Firebush

(16 customer reviews)
Arrives in 3 - 7 days.
Ships May 24th - May 31st.

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    Ships in our standard grower pot which includes drainage holes at the bottom.
  • Selva
                                                                                                                                                                    

    12 inches wide. Made with recycled plastic and natural materials. Weather resistant, insulating, frost resistant, chip and crack resistant. Includes plug and saucer.

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    12 inches wide. Made with recycled plastic and natural materials. Weather resistant, insulating, frost resistant, chip and crack resistant. Does not include a drainage hole.

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$ 69.00
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Natural Root Stimulant

Natural probiotics, organics, and moisture control gel boost root growth. Invigorates existing plants, reduces transplant shock and accelerates establishment of new plants. This all natural product will not burn roots.

When Transplanting: Apply between new soil and plant so stimulant touches root ball.

For Existing Plants: Apply stimulant 2-3 inches below top of soil.

Use the proper amount for each pot size:
6″ Pot: ½ Pack
8-10″ Pot: 1 Pack
12-14″ pot: 2 Packs

Organic Outdoor Potting Mix

PlantVine’s Organic Outdoor Potting Soil is time-tested and proven to help your outdoor potted plants thrive. This is our best all-purpose mix, and a smart choice for a wide variety of outdoor plants, flowers and vegetables. The all natural ingredients are specially blended to provide excellent long term drainage, high air porosity and good water holding capability. This mix contains no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

Repotting:
6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

Soluble Fertilizer

Great for indoor and outdoor potted plants, this fertilizer quickly dissolves in water, making fertilizing as quick and simple as possible. Just mix 1 teaspoon (scoop included) with 1 gallon of water, and water as normal. Makes 48 gallons.

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Scientific Name: Hamelia patens

Common Names: Firebush, Hummingbird Bush

Overview: The Hamelia patens, better known as a Firebush or Hummingbird Bush, has colors that explain its name in one glorious look. Bright red and orange flowers ignite your garden in the summer and fall. True to its fiery name, the Firebush is extremely drought tolerant. Trust us, you’ll never have to worry about this hardy plant thrivingin the heat. Make sure to place it in a spot with high soil drainage. It’s great for full sun or partially shaded locations, and needs very little pruning and shearing. The Firebush even rewards you with small fruits which are eaten and made into a drink in its native Mexico. Some wise gardeners also use its leaves and stems for herbal medicines.

Description

The Perfect Drought Tolerant Bush with Color for Your Garden

Hamelia patens, commonly known as Firebush or Hummingbird Bush, is a vibrant, flowering shrub native to the American subtropics and tropics. With its dazzling display of orange-red tubular flowers, lush green leaves, and a nectar that attracts a myriad of pollinators, it’s an excellent addition to any garden. Hamelia patens is a perennial shrub that can grow up to 5-15 feet tall and wide in its native habitat but usually stays around 3-5 feet when cultivated in non-tropical areas. Its leaves are lanceolate to ovate, ranging from a deep green to purplish hue, which can become more pronounced in full sun.

Throughout the warmer months, clusters of fiery, tubular flowers bloom profusely, transitioning to small red berries that provide food for birds. Originating from the subtropical and tropical regions of the Americas, Firebush flourishes in a warm, humid climate. It’s well-suited to USDA zones 8-11 and is often used in butterfly and hummingbird gardens due to its high nectar production.

Caring for your Firebush

The Firebush is a low-maintenance, highly rewarding shrub. Its vibrant flowers, wildlife appeal, and adaptability make it a desirable plant for gardeners looking to add a splash of color and life to their garden. With proper care and favorable conditions, Hamelia patens will become a stunning focal point in your garden, offering year-round interest and a warm, tropical flair.

Light

Hamelia patens prospers in full sun but can tolerate partial shade. To encourage prolific flowering, aim for at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. If grown indoors, place it near a bright window or supplement with grow lights.

Soil

Firebush isn’t picky about soil but it does best in rich, well-draining soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH. Amend garden soil with compost or peat moss to improve fertility and drainage.

Water

Regular watering is critical during the first growing season to establish a strong root system. Water thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Once established, Hamelia patens is drought-tolerant, but consistent moisture will result in the best growth and flowering. This shrub loves warmth and moderate to high humidity.

Fertilization

Feed your Firebush with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the spring as new growth appears and again in mid-summer to support continuous flowering. Avoid over-fertilization, which can lead to excessive leaf growth at the expense of blooms.

Pruning

Prune Hamelia patens in late winter or early spring to shape the plant and encourage bushier growth. Deadheading is not necessary, as it can remove the berries that follow the flowers, which are an important food source for wildlife.

Pests and Diseases

Firebush is relatively pest-resistant. Occasionally, aphids and whiteflies may be attracted to the new growth. These can be managed with insecticidal soap or neem oil. It’s also resistant to most diseases, but poor drainage can lead to root rot, so ensure the soil is well-draining.

Additional information

Zone

10a, 10b, 11a, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Sun Exposure

Full Sun, Partial Shade

Mature Height

12 in – 36 in

Spacing

4 ft – 6 ft

16 reviews for Firebush

  1. BARBARA (verified owner)

    Very nice plants

  2. Kim Hill (verified owner)

    Beautiful healthy plants

  3. Lizabeth Moyer (verified owner)

    Arrived in good condition considering how hot it is in Texas. Very pleased

  4. Catherine (verified owner)

    I was very pleased with the overall service and plant that I received. The plant arrived healthy and beautiful, even with some blooms on it. I would definitely recommend PlantVine!

  5. Charles (verified owner)

    I received the plants in good condition

  6. Cora DeGuzman

    Will this plant survive in Las Vegas Nevada at hot summer weather?

  7. Margaret P. (verified owner)

    Large and blooming

  8. Pam L. (verified owner)

    Can’t waiting to see what our hummers think of this bush when it starts blooming.

  9. Peggy G. (verified owner)

    At this point it’s everything I had expected. Thanks a bunch.

  10. Lois J (verified owner)

    Healthy and beautiful, Hummingbirds found them already!

  11. suzanne wulff (verified owner)

    We lost our hummingbird bush this year that we really loved and could not find one to replace it locally. We decided to try PlantVine and were so please when it arrived swiftly, completely intact and gorgeous. It was also very reasonably priced. Highly recommend them and their products.

  12. Peggy Robin (verified owner)

    The firebush made it here healthy and beautiful! It looks so healthy. We can’t wait until it’s planted in it’s new “home” and having hummingbird visitors. Thank you, nice people at PlantVine. <3

  13. Helen Caffrey (verified owner)

    Though it took longer than expected to be shipped, it is healthy, well balance and perfect for our butterfly hummingbird garden.

  14. Laura (verified owner)

    My plants arrived in excellent condition.
    I would surly order from you again.
    Thank you for such great service.

  15. Louis (verified owner)

    Very nice. Came quick. Would recommend to people.

  16. Randee W. (verified owner)

    The plants arrived healthy and beautiful. Two weeks later they are growing and thriving. Highly recommend!

  17. ANTONIO MCCUMBER (verified owner)

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Why others chose the Firebush

Live in S. Florida. Need more butterfly bushes in garden. Hummingbirds too...yippeeee!!

Love to see the hummingbirds flying in to the flowers, also the fire Bush is a very beautiful flower its orange in color, I absolutely love it.

I lost my 15-year old gorgeous bush in the Texas hard freeze The butterflies and hummers are already complaining and I do not want to lose them!!