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Plant Species of the genus Agapetes

Information about this genus
Name: Agapetes
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Most species can be grown outdoors in sheltered positions in a mild, frost-free climate, while some of the Himalayan species will cope with a few degrees of frost, though even these are best planted under trees. They are best suited to a well-drained spot such as the top of a bank or among rocks and an acidic, humus-rich soil. As conservatory plants they prefer a peaty medium in a large pot or hanging basket, and should be kept in a good light with regular watering and misting. Propagation is most easily effected by layering, although cuttings can also be used.
Description: Belonging to the vaccinium subfamily of the heaths, this genus consists of over 90 species of low, often creeping or scrambling shrubs native to tropical and subtropical Asia, the Malay Archipelago, some larger Pacific islands and the far northeast of Australia, where a single species occurs. Mostly found in mountain rainforests, many grow as epiphytes on moss-covered tree trunks or rock outcrops. Most send out roots from prostrate or arching stems and some develop woody tubers at the stem base, which may be buried in the litter that accumulates in the forks of trees. Leaves vary greatly between species but are mostly leathery and new growth flushes are often colored pink, red or orange. The flowers, emerging singly or in small sprays from leaf axils, are tubular and rather waxy with a strong tendency to be 5-angled or 5-ribbed. Most Agapetes species have the potential to be interesting garden or conservatory plants.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Agapetes ?Ludgvan Cross? 9-11
Agapetes meiniana 9-11
Agapetes serpens 9-10



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