HOW TO GROW THE GOLDEN SHRIMP PLANT - Pachystachys lutea
The Golden Shrimp plant -Pachystachys lutea is a gorgeous, soft-stemmed evergreen from the subtropical regions of Peru and grown in Europe either as a houseplant or as summer bedding.
It produces, lush, heavily-veined, dark green leaves, but its most ornamental feature is the brightly coloured, thick-stemmed flowering body. The true flowers are the short-lived white blooms which emerge throughout the summer from the overlapping bright golden-yellow bracts.
As a result of their subtropical origins, the golden shrimp plant will need to be kept in a position that receives as much light as possible, so position garden plants in full sun and house plants near a south facing window. Water frequently over the summer months and regularly mist with tepid water if humidity is low. Pot grown plants will require feeding with a liquid soluble fertiliser every week or so.
The golden shrimp plant will need little maintenance outside, but as they have the capacity to grow anywhere between 1-2 metres in both height and width favourable condition indoors can mean that they will outgrow their allotted space. Luckily, this plant will respond well to pruning, a task that is best carried out in the spring. Always cut back to just above a leaf node and is need be you can remove up to a third of the branches.
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