Jatropha - Knowledgebase Question

Zephyrhills, FL
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Question by rubygene
March 7, 1998
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 from NGA
March 7, 1998
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.

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.

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.

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