Firecracker Plant flowers
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Height: 24 inches
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Other Names: Firecracker Flower
A lovely tropical plant with beautiful, mounded, shiny deep green leaves; flowers in shades of orange-red or yellow rise above on spikes in summer; does not tolerate cold weather, so take indoors for winter
Features & Attributes
Firecracker Plant features showy spikes of coral-pink flowers with yellow overtones and yellow eyes rising above the foliage from early to late summer. Its attractive glossy pointy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year.
This is an herbaceous evergreen houseplant with a mounded form. This plant may benefit from an occasional pruning to look its best.
Planting & Growing
When grown indoors, Firecracker Plant can be expected to grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. This houseplant will do well in a location that gets either direct or indirect sunlight, although it will usually require a more brightly-lit environment than what artificial indoor lighting alone can provide. It does best in average to evenly moist soil, but will not tolerate standing water. The surface of the soil shouldn't be allowed to dry out completely, and so you should expect to water this plant once and possibly even twice each week. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size and other conditions; if in doubt, ask one of our experts in the store for advice. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soil. Contact the store for specific recommendations on pre-mixed potting soil for this plant.
There are many factors that will affect the ultimate height, spread and overall performance of a plant when grown indoors; among them, the size of the pot it's growing in, the amount of light it receives, watering frequency, the pruning regimen and repotting schedule. Use the information described here as a guideline only; individual performance can and will vary. Please contact the store to speak with one of our experts if you are interested in further details concerning recommendations on pot size, watering, pruning, repotting, etc.
-- THIS IS A TROPICAL PLANT AND SHOULD NOT BE EXPECTED TO SURVIVE THE WINTER OUTDOORS IN OUR CLIMATE --