This summer, the lollipop plants (Pachystachys lutea) on my balcony are growing vigorously with many flowers. Frankly, I was a bit surprised. I didn’t expect it to blossom so well, for I have been so busy lately that I haven’t done much pruning and fertilizing since its last bloom.
I guess it’s the extremely hot hot sun in these two weeks that has helped my lollipop plants growing so well. This plant loves the sun. However, because all I could provide my lollipop plants is a North-facing balcony, they usually don’t blossom very well, maybe 6-8 lollipop flowers per pot. But now, with the extremely hot sun flaring in the blue clear sky, there are around 12-14 flowers or flower buds in each pot! I am sure there would be even more if I pruned my lollipop plants right after its last bloom.
The origin of Pachystachys lutea is Peru. It is a very common plant in Hong Kong, and because of the shape of its white flowers and surrounding yellow bracts, it is called the golden shrimp plant or the lollipop plant.
Maybe in another post, let me share some tips of growing and caring for the lollipop plant.