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Firecracker Vine

Manettia luteorubra

 

Please take your time removing your plant from it's packaging.

Planting out -- Give your vine something to climb on. This can be anything from a trellis or fence to an arbor. Firecracker Vine appreciates some mid-day shade in hot areas. If the leaves wilt excessively, give it some more shade. The vine can flower with just a couple hours of sun per day, as long as it's in bright shade the rest of the day. Avoid planting too close to lights that are on all night, as this may prevent flowering.

Firecracker vine likes well-draining soil that's high in organic matter. Many soils benefit from mixing in extra compost to the soil before planting. The more compost you add, however, the more perlite or sand you should add, for drainage. 

Remember that your vine should be protected from freezing. It does best in temperatures above 45 F. Protect from freezing.  New shoots may grow back from the base if it is well-mulched, but i would avoid testing how much frost it can take.  You can grow it indoors over the winter in cold areas.

Fertilizing -- Firecracker vine has average feeding needs.

Pruning - You may trim out old vines to encourage new growth and more flowers.

Pests to watch for -- aphids, spider mites (tiny "dots" under the leaves).

Enjoy your plant!

Jeff

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