The brightly colored, pointed flower bracts stand above the foliage on tall stalks. This plant is often found growing outdoors in warm, tropical regions, but it also makes a nice houseplant if you have enough room and bright sunshine. Or maybe you’ve seen this plant in botanical, glassed-in conservatories that exhibit jungle-like plantings. Its lush growth forms a plant about 3 feet tall.
- It blooms only when mature, after 5 years or more in spring or summer.
- The plant likes to be “root-bound” with roots solidly filling its pot.
- Each flower last about a week, but each stalk produces several flowers that bloom in succession.
- Direct sun for at least four hours a day is needed.
- Repot each year into a slightly larger pot, until the plant is 3 years old. Then let it stay in the same pot, so it becomes nicely root-bound.
- Water as you would most houseplants, allowing the soil to dry out, followed by thorough drenchings when watering.
- Fertilize monthly spring, summer and fall.
- They thrive with a summer vacation outdoors in a location receiving morning sun and afternoon shade.
- Good for large corners of sunrooms.
Until next time, “Happy Gardening!”