Color: Bright orange
Bloom Time: Summer
Nematanthus 'Tropicana' is an evergreen tropical perennial with attractive small fleshy and glossy foliage and clusters of unusual bright orange pouch-shaped flowers striped with red. It grows to 1 foot (30 cm) tall and 1.6 feet (50 cm) wide.
USDA hardiness zone 10b to 11b: from 35 °F (+1.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
If you have a highlight area that calls for a hanging or table plant that flowers, Nematanthus are a perfect choice. Plants are easy to care for, drought-resistant, and, with proper care, can bloom all year.
Place the Nematanthus in bright light, but protect it from direct sunlight. Put the plant a few feet away from a sunny window, or place it next to a window covered with a sheer curtain. Curled leaves are an indication that the plant needs a bit more light. Water the Nematanthus regularly, and don't allow the soil to dry. Water to the point that the soil is moist, but never let the soil to become soggy. Pour the water out of the drainage saucer immediately, and do not allow the bottom of the container to sit in water. Keep the plants in a warm room, and don't allow temperatures to drop below 60ºF (15ºC). Don't place the plant near heating vents or air conditioners, and protect the plant from cold drafts—it likes fertile potting soil that holds water but still drains quickly.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Nematanthus.
This plant is a hybrid of unknown parentage.
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