Hummingbird Bush

Caring For A Hummingbird Bush

If you want to add a splash of red to your garden area, you should consider keeping a hummingbird bush. It is an easy to grow plant and it is a member of the acanthaceae family. It is often referred to as the Texas firecracker because of the wonderful color it produces. The hummingbird bush can be used as a bordering garden plant, a shrub or a row of shrubs and even for a rock garden.

This plant is called a hummingbird bush because it is known to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. It only grows to reach 3 foot tall so it is considered a smaller type of shrub. But this also makes it easier to take care of and you will rarely have to prune or trim the plant. In fact, the only time it should be pruned is when you have more than a few plants in a row, acting as border plants. This shrub is drought resistant. This means that you will only have to water it occasionally. Only water your hummingbird bush when the soil is dry and sandy.

This plant has hard stems that grow in an upward position. They are brown in color and have a bark consistency and the leaves are seen on the upper parts of the stem. The leaves are smaller and they light to medium green in color. They are oval in shape and they have pointy edges on the tips of the leaves. In mid summer the plant produces tiny tube shaped blooms. These flowers have tubular bottoms and five thinner petals that appear on top of each bloom. The flowers can be an orange or red color but some varieties of this plant produce purple blooms.

The humming bird bush is a strong plant that can survive through most winters. As long as the temperature does not go below 10 degrees for a long period of time, the plant will be perfectly safe. It would make an excellent starter plant for beginning gardeners because it is so easy to take care of. But there are a few tips that can help to produce a healthier plant.

You should fertilize the soil before you put your plants in the garden. This plant likes mildly acidic, mildly alkaline and neutral soil. When you purchase your plant, you can ask the person helping you, what type of fertilizer to purchase to enhance your soil. Let him know what you need and he will find a fertilizer suited to you. Mix it with the soil and water it thoroughly before you place your plants in the soil.

Give this plant prefers a mix of sun and shade. Usually, a flowering plant craves hot direct sunlight. But because the hummingbird bush grows well in a cooler climate, hot intense sunlight might damage the blooms and leaves. Place your plant in an area that receives morning sunlight and afternoon shading. The afternoon sunlight can be too hot for these plants. You will have to offer them shade on a daily basis.

Remember not to over water these plants. The root system can become damaged and the plant may even die. Before you plant your hummingbird bush, prepare a slight hill and plant it in the center. This way the water will naturally flow away from the plant. For the first year, make sure the younger plants are watered once a week. But as the plants mature, you should only have to water them once every two weeks. Many people rely on only rainwater for their shrubs but make sure that before you water your plants, the soil is dry and sandy.


 

 

 


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