Gardening

Beloperone Guttata, a tropical flower that attracts butterflies

Beloperone Guttata also known as shrimp plant , pacifier flower, indoor hops, golden corn or Golden Shrimp. It is a tropical species that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds in the summer and fall. It is a shrub native to Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras. It is classified with two scientific names Justicia brandegeeana and Pachystachust lutea and belongs to the Acantácea family.

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Shrimp plant characteristics

It is a tropical perennial shrub , evergreen, which reaches 1 m in height with oval leaves, 3 to 7 cm in length. The stems are long and thin. The inflorescence in the form of spikes 6 cm. Formed by bracts in pink, yellow, white and red tones.

Beloperone Guttata care

It is an ideal plant to be in the garden, pot and indoors.

It requires a well-lit place, as long as the sun is not directly on it. It only requires 3 hours a day for it to develop satisfactorily.

It is poorly resistant to cold (up to 2.3˚C), but it is able to withstand droughts and does not need much maintenance. It thrives in a slightly humid atmosphere.

It is a species that can be reproduced by cuttings in well-drained soil under the shade of other trees. It is cut about 10 cm and a few bracts are removed to help root better, and then it is placed in a pot with peat. It will only take a short time to root.

Watering should be every 3 or 4 days in the summer and every 15 days in the winter. While indoors every 2 to 3 days in the summer and every 19 days in the winter.

Compost can be 20g of bone meal per plant and 3 to 5g per pot indoors so it can thrive vigorously.

Pruning should be formative when it has stopped flowering. But so that it can favor the appearance of new shoots, it is convenient to carry out the pinching technique and clean the branches and dried flowers.

Now, if it is not cared for as it should, it can be attacked by aphids and spider mites, which are devastating for the plant.

So if you have the opportunity to find this beautiful plant , consider it to show off in the garden or indoors. What do you think? Have you seen it? Tell us about your experience and discover how your presence speaks for itself.

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