15 Gallon
Jatropha / Tree – Red (STD)
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Jatropha / Tree - Red (STD)

Latin Name:

Jatropha integerrima

Plant Type:



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.


West Indies


Suitable for the home or a greenhouse









Growing Ease:

Requires a little extra care


60-85°F, 16-29°C


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.


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


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.


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.

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