3 Gallon
Jatropha
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Jatropha

Latin Name:

Jatropha integerrima

Plant Type:

Perennial

Description:

Branching bushes or small trees in the tropics. The clusters of red flowers at the ends of the branches hold their color for a long time.

Origin:

West Indies

Environment:

Suitable for the home or a greenhouse

Foliage:

No

Flowering:

No

Season:

GI

Fragrant:

No

Growing Ease:

Requires a little extra care

Temperature:

60-85°F, 16-29°C

Humidity:

Low humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in full sunlight coming from the South/West

Soil Type:

A GOOD general purpose potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well) with a little added sand or if you want to mix your own take: 3 parts coarse sand or perlite, 2 parts garden soil, 2 parts humus (leaf mold), 1 part rinsed aquarium charcoal chips and a dusting of bone meal and limestone or a couple of eggshells (which can be substituted for limestone). Always use a pot with a hole.

Watering:

Keep the soil evenly moist and if you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.

Fertilizer:

Feed only twice a year, once in April and once in July with a water soluble fertilizer.

Plant Pests:

Prone to aphids, mealy bugs and rarely spider mites or scale. Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.

Propagation:

Stem cuttings and seeds in the summer. It is best to propagate any type of cuttings or seeds in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent the moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while.

Gardening Tips & Care:

Requires good ventilation but will grow for everyone except those a little too keen with the watering can. Reduce watering in the winter and put a layer of small gravel at the bottom of the pot and also one inch on the top of the soil to prevent stem rot.

Is Genus:

No

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