Nematanthus wettsteinii (Fritsch) H. E. Moore
Goldfish Plant, Candy Corn Plant
Hypocyrta wettsteinii, Hypocyrta dusenii
Color: Bright red-orange
Bloom Time: Late spring to early fall
Nematanthus wettsteinii is a flowering plant with small, fleshy, hard-surfaced, glossy green leaves. It has a trailing, branching, and spreading habit. It is an epiphyte in nature and is ideal for growing in hanging baskets in cultivation.
The bright red-orange flower has petals fused into a pouch-like shape with a small opening.
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 is 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 out. Water to the point that the soil is moist, but never let the soil 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 needs a rich potting soil that holds water but still drains quickly.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Nematanthus.
Nematanthus wettsteinii is endemic to Brazil.
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