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Indoor hoop plant
Indoor hoop plant (Excoecaria agallocha) is an ornamental plant from the legume family Fabaceae that is grown for its distinctive orange flower clusters. It has a large-leaved, tropical look, very vigorous growth, and a woody base. It is a reliable and long-lived indoor plant.
Indoor hoop plant can grow best in a dry, bright room with a daily temperature of at least.
This is a sprawling perennial, about tall. It grows in green foliage, but may get a bronze sheen on occasion. The new growth is green. When growing as an indoor plant, this plant will multiply without mounding. Each branch will have up to a dozen flowers. The plant grows taller during the colder season.
These are bright orange, fragrant, about across, and roughly half the width of the single bloom in outdoor specimens. The corolla is broad and inverted bell-shaped. The stigma are two to three times as long as the corolla. The plant makes a scent of vanilla when the flowers are in bloom.
The flowers last for about two weeks. They bloom in mid spring and in late fall. They are self-pollinated. The plant continues to make new blooms throughout its life.
Planting and care
The plant can be started from seeds or cuttings.
Sow seed in a place that will get some shade in winter. Spring-sown seed germinates in 10–14 days.
Plant outside after frost has passed. Do not plant outside in the summer. Instead, cuttings from fall-sown seeds will be hardy for four to six months in the ground. Sow seed in a place that will get some shade in winter. Spring-sown seed germinates in 10–14 days. Take seedlings from dormant weather.
Cuttings made after the frost have passed will not root unless they are kept in water after planting. They may be kept in water until established in your garden.
Grown in pots, take cuttings after the roots have started growing. Take out the lower half of the stem. Take three or more cuts on the stem. Put the cuttings in your potting mix for the first month. The cuttings will start growing. When you bring them into the house, place them into a dry place.
New plants can be kept in pots outdoors when they have grown about high. Water regularly during the growing season. Maintain a bright but not too hot spot in your room. Plants may grow about each year. They can be moved indoors at any time. They should be divided every three to five years.
This plant can be easily grown in a large pot because of its superior growth habit.
A wide selection of plants are available for indoor growing. This one is a popular one because of the bright orange flowers. They come in clusters of several in number. This plant will make an excellent centerpiece for a floral arrangement.
Indoor flowering plants can grow in a large pot.
Plant after the weather has warmed up. They will grow best if the room is on the warmer side of the house.
N and P fertilizers make an essential part of indoor gardening. The plant will grow better if it is well fed. Mix up fertilizer according to the guidelines in your catalog or on a label on the bag of fertilizer. Add this fertilizer to your soil mix during the spring.
Indoor plants can grow well if they are watered daily. If the humidity level is low, the soil will dry out. Add water or water as needed to keep the soil consistently moist.
Irrigation can also be used to help prevent this from happening. Use clear water so the water doesn't stain or rust the foliage. The soil should be moist but not too wet. It should also be slightly below room temperature to avoid stressing the plant.
If you have an automatic irrigation system, check that you are watering each plant or that all of the plants are receiving the same amount of water. The amount of water should be adjusted each week to reflect the growth.
When there is a shortage of water, the plant should be watered as needed. Watering daily is best. If you live in a very humid area, then you should not water the plant when it is very wet or the soil might absorb all the water in your tank. You should wait until it has dried out.
The light required for indoor flowering plants may vary. If you can't grow them in your room, try to find a location where you can place a large container where they will grow better.
If you use a daylight fluorescent bulb, make sure you are getting adequate light. You can try placing an additional bulb near your plant.
When you are planting a plant in the garden, give it plenty of space and make sure it is not in direct sunlight. If it needs the light of the sun, keep it away from the windows. They also make a good choice for growing in a conservatory.
Pests and diseases
Indoor plants can be affected by several pest and disease problems. It is important that you know how to deal with them. You can keep them away by using good habits.
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