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Solandra, also known as Golden Chalice Vine, is a perennial climbing plant belonging to the Solanaceae family. This plant is renowned for its large, trumpet-shaped flowers that are typically golden yellow and its glossy green foliage. The flowers emit a pleasant fragrance, especially at night, attracting pollinators such as butterflies and bees.

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Solandra - Description and Care for Viveros González

Description

Solandra, also known as Golden Chalice Vine, is a perennial climbing plant belonging to the Solanaceae family. This plant is renowned for its large, trumpet-shaped flowers that are typically golden yellow and its glossy green foliage. The flowers emit a pleasant fragrance, especially at night, attracting pollinators such as butterflies and bees.

Origin and History

Solandra is native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Central and South America. Its name derives from the Swedish botanist Daniel Carlsson Solander, a disciple of Carl Linnaeus. Since its discovery, it has been appreciated for its exotic beauty and has been cultivated worldwide as an ornamental plant.

 Care

Solandra is relatively easy to care for, provided it receives the right conditions:

- Location: Prefers locations with direct sunlight or partial shade. In colder climates, it is advisable to grow it in a greenhouse or protect it from frost.

- Soil: Needs well-drained soil rich in organic matter.

- Temperature: It does not tolerate freezing temperatures. Ideally, it should be kept in a warm environment.

- Fertilization: Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season.

 Watering

Solandra requires regular but moderate watering. It is important to avoid waterlogging, as this can lead to root rot. During the summer, increase the frequency of watering, while in winter, reduce the amount of water.

 Pruning

Pruning is essential to maintain the plant's shape and promote abundant flowering. It is recommended to prune in late winter or early spring. Remove damaged or dead branches and trim the shoots to control its growth and give it an attractive shape.

Curiosities

- Nighttime Fragrance: Solandra flowers emit a more intense fragrance at night to attract nocturnal pollinators.

- Impressive Size: Its flowers can reach up to 20 cm in length, making them very striking.

- Traditional Uses: In some cultures, parts of the plant have been used in traditional medicine and religious rituals due to its psychoactive properties, although its use requires caution due to its toxicity.

Solandra is an excellent choice for gardens seeking an exotic and low-maintenance plant that can add beauty and fragrance to the environment. At Viveros González, we offer the best Solandra plants so you can enjoy this wonderful climber in your home.

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Data sheet

Name
Solandra (Golden Chalice Vine)
Origen
Native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Central and South America.
Height
Can grow up to 10 meters (33 feet) in height when supported.
Colour
Foliage: Glossy green Flowers: Golden yellow, trumpet-shaped
Flowering
Blooms typically appear from late winter to early spring, though in favorable conditions, it can flower throughout the year.
Location
Prefers locations with direct sunlight or partial shade. Suitable for growing in warm climates; in colder areas, it should be grown in a greenhouse or protected from frost.
Irrigation
Requires regular but moderate watering. It is important to keep the soil moist but well-drained. Increase watering frequency during the summer and reduce it in the winter.
Applications
Ornamental: Popular in gardens and landscapes for its striking appearance and pleasant fragrance. Climbing Plant: Ideal for covering trellises, pergolas, and walls. Attracts Pollinators: The fragrant flowers attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinator

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