Top Questions About Ruellia Plants

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Questions About Ruellia Plants

Asked by
tucky1 on
June 14, 2015

Q. Ruellia in several places in my landscaping and yard

I planted Ruellia in several places in my landscaping and yard. I have a large patch in my backyard and just a few plants in other areas. I live in Florida and since planting (about 18 months ago), I had beautiful blooming plants. This spring I have no blooms at all. Not in the large patch nor the smaller patches (some have only 2 plants). What happened and how can I fix this? Thank you.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 15, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

Different cultivators will bloom better then others.
Do you know the variety you have planted and it's characteristics?

Also crowding of the plants can inhibit blooming. If plants are crowded you can thin them out.

Also temperatures, many cultivators love to bloom in the heat of summer.

You may want to try an application of a bloom-boost fertilizer.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/ruellia/growing-ruellia-wild-petunias.htm

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Asked by
maryretha on
February 17, 2016

Q. ruellia

My Ruellia looks brown and dead. Should I cut it back and will it recover?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
February 17, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

If it was exposed to temperatures down into the 20's, it will die back to the ground.
You can trim away the dead plant material.

Here is a link to help you.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/ruellia/growing-ruellia-wild-petunias.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 7, 2016

Q. care for Ruellia plant in winter

I bought Ruellia plants in South Carolina and planted them in my garden in New Jersey, they are thriving. Now I want to make sure I take care of them for the winter so should I cut them back and cover them or wrap them ….what??? please help don’t want to loose them.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
November 7, 2016
Certified Expert
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You can cut them back and they will grow back.

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Asked by
mlsmith703 on
October 5, 2017

Q. toxic plants

Is the Ruellia plant toxic to Horses and Goats?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
October 5, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

It is absent on many lists that indicate toxic plants for livestock, and isn't a concern. If you still have a concern, then it wouldn't hurt to remove the plant from the area, if at all possible.

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Asked by
melsolegolf on
May 30, 2018

Q. Acid or alkaline?

Does Ruellia thrive in acidic or alkaline soil?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
May 30, 2018
Certified Expert
A.

They thrive in acidic to neutral soil, but will tolerate most soil conditions. It is best to aim for a pH of 5.5 to 7 with 6 being just about optimal.

This article will give you more information on the care of these: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/petunia/petunia-care.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 31, 2018

Q. Weeping Ruellia

Why does my Ruellia foliage appear to be weeping or drooping? It is flowering, has new buds, gets about 6 or more hours full afternoon sun, water daily.
Thanks for your help.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 31, 2018
Certified Expert
A.

A weeping branching is actually part of this plants natural growing pattern.
This article has more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/ruellia/growing-ruellia-wild-petunias.htm

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