Holboellia: plant it, take care of it

Holboellia: plant it, take care of it

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Botanical name:

Holboellia coriacea

An original climber with a delicate fragrance

Holboellia is a beautiful climbing plant. Beautiful, original and not very common in gardens. It is lightly scented. Its flowers, in the shape of bells, grouped in a cluster, are the most beautiful effect. The holboellia has a peculiarity, depending on whether the flowers are male or female, they have a color of their own: white for the male Holboellia, purple for the female Holboellia. Astonishing, no? It is therefore a beautiful climbing plant that can measure up to 8 meters in height, it is a very vigorous climbing plant ...

Type of plant

Family : Lardizabalaceae
Pace : perennial
Foliage : persistent
Rooting : roots
Exposure : partial shade to shade
Ground : any type of soil
• Harbor : vine
Origin : Balkans


• Cold resistance: -8 ° C
Flowering : from April to June
Interview : Very easy
• Do not confuse with the pelargonium (balcony geranium)

When to plant holboellia?

• In spring, from the end of March, it is better to avoid severe frosts.

Gardener's info:

• The Holboellia is a beautiful, understated climber, like its scent, but its very beautiful foliage allows it to stand out (so to speak) of the game.

• In cold regions, beware of low temperatures. Do not hesitate to mulch the foot.

How to plant?

In the ground:

Prepare the soil:
• Dig to the depth of a spade and 35 cm wide
• Place some pebbles or gravel at the bottom to improve soil drainage.
• Add a mixture of special flower plant potting soil and garden soil.
Prepare the plant:
• Remove it from the pot, break up the root ball and scratch the soil to free the roots.
• Dip it in a bucket of water.
Place the holboellia
• It must have room to deploy on a support: arbor, pergola, wire mesh….
• Postion him.
• Fill in the spaces with the compost and soil mixture.
• Tamp down well with the foot or back of a rake.

Flowering period:

• April to June

Multiplication of holboellia:

• Multiplication by layering or cuttings.


• Very little maintenance: It's an interview of size and shape. • At the end of the season, after flowering: prune and remove any broken or dead branches
• Watering: in summer, water regularly, but not in quantity.

Some varieties

• Holboellia acuminata
• Holboellia angustifolia
• Holboellia apetala
• Holboellia brachyandra
• Holboellia brevipes
• Holboellia chapaensis
• Holboellia chinensis

Agrees with

• Clematis, climbing roses and honeysuckles

With or without a garden ...

In the garden : in massif, in rockery, on the edge ...
Without garden: Potted on the terrace or balconies

We recap

• Perennial, evergreen foliage.
• Flowering: April to June
• Color: white or purple-lilac
• Type of soil: Any type of soil
• Planting: full ground
• Maintenance: Regular watering in summer
• Use: Hedge, Arbor, pergola, netting ...




Space between plants


half shade

regular in summer

Up to 8 m

40 cm

15-20 cm

Planting depth

planting period

Flowering period

15 - 20 cm

From the end of March

April to June

Indoor plants

Depending on species, plants also develop well in theinterior of a house, on a balcony or a terrace, in greenhouse or veranda.

Inside a house

Plants like the interior of a dwelling. They live well with little light and constant temperature. They are grown in pots.

Plants of tropical origin prefer warmth and light, while leafy plants favor dark, cool locations. It is therefore more judicious to marry species with identical growth rates and the same needs.

In summer, it is beneficial to take the plants out so that they take advantage of the exterior light and the small summer breeze for a better ventilation of them.

Balcony or terrace

Depending on the species, the plant can live outdoors in a pot, container or planter or in a hanging basket.

It is therefore possible to create a natural decoration on your balcony or on your terrace, giving priority to plants, shrubs, flowers and herbs to brighten it up. Plants add color to your window sills and create a more rustic feel.

Greenhouse and veranda

The plant is placed in a warm, sunny place sheltered from drafts.

The greenhouse and the veranda allow to have a green and luxuriant vegetation, it is also a means of transit between the inside and the outside.

We can therefore enjoy the pleasures of gardening all year round without taking into account the weather differences defined by the changes of season.

These winter gardens welcome many species of plants and flowers, they also contribute to the creation of a very pleasant natural space inside the house.

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Properly plant the Akebia Quinata

Properly plant the Akebia Quinata

AlexSoze Seed
Messages: 2 Registered on: 11 May 2016, 09:51

I bought two Akebia Kinata on the "Flower Promises" site, on the latter the indicated planting date is from March to May.

I plant one of them with a south / south-east exposure. As for the soil there is still a little limestone but I added horticultural soil.

Results: a withered and dead plant in a week yet I was careful to water it.

After some research to understand I realize that on several sites as well as on Rustica the indicated planting date is no longer in September.

What should I do ? Wait to try to plant the second or did I do my planting wrong?

Looking forward to your answers, thank you in advance!

Hello-Laprerie Fleur
Messages: 72 Registered on: 04 May 2016, 09:30 Location: Castle of the Loir

Trees and shrubs are best planted from November to March outside the frost period.
Container plants can be set up all year round but watering should be followed closely, especially if they are in full bloom as this is when their water requirement is greatest.

The use of compost when planting in the ground is unnecessary because the roots will soon colonize the soil outside the planting hole. So save money and save your potting soil for potted plantings. On the other hand, mix compost with your garden soil when planting.

When the plants are in containers, their roots form a bun that must be broken before planting. While digging the hole, submerge your plant in a bucket of water so that the substrate is thoroughly soaked.
Refill the hole by tamping down as you go with your hand then form a bowl in which you will water. Be careful not to bury the collar, to orient the roots well towards the bottom of the hole and to cover them well so that they do not dry out in contact with the air.
Water abundantly.
Mulch if desired to limit evaporation from the soil.

If you followed these steps when planting the first individual, that isn't where the problem is. Watering may have been insufficient afterwards. Regarding the second subject, wait for the fall.



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