The Kahiliflower needs a minimum temperature superior to 15°C, during this time of the year it is best to check the night temperatures before setting it outside. During the winter months we can cover a portion of the soil near the roots with dry leaves or other mulch tissue; in this manner we will protect the plant from the harsh climate.For a balanced development, it is best to position the The Kahiliflower in a place where it is exposed to at least a few hours of direct sunlight.
The Kahiliflower develops like a tree. This plant in the winter assumes a red colouring; it is small in size and can reach 5 m high. It keeps its leaves in the winter. They tend to develop like erect small trees.
Let’s remember to fertilize our shrubs often; we can fertilize enriching our soil with manure, at the end of the winter; or we can give it a fertilizer for flowering plants, every 20-25 days, when watering. If the shrubs are large or cover a large area, we can use a slow release granular fertilizer, to be used every 3-4 months. In the spring let’s favour fertilizers rich in nitrogen and potassium, to favour the development of a new vegetation and of flowerings.
We suggest watering these plants only from time to time, but we must remember to wet the soil deeply using 1-2 buckets of water every 2-3 weeks . Concerning those specimens grown in vases, let's remember that usually they need more watering, compared to the same shrubs placed in the ground. Moreover, they are often more sensible to temperatures, either very high or very low, and to radical apparatus diseases.
The spring weather, with a high temperature swing between the day and night hours, and pretty frequent rains, can favour the development of fungus diseases, which should be treated pre-emptively with a systemic fungicide, to use before the gems grow excessively; at the end of the winter we also suggest a wide range insecticide to prevent the attack of aphids and cochineals. We should always remember to do these treatments when there aren't flowerings in the garden.
These shrubs favour well drained substratums with a low PH.
The quite contained development of these plants enables us to cultivate them in a vase. The Kahiliflower needs to be cultivated in an acid substratum, with a lower PH level than 5. The indications given in this article are related to a medium size plant.