Plant Care Firecracker Plant

Firecracker Plant

About Firecracker Plant

Russelia equisetiformis, or the Coral plant, is a deciduous, branching, tropical shrub measuring four feet by five feet at maturity. It flowers profusely with small decumbent or trailing, red flowers. The Coral plant is a popular nectar plant for hummingbirds and butterflies and is moderately salt tolerant.


Russelia equisetiformis

Also known as

Fountainbush, Coral plant, Coral fountain, Coralblow and Fountain plant

How to care for Firecracker Plant


How often to water your Firecracker Plant

Water needs for Firecracker Plant
0.5 cups
every 9

Firecracker Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Firecracker Plant

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Firecracker Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Firecracker Plant: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Firecracker Plant love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Firecracker Plant does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Firecracker Plant in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Firecracker Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Firecracker Plant: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Firecracker Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Firecracker Plant is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Firecracker Plant

Firecracker Plant

Firecracker Plant

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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