The fan flower is about 20-30 cm high, but forms hanging shoots up to a meter long. It is ideal for planting balcony boxes (€ 106.25 at Amazon *) and hanging baskets. The beautiful fan-shaped blue or purple flowers show up from May to October.
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If you prefer to plant the fan flower in the garden or on the terrace, we recommend planting it in a tall container. There the long decorative shoots come into their own. The fan flower, on the other hand, is less suitable as a bedding plant.
Plant the fan flower
Plant the fan flower in a sunny place or in the light partial shade. The more sun the plant gets, the more abundant the flowering will be. Targeted pruning can encourage abundant flowering and a long flowering period. The fan flower does not make any special demands on the floor. However, it should be well drained, because the plant does not tolerate waterlogging.
Water and fertilize the fan flower
The blue fan flower is quite thirsty and needs to be watered regularly. This is especially true in the flowering period. Then you should fertilize your plant about every 14 days, because it needs a lot of nutrients, like many other flowering plants.
The fan flower in winter
Since the fan flower is not hardy, it naturally cannot tolerate frost. The ideal temperature in winter quarters is around 5 -10 ° C. Cut back the fan flower in late autumn before moving the plant to winter quarters.
Reduce watering but don't let the soil dry out completely. The fan flower does not need any fertilizer in winter. As soon as night frosts are no longer expected, the fan flower is allowed to move back to its traditional place on the balcony.
If the fan flower subsides over the course of summer, then cut the plant back by about half. It will sprout again and make many buds again.