Planting perennials is an economical way of introducing year-round color and texture in the landscape. Pentas are warm region tropical blooming plants, so called because of the five-pointed petals on the flowers. The plants come in a profusion of colors, so learn how to care for Pentas and enjoy their rich jewel tones. When you know how to grow Pentas, you have a foolproof way of attracting hummingbirds and butterflies, too.
How to Care for Pentas:
Pentas are low maintenance plants.Provided they get plenty of water, sunshine and heat, they will perform beautifully and reward you with an abundance of blooms. Deadhead Pentas flowers to encourage more blooms. Young Pentas plant care should include pinching off the stem ends to force a more compact plant. Fertilize in spring with a slow release granular fertilizer. Mulch around in-ground plants to conserve water and repel weeds. Save outdoor plants in winter by digging them up and putting them in a container with a good potting soil. Bring them indoors to a warm room with bright light and no drafts. Reintroduce the plant gradually to the outdoors in spring as soon as ambient temperatures are 65 F. (18 C.) or more.