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Lollipop Plant

English Name

Pachystachys Lutea

Scientific Name

Description

Pachystachys Lutea is a fast growing shrub with decorative and long lasting yellow bracts and short-lived but abundant white flowers.

Peru

Origin

Acanthaceae

Family

45°F - 70°F

Temperature (°F)

1' - 1'6"

Height (feet/inches)

Perennial

Life Cycle

None

Fragrance

Colors

Watering

Water just enough to moisten mixture. Do not allow to become waterlogged and do not stand in water.

Feeding

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.

Repotting

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.

Propagation

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.

Cultivation

Grow Pachystachys Lutea in bright filtered light at all times. They will not flower if given inadequate light, but it cannot tolerate full sunlight.

Pruning

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.

Tips

Bottom leaf loss is normal but can be reduced by heavy pruning.

Care

Pachystachys needs plenty of warmth and humidity to do well. Young plants raised from cuttings, and best planted 3 to a pot.

Humidity

Prefers high humidity, spray 2-3 times a week and stand pot on saucer of damp pebbles to give extra humidity.

Soil

Well drained soil.



Did you know?

Scientists were able to revive a flowering plant from the fossilized fruit found in the stomach of an Arctic ground squirrel who was trapped in ice around 32,000 years ago.