Shrimp Plants

NawnieFebruary 10, 2013

Advice needed for growing Shrimp plants in Charleston Co. Also wonder if anyone has had luck propagating them? I planted one shrimp plant in rather shady location in sandy soil and it's been there for a year and has never been happy. Accidentally broke off a limb so took cuttings and now have rooted babies which have been potted up in to nursery pots and which are living in greenhouse. They also don't look happy. They lose leaves and don't seem to be growing much. I'm not sure how wet or dry they like to be or how much sun they like to have.

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If you're talking about Justicia brandegeana, then I'd say that now is not a good time to judge it. I grow it too (in a big pot now, but I used to grow it close to the house foundation in the ground) and it looks very puny this time of year. Loss of leaves, certainly.

For the rest of the year it needs adequate sun and good fertilizer to do well. I don't know if growing it in sandy soil is affecting it; neither of mine grow in sandy soil. In that situation, nutrients would wash away faster.

Certainly would expect that the shady location is a major part of the problem.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 8:54AM
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Where I live you can only grow these in pots and they have to come inside way before first frost. I have been able to root cuttings to overwinter them but my babies never took off the next year. It became easier to just buy new plants whenever they started to look sad. They do like rich soil with lots of fertilizer and regular watering. I can usually keep them happy for two years before having to replace them.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 9:35AM
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It can be done - I have had mine in a pot for 10 years now. Last year, I cut it back to the soil level except for the best couple of stems. This year it was the most full and beautiful ever.

Every November I drag it into the garage, every late February it comes back out.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 10:30AM
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