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Botanical name:- Russelia Equisetiformis.
|Bright light to full sun
|Water everyday &keep moist
|Mites, caterpillars, and nematodes.
|Toxic to pets and humans
|Maximum plant height
|Potting soil/red soil/manure/perlite
|Good drainage&repot every 1-2 years
|Apply manure for first 15 days and npk for next 15 days
|Pruning & training
|Remove dead & diseased leaves with sterile shears
|Common color & season
|Bright red in may – october
|The 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.