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Growing Pentas


October 18, 2023


The Searles Gardening Team

Meet Pentas - the sunshine seeker. This vibrant beauty flourishes under the sun. While it's typically an annual in most regions, lucky gardeners in warmer areas enjoy its perennial charm. Pentas are known for their slow and steady growth, making them popular choices for containers and flower beds, Their low-maintenance nature means fewer worries and more blooming beauty.

This evergreen compact shrub displays clusters of pink, red, lilac or white flowers towering over dark-green lanceolate leaves during the warmer months of spring and summer.

Older varieties of Pentas, grow taller, over a metre and can look a little scrappy if left unpruned. New varieties are more compact and require minimal pruning after their flowering season.

Pentas make a stand out display in containers, pots and small garden plantings. Use Searles Planting Mix for planting in gardens and Searles Platinum Potting Mix for long term feeding in pots and containers.

They do perform better with regular watering, but won't sulk if you forget a watering. Though, keep up the regular watering during periods of dry and extremely hot weather.

To prolong and improve flowering and deeper green leaves, liquid fed with Searles Flourish Flowers & Foliage Soluble Plant Food fortnightly during growth period.

Pretty Pentas flowering happily in a pot.