Gardening Questions And Answers
Light and Temperature The Jatropha podagrica is recommended for USDA hardiness zones 8 to 9. In the United States, central Florida is an excellent example of suitable conditions for outdoor growth. The plant needs sunlight and humidity. The bright sunlight can scorch the new leaves that are starting to grow.
Fertilise every four waters during the growing period before reducing this to every six in the autumn & winter. Although an ‘Houseplant’ fertiliser will still do the job, we’d recommend using a specific ‘Cactus’ labelled feed as it’ll support the vital thirteen nutrients that this species will need to grow.
Dry, sandy, cactus-like soil. They produce the most stiking red flowers all summer long! After the flowers, the fairly large green seed pods are an added bonus and, if you’re fast enough, you can capture the exploding seeds at just the right time and grow more of these wonderful plants for yourself or your friends!
The Jatropha podagrica is recommended for USDA hardiness zones 8 to 9. Grow in large buddha plant pots and reposition it throughout the year. In the early spring, the plant should get plenty of sunlight, but no direct sunlight. The bright sunlight can scorch the new leaves that are starting to grow.
Repot every three years in the spring, using a ‘Houseplant’ labelled potting mix and the next sized pot with adequate drainage. Jatropha are far better potbound for several years due to the heightened risk of root rot and repotting-issues (like transplant shock) – so only repot if you feel it’s wholly necessary.
Top Tips & Info Allow the soil’s top third to dry out in between waters, reducing irrigations slightly in the autumn and winter to reinforce its dormancy. Fertilise using a ‘Houseplant’ or ‘Cactus’ labelled feed every four waters in the spring and summer, reducing this to every six in the colder months.