Odonotonema strictum - Plant
Common name: Firespike.
Bloom time: Late summer through winter.
Height: About 6 feet.
Difficulty level: Easy.
Planting & Care
Give firespikes plenty of room to grow when you plant them. Space the small bushes 24 to 36 inches apart. They’ll fill in this space in a few years, creating a single wall of glossy green leaves and spikes of flaming blooms.
Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade.
Soil: Well-drained soil.
Water: Keep the soil moist. Once established it can tolerate draught but You should water even established plants if it hasn t rained for more than two or three weeks.
Temprature: Hardiness upto 40 degrees F.
Fertilizer: A balanced fertilizer (10-10-5) or equivalent can be used monthly from June through october.
- If frost or freezing temperatures threaten, cover the firespike bushes to protect them.
- If they do get frozen, it will kill off the growth above ground, but it will usually grow back in the spring as soon as the soil warms.
- Firespike plant care also includes keeping them from taking over your flower beds.
- When the branches get too long or unruly, prune them back.
- Do this two or three times a year for the best looking plants.
- Used in landscapes and mixed shrub borders.
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