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Aug 29, 2015 3:51 PM CST
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
While I work today I brought a flowering shrub like plant, in a green pot with colored ornimental gravel on its soil surface. Should i remove the gravel or leave them be.

I cant post a picture of it as I have no phone or camra that works right now.

Its short.... has classic green coffee like leaves, i have coffee.... flowers that grow from a stem as tight clusters but fall off from the bottom and edventually leave a seed head. The flowers on mine are orange, but they come in other colors and have no scent that i can detect.. I read about this mystery plant because i got the name at one point and typed it in. and researched its one of the few flowers that preforms well even in low light, likes water and blooms are very catchy.
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Aug 29, 2015 7:28 PM CST
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
I uncovered the mystery,,,,, it is a crossandra, or firecracker plant. i've never grown one of these before, tips subjestions.
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Feb 25, 2016 6:42 PM CST
Name: Don
Meadville, PA - Crawford Co. - (Zone 5a)
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Hi Alex,
I grew a crossandra plant from seeds several years and really liked it. Mine was salmon color, but surfing the web I see orange, yellow and red ones as well.

If you google "crossandra" you will find several websites giving plant growing instructions. One of them is www.plant-care.com/crossandra. Hope this info will be of some help to you.

I will let you know on how I make out on growing a couple of different colored ones from seed.

Don
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Feb 26, 2016 6:54 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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if the gravel is glued, you may need a chisel to get it off. Seriously. But it can stay awhile. My MIL had a ponytail palm in gravel for years, I finally decided to repot and broke the pot getting it apart.
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