How to Grow Bridal Wreath (Francoa Ramosa)

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The bridal wreath plant, or francoa ramosa, is a beautiful plant whose blooms resemble a head band. Grow bridal wreath plants by keeping them out of a full, hot sun with instructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video series on flower... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we are going to learn all about the bridal wreath plant also known as Francoa Ramosa. It's a beautiful plant from Chile. Chile is a small long pencil shaped country at the very bottom of South America so the climate is very similar to the Pacific Northwest. They get a lot of the ocean current and they get a lot of the ocean temperatures. They have the Andes Mountains in between just like we have the Cascade Mountains and so mountainous plants do really well there as they would in any climate that is similar and what I love about Chile is it goes across the 45th parallel and if you see that any plant that grows along the 45th parallel does well because there is equal seasons. There is three months of Summer, Spring, Fall and Winter just like the northern hemisphere if you go across the Pacific Northwest and across all of America even into New York you will find that the temperatures are very similar and that they have seasons but the difference is the Pacific ocean is a much warmer ocean than the Atlantic ocean so we have much milder temperatures on the West Coast then the East Coast does on the northern parts. But what I love about Chilean plants is that they do really well in the Pacific Northwest in many other climates because they can handle a lot of cold temperatures. They call it bridal wreath or maiden's wreath because the blooms look just like a head band. They are tiny little white and pink flowers that are all connected and you can just take a stem of flowers and put it into a knot and put it on your head and make a perfect little wreath and it is perfect for your bridal veil and in the older days a lot of people would do that. They make great cut flowers whether you wrap them into a wreath or you put them straight up and down. They are a beautiful cut flower. The most important thing to remember is to don't put them in full hot sun. Put them in a little bit of shade so give them some afternoon shade or a little bit of protection or a little bit under a tree because they can burn if they get hot sun on them and water them well but let them dry out in between. They like really wet Winters but they like really hot Summers and the key is never let your Francoa Ramosa dry out because if it dries out you'll lose it and as long as you keep it moist but not sitting in water in a pond it will thrive and come back for years and years and years. It is the most ultimate bridal wreath.