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Name: UrbanWild
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UrbanWild
Jul 28, 2017 3:31 PM CST
Has anyone ever grown Russelia equisetiformis (firecracker plant)? I have 3 for the last few months in 1 gallon pots. Doing ok...just not explosive growth. I realize that in my area it is considered an annual. I hope to overwinter. Any tips for growing, overwintering, getting them to thrive?
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luvsgrtdanes
Aug 3, 2017 6:52 PM CST
I tried one last year in a pot and it never did anything...slow growing and not impressive. I didn't bother trying to overwinter it Shrug!
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Altheabyanothername
Aug 4, 2017 10:01 PM CST
I agree not impressed! After 2 years let it go. Here it died to ground in winter, but would come back. I am zone 8a. Just thought it was a waste of water in the summer.

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purpleinopp
Aug 13, 2017 7:30 AM CST
I'm so happy to hear it was root hardy in 8a! If I see some, I'm buying it. I saw some in St. Augustine and really fell in love. And any time my eyes love a plant that hummingbirds also do, it needs to be in my yard.

I haven't overwintered this particular plant, but have many others & the routine is always the same for sun-loving plants, provide the most possible light water when the pot feels lighter. Trim if needed, to fit in available space. Almost always works for plants that are just perennials out of range, and when starting in the spring with an older, larger specimen, the results the following summer can be truly amazing.

For plants that have established themselves as root-hardy (or if not root hardy, and digging/pulling existing roots sounds undesirable,) taking cuttings to bring inside before the first frost can be a great way to have the best of both worlds, and more plants. I do that with Tradescantias, Datura, Hypoestes (polka dot plant,) and the past couple winters, cane/angel wing Begonia roots have survived where I chose to cut the plant instead of pull the whole things with roots to save for winter. I've never brought up Coleus roots to save over winter, just cuttings.

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purpleinopp
Oct 30, 2017 4:16 PM CST
I finally got a chance to go to L's last weekend and didn't see this plant. It was the only one I was looking for in particular.
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longk
Nov 3, 2017 11:58 AM CST
UrbanWild said:Has anyone ever grown Russelia equisetiformis (firecracker plant)? I have 3 for the last few months in 1 gallon pots. Doing ok...just not explosive growth. I realize that in my area it is considered an annual. I hope to overwinter. Any tips for growing, overwintering, getting them to thrive?

To bloom well it needs to mature which involve keeping it evergreen a few degrees above freezing. If you can do that it's well worth the effort. Here's the one at Oxfords Botanic Gardens.............
Thumb of 2017-11-03/longk/457660Russelia equisetiformis by longk48, on Flickr
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