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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

GROWING FIRE CRACKER FLOWERS IN MY GARDEN

I have this pretty little flowers in my garden and today I am going to post about this plant. The common name of this plant is called Firecracker Flower. Its scientific name is Crossandra Infundibuliformis and it belongs to the family of Acanthaceae.
Firecracker flowers plant is an evergreen shrub which can grow to a few feet tall if grown in suitable soil and environment.
I first brought back some stem cuttings and dried seeds from my sister's garden. I have read that this plant can be propagated by seeds or stem cuttings, so I tried both. This was the stem cuttings and it was propagated successfully.
It was very healthy and growing well. I saw some flower buds and waited for them to bloom before transferring it to a bigger container.

The leaves are dark green. The flowers are in sweet, soft orange.

This plant grows well in normal, moist garden soil with good water drainage. It needs daily watering and regular fertilizing for healthy growth.

It grows well under partial to full sun exposure. It can be grown in pots or in flower beds. Regular trimming is encouraged to shape the plant and to encourage more branches to grow to bring about more flowers. It is pest and insect resistant.

A stalk of flower buds growing upright and rising above the leaves.
Tiny flowers beginning to bloom.

The flowers are not scented and they have 3 petals and are shaped like a fan.

This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift

God gave you when I laid my hands on you.

(2 Timothy 1:6, New Living Translation-NLT)

40 comments:

  1. How wonderful to have a pest and insect resistant flower. Right about now I wish cabbages were also pest resistant. I do like the pretty little flower that looks like a fan. I also like how you find a suitable scripture for every post. Blessings. x

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    1. Thank you, Joyful for your kind comments. I planted cabbages once and they were doing well but then the rainy season came and the cabbages rotted. I should have removed the pots away from the rain.

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  2. What a beautiful plant! Did you manage to get any seeds to propagate?

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    1. Thank you, Rolina. I had some seeds, I sowed them but none sprouted!

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  3. Nancy, I am wowed by your Fire Cracker Flowers! They are so pretty! I find the stalk of flower buds very fascinating.

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    1. Thank you, Phong Hong. Even though the flowers are small but they are very pretty.

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  4. I showed this picture to my mom and she personally liked it. :)

    This post reminds me so much about my biology class! ahahahaha. Especially those scientific names. :)

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    1. Thank you, Steve. I am glad your mom likes the flower.

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  5. Very cute flower with soft colour. I don't think I have seen this plant before. Easy to plant?

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    1. Thank you, Irene. This plant is quite easy to plant and take care.

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    1. Thank you, Angie. Have a great day!

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  7. Congratulation on successfully growing this beautiful flowing plant from cutting. It's very satisfying when plants bloom. You really have a green thumb.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Thank you, Julia. Have a wonderful day!

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  8. They are gorgeous blooms, lovely plant! Have a happy day!

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    1. Thank you, Eileen. Have a happy day too!

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  9. My mom has that plant. Now, I know what it's called.

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    1. And the name is easy to remember too!

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  10. Beautiful blooms, such a healthy looking plant.

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    1. Thank you, Mamasmercantile. Have a wonderful day!

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  11. it is very pretty. i like the coral color.

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    1. Thank you, Theresa. Have a great day!

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  12. Unbelievable Nancy. A very beautiful flower and the leaves are so brilliant green.
    Have a beautiful Tuesday. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. Have a great day!

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  14. You do have a green thumb and you're photography is excellent too. Very nicely done.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Thank you, Sandee. Have a great day!

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  15. Lovely flower what a pite I can't have seeds of it

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    1. Thank you, Gosia. I still have no success with seeds planting.

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  16. How lovely, Nancy, and what a great plant!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Have a wonderful day!

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  17. I like the colour - is it pink pastel coolour? Really pretty flower!

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    1. Thank you, Mun. Sometimes it looks like light orange, sometimes it looks like pink.

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  18. Beautiful flowers, Nancy ♥ ♥ I'm going to keep a lookout for these the next time I'm hunting for flowers to plant.

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. This flower is easy to grow and care for.

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  19. wah so pretty bloom leh. the leaves from far looks like cili plant

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    1. Yes, the leaves look similar to the cili plant.

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  20. The flowers have lovely soft colors, Nancy.

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