Solanum laxum 'Album'

potato vine

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Useful on a sheltered, warm, sunny wall, providing a lengthy flowering period, with the benefit of berries in the autumn

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  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, moist but well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June to September
  • Flower colour: bluish-white
  • Other features: tiny purple-black autumn berries
  • Hardiness: half hardy

    Fragrant, star-shaped, bluish-white flowers with tiny, yellow centres from June to September and glossy, dark green leaves. This jasmine-scented climber is valuable for covering sheltered walls or for growing through other shrubs or climbers. The tiny purple-black autumn berries contrast well with the decorative seedheads of late flowering clematis. In frost-prone areas grow under glass.

  • Garden care: In late winter or early spring prune side shoots to within 3 or 4 buds. Check climbers grown under glass regularly for red spider mite and aphids and treat using the relevant biological control - Phytoseiulus persimilis (spider mite) and Aphidoletes aphidimyza (aphids)

    • Harmful if eaten

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  • Q:

    Is it possible to grow the solanum laxum 'album' in a pot?
    Asked on 7/6/2016 by Nat from High Peak

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    • Plant Doctor

      A:

      Hello,

      It is possible to grow this in a really large pot provided it is kept well fed and watered, however it does naturally want to get pretty big, so after a few years it may start to struggle.

      Answered on 16/6/2016 by Helen from crocus
  • Q:

    what does semi evergreen mean
    Asked on 15/9/2015 by me from southend essex

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      A:

      Hello,

      Semi evergreen means that a plant will often keep some (but not all) of its foliage in milder winters, but could lose it all if temperatures really drop.

      Answered on 16/9/2015 by Helen from crocus
  • Q:

    is this evergreen
    Asked on 15/9/2015 by me from southend essex

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    • Plant Doctor

      A:

      Hello,

      If overwintered in an unheated greenhouse, this plant may keep most of its foliage, however if temperature drop too low, it will start to shed its foliage.

      Answered on 16/9/2015 by Helen from crocus
  • Q:

    why is my solanum laxum album not flowering
    Asked on 4/9/2015 by annie from croydon surrey

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    • Plant Doctor

      A:

      Hello there
      There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower including too much shade or not enough water or nutrients. It can also be caused by the plant putting on new root growth instead of focusing its energies on producing flowers. I am not really sure why your Solanum laxum 'Album' has not produced buds, but given time and the right conditions, there is no reason why it won't flower. You can often give plants a bit of a push by feeding during the growing season with a high potash fertiliser.
      Hope this helps

      Answered on 7/9/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
  • Q:

    Could you tell me whether this plant is evergreen? Thanks
    Asked on 25/9/2013 by Meanie from Hampshire

    1 answer

    • Plant Doctor

      A:

      Hello there
      This climber is classed as semi evergreen.
      Hope this helps

      Answered on 25/9/2013 by Anonymous from Crocus
  • Q:

    Which plants are Deer proof?

    I want a list of Deer proof plants please. It`s either a change in habitat or environment, but I get total devastation now and in the last two years they come up the drive.
    Asked on 3/2/2006 by david

    1 answer

    • A:

      Deer can be a real problem and deer proof plants are usually thorny, poisonous or simply taste awful, but it is hard to give a definitive list as you might get the odd deer with unusual tastes which might like the bitter taste! Below is a list of good plants that generally are quite successful though. Cornus varieties, Rhus, Sophora, Solanum, Berberis, Rosemary, Buxus, Cotoneaster, Ilex, Pyracantha, Garrya, Juniperus, Nandina, Elaeagnus, Aralia, Aucuba, Cortaderia, Yucca, Santolina, Hypericum, Myrtle, Vinca, Achillea, Digitalis, Echinacea and Dryopteris. Finally, fencing is one method to protect garden crops from deer. Since deer jump, you need an 8-foot fence for best results or stout chicken-wire fencing securely around smaller garden plots. Alternatively, fence the area with a thorny shrub, preferably something that will grow to at least 6 feet. Deer eat roses and some thorns but hawthorn, boxwood and holly will exclude them. Deer are also deterred by dogs, hanging aluminum foil, mirrors, wood that hits objects in the wind and other noise-makers. Some old-fashioned repellents are human hair and blood and bonemeal. Hanging bars of fragrant deodorant soap from branches may work. Other well-known deer repellents are mothballs or moth flakes spread on the ground or put in mesh bags for hanging in a tree. Unfortunately though, no repellent is 100 percent effective, especially if the deer population is high and deer are starving.

      Answered on 6/2/2006 by Crocus
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