Pachystachys lutea profile

Written by Maggie

Jan 06 2021

Pachystachys lutea profile

Pachystachys Lutea, also called lollipop plant, golden shrimp plant, is native to Mexico, Peru, and Cuiana in South America. There are two species of Pachystachys Lutea, one with a purplish-brown bract and the other with a yellow bract.

Pachystachys Lutea ( lollipop plant) bracts are relatively common in yellow, with two upper and lower lips, which are similar in appearance to the lips. It is an evergreen subshrub of the Phyllotreta family, with swollen stems, opposite leaves, long elliptic leaves with distinct veins, because of the yellow color of the top spike of its stems. Bracts layer upon layer, and out of the white flowers, shaped like shrimp body names. pachystachys Lutea has a long flowering period, from summer to winter, and flower clusters that last for weeks. Wild pachystachys lutea can grow as high as 2 to 3 feet, while the average household cultivator is no more than 1 foot tall.

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Pachystachys Lutea

Morphological characteristics of Pachystachys Lutea

There are more than 200 kinds of lollipop plants. The flower plant of single medicine of gold vein can reach 1 meter, potted only 15-20 cm. Leaves are opposite, ovate or long ovate, apex acute, leathery, midrib and pinnate lateral veins yellowish white. Summer, autumn flowers, the end of life, bracts golden yellow, long blooming, beautiful flowers and leaves. Flowering bract plant height is 50-80 cm, potted 15-30 cm. Leaves are elliptic or lanceolate, silver-white, summer, autumn flowering, terminal, bract red, long blooming. Pachystachys Lutea bears shade strong, view flowers to appreciate leaves, elegant and pleasant. Stems are much branched, erect, base gradually lignified. Leaves are opposite, lanceolate, veined with distinct veins, glossy folds, margin undulate. Inflorescences are terminal, consisting of well-overlapped golden heart-shaped bracts, quadrangular, 10 -- 15cm long. Flowers are milky white, labiform, about 5cm long, from the base of the inflorescences upward, golden bracts can remain 2 ~ 3 months.

Origin of Pachystachys Lutea

Pachystachys Lutea( lollipop plant) is native to tropical America. Pachystachys Lutea is evergreen, deciduous broad-leaved forest of Subtropical Asia (major cities: Wuhan, Pachystachys Lutea)

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Growth habit of Pachystachys Lutea

Pachystachys Lutea ( lollipop plant)is originally from Peru and Mexico, like high temperature and humidity and sunny environment, more resistant to shade, suitable for growth in the temperature of 18, 25℃ environment. In winter, maintain the temperature 5℃ above to safely overwinter. Pachystachys Lutea is suitable for cultivation in fertile and well-drained light loam soil.

lollipop plant

Maintenance management of Pachystachys Lutea

One is the right temperature. The suitable temperature for its growth is 20℃ to 28℃. In summer, when the temperature reaches above 30℃, it should create a relatively cool environment by building a canopy for shade and spraying water in the environment. During the overwintering period, it requires indoor no less than 10℃, otherwise it is very easy to cause the plant leaves fall completely, less than 4℃ to 5℃ will be frozen to death, winter put in the indoor plant, it is best to use electric heater heating.Pachystachys lutea

Second, illumination should be appropriate. Full light is available in spring and autumn. Shade 30% to 40% in summer, or keep daylight for half a day in the morning and half a day in the evening. In winter, it is best to keep it in front of a warm, well-lit window facing south.

Three is sufficient water. The growing season should not only keep the soil moist, but also require a high relative air humidity, but there should be no water in the soil. Water every 1 to 2 days in spring and autumn. In summer, it can be watered before 10 am or after 3 PM every day, and appropriately increase the number of foliar spray. In winter, maintain the basin soil slightly moist. During the plum rain season, prevent water accumulation and root rot.

Fourth, the soil should be transparent. It can be mixed with 5 parts of rotten leaf soil, 3 parts of garden soil, 1 part of river sand and 1 part of decayed organic fertilizer. The soil should be loosened once every half a month in the growing season, and the soil should be turned over and changed every spring before going out of the house.

Fifth, fertilizer should be the right way. In the growing season, a thin organic fertilizer can be applied every half a month. After the appearance of the flower bud, 0.2% potassium dihydrogen phosphate can be added to the watered thin fertilizer water to meet the nutrient demand of the flower lasting for a long time. Fertilization should stop when the ambient temperature is higher than 35℃ or lower than 15℃. When pouring organic fertilizer, do not splash fertilizer on the leaf surface, so as not to cause leaf diseases. Potted plants in northern regions, in order to avoid leaf chlorosis. We can also add 0.1% ferrous sulfate powder in the fertilized liquid, which can not only ensure leaf green, but also prevent plants from physiological chlorosis.

Prevention and control of diseases and pests of Pachystachys Lutea

Pests and diseases: Pachystachys Lutea (golden shrimp plant) is susceptible to infestation by alopecia, starscream and aphids, should be promptly controlled.

The main value of Pachystachys Lutea

Pachystachys Lutea (golden shrimp plant) has bushes neat, bright yellow color, longer flowering. It is suitable for venue, hall, bedroom and balcony decoration. The south is used for arranging flower beds.

golden shrimp plant