Posted 1Y ago by @plantsandyarn

What can I do to save her?

My firetails chenille is super dry and her leaves are starting to shrivel up. She was on my to water list for few extra days because I didn't have a lot of time/energy for plant care this week, but I gave her a good soak and mist this morning. I got it from my friend's grandma a few weeks ago, and she said she had the same problem last year when she brought this kind of plants inside at the end of the summer. Is this happening because I didn't water her on time, or just because they do this? #HappyPlants #plantsmakepeoplehappy #Firetails
6” pot
Last watered 1 year ago
Give her a good bottom water!! She should perk up
Oh my, I so have to get one of these plants. She’s a beauty πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

The foliage of the chenille plant is unremarkable, however, its fuzzy red flowers take center stage. The flower's anatomy consists of a simple row of pistils covered in downy catkins, providing visual and tactile enjoyment for all ages. The catkins vary in appearance, from plump fuzz balls to downward turning pendulums, and they can grow up to 18 inches long.

Native to tropical zones, chenille plant is commonly grown in containers and brought indoors for the winter in northern climates. It also makes a good year-round houseplant and can be grown as a perennial in USDA cold hardiness zones 10 and 11, where it is best planted in spring.

When grown indoors, chenille plant will go through a period of dormancy (just like it would in the wild). During this time, don't expect flowers. Instead, wait patiently for its next spring bloom.

The chenille plant is dioecious, which means that plants are gender specific. The flowers on male plants are nondescript, so the plants available for sale at nurseries and garden centers are female.


Chenille plant grows best in full sun to partial shade but avoid planting it outdoors where it receives direct sun in the late afternoon. As a houseplant, grow it in a greenhouse or place it near a south-facing window where it will receive ample year-round light.


Chenille plant grows in a range of soils, including sand, clay, and loam, but this plant isn’t suited to xeriscapes or seaside gardens because it's only moderately drought-resistant and is not salt-tolerant. Chenille plant can adapt to soil pH values between 6.0 to 7.5.


Keep your plant consistently moist as it establishes itself, and then maintain moderate moisture throughout the season. It's a good idea to check the soil every two to three days and apply water before the soil dries out completely. While this plant likes soil damp to the touch, overwatering to the point of soaking might kill it.

temperature and humidity

Chenille plant won't deny its tropical origin and will pout in temperatures below 60 degrees Fahrenheit.


A fast-growing plant, chenille plant needs regular fertilizing to support its flowering and development. The standard every other week feeding that supports most showy annuals is not sufficient. Instead, feed chenille plant a half-strength balanced flower fertilizer every week for best results. If the plant starts to develop yellow leaves, supplement the fertilizer with a shovelful of manure tilled into the soil.