'Natal Plum, Carissa'
USES: Strong flower display and a great accent plant with its swollen stems and contorted shapes. Does well as an accent shrub, hedge, container plant, in focal points, entrance areas, roof gardens and rock gardens.
SIZE: Grows 1 – 1.5m tall with a 2m spread at a rate of 15 – 20 cm p/a.
LOCATION: Full sun and reflected heat. Does well in most locations. Sap my cause dermatitis to those with sensitive skin.
SOIL: Best in an organically enriched fertile soil with a pH 6.6 – 7.5, neutral. Will show leaf chlorosis if soil is too alkaline.
FERTILISER: Apply a slow release 10:20:10 NPK with additional Mg and Mn annually in spring together with Fe sulphate if soil becomes too alkaline.
WATER: Keep soil just moist enough to avoid stems shrivelling. Drought tolerant for short periods only for best appearance. Does not accept over irrigation or waterlogging.