Monday, 1 June 2015

Rangoon Creeper / Quisqualis Indica (Latin )

Rangoon Creeper given to me by my ex colleague Nancy.  I was first introduced to this fragrant creeper also known Latin as Quisqualis  indica  which means " What is this " .  As a young plant, it resembles a shrub but gradually matures into a vine.  Rangoon creeper vine is a woody climbing liana with green to yellow-green lance shaped leaves.  The stems have fine yellow hairs with occasional spines forming on the branches and blooms white at onset and gradually darkens to pink, then red as it reaches maturity. The  4-5 inch star shaped aromatic blossoms are clustered together and it gives out a fragrance which is most striking at night and early morning.  Grows well in tropical countries.

This creeper creeps upwards in search of the sun.  In home garden, Quisqualis can be used as an ornamental over arbors or gazebos, on trellises or over a how I like it to grow over house front wall :)   I have one grown in container and with some supportive structure, hopefully it will arch and form large masses of foliage. The vine can be propagated from cuttings.

Care:  It requires full sun to partial shade. This creeper survives in a variety of soil conditons provided they are well draining and is pH adaptable.  Needs regular watering and full sun with afternoon shade.  Avoids fertilizers that are high in nitrogen, they will only encourage foliage growth. 

Note on Fertilizer for Rangoon Creeper

The major three elements are Nitrogen, Phosphorus & Potassium), the secondary elements are calcium, sulfur, magnesium, and other elements are boron, manganese, iron, zinc, copper and molybdenum. When you are picking out a fertilizer for flowers, you don't want anything that is high in nitrogen. Your focus should be something high in phosphorus and potassium. 

N = Nitrogen 
Nitrogen is the first major element responsible for the vegetative growth of plants above ground. With a good supply, plants grow sturdily and mature rapidly, with rich, dark green foliage. 

P = Phosphorus
The second major element in plant nutrition, phosphorus is essential for healthy growth, strong roots, fruit and flower development, and greater resistance to disease. 
K = Potassium (Potash) The third major plant nutrient, potassium oxide is essential for the development of strong plants. It helps plants to resist diseases, protects them from the cold and protects during dry weather by preventing excessive water loss. 

*In brief, when you are picking out a fertilizer for flowers, the focus should be something high in [P] phosphorus.

I love the fragrance

I let it hang over my garden wall.....and I hope that it will grow and flourish well
my Quisqualis Indica is my second love after Mandevilla  :)

Enjoy  !

1 comment:

  1. Finally, through your patience, you are rewarded with abundant bloom!