Over­win­ter­ing lophos­per­mum

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QWhat’s the best way to over­win­ter lophos­per­mum? He­len Mealey, by email A Lophos­per­mum scan­dens (pre­vi­ously known as Asa­rina lophos­per­mum or Mau­randya lophos­per­mum) is a peren­nial climb­ing plant, na­tive to Mex­ico, with tri­an­gu­lar leaves and tubu­lar, pur­plish-pink or red flow­ers. It can twine to a height of 1.5m (5ft) or more, but isn’t hardy so it’s usu­ally grown as an an­nual from seed each year, al­though plants can be over­win­tered in a heated green house or con­ser­va­tory. L. erubescens is sim­i­lar in all re­spects.

Keep plants just frost free at about 3-5C (37-41F), and fairly dry. Pot in a John Innes No 3 com­post with added sharp sand. When in growth, wa­ter mod­er­ately and liq­uid feed monthly with Mir­a­cle Grow, phostro­gen or a tomato feed.

This un­usual plant needs frost-free con­di­tions

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