Russelia Equisetiformis, Fire Cracker Plant, Fire Cracker Coral (Yellow)
Russelia equisetiformis, commonly known as the Firecracker Plant, is a charming and vibrant ornamental shrub native to Mexico and Central America. The Firecracker Plant is typically an outdoor plant, yet under specific circumstances it can also be grown indoors. Planting it in outdoor garden beds, hanging baskets, or containers ensures its greatest success. The Firecracker Plant is a favorite among gardeners and landscapers for its ability to attract hummingbirds with its nectar-rich blooms. The Firecracker Plant is typically an outdoor plant, yet under specific circumstances it can also be grown indoors. Planting it in outdoor garden beds, hanging baskets, or containers ensures its greatest success.
The narrow, tubular flowers are about 1 in (2.5 cm) long and cover the plant from late spring till fall. Actually, Russelia Equisetiformis can flower any time of year, given enough warmth and light. You’ll get the most blooms by putting it in full sun. Moving it outdoor for the summer is ideal. It’s attractive to passersby as well as to butterflies and hummingbirds.
- Sunlight: Provide full to partial sunlight, indoors or outdoors.
- Soil: Use well-draining, slightly acidic to neutral soil.
- Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged; water when the top inch of soil is dry.
- Fertilization: Feed with balanced fertilizer during the growing season (spring to early fall).
- Pruning: Trim for shape and to encourage bushy growth; prune back leggy or dead stems.
- Humidity: Tolerates average indoor humidity; misting can help.