Nemesia is a cute little flower that many find appealing for the beauty and abundance of its warm-colored blooms.
Summary of Nemesia facts
Name – Nemesia
Type – annual or perennial depending on the variety
Height – 12 to 20 inches (30 to 50 cm) depending on the variety
Exposure – full sun, part sun
Soil – rather rich
Flowering – June to September
In flower beds, along edges, in garden boxes or hanging pots, it is extremely ornamental and growing it is very easy.
Most appropriate is to sow in a sheltered spot starting from the month of March and put in place during the month of May.
If you’re looking to sow your nemesia directly in the bed, wait for the end of April. Blooming, in this case, should occur in August or September.
How to plant nemesia
- For abundant flower-bearing, prefer a spot that is in part shade and never gets too hot.
- Best is part sun. But you’ll be happy to see that nemesia still does flower well in the shade.
- Nemesia prefers rather rich and well drained soil.
- Water regularly, but not too much, after planting.
Also, best wait for April to transplant specimens purchased in nursery pots to the ground.
Growing nemesia in pots
- Opt for flower plant soil mix.
- Ensure that the bottom of the pot has a hole in it.
- Water when the surface of the substrate has dried up.
Pruning, and caring for nemesia
Cut wilted flowers off your nemesis as soon as they wilt, so that the plant won’t waste energy. This step isn’t mandatory but performing it will stimulate the plant to produce new flowers.
Apart from that, provide for regular watering for nemesia grown in in pots.
At the end of the blooming, once the leaves have withered away, cut back as short as you can.
Diseases and parasites that attack nemesia
Nemesia is vulnerable to powdery mildew.
- Avoid wetting the leafage when watering.
- Here, you can find the best practices to fight off powdery mildew.
As regards parasites, aphids is the most common predator, and it can wreck havoc among your plants.
- Here is how to fight aphids off.
Learn more about nemesia
Nemesia is quite distinctive thanks to the wide range of colors, from white to red, including yellow. It is also found appealing for its delicate fragrance and its abundant flowering.
Nemesia actually bears so many flowers that at times the tiny colored flowers overtake and cover its leaves.
They’ll be perfect in flower beds, rocky settings or to mark edges, and they’ll also look amazing in pots and garden boxes on your deck or terrace.
Nemesia comes from the Greek root word nemesis, which stood for righteous anger. It was sometimes tied to the spirit of equilibrium, and also vengeance.
Here are the tips on how to grow this plant that expert Nemesia producer Stéphane Etienne prepared for us on the topic of Nemesia denticulata, the tooth-shaped nemesis:
Smart tip about nemesia
In summer, always favor watering in the evening to keep water from evaporating.