Firecracker Plant

35.0 AED

Botanical name:- Russelia Equisetiformis.

  • 40cm-50cm
SKU: russelia-equisetiformis Categories: , ,
Scientific nameRusselia equisetiformis
Common nameFirecracker plant
Temperature requirement25-35 °C
LightBright light to full sun
WateringWater everyday &keep moist
PestsMites, caterpillars, and nematodes.
Pet friendlinessToxic to pets and humans
Maximum plant height100-150cm
Potting mixPotting soil/red soil/manure/perlite
Pot requirementGood drainage&repot every 1-2 years
NutritionApply manure for first 15 days and npk for next 15 days
Pruning & trainingRemove dead & diseased leaves with sterile shears
Common color & seasonBright red in may – october
DescriptionThe firecracker plant originates from tropical and subtropical regions between mexico and peru. Its green stems perform photosynthesis, while the foliage has degenerated to tiny, short lived scales. It is widely distributed in frost free regions for its year-round flowering, with its peak in summer and early autumn. Reaching up to 3 cm in length, the tubular flowers appear mainly at the twigs’ end, where they are pollinated by insects. Seeds develop in capsules and are best harvested by attaching a bag to the branches. Sowing is one way to multiply this plant, but softwood cuttings also grow easily. The latter method is necessary to achieve plants with similar characteristics. Some cultivars have flowers in a yellow or cream colour. In open ground, this plant forms a green fountain, when hundreds of wiry twigs sprout up and topple over when extending their length. In this manner they reach a height of 1.5 Metres and a width of 2 metres. The virtues of russelia are much better presented where it cascades over a wall or the edges of a raised container. It demands good drainage and tolerates some drought when established. Frequent irrigation and regular fertilising guarantee healthy growth and sustained flowering. Exposure to wind is accepted, and firecracker plants tolerate both acidic and alkaline soils. It has adapted well to the conditions in gulf regions, and planted in masses it makes an attractive area cover on slopes. Maintenance is limited to occasional cutting back to rejuvenate growth every two or three years.

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