Firecracker Bush

(116 customer reviews)
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Ships March 8th - March 15th.
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$ 30.00
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3-in-1 Moisture Meter

Take the guesswork out of watering and light. Quickly and easily determine your plants water and light levels, along with pH value.

  • No batteries required
  • Easy to read moisture, light, and pH levels with large dial.
  • Perfect for Indoor or Outdoor Plants.
  • How to Use: Simply insert moisture meter 3-4 inches into the soil, toggle switch to test moisture, light, or pH level you would like to measure.
  • Designed only for testing soil. Please be sure to not touch stone or hard rock soil.
  • ***Please note that pH test value cannot be applied to any other liquid than water.

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 Indoor Soil Mix

Watch your indoor plants flourish with PlantVine’s Organic Indoor Soil. This is our best all-purpose mix for the demanding requirements of indoor potted plants. The perfect combination of quality ingredients provides the ideal amount of water retention, drainage and aeration for a wide variety of interior plants. This is an all natural product containing 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

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

Pot it for me

Have your plant delivered pre-potted when purchasing a medium-sized plant along with one of our premium planters.

  • For Medium Plants
  • Perfect for gift giving
  • Replaces our standard grower pot
  • Medium Plant and Premium Planter must be purchased at same time to qualify
  • Can not be used with large, XL or hanging pot specimens

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: Russelia Equisetiformis

Common Names: Firecracker Bush

Overview: The Firecracker Bush is a unique plant to have at home. All you need to do is ensure you follow the care instructions perfectly, and the plant will surely bloom. The beauty of the plant will not only attract humans, but it will also attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Description

Cascading Fiery Red Blooms Attract Butterflies and Birds

The Russelia Equisetiformis is also known as Firecracker Bush and has a unique and pleasing look that can improve the interior and exterior of your house or office. It is an ornamental weeping subshrub native to North America and areas such as Guatemala and Mexico. It is a very adaptable plant and can adapt to any situation.

The Russelia equisetiformis is an exquisite plant found in North America. It is a very adaptable plant and can adapt to any situation. Also known as the Firecracker Bush, it belongs to the Plantaginaceae, Scrophulariaceae family. This plant is the best option if you are looking for a plant with unique leaves and large flowers. With proper care, your plant can surely give you great returns.

Caring for your Firecracker Bush

The plant is a beautiful and unique addition to your space. If you take care of the plant as intended, the flowers will bloom, and your plant will add aesthetic value to your area. The plant itself can flower all year round, but there are specific requirements for you to fulfill to ensure that the plant grows to its full potential.

One of the most important factors to remember is that the plant is frost tender and can get damaged significantly.

Light

The ideal amount of light for the Firecracker Bush is full sunlight. The plant must get direct sunlight so it can grow exponentially. However, even if you keep the plant in partial shade, it will not hurt growth. Keep the plant outside so it can get all the sunlight it needs.

Soil

As long as the soil is well-drained, it is acceptable for the Firecracker plant. When opting for soil, make sure it is a regular potting mix. You can add a little sand and perlite to it, which will help make the soil more organic and fertile.

Water

When the plant is growing, it is best to water it as frequently as possible. But you must ensure the soil is dry before you water it. This will help with the growth, and as soon as your plant matures, you don’t have to worry about watering it as much. Mature Firecracker Bushes do not require a lot of water and are even tolerant of drought. During the winter months, you can reduce watering your plant as frequently as you used to.

Fertilizer

When it comes to fertilizing, you can do it once every spring and fall. Be sure to use a fertilizer that is half strength and diluted. Come winter, stop fertilizing as your plants do not need it during the colder months.

Common Issues

These plants are straightforward to care for, but here are some aspects you need to be careful of so you don’t end up damaging the plant. If you already own plants, you may know that specific problems can significantly damage the plant. Let’s take a closer look at the issues so you can look out for them.

Pests

Usually, the Firecracker Bush is unharmed by pests, but some bugs can pose a problem. For example, Spider mites, Thrips, and Mealybugs can attack the plant and cause harm. To deal with the pests, you can use insecticides. Many insecticidal soaps are also available to help you ward off all the problems.

Disease

There are multiple diseases a Firecracker Bush may face from time to time. For example, browning leaves, lack of blooms, and a dying back are some of the most common problems. Try to ensure that your plants get the most light and water, which will help you protect the plant against any diseases.

Pruning 

The Firecracker plant is a fast grower, meaning you will have to prune it now and then. To keep the plant in shape, you can prune it, which will also help you freshen up the plant and ensure new growth. However, the best time to prune Firecracker plants is in late winter, which will prepare the plant for future growth.

Propagation

To propagate the plant, you can cut off the tips. Use a healthy stem that must be at least 6 inches long. Put the cutting into a pot with well-draining soil and water it lightly. You can keep the plant in indirect light, which will help you give the plant the perfect conditions for growth.

Potting / Repotting

Since the plant is not very particular about the kind of soil, you can take the root ball out of the pot and place it in a new pot. Be sure not to disturb the root system and get a bigger pot, so your plant grows appropriately.

Additional information

Zone

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

Sun Exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Mature Height

2 ft – 6 ft

Spacing

2 ft – 4 ft

116 reviews for Firecracker Bush

  1. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Plant is beautiful. It was packaged well. It even had red blooms on it! I am very happy with my purchase.

  2. Cecil Parker (verified owner)

    My plant arrived in superb condition. I can’t wait to put it in its forever place in my garden 😍

  3. Noreen Barto (verified owner)

  4. Theadore (verified owner)

    The plants arrived in great condition. I was pleased with the size. I will be purchasing from you again.

  5. Theadore Wells (verified owner)

    Three Firecracker plants arrived and were in excellent condition. They shipped in extreme heat conditions to Texas. So pleased with size and condition of these Firecracker plants.

  6. roland ward (verified owner)

  7. Randal Shoup (verified owner)

    Planted. Looking ok. Some lower branches dry but looks ok. It is AZ and 113-119 everyday so expected. I have a beach umbrella over it while it is fresh planted to offset some hard hot sun condition.

  8. joan k. (verified owner)

    So far-GREAT!

  9. PATRICIA R. (verified owner)

    Plant was shipped in perfect condition. Kudos to your packing

  10. Ruth S. (verified owner)

  11. Terry (verified owner)

    Quick shipping but lousy UPS review this Firecracker plant is exactly what you people want.

  12. Gail B. (verified owner)

    Small thought the large would be bigger too pricey for what I git

  13. Jutta Coutts (verified owner)

    They came in beautiful condition however one is dying and the other “disappeared” I do intend to reorder. I believe one was taken since it appears ro have been dug out.

  14. sharyn Dean (verified owner)

  15. Lotawanna Bruner (verified owner)

    Beautiful

  16. William Goff (verified owner)

  17. Piper (verified owner)

  18. BARBARA (verified owner)

    Wonderful, healthy plant

  19. stephen (verified owner)

    so far so good

  20. Shirley Camp (verified owner)

    A little disappointed that it only had very small amount of blooms.

  21. Teresa (verified owner)

    Plants were healthy and packaged better than I’ve ever seen! I will definitely order from this company again!!

  22. Shirley Kelton (verified owner)

  23. Sandra Coffey (verified owner)

    I see green growth so looking forward to a summer plant for our gss as rden

  24. Lotawanna Bruner (verified owner)

    I will order any plants I get, from you!! I am very happy with the quality and packaging of my firecracker plants. Beautiful plants!!! 😊

  25. Teresa (verified owner)

    Came packaged better than any other place I’ve ordered from! Quality is fantastic!! Will definitely order from this company again!

  26. Susan (verified owner)

  27. Charles See (verified owner)

    We see some parts that ‘seem’ dead. We are waiting a bit to see how it does not that it is in it’s summertime home.

  28. Peggy B. (verified owner)

    Great price, fast shipping!

  29. kay (verified owner)

    From timely email communications to delivery, PlantVine’s incredible—& earns our stellar recommendation. Appreciate plant information, the network of suppliers, & the quality, health, & size (!) of the 6 plants ordered. And, we’re genuinely amazed how well these plants were packaged—almost like babies, lovingly being tucked in for bedtime. TY for such an outstanding experience.

  30. Anonymous (verified owner)

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Why others chose the Firecracker Bush

I just bought 2 plants. Pray they arrive healthy!

Very hardy plants. Survived Cat 2 hurricane winds and sub freezing winter temps unscathed!

Gift to my wife

I bought them to attract hummingbirds.

Love this plant. It’s so colorful and fluffy 😀

Love this plant. It’s so colorful and fluffy 😀

In N Texas they thrive in full sun.

They are too difficult to find in Austin. We lost all ours this year with the freeze. They are my husbands favorite

Tx freeze

I am trying to attract hummingbirds to my flower gardens

Severe Winter storm coming

Beautiful grass that blooms all summer long. Hummingbirds LOVE it. We have this in big pots on our deck. Bring it in during the winter.