The Dalechampia can't stand temperatures below zero; they should be grown in cold green houses or at least in a place where they are sheltered by the wind; when every risk of late freezings has gone by we can place them outside or remove the protections. Let's position the plants where they can enjoy a good source of light,yet avoiding direct sunshine, which could cause antiaesthetic burnings on the foliage.This plant prefers very luminous locations, during this period of the year it is best to avoid direct exposure to solar rays.
The Dalechampia has a shrub- like development. The Dalechampia Is medium in size; in summer it assumes a pink colouring. These are evergreen plants, which means they keep their leaves year round. These plants are climbers, therefore they grow leaning against supports of all types.
During this period of the year it's good to fertilize our plants every 15-20 days; letís choose a specific fertilizer, for house plants, flowering or green ones, to add to the water used to irrigate. We should prefer fertilizers rich in nitrogen and potassium, to favour flowering and the development of new vegetation.
Water rarely, about once every 1-2 weeks with 2-3 glasses of water , keeping the soil dry for a few days before watering again; when wetting we suggest avoiding surpluses, however to wet the soil deep down. Let's remember to empty the plant saucers after watering, to avoid that stagnant water could damage the roots.
Generally during this time of year we suggest a pre-emptive treatment with wide range insecticide and with a systemic fungicide, to prevent the attack from part of the aphids and the development of fungus diseases, often favoured by a mild and damp climate.
Letís grow these apartment plants in a very well drained soil.
Notes - Dalechampia
When wanted we can grow these plants in a vase. The indications given in this article are related to a medium size plant.