The Bells of Fire Tecoma from the Southern Living Plant Collection is probably unlike any Tecoma you have ever planted! This variety has incredible blooming potential and is sure to be one of the most prolific bloomers in your landscape. True to its name, the Bells of Fire Tecoma produces bright red-orange trumpet-shaped flowers from Spring until the first frost in Fall! In addition, the tubular, colorful flowers are perfect for hummingbird lovers, and will attract any curious hummingbirds in the area.
For limited frost environments, the Tecoma is a semi-evergreen shrub, reaching 5-6′ H x 5′ W. Other zones will see the Bells of Fire as a deciduous perennial, returning each year.
The Bells of Fire is naturally compact, meaning that pruning is unnecessary. Therefore, fans of carefree gardening will enjoy its low-maintenance nature. Use it as a foundation, hedge, garden accent, or in a mass planting.
This gorgeous shrub isn’t all looks though. Once established, it is notably drought and heat tolerant in the landscape!
Dead-heading will encourage further blooming but is not required.
Plant in USDA Zones 8-11.
Full Sun (6+ hours) is important to ensure that you are getting the maximum amount of blooms possible.
Plant in well-draining soil for best results. However, the Bells of Fire Tecoma tolerates most native soil types as well.
Water regularly until well-established. This will improve its ability to survive in the long-term, as it will allow roots to penetrate deeper. Afterward, supplemental watering may be required in times of dry weather.
Fertilize with a granular fertilizer higher in Phosphorus and Potassium (such as 8-10-10) in early spring and summer. This will encourage bloom production. Use a balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) in early fall to promote growth to prepare it for the next growing season.
To create a seamless border or hedge plant this Tecoma 2-3 feet apart. If individual shrub plantings are desired, space your plantings 5+ feet apart.
2.5 Quart – 6-8″+ H x 6-8″ W
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