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Growing Cleome Flowers

About Cleome: Infuse your Garden with Elegant Charm

by Frances Santos

Cleome FlowersCleome flowers are an utterly beautiful flower that can be found mostly in North America. You can also catch a glimpse of it in the lands of British Columbia, Minnesota, California and New Mexico. It is one of the many Cleomaceae families.

This flower is also called the ‘Rocky Mountain Beeplant’, ‘Spiderflower’ and ‘Navajo spinach’ which are all species of Cleome. In some parts of U.S. Cleome is being used as dye, medicine and food.

If you love to see the same flowers in a year’s time, you’ll definitely love this flower. Cleome belongs to the annual plants family which can only survive in a year or a season. The average height of Cleome is from about 145-150 cm.

You can choose from Cleome’s different colors should you consider planting them to your garden. It has reddish-purple, pink and white color which can definitely wow your eyes.

Cleome flowers denote elegance and beauty. You can instantly feel the bliss just merely looking at this amazing flower. However, most of the people find its smell a little too strong.

This is why it is not advisable to plant them near your windows. But you have to make sure that you will put them to a place where they can be protected from the wind. The most ideal place to put your Cleomes is to your backyard garden or along your fences because of its height.

You better put a lot of Cleomes together if you are to arrange them so they will look great. These flowers wouldn’t look its best otherwise.

Cleome Propagation

Cleome is the type of flower which can best suite those who have not much enough time to plant from time to time as this fantastic plant can self-seed. Grown plants of Cleome just drop seeds on the ground which can eventually grow to a new Cleome over time. Aside from that, this plant can also easily adapt to temperature changes during nights and days. But if you want to make these plants grow more beautiful and produce more of it, it wouldn’t hurt to keep them in a place with just the right temperature of about 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember, the secret to perfect seedling would always be the perfect balance of temperature. Give these plants 1 to 2 weeks to germinate.

How to Grow Cleome Flowers

Cleome is definitely one of the best plants you can have on your backyard garden. This is because this flower requires no especial or challenging procedure to grow them. So if you are a career woman and you just love a breathtaking sight of flowers on your garden, Cleome should be your top choice. This flower can adapt well to any kind of soil provided that it has enough supply of sun. It can also handle the drought, but it will bloom more lovely if you can water it from time to time during dry season.

Caring for Cleome Flowers

Don’t get too excited about it reseeding and growing by itself as this can also dominate your space and eventually turns out to be a pest. Fortunately, you can always do some deadheading on its flowers and leave fewer blooms. You can also try to collect seeds during the peak of its seeding.

Like any other plants, Cleome needs a little care from you. You don’t have to do much. All you need to do is to make some time to check on its leaves for any unwanted insects or holes and spray some permethrin to treat those leaves. Regular watering is also a must but you have to make sure not to overdo it.

Pests and Diseases

The common enemies of Cleome flowers are aphids, spider mites, caterpillars, and harlequin bug. Use insecticidal soap spray to control pest/disease problems. Take note that spraying chemicals will also exterminate beneficial insects in your garden.