Pachystachys Lutea is a fast growing shrub with decorative and long lasting yellow bracts and short-lived but abundant white flowers.
Water just enough to moisten mixture. Do not allow to become waterlogged and do not stand in water.
Apply standard liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks, if it reaches a height of 15 inches and fails to bloom, change to high potash fertilizer to encourage flowering. Change back to normal feeding program at the end of first flowering season.
Re-pot annually in Spring, move plant to one size larger until it reaches the 7-8 inch size. Put plenty of broken crocks or pebbles to improve drainage. Thereafter top-dress annually with fresh potting mixture.
Take stem cuttings in Spring 3-4 inch long, taken from the lower branches. Take cuttings below a pair of leaves, remove the bottom pair and dip in rooting powder. Insert in a 2-3 inch pot or plant several in a 4 inch pot filled with equal parts of peat and perlite or cutting compost. Enclose in a plastic bag or heated propagator, and stand in bright filtered light.
Grow Pachystachys Lutea in bright filtered light at all times. They will not flower if given inadequate light, but it cannot tolerate full sunlight.
Prune heavily after flowering 3-6 inches of compost to encourage plant to branch from the base. Cut just above a leaf stem. It is most attractive when kept 3 feet in height.
Bottom leaf loss is normal but can be reduced by heavy pruning.
Pachystachys needs plenty of warmth and humidity to do well. Young plants raised from cuttings, and best planted 3 to a pot.
Prefers high humidity, spray 2-3 times a week and stand pot on saucer of damp pebbles to give extra humidity.
Well drained soil.
The first potatoes were cultivated in Peru about 7,000 years ago.