How to Care for Brazilian Fireworks Plants

Overview

The Brazilian fireworks plant (Porphyrocoma pohliana) is a tropical evergreen plant that flowers year-round in warm, humid climates. Brazilian fireworks are grown outdoors only in the warmest tropical climates but are popular as a houseplant in most regions. This shade-loving plant grows 6 to 8 inches tall and 8 to 10 inches wide, blooming in a central cluster of deep pinkish-red and purple flower spikes. The leaves are deep green with silver veins.

Step 1

Position your Brazilian fireworks plant in bright indirect light or shade, but not in full or direct sunlight. Maintain ambient air temperatures around the plant of 75 to 85 degrees.

Step 2

Water your Brazilian fireworks plant two or three times per week to keep the soil evenly moistened at all times. Don't allow the soil to dry out.

Step 3

Feed your fireworks plant once each month with an all-purpose liquid fertilizer made for flowering indoor plants. Follow the dosage instructions on the label.

Step 4

Mist the Brazilian fireworks plant daily during the drier winter months to keep the air humid around the plant. You can also set the pot on top of a dish filled with gravel and water.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't expose your Brazilian fireworks plant to temperatures colder than 45 degrees Fahrenheit, even during winter, because the plant will die.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid houseplant fertilizer
  • Water spray bottle
  • Dish
  • Gravel

References

  • University of Florida Butterfly Rainforest: Brazilian Fireworks, Porphyrocoma pohliana
  • Simply Beautiful: Plant Information -- Maracas Brazilian Fireworks

Who Can Help

  • Park Seed Co.: Brazilian Fireworks 'Maracas'
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