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Manettia Genus

Firecracker vine

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General Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Manettia genus (Firecracker vine). This genus consists of about 80 species of evergreen, soft or semi-woody stemmed climbing plants, they are grown for there small but showy flowers. The flowers are produced throughout the year in suitable climates, they are tubular usually in shades of orange and red. They are Frost tender, with a min temp of 5C, but 7-10C is preferred. Grow in any humus-rich, well drained soil with partial shade in the summer. Propagate by softwood or semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Characteristics

Perennials, Evergreens

Origin

N & S. America

Interest and use

Grown for their small but showy flowers.

Cultivation

They will need a well-drained site in semi-shade it is appropriate in frost-free climates, otherwise they can be grown in a heated greenhouse. You can propagate from cuttings in summer or from seed. Stems need support. Cut back if required in spring.

Propagation

Softwood or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Whitefly is sometimes a problem.

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