Ornamental plants are one of the most cultivated plants in the world. The reason is simple; an ornamental plant is an addition to the environment or interior.
We understand the problems of growing an ornamental plant and how everything has to be perfect for it. The truth is that while many people enjoy having an ornamental plant, few people know about easy-to-grow ornamental plants. One of our favorite ornamental plants that is easy to grow and maintain is the shrimp factory†
the shrimp factory is one of 60 tropical evergreen shrubs in the genus Justicia, may be referred to by other names such as Mexican prawn or false hop, is also known by its botanical name brandegian justice†
The plant comes from the Acanthaceae family and is native to Guatemala, Mexico, Central America. The plant is characterized by its green, oval leaves and its white flowers which extend over red bracts. The spathe is not the true flower; however, he is there to protect the flower. The plant can be said to get its name from these red bracts, which resemble the body of a shrimp. It is available in different colors ranging from red, orange, yellow, purple, blue and white.
|botanical name||Brandegean Justice|
|common name||shrimp factory|
|the type of soil||Clay, sand, silt. well drained|
|soil pH||Neutral, Acid|
|Original||Mexico, Central America.|
The plant itself reaches about 39 inches tall and 24 to 36 inches wide, with leaves growing 3 to 7 inches long. The shrimp plant is not only perfect for the outdoors, but can also be grown as a houseplant.
In the class of easy-to-grow ornamentals, shrimp is one of the easiest ornamentals to find. Once the right conditions are met, the shrimp plant will grow healthily and not bother you. The plant can also survive severe frosts, although it may die first, you know for sure that your plant will regrow.
The best thing we love about shrimp, other than its beautiful flowers, is that it is drought resistant, which is good news, especially for novice gardeners. We know you’re looking forward to grow shrimp† we have provided all the information you need to succeed raising and caring for your shrimp†
Shrimp Factory Requirement:s
Although shrimp is an easy plant to grow, it needs to be given the right conditions, preferably one that models its natural habitat. Below are the requirements you need to grow a healthy shrimp plant.
Like the tropical plant that it is, shrimp loves and thrives in warm climates. It also indicates that your plant will grow best in bright light; however, it must be indirect.
For good lighting, the plant can be in full sun in the morning; however, it should be protected from the midday sun. During the summer months they can also be placed outside; you just have to be aware of how much sun they get. If you live in areas with cool summers, we recommend placing your shrimp plant in direct sunlight.
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Unlike many other plants, shrimp likes to be watered. You need to soak the soil well, as it drains well.
The plant can be watered this way in all other seasons except winter. In winter, we recommend that you give your plants less water, as they do not need as much moisture as in other seasons. An important tip when watering is to never water the plant overhead.
USDA hardiness zones 8 through 11 are the ideal temperature conditions for shrimp plants, although it is still possible to grow the plant outside of these locations. The plant can be placed between 65 and 75 degrees F in the summer and between 55 and 65 degrees F in the winter. The plant should not be placed in temperatures below 45 degrees F.
Shrimp is a tropical plant, and due to its native habitat, the plant needs a lot of moisture to grow well. You can constantly place the plant in rooms with high humidity. You can also mist the plant regularly or purchase a humidifier for your plant.
The shrimp plant likes to be in clay soil. And like most soils, the perfect soil condition should be soil with adequate drainage. Soil pH should be neutral; however, the plant can still grow in slightly acidic soil conditions. For best results, your soil pH should be kept between 6.1 and 7.5.
Regular feeding of your plant is recommended. This is for the plant to flourish. It is best to feed them between the winter and fall months. It is recommended to feed them with diluted fertilizer every two weeks. Here are the best fertilizers for your houseplants.
Propagation of shrimp plants.
Propagating a shrimp plant is as simple as caring for it. The plant can be propagated in two ways, cutting and stem division. Although after many comparisons we have found that cutting the stem is the easiest method to propagate your plant.
Propagation of Shrimp Plants Across cut log
- Identify and select healthy, mature plants.
- Take your cuttings from this plant; cuttings should be three to five inches long.
- Remove the bottom leaves and make sure there are at least two leaves in the cutting.
- Prepare the soil in a container and place the cuttings in the new soil.
- Gently mist the soil until moist, then place the container with the cutting in a resealable bag.
- Place the bag carefully in the sun and mist the soil regularly to keep it moist.
- After a few weeks, the plant will develop its root. Once this is visible, remove the plant from the plastic bag and place it in larger pots.
Propagate the shrimp plant by division.
- Preferably choose a shrimp plant that has outgrown the current pot.
- Remove the plant from the pot and separate the soil from the roots.
- Divide the plant into two or more parts to ensure that each part is still attached to the root.
- Transplant each individual into separate pots with fresh soil.
- Keep the soil moist and place the pot in bright, indirect light.
How do you take care of your shrimp plant?
While it’s important to have information about your plant’s condition, it’s also important to consider your plant’s growth. Here are the normal maintenance routines your shrimp plant will need.
- Although the shrimp plant can be grown both indoors and outdoors, keep in mind that when grown indoors, the plant will not grow taller than 2 feet. Don’t worry if your indoor shrimp aren’t up to 3 feet tall.
- Transplantation is an important aspect of the shrimp plant; prevents the root from crashing. We advise you to repot your plant every year. Your plant also benefits from the nutrition of fresh soil.
- The bract is the most attractive thing about the shrimp plant. To maintain the bract throughout the year, the water level must be taken into account. Soil should never be picked up dry, but wet. You can create a watering schedule for your plant, i.e. once or twice a week.
- Although your plant loves moist soil, it can also suffer from overwatering. For better control, a watering schedule will help.
- Pruning is an important necessity for the growth of your plant. You will need to prune the shrimp plant regularly to keep it healthy. It could happen once a year.
Although shrimp is an easy plant, it demands your attention, especially when watered. It can affect how it blooms. The shrimp plant gives the house a tropical atmosphere and also fits well into the interior.
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