The curious flowers of cuphea ignea bring to mind the fiery glow and shape of tiny cigars.
This neat little evergreen perennial makes a lovely pot plant for a bright, sunny window or conservatory. In summer, it can be moved outside as a patio table centrepiece!
Surprisingly easy to grow, the cigar plant adds an exotic feel to your home and makes a fabulous talking point!
Sowing months: February - April
Flowering months: June - September
Sow seeds on the surface of a good, free-draining, damp, seed compost, then lightly cover to 3mm (1/8") deep with vermiculite or compost. Place container in a propagator or seal inside a polythene bag at a temperature of 18-20C (64-68F) until after germination which usually takes 10-15 days.
Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle, taking care not to damage the fragile roots, into 9cm (4") pots. When roots have filled these pots, set into final containers.
Position: full sun, sun or semi shade
Height: up to 40cm (16in)
Spread: up to 40cm (16in)
Hardiness & longevity: tender perennial
Ideal for: greenhouse, conservatory
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