Bacopa

July 21, 2008 - 00:00

New for 2009 are bacopa ‘Scopia Great Deep Violet’ and ‘Scopia Great Regal Blue’. Ideal for hanging baskets, window boxes, flowerbeds and mixed containers, varieties in this series are compact and very branched. Great Regal Blue features large, deep-blue flowers above dark-green foliage and has a mounded-trailing growth habit. Great Deep Violet has an abundance of large, dark-violet flowers contrasted against dark-green foliage. It has a mounded habit and fine texture.
Rooting Scopia varieties is fairly easy, taking place within 14 to 18 days at temperatures of 64-75° F. Four-inch pots (one plant) will be ready within five to eight weeks, 6-inch pots (one to two plants) will be ready in eight to 10 weeks and 10-inch hanging baskets (four to five plants) will be ready in 10 to 12 weeks.
Use a well-drained, disease-free medium with a pH of 5.3-6.0 and EC at 0.6-0.9. Keep moist, but do not overwater. Scopia requires a constant feed with a balanced fertilizer with 150- to 250-ppm nitrogen. Use average micronutrients with higher iron. Leach to avoid salt buildup.
Hardy to Zones 9 to 11, Scopia varieties prefer full sunlight to partial shade. Minimum recommended light intensity is 4,000 foot-candles. Keep temperatures at 60-75° F day and 55-60° F night.
Insects to watch for are whiteflies, aphids and thrips. Diseases to watch for are Botrytis, Pythium and Rhizoctonia. Bacopa is sensitive to several viruses; therefore, it is vital to start with virus-free material.

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