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  • Care Guide Gastrolobium spinosum 'Green Ice'

    Gastrolobium spinosum green ice

    Gastrolobium 'Green Ice', also known as Poison Pea, is a shrub or small tree native to Western Australia. It is an attractive plant that can grow up to 3 meters tall and is characterized by its vibrant green foliage.

    Here's a care guide for Gastrolobium 'Green Ice':

    1. Light: This plant needs full sun to thrive. Place it in a sunny location with at least six hours of direct sunlight daily.

    2. Water: Gastrolobium 'Green Ice' prefers well-draining soil that is kept slightly moist. Water it deeply once a week during the growing season (spring and summer) and reduce watering during the winter months.

    3. Soil: This plant prefers well-draining, slightly acidic soil. If you are planting it in a pot, use a mix of potting soil and perlite to ensure good drainage.

    4. Fertiliser: Fertilise Gastrolobium 'Green Ice' in the spring with a slow-release fertiliser that is low in phosphorus. Avoid over-fertilising as this can damage the plant.

    5. Pruning: This plant benefits from regular pruning to maintain its shape and promote new growth. Prune after flowering, cutting back to a healthy, outward-facing bud or shoot.

    6. Pests and Diseases: Gastrolobium 'Green Ice' is relatively disease-resistant, but it can be susceptible to root rot if overwatered. Watch for pests such as aphids and spider mites and treat with insecticidal soap or neem oil if necessary.

    7. Propagation: This plant can be propagated from seeds or cuttings. Take cuttings in the spring or early summer and root in a well-draining soil mix.

    In summary, Gastrolobium 'Green Ice' is a beautiful plant that requires full sun, well-draining soil, and moderate watering. Regular pruning and occasional fertilization can help keep it healthy and promote new growth. Be careful not to overwater, watch for pests, and propagate using seeds or cuttings.