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GOLDFISH - Hypocyrta

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Goldfish plants have long trailing stems with small dark green, shiny leaves. They flower freely producing blooms that look very similar to a small goldfish. Goldfish belong in the Lipstick family and do well with general lipstick care.

LIGHT: These plants enjoy a bright area but need to be protected from direct sunlight. Goldfish like humidity and benefit from an occasional misting. During the summer the soil should be kept moist at all times but never saturated. During the winter they like to be kept on the dry side.

WATER: It is easy to over water this plant. Root rot, lack of flowers, and botrytis are some of the problems that come from too much water. Avoid getting cold water on the leaves as this will cause unsightly spots which mars the elegant beauty of the glossy foliage. Water from the bottom by placing the pot in a bowl of water for a few minutes. Remove the pot and allow to drain.

Use a general purpose fertilizer during the spring and summer. Repot after blooming.

Occasionally these plants are available in 4" or 6" hanging baskets.