|Porphyrocoma pholiana Maracas on Dec. 20, 2013|
|Porphyrocoma pholiana Maracas on February 13.|
Brazilian fireworks makes a great houseplant, its flower stems expanding upward and outward as it ages. I have it a south window on a Hydrofarm Seedling Heat Mat. I have been feeding it a dilute solution of water soluble fertilizer each time I water. It requires more water than it would if it weren't on the heat mat, but still, I use the pencil method to see if its soil is dry.
Sharpen a pencil and stick it about 2-3 inches into the soil. Pull it out and look at the wood around the pencil tip. If it's dry, water the plant. If it's wet, wait.
I paid under $10 for this plant, and it's given me quite a performance--eight weeks as a houseplant, and just as many in its hanging home in late summer.