Though the flowers are not fragrant like the Jasmine flower, the Crossandra flower is noted for its attractive colour.
The Crossandra flower is commonly called ‘kanakambaram’ are small (three feet tall, two feet wide) evergreen shrubs from India and Sri Lanka. They are sometimes called the firecracker flower. They have bright green leaves and pale salmon coloured flowers that appear all year round. Though the flowers are not fragrant like the Jasmine flower, the Crossandra flower is noted for its attractive colour.
They thrive best in bright, indirect sunlight. During summer, do not expose them to direct sunlight. In winter, provide as much light as possible. They are tolerant of low light and provide long-lasting flowers that will provide constant colour from late spring to autumn. You can also enhance the bloom by removing older and dying flowers.
How to Grow:
Use containers that are large enough with proper drainage. For potting mix take 50% normal garden soil + 20% fine sand + 20% organic compost +10% coco peat. Now, lose the soil on the bottom of the plant and tease the roots. Place the plant in the middle of the pot and fill it with the potting mix. Remove all the air pockets by pressing the soil.
A rich, peat-based potting soil with excellent drainage is beneficial. Feed them with organic compost fertilizer throughout the growing season. Cut fertilizer back to once a month or so in the winter.
During the growth season, water frequently and never allow potting soil to dry out. They are very susceptible to drought. In more arid climates, it might be necessary to mist the plants weekly during the growing season to provide ample humidity.
Repot the plant into a container one size larger every two to three years, or when the roots become crowded and begin growing from the bottom of the pot. Plant the firecracker flower in the new pot at the same depth it was in its old pot.
It can be propagated using the cuttings early in the spring. Provide bottom heat and plenty of humidity until new growth emerges, and then move the new plant to its permanent location. Young plants grow quickly and will likely need to be re-potted within their first month before they begin to bloom.