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Monday, 22 June 2015

GROWING BAUHINIA KOCKIANA IN MY GARDEN

Bauhinia Kockiana or Bauhinia Coccinea is a tropical, woody plant or vine. It is also known as Kock's Bauhinia, Climbing Bauhinia or Red Trailing Bauhinia.
Bauhinia Kockinia has dark green leaves and bright striking orange flowers.

Bauhinia Kockinia is a climbing vine and its branches need to be supported.

This climbing vine grows well in normal garden soil with good water drainage. It also loves the sun and needs regular watering and fertilizing.

The beautiful flowers bloom in clusters. They are gorgeous and very eye-catching even from afar.

These are how the leaves and flower buds look like.

The flowers start from yellow, then they change to orange.

Then from orange they turn to orangey red in colour.

When I first planted my Bauhinia Kockinia plants, they took a long time to flower.

But once they started to flower, they have been flowering faithfully.

Bauhinia Kockinia flowers throughout the year round.

This is the seed. In each seed pod there may be one to three seeds. The seeds are flat and round, about half an inch diameter. When the seeds are matured, the seed pod and seeds will be dark brown or black in colour. The seed pod will then explode open and the seeds will be dispersed.

It is not easy to propagate this plant. I have collected the seeds and tried propagating by using seeds but the success rate is very low. I have also tried propagation with stem cuttings and it is also not very successful. I am hoping to try marcotting to see if it works.

So far, only those seeds that have dropped onto the soil and germinated on their own have a better success rate.

Here is one seedling which has sprouted out from the soil on its own. A few times I have dug out some seedlings but they didn't survive. I hope this will not be harmed by the extreme heat.
Due to the extreme heat in my area for the past few weeks, my Bauhinia Kockinia plants have suffered "heatstroke" and the leaves and flowers have curled and dried up. The leaves are falling all over and my plants are almost bald. This has happened before a few times whenever the weather is extremely hot. But after I have trimmed off the dried parts, the plants sprout new shoots again and after some time with much care and watering, the plants are back to normal again.

Out of the stump of David's family will grow a shoot -

yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root.

And the Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him -

the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,

The Spirit of counsel and might,

the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.

(Isaiah 11:1-2, New Living Translation-NLT)

54 comments:

  1. Fingers crossed it recovers again, such a beautiful plant.

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    1. Yes, I hope it will be restored to its former beauty!

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  2. It is a beautiful plant and so colorful! Lovely images! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

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  3. I love your garden. And all the great food you eat too. I would love to see your garden for real.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Thank you, Sandee. If my garden is at its best, then it is pleasing to the eyes.

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  4. Beautiful flowers! I do hope they'll survive the heat too. My flowers are quite miserable because it's been so hot in my area as well.

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    1. Let's pray the heat will be over soon, so our plants can recover and bloom again!

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  5. I think you have a big garden and green fingers

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    1. Thank you, Gosia. In fact, I have a small garden and my plants are mostly grown in pots. Once the plants are doing well, I will post up my garden's photos.

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  6. That is a very exotic plant and so pretty. Have you tried some rooting hormone to propagate this plant.

    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Thanks, Julia. I have tried but it didn't work. Somehow, I am having difficulty with this plant.

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  7. Beautiful blooms and very informative post Nancy . I learn something new today. Happy Tuesday!

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    1. Thank you, LifeRamblings. We are all learning new things from each other. Happy Tuesday to you too!

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  8. Very striking orange flower!

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  9. Very beautiful and colourful!

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    1. Thank you, Joyful. Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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  10. Wish I could grow plants like you do, so beautiful flowers!

    Tanya
    www.StripesNVibes.com
    BlogLovin

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    1. Thank you, Tanya. I am sure you can, just start with easy to grow plants.

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  11. Ah, I've seen this plant in my neighborhood! I used to confuse it with Rangoon Creepers but now I know the difference. Nancy, your garden is like paradise!

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    1. Thank you, Phong Hong. Oh, my garden can hardly be compared to paradise. Sometimes if the plants are doing well, it is lovely but when weather condition is not favourable, the plants will be suffering and my garden will not be a pretty sight!

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  12. Beautiful blooms and the flowers are pretty. My neighbour has this plant & they are growing very well too but lately like you say, the weather is too hot & I can see some parts of the plants are drying up .

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    1. It was doing so well before the hot weather but now it is almost bald without most of its leaves. Hope it will be restored after the hot weather is over.

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    1. Hi, thank for your visit. Have a good day!

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  14. I certainly agree to some points that you have discussed on this post. I appreciate that you have shared some reliable tips on this review.

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  15. Such pretty flowers.

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  16. I have never seen this plant before! It is such a beautiful colour and I love the seed pods - so unusual!

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  17. The petals of the flower look almost like hibiscus. Hope you get to propagate them. Let me look up what marcotting means.

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    1. Currently I have to wait for my plant to be well and healthy again before I can do anything.

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  18. You've got so many plants, I wonder how big is your garden. I hope I can see it as a whole in a photo one day. Thanks for sharing

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    1. My garden at this moment is not pretty. The extreme hot weather is drying up my plants and they are all suffering heat stroke!

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  19. Beautiful! Are you sure you have a small garden??

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  20. Hi Nancy, this flowers is beautiful. You're very good in gardening. 2 thumbs up for you.

    Best regards,
    Amelia

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  21. Wow, that's a beautiful plant, Nancy! ♥ ♥

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  22. Hi did you ever have any success growing it from stem cutting?
    By the way, I also came across your article in a Facebook page called 1001 plants. They have printed it word for word. I hope they got your permission and not stole it!

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    1. So far no success with stem cuttings. Only from seedlings from self propagation. I don't know about it. Haven't come across 1001 plants. Thank you for informing. Will need to check it out if its mine.

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  23. Hi, Which type of fertilizer u use for these plant? I tried to put a few drops of black fertilizer on to my pot, my leaves started to have brown spots? Do u know what causes it?

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    1. Hello Cherie, I don't know what causes the brown spot. It could be due to fungal infection. Temporary let the plant rest before feeding fertilizer again and meantime, you could trim off the affected part and hope for the plant to recover and grow healthy leaves. I only use the common fertilizer for growth and for flowers. Make sure you start with a small amount of fertilizer to test out the strength of the fertilizer and how the plant will react to it. Place the little fertilizer away from the stem of the plant, as far to the edge of the pot. At one time, my whole plant has burnt leaves. I almost bald the whole plant and thankfully, it grew new branches and leaves again and now the plants are blooming profusely.

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