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Firecracker Flower Crossandra infundibuliformis 20 Seeds USA Company

Firecracker Flower Crossandra infundibuliformis 20 Seeds USA Company

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Crossandra infundibuliformis, commonly known as the Firecracker Flower or Crossandra, is a tropical flowering plant native to India and Sri Lanka. It belongs to the family Acanthaceae and is popular for its attractive, tubular-shaped flowers and glossy, dark green leaves. Here are some key characteristics and information about Crossandra infundibuliformis:

Appearance: Crossandra infundibuliformis is an evergreen shrub that typically grows to a height of 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm). Its leaves are lance-shaped, about 4-6 inches (10-15 cm) long, and have a shiny, waxy texture.

Flowers: The most distinctive feature of this plant is its striking flowers. The tubular blooms are typically orange, although there are also varieties with pink, red, or yellow flowers. These flowers have a unique, fan-like shape and are arranged in clusters.

Blooming Season: Crossandra infundibuliformis is known for its prolonged blooming period, which often occurs throughout the year in warm, tropical climates. In less favorable conditions, it may bloom less consistently.

Care Requirements: This plant is relatively easy to care for. It thrives in well-draining soil and prefers bright, indirect sunlight. While it can tolerate some shade, it will flower more prolifically in brighter conditions. It's important to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Hardy in zones 10-12.

Temperature Tolerance: Crossandra infundibuliformis is sensitive to cold temperatures and cannot tolerate frost. It is best suited for tropical and subtropical climates where temperatures remain consistently warm.

Pruning: Regular pruning can help maintain a compact and bushy shape for the plant. It's also a good practice to deadhead spent flowers to encourage continued blooming.

Propagation: Crossandra infundibuliformis can be propagated from seeds or stem cuttings. Stem cuttings are a common method for propagation and should be taken from healthy, mature plants.

Uses: In addition to being a popular ornamental plant, Crossandra infundibuliformis is often used as a cut flower in floral arrangements. It is also believed to have some medicinal properties in traditional herbal medicine.

Pests and Diseases: Common pests that may affect Crossandra infundibuliformis include aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites. Proper care, including regular inspection and treatment if necessary, can help prevent these issues.

Varieties: There are several cultivars of Crossandra infundibuliformis available with varying flower colors and sizes, such as 'Mona Wallis,' 'Orange Marmalade,' and 'Milky Way.'

Overall, Crossandra infundibuliformis is a lovely and vibrant addition to tropical gardens or as an indoor plant in regions with suitable conditions. It provides a burst of color and can thrive with the right care.

 

Growing Instructions for the Firecracker Flower

 

  1. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Put the soil in a pot. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet. 4. Put the seeds on the soil. 5. Lightly cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil 1/8 of an inch thick. 6. Water the seeds. 7. Place the pots in an area with warm temperatures in full sun or part shade. The seeds take 7-10 days to germinate. 8. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.

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