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Scaevola, also known as the fan plant, prefers light, sandy soil, warmer climates and plenty of drainage in a partially sunny area. Grow the scaevola plant in a garden with helpful advice from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening. View Video Transcript
Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to learn all about how to grow Scaevola, or the fan plant, and it's native to Australia and the Pacific. Scaevola, or fan flower is a flowery shrub that is native to Australia and parts of the Pacific, and to Fiji and Tahiti and lots of tropical areas. So it's very versatile. But it can only handle zones nine to eleven, so it can't handle any frost at all and does better in warmer climates than colder climates. They like really light sandy soil with good drainage and they do best in sun or part shade. And it's best to start them from seed or cuttings in the Spring or the Summer and they'll grow right away. So Scaevola are a small shrub that gets larger over the years. They grow right on the beaches in the Pacific areas. So, they like sandy, really good drainage type soil. They want full hot sun and they never want to be in too hot of conditions either. So, if you live inland where it's more of a desert condition, you might want to put them in part shade because they are more of a coastal plant. You can start them by the cuttings in the Spring or you can start them by seed. But they are an easy, easy shrub to grow in your garden.