Cleome: The Spider Plant


The keys are beautiful annuals that adorn our gardens in the heart of summer, offering large inflorescences of pink, white or purple.

Also known as the spider plant, the cleome is part of the same family as the caper.

NameCleome spinosa
Family: Capparidaceae
Type: Annual

Height: 80 cm to 1.5 m according to varieties
Exposure: Sunny
Ground: Rich and well drained

Flowering: June to October

Sowing and planting of the keyome:

The cleome is grown in our latitudes as an annual because it can not withstand temperatures below 6-8°.

  • Put the seeds to soak in the water for 24 hours before sowing to accelerate emergence (10 to 15 days)

It will therefore be necessary to sow your seeds of keys every year, either in the ground from April, or sow a little before under shelter for a set up from May.

  • The planting takes place from April in the southern regions and May running north of the Loire
  • Space the plants 40 to 60 cm forming a massive of ten seedlings
  • The cleome is ideal in massif bottom
  • Pinch seedlings during planting to accelerate branching

In sowing in boxes in March-Aprilyou will be able to transplant stronger seedlings before putting them in the ground when the climate is more favorable for the development of this plant.

  • The cleome needs a rich and well drained land
  • He likes hot and sunny situations
  • He fears the windy places that make him bend the stems

Keys maintenance:

The keyome withstands drought quite well and do not fear diseases making it a very easy maintenance peg.

Once properly installed in the ground, all you need iswater only in case of drought extended.

A staking stems may be necessary if it come to bend.

Finally, remove the faded flowers as and when to stimulate the appearance of new flowers.

Cléome in pot:

The keyome, when grown in pots, fears a little more the drying up of the earth and must to be watered a little more often with moderation.

You can also stanch long stems if they tend to sag.

To know about the keys:

The cleome is native to South America and Africa according to variety and has about 120 species, the most cultivated in our region, the Cleome spinosa, also called spider plant.

We like in Cleome its large fragrant flowers of pink, white or purple color and its green leaves and webbed, also very decorative.

Not very hardy, the keys may have only this disadvantage even if it is easily cultivated and can even be reser from year to year.

Smart tip about the keyme:

On the terrace or in the ground, avoid drafts for the keyfob because its stems bend and fall easily.

Video: How to grow Cleome Hassleriana (spider flower) from seed.

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