For over 35 years now, I have grown & enjoyed 2 Lapagerias. A red/pink form & a white form. As so often happens, they struggled for the first 2 decades because they were not understood.

I had always wanted to grow them better & so begun to seek out more information. Much of what was available was of a very poor standard, often by writers who had only second-hand knowledge.

Eventually I found some excellent information from some very experienced & knowledgeable growers, some of it from years ago.

I came to understand the region of Chile from where Lapagerias originate. In particular, I found that it was dense rainforest with almost daily, misty rain & good drainage.

I started to use a misting wand to mist my Lapagerias daily during the warmer months.

Lapageria rosea

The result was amazing.

Suddenly they flowered prolifically for most of the year, where previously I had just a few flowers in autumn. They also put on lush new growth.

Having learnt that there were some very select cultivars in collections overseas, I wanted more.

I attempted to propagate by seed & cuttings. All my first attempts failed. Fortunately, I knew that most plant lovers kill lots of plants before they achieve success.

Much more study followed. Eventually, I realised that good Lapagerias would only happen if I could emulate the conditions where they thrived in nature.

Deep holes were dug & I filled them with very porous, acid media in which to plant. I built a good, strong trellis on which they could climb. 90% shade cloth shades the lower metre of the plants.

Finally, I installed a simple misting system with an automatic controller that misted my plants for 2 minutes, 3 times per day.

I now have hundreds of robust Lapagerias, from small seedlings to semi-mature vines & these are starting to flower.

My own first cross blooming in February 2024.

Ken Gillanders imported a selection of the best cultivars of Lapagerias from Chile last century. As they were all grown together on one wall, it is impossible to know exactly from which cultivar they derive. As most are seed-grown, they are unlikely to be identical to their parents. However, coming from such a diverse group, I can expect some interesting variations in colours, patterns & forms. As Ken has told me, he has never seen a bad Lapageria.

For this reason, I have waited until each plant has flowered before releasing any. This will mean that I will have a variety of interesting, well advanced Lapagerias, that can be relied upon to flower in their first season.

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