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Shrimp Plant Care

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Overview

Shrimp plants are a hearty flower that looks exactly like a shrimp. These colorful blooms thrive in the hottest climates and prefer being planted outdoors in zones 9 to 11. For northern zones, shrimp plants can be grown as a potted plant indoors or in a greenhouse.

Step 1

Select a location for planting the shrimp plant. Shrimp plants prefer fall sun and thrive in hot climates. An optimal planting location would be one that receives at least 8 hours of sunlight, ideally some of it being the afternoon sun.

Step 2

Water the shrimp plant as necessary. Shrimp plant's soil should be allowed to dry out between watering. An optimal water schedule would be every other day in the spring and daily in the summertime.

Step 3

Fertilize the plant annually at the end of its growing season once all the blooms have died with a standard 10-10-10 blended fertilizer. If using a chemical fertilizer, dilute the fertilizer and water it into the soil well. If using an organic fertilizer, consider blending it into the soil for an optimal breakdown.

Step 4

Prune the shrimp plant during its growing season to ensure it does not overgrow to a point of non-sustainability. Shrimp plants can be trained to form a hedge, ground cover, or to fill a bed depending on the desired purpose.

Things You'll Need

  • 10-10-10 fertilizer
  • Pruning scissors

References

  • Shrimp Plant
Keywords: shrimp flower care, droubt resistant plant, shrimp plant fertilization

About this Author

Ann White is a freelance journalist with prior experience as a Corporate and Business Attorney and Family Law Mediator. She has written for multiple university newspapers and has published over 300 articles for publishers such as EHow and Garden Guides. White earned her Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.