Heliotropium Arborescens, also known as Heliotrope, Garden Heliotrope, or Cherry Pie Flower, is an annual flowering plant native to Peru. Poseidon is a compact variety developed by Westhoff with an upright habit of 10-14" tall and 12-14" wide. Arborescens Poseidon offers vanilla-scented dark violet blooms spring-fall and flourishes in full sun with little more than occasional water. This heat-seeking plant excels in hanging baskets, window boxes, patio containers, and landscape beds and borders, attracting pollinators to the yard and garden. In the warm climate of zone 9-11, Heliotrope is an evergreen perennial. For a slightly smaller, more blue variety, plant Heliotropium Arborescens Atlanta.
Arborescens Poseidon Selling Tips
Sell Heliotrope to customers looking for long-blooming annuals for baskets, containers, or landscape borders. Arborescens Poseidon has many benefits to offer your customers. Dark violet flowers bloom on attractive foliage from spring through fall. Flowers have a lovely vanilla scent and attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to the garden. With its compact upright habit, Heliotrope brings plenty of color and charm to the landscape. It is low-maintenance, heat-loving, and drought-tolerant. This plant flourishes in full sun with regular water in containers or landscape beds and borders. Create a stunning rustic garden by planting Heliotrope with Leucanthemum Lucille Grace, Cordyline, Lantana, Coreopsis, and Canna Lily.
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1. Space plants 10-14 inches apart in well-drained soil in full or partial sun.
2. Deadhead flowers to encourage continuous blooming and maintain a tidy appearance.
General Growing Tips For Your Rooted Cutting Liner
For best results with Arborescens Poseidon, use well-drained soil with medium feed (200 ppm N), a pH of 5.5-5.8, and an EC (2:1) of 0.6-0.9. Plant one rooted plug per container. Pinch once, 14 days after transplanting. Maintain nighttime temperatures of 62-65 degrees and daytime temperatures of 68-75 degrees. You may see whiteflies, spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs.
Dark violet flowers bloom from spring through fall.
Pinch once, 14 days after transplanting.
Space containers to allow airflow and light penetration to the base of each plant. This plant can grow to a spread of 14 inches.
This plant doesn't typically need chemical growth regulators. If you choose to use PGR, 2,500 ppm B-9 OR 5-10 ppm Sumagic will effectively control growth.
Scout for whiteflies, spider mites, mealybugs, and aphids as part of your commercial greenhouse's Integrated Pest Management plan. Remember, prevention is the best method of controlling infestations.
Whiteflies are small, winged insects that eat plant sap and cause yellowed leaves and stunted growth. Severe infestations can lead to plants dying. Prevent infestations by sanitizing surfaces and tools and removing debris. Introduce natural predators and use sticky traps to control populations. Insecticidal soaps and oils are also effective against this pest.
Spider Mites are tiny pests that cause stippling, yellowing, and webbing on foliage by feeding on plant sap. They flourish in warm, dry environments. Use correct water and fertilizing practices; over-fertilizing can attract spider mites. Proper humidity levels, predatory mites or ladybugs, and insecticidal soaps or oils may prevent or address a spider mite infestation.
Mealybugs are small, white, soft-bodied insects that feed on plant sap. They are covered in powdery wax, which gives them a cottony appearance. They reproduce and spread rapidly. Inspect plants regularly for signs of an infestation, including white, cottony masses on foliage. Always check new plants before bringing them into the greenhouse. Remove any highly infested plants from the greenhouse for quarantine or disposal. Introduce beneficial insects like ladybugs, lacewings, and parasitic wasps as biological controls for mealybug populations and apply insecticidal soap or horticultural oils to disrupt lifecycles and feeding. Maintaining a sanitary greenhouse and eliminating debris can deter pest infestations.
Aphids are small, soft-bodied insects that cause damage by sucking sap from plant tissue. They reproduce quickly and are particularly attracted to young growth. Curling and yellowed leaves, stunted growth, and stickiness on leaves are signs of an infestation. These insects also spread diseases and reproduce rapidly. Use biological controls or horticultural oils to discourage and kill aphids.
This plant isn't prone to diseases, but you should implement preventative measures against root rot, including watering at the base of each plant in the morning, allowing the soil to dry between waterings, and providing good airflow in your greenhouse. You may also use a precautionary fungicide drench.
Root Rot occurs in poorly drained or overly wet soil, which becomes the host for several types of fungi. It causes stunted growth, wilting, and root system decay. Prevention is the best treatment, and you will avoid most root rot problems by using clean, well-draining media, appropriate containers, and good watering practices for finishing seedling plugs. Inspect plants for signs of disease regularly. Repot infected plants in well-draining soil, adjust your watering schedule, provide better airflow, and use a fungicide if needed.
Planting Arborescens Poseidon Liners
We recommend planting one rooted liner per 4-inch or 6-inch container, 1-3 plants per gallon container, and 3-5 plants per 10-inch container. Use well-drained soil and completely bury the ellepot in the center of the container or equally spaced in larger containers.
Rooted Cuttings Cuttings vary in size between different plant families. These rooted starter plants will arrive ready to be transplanted in to your final container. If they are to be used in a landscape application, you will need to establish them in a 4 inch pot or an 1801 before planting outside.
Heliotropium Arborescens Poseidon Quick Reference Guide
|4 Inch crop time||5-6 Weeks|
|10 Inch crop time||10-12 Weeks|
|Bloom Period||Fall, Spring, Summer|
|Perennial Zone||Zones 9-11|