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Beaumontia grandiflora is a vigorous, evergreen climber whose native habitat ranges from Nepal and South-east Tibet and Yunnan south through Assam, Burma (now Myanmar) and South-east Asia. Commonly known as the Nepal trumpet flower, or the Easter lily, Beaumontia grandiflora is considered to be a tropical plant, but it is known to grow well in subtropical or southern Mediterranean climates. This is because Beaumontia grandiflora has evolved in an alpine environment making it is surprisingly hardy. In fact it is able to tolerate temperatures as low as to 28 degrees Fahrenheit -3 degrees Celsius with relatively little damage!
It isn't necessary to prune Beaumontia grandiflora, but you may have to if your plant gets too large. Beaumontia grandiflora flowers on new seasons wood, so to make sure you get blooms the following year you will always need to prune immediately after flowering.
Growing Beaumontia grandiflora from seed
Beaumontia grandiflora seed should be sown in the early spring. Place each seed into a 3 inch pot containing a good quality compost such as John Innes 'Seed and Cutting'. Place in a heated propagator at 20 degrees Celsius, or inside a sealed, clear polythene bag on a warm, bright windowsill. Once germinated they will need to be removed from the propagator or bag, but can be left to grow on the warm windowsill. The can be planted outside in the early summer but will need to be hardened off for a week or so before hand.
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