3 Gallon
Shrimp Plant / Red
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Shrimp Plant / Red

Latin Name:

Justicia betonica

Plant Type:

Shrub

Description:

Upright flower spikes at the branch tips are more showy for the green striped white bracts below each flower than for the small pinkish flowers themselves.

Uses:

Border, Container, Foundation, Massing, Specimen

Origin:

Brazil

Environment:

Suitable for the home or a greenhouse

Foliage:

No

Flowering:

Yes

Season:

GK

Fragrant:

No

Growing Ease:

Requires a little extra care

Temperature:

60-85°F, 16-29°C

Humidity:

Medium humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in bright indirect sunlight coming from the South/East/West

Soil Type:

Use a GOOD rich potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well), such as an African violet mix. If you want to mix your own take: 2 parts garden soil, 2 parts humus (leaf mold), 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part rinsed aquarium charcoal chips and a little fine grade fir bark. Always use a pot with a hole.

Watering:

Drench the soil and let it become moderately dry between waterings. If you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.

Fertilizer:

Feed every two weeks with an acidic water soluble fertilizer during growth.

Plant Pests:

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

Propagation:

Stem cuttings with bottom heat in the spring. Early summer, Early fall, Early spring, Early winter, Late summer, Late fall, Late spring, Late winter, Mid summer, Mid fall, Mid spring, Mid winter It is best to propagate any type of cuttings 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:

Pinch back occasionally to maintain its shape as it has a tendency to get leggy. Repot in the winter or early spring.

Is Genus:

No

Flower Color:

white

Growth Rate:

Average

Hardiness Zones:

10b to 11a

Height:

24 to 39

Width:

12 to 36

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