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Pentas plant or Egyptian stars is a low maintenance plant and easy to grow. Pentas white belongs to the family of Rubiaceae. These are a semi-tropical bush with varieties of color.
Pentas White plant is also known as Egyptian stars.
Pentas white belongs to the family of Rubiaceae. These are a semi-tropical bush with varieties of color.
It is a low maintenance plant and easy to grow. You can use a container to grow the plant. If you are planting it indoors then provide a bright room for it.
As it goes by the name, the flower of the plant are white in color.
Pentas is a perennial plant thus they bloom throughout the year. The white flowers are in the form of clusters and are in the shape of a star.
You may find other shades of flowers as well. They include red, lavender, pink and violet.
The average height of the Pentas is around 3 feet while they spread up to 10 inches
The plant is a sun lover. 6 to 7 hours of direct sunlight could stimulate the growth of the plant.
If you feel that the color of the foliage and the flowers are fading then immediately water the plant and shift it inside a shady location.
Pentas white has average water needs. They don't want to stay soggy after watering so regulate the watering according to the moisture of the soil. Water the plant regularly as it is a heat lover plant.
Pentas white plant requires 2 to 5 cups of water such that it covers up to 4 inches of the soil with the water. Pentas is moderately drought tolerant.
Pentas don't like squashy soil. They prefer draining soil. Else they can adapt in any type of soil.
Pentas white is mostly infested by bees and butterflies. They are the perfect plant to be planted in your garden if you want to enjoy the fascinating view of butterflies and bees drooling over your flower.
In case water is collected in your pot and the draining soil has lost its fertility then the Pentas may get Rhizoctonia fungal infection which may cause root rot and leaf spots as the symptoms.
In that case, provide sunlight and use drip irrigation method for watering. Use synthetic pesticides if required.
There are more than 40 varieties of Pentas plant. The most common is Pentas white. Other than that you may use the Graffiti Pentas, apple blossom, northern light or the butterfly series of Pentas to enhance a lush full of colors in your garden.
It is believed that the white flowers of Pentas can help in treating snake bites. Some people say that it can cure malaria and diarrhea. Make sure you see your physician before relying on these natural treatments.
Monthly fertilizing of the plant would be sufficient for the Pentas. Slow realizing balanced fertilizer can be used during the growing season. Add some mulch to protect the plant from frost.
Pentas may get subjected to whiteflies and fungus gnats at times. You can get rid of them naturally, all you need is to sprinkle some Neem oil and organic mix on the plant.