Russelia (Red) - Plant
Description for Russelia (Red)
Winter hardy to USDA Zones 9-11. In St. Louis, grow in pots or hanging baskets which should be overwintered indoors. Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates a wide range of soil moisture.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Russelia (Red),firecracker plant||Red||January, February, March, April, September, October, November, December||1.00 to 4.00 feet||easy to grow|
Planting and care
Prepare a potting mixture using equal parts sand, perlite and peat. Fill a pot until there is only 1 inch between the rim of the pot and the surface of the soil.
Identify a healthy branch with a growing tip that has at least two leaves near the tip of the branch. Sever the branch 6 inches below the tip and remove any leaves other than the two closest to the tip of the branch.
|Full sun||well-drained soil||water moderately||20 C and above||Fertilize early in the plants growing cycle - spring for summer plants, fall for winter plants|
Caring for Russelia
- Dig holes or beds wide, not deep
- Lightly amend heavy clay or sandy soils with organic matter
- Gently remove plants from containers, keeping the root ball intact
- Loosen potting soil and roots around bottom and edges of root ball
- Plant level with surrounding soil, spreading roots outward
- Fill around roots with lightly amended native soil
- Water to settle soil around roots
- Cover the area with leaf or bark mulch 1 - 3 inches thick but not piled up onto the plants stem and water deeply
Typical uses of Russelia
Special features: In the St. Louis area, these plants grow well in hanging baskets, containers or sunk to the rim in garden areas. Containers may be set in the ground to cascade over walls or sunk in damp soils at the edge of ponds or water gardens.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.