The Q&A Archives: Jatropha

Question: I have 5 jatropha plants trimmed up to make 5' trees. I cannot find anything concerning their care. I only know they bloom year round in Central Florida. They are great yard plants, bright red. When do I prune, etc?

Answer: Coral-plant (Jatropha) has bright, coral-red flowers during the warm months of the year. The coral plant is a shrub with finely cut leaves which grow out from the tip of the stout, thorny trunk. Milky sap is released if the bark is scored.<br><br>Jatrophas prefer porous, sandy soil. They require full sun or high shifting pine shade. They are low-maintenance plants--other than occasionally watering and perhaps a mulch of compost, nothing else is required. All jatrophas are tender to frost and are very toxic to humans.<br><br>For a note of bright coral color and the curiosity of its finely cut foliage, coral-plant may stand alone in front of green shrubbery. <br>

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