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Shrimp Plant Care

By Stan DeFreitas ; Updated September 21, 2017

Shrimp plants are beautiful plants to grow in your garden or home. Learn all about shrimp plant care with gardening tips from a horticulturist in this free gardening video.


Hi, I'm Stan Defreitas - Mr. Green Thumb. One of the plants that we have that I think is really an outstanding plant is that of the Shrimp Plant, Bellpurina Gutatta. The Shrimp Plant, well it looks like - you can see where the name came from - it looks like a shrimp! And, it's one of those novelty-type plants. But it's also a toughie. It doesn't have many insects; it doesn't have many fungus problems. So it's a good plant, it' a good choice, for you when you're backyard gardening. It's also the one that your neighbors and friends and relatives are going to say, "Oh! It really does look like a shrimp!" And it does. It's one of those plants that will do well in full sun to partial shade. You want to make sure that you put it into a pretty organic soil, so peat, cow manure, really improve the soil. Make a ten dollar hole for your ten dollar plant, and this plant should last a good long time. It's not real cold hardy, so if you get anything near freezing, get your covers over and protect it. In really cold areas, I'd actually probably dig it up every fall, put it in a protected site, and then bring it back in the spring and summer. The Shrimp Plant's a good addition to your landscape. For on gardening, I'm Stan Freitas - Mr. Green Thumb.


About the Author


Stan DeFreitas, also known as "Mr. Green Thumb", has experience as an urban horticulturist working for the Pinellas County Extension Service and has taught horticulture at the St. Petersburg College. "Mr. Green Thumb" has spread gardening know-how on radio, TV and newspaper columns in both the Clearwater Sun and the Tampa Tribune. DeFreitas is the number one gardening advisor in the state of Florida, was the first to establish a "community garden" in Pinellas County, and helped start the first Master Garden Program in Pinellas County. DeFreitas was also twice Jaycees Horticulture "Man of the Year", was awarded the landscape design award from the city of St. Petersburg Beach, and was the host of the highest rated garden show on local PBS.