This lovely plant comes from the tropical rain forests of Central America and the area around the Caribbean Sea. It is a trailing plant of tidy habit; long hangingwith close-set tiny are covered with bright orange or scarlet in season. It is suitable for hanging baskets but is seen to better effect lower down. It is not an easy plant to grow but give it a try; it can be worth it.
Soil: It is an epiphyte; in nature it grows in trees, so the soil should be very light: 50% soil-lesswith 50% chopped sphagnum moss.
Where to: A well lit spot away from bright sunlight. Shelter from draughts and keep warm all year round.
Watering requirements: Maintain a moist springy soil condition. It must be well drained. Provide. Mist-spray frequently, especially in hot weather, once or twice a day if possible.
General care: Follow the cultural instructions,once weekly with weak liquid fertilizer. As buds show colour, stop . Keep soil moist; mist-spray often, more lightly when in bloom to avoid marking .
Rest: There is no marked resting period. Keeping it a little drier in winter encourages flowering later on.
When it looks sick:
- Leaf drop causing the stems to look bare : Ensure that the plant has plenty of and is mist-sprayed frequently. The same symptom can indicate draughts, too low a temperature, over- or under- and each of these must be checked.
- Parasite attack : Check regularly. If present, use a method from HERE to deal with them.