Bring flavour to your garden with this garden beauty
The firebush is a woody plant that is native to Central America, South Florida and the West Indies. The flower which the firebush produces is very beautiful and unique with a mixture of yellow and red-orange colour. This woody shrub can reach a height of 15 ft and will attract both butterflies and hummingbirds.
Several of these plants are grown at our international airport that graces many of our garden areas. The firebush is a hardy plant and can withstand the heat so if you are looking for a beautiful garden plant with amazing flowers then the firebush is the plant which will bring that much-needed flavour. There is also a dwarf variety which can be purchased from your garden plant nursery.
How do I care for this garden beauty? I am so happy that you asked, below we will be looking at the care of the firebush.
Things you need to know
- Planting Location
- Soil Type
- Watering Methods
- Fertilizing Methods
- Firebush garden insect pest
- Places to install the firebush
Firebush is best installed in an area that gets full sun. Remember this plant can and does thrive in the heat. Firebush can be planted in late spring or earlier summer.
The soil type of the firebush should be a well-drain soil, adding organics will help in conditing your soil to meet your firebush requirements.
Water your firebush 3 times per week and ensure that the soil dries out somewhat between watering. Firebush doesn’t like wet feet which can lead to root rot.
Fertilize your firebush during the growing season with a fertilizer that will promote flower bloom. Before using fertilizers read and follow the manufacturer’s label because the label is the law.
Firebush garden insects pest
This perennial plant has a few unwanted visitors ( garden insect pests ). Treating these listed insect pests will keep your plant growing healthy, here are the names of the critters to keep a look out for.
To keep these garden insect pests under control apply insecticidal soap. Before using chemicals read and follow the label because the label is the law. Also, you can give these homemade remedies a try that has proven to be effective.
Disease of firebush
The firebush shrub is faced with a few issues but with the proper care, these issues can be eliminated. Some of these issues are.
- Powdery Mildew
- Coral spot nectria canker
- R00t Rot
Overwatering can lead to root rot so ensure that the soil of your firebush dries out somewhat between watering before giving your plant another drink.
Powdery Mildew is a white substance that resembles powder which forms on the leaves of garden plants. Treatment involves the use of organic fungicide or using a homemade remedy that consists of mixing 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 quart of water. Add this solution to a spray bottle and spray thoroughly.
Also, it is good to provide proper air circulation. When installing your firebush, give it plenty of room to grow and do not allow your shrubs to grow to densely remember good air circulation is key.
Coral spot nectria canker
Coral spot nectria canker is caused by a fungus which encourages dieback, growth on bark along with discolouration. Stress is one of the causes of this disease, ensure that your firebush is well watered during summer time to prevent this disease.
Places to install firebush
This is a garden beauty that can be installed.
- In your garden plant bed
- Along porches
- Near Fences
- Grow in containers to be placed along walkways
- At the entryway of doors
- On your patio
Container grown firebush
A great way to grow and care for firebush is with the help of containers. Container gardening has a few advantages which include moving your firebush to a protective area during the winter months, can be used as a screen plant or as a decorative piece. When growing firebush from containers ensure that the container is placed in an area that gets lots of sunlight also the soil should be an organic-rich soil for proper drainage.
The container should have drain holes to allow the water to drain and a saucer to collect this water. Once the water is collected properly discard or empty the saucer.
Keeping your firebush pruned is a great way to control the growth and spread of your plant. Your pruner should be sharp to make nice clean cuts. Selective pruning will keep your fire bush in good shape. During the winter months your firebush can be cut back and the following spring you will have a plant that is full with an abundance of flowers.
The final word
The firebush shrub is great to add to your garden. This summer beauty can really lite up your garden with the beautiful flowers it produces. I have worked with this perennial shrub and have seen the results they give. Why not reap the rewards of a garden that is bursting with colours by investing in these garden beauties.