How to Care for Bluewings


Bluewings, also known as Wishbone Flower and Torenia fournieri, is an annual that grows to be 6 to 12 inches high. It blooms repeatedly with flowers that are pale violet with deep purple spots and yellow accents. They form a compact, upright bush that is 8 to 12 inches high. Bluewings does very well in borders, pots, edging and rock gardens. It doesn't do well in cold climates but blooms in summer and autumn in warmer climates.

Step 1

Know that Bluewings should thrive in a variety of sun exposure conditions. Areas that are in the sun to partial shade or partial to full shade are the best choices.

Step 2

Make sure the soil has good drainage and doesn't allow for standing water. Enrich it with compost for the best growing conditions.

Step 3

Check the soil's pH level. It should be neutral to acidic, not alkaline. The pH level should range from a 7.5 to 5.6.

Step 4

Keep the soil consistently moist. Do not allow it to dry out between waterings. Also don't allow the plant to sit in standing water.

Step 5

Apply a soluble plant food to Bluewings on a regular basis to keep the plant growing well throughout the flowering period.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't worry about deadheading the flowers.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Water


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