bell plants in the landscape? These plants have erect purple stems but are slightly shrubby and can be used nicely in an area of mass planting. They work very well as one of the features of a woodland garden. However, it is also possible to use a single plant as an unusual specimen.
Also, don’t forget that yellow wax bell plants are great anywhere you need shade plants. Their bright flowers lighten up a shady corner and they also work very well in a shady border.
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Hoya Plant: How To Grow And Care For The Wax Plant
Epiphytic hoya plant, also known as the wax plant, is a popular houseplant. With clusters of star-shaped flowers adorning it, this waxy-looking species survives with only the bare minimum of care. But what does that care entail?
Today we’ll delve into the sweetly-scented world of the hoya plant to learn all about the best way to grow it. Every aspect of its care will be mentioned, from watering all the way through propagation.
By the time we’re done, you will be a hoya expert, and you’ll want to grow this bright, starry-flowered and aromatic plant at your home!
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Esperanza Soil Needs and Usage
The esperanza plant prefers neutral alkaline soil of the loamy variety, which is another check mark in the "easy to grow" column. To encourage flowering, the esperanza needs well-drained soil. Fortunately, it does not attract notable pests and does not require pruning.
As for fertilizing, Kathy Huber, Texas master gardener and garden editor for the Houston Chronicle, advises steering clear of nitrogen. On the flip side, she recommends sprinkling Epsom salt or bone meal around the base of the plant in order to boost the soil's magnesium and sulfur content.
The esperanza plant's easygoing soil and watering needs paired with its quasi-tropical vibe make it a go-to companion plant for buddies like juniper, bamboo in the Nandina family, flowers of the Jatropha genus and salvia plants. Style wise, it works especially well as a container plant or border shrub.
Gradually reduce the heat mat’s temperature, over the course of one to two weeks, when the seedlings have their third set of leaves. Allow them to grow on, in slightly moist sand, until spring when they can be planted in the garden.
Choose softwood yellow bell stems, from branch tips, to propagate. Ideally, take the cutting in spring or early summer, advises the Royal Horticultural Society. Softwood stems snap when bent. If a stem doesn’t bend at all, it is too woody and if it bends without snapping, it’s too green.