Cutting back Rusellia equiformatis "firecracker" after freeze

airedale689January 12, 2014

My firecracker looks ok. There is a lot of green stems but some of them are brown. I had about 4 plants in a Jack Daniels barrel nestled around many other ornamental grasses.

Should I cut it all the way back to encourage new growth? Or just leave it as is? And how fast does it grow?

Thanks so much!

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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Hi
I think the best protection for most any tropical plant is to keep it dry , covering works wonders down to hard freeze .
I generally leave damaged leaves until frost danger has passed . Pruning causes stress and they don'r need more .
You don't mention where you live but winter has just begun in the northern hemisphere lol
I have had russelia survive with minimal damage down to 27 and recovered immediately. Of course potted plants are more susceptible to cold Good luck with it!!! gary

    Bookmark   January 12, 2014 at 5:49PM
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airedale689

I live in Jacksonville Florida... actually right next to the beaches! So a bit warmer than Jax proper ! Thanks for the advice. I have it in a whiskey barrel outside

    Bookmark   January 12, 2014 at 7:38PM
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