Are you familiar with Sweet Olive (Osmanthus fragrans)? From October through June, this shrubby evergreen opens a profusion of tiny, apricot-scented, creamy-white flowers. I have it on the wide, eastern sill in my guestroom, where it mingles beautifully with fancy-leaved geraniums, African violets and hoya vines.
The guest room in question.
Osmanthus is very easy to please. Give it daily water, cool temperatures, and moderate humidity. It blooms constantly for me with only two hours of direct morning sun, yet it perfumes the air all day long. Any soil on the acidic side will do. Feed monthly with a weak solution of Miracid (a 1/4 teaspoon dissolved in a gallon of water). Beware of too frequent feeding, or its leaf-tips will turn brown. Slow growing, the plant requires shifting to a larger pot only every other year.
If I didn’t already have Sweet Olive, I’d surely order it! For this is a plant that gives and gives, and asks but little in return.
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