Care of Prostantera Rotundiflora

a.pattison46a.pattison46 Posts: 12
hi have been bought the above plant, my daughter was told it is an evergreen but it looks and feels deciduous, can anyone help with the care of this please as l don't want to kill it thank you. :-)

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  • AsarumAsarum Posts: 202
    I used to have a Prostanthera but not sure which species it was. It was evergreen and I kept it in a container but it eventually died. I think I should have potted it on to a larger sized pot. It was a bit of an experiment really, I was going to see if it would respond to shaping and pruning. I would quite like to try again.
    East Anglia
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 2,307
    These shrubs are very tender. I don't advise planting into the ground if grown in the UK. Best kept in a large pot. Keep in the greenhouse of similar in the winter months. They need full sun or placed against a warm wall and kept in soil that is quite free draining.
  • a.pattison46a.pattison46 Posts: 12
    thank you it is in a large container, will see how it fairs through summer, have only had it two weeks and most of the flowers have finished, will see about putting in greenhouse but it is only a cold house and ices over in winter...
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 14,140
    It won't survive any degree of frost so either find a way to bring it indoors or make sure your greenhouse is lined with bubble wrap and wrap the pot in bubble wrap too as this will help protect the roots?  Horticultural fleece wrapped over the whole plant will give a degree of protection too.

    Here's what the RHS says about its care - https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/details?plantid=3472

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • a.pattison46a.pattison46 Posts: 12
    thank you have read the attached link :-)
  • a.pattison46a.pattison46 Posts: 12
    thank you have read an book marked the RHS link you gave me :-)
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 984


    Prostanthera rotundifolia.....Gorgeous shrub.
    Lost ours in first winter when we lived in South Wales.

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Prostanthera+Rotundifolia&rlz=1C1CHBF_enGB785GB785&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj4_8Hc4o3bAhVkGsAKHea3ClAQ_AUICigB&biw=1920&bih=949#imgrc=-9VyMvfZiM_38M:

    Prostanthera cuneata...evergreen  thrived in full sun and dry soil without any problems.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Prostanthera_cuneata.jpg
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
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