GARDEN PATCH POINTERS
By Robert and Hoberley Schuler
Q: I bought a princess plant with beautiful purple blue flowers. It grew a little this past
summer but my neighbor’s has doubled in size. What should I do to make it grow? Georgia Radcliff, Bay Area
A: Your “Princess Flower,” Tibouchina urvilleana, is a Brazilian tropical shrub growing 10 to 18 feet tall, likes moderate watering, warmth and to be sheltered from strong breezes and freezing conditions. The plant likes a slightly acid soil, which could be your problem.