The flamingo pink plant, also known as the Jacobinia pink plant, grows up to 6 feet tall and 3 feet broad. It features brightly coloured blooms on long stalks and oval-shaped green leaves, making it excellent for decorative border planting or as a focal point in your garden. Stem cuttings are generally used to grow Jacobinia, which are rooted in the soil and then moved to a permanent site in the ground.
Jacobinia pink watering
Jacobinia likes wet soil, so water it from above as needed to maintain it moist at a depth of 1 inch, especially during hot and dry weather. You may cut back on watering in the fall and winter, but don’t allow the soil to totally dry up. At least three inches from the main stem, keep a 4-inch layer of wood chip mulch around the base of the plant.
Apply a slow-release, granular, low-phosphorus fertiliser after new growth begins in the spring, keeping it at least three inches away from the main stem of the plant and watering it in. Apply a 2-inch layer of old compost on top of the mulch after it blooms to offer extra nutrients throughout the growth season.
Pruning the plant
Justicia pink jacobinia plants can be pruned for propagation and for better growth. Pinch off the tips of new stems with your fingertips when new growth emerges in the spring to stimulate bushier growth. Throughout the growth season, pluck withered petals from the plant with your fingertips at the base of their stalks. Cut down old or woody stems to a node above the soil level after the jacobinia plant has established itself. As previously said, sterilize the pruning shears before usage. To enable water to drop down the cut, make the incisions at a 45-degree angle. Use the plant tissue in a compost pile or throw it away.
Propagating Jacobinia plant
It’s preferable to wait until spring or summer to take cuttings from the plant. Choose an 8 to 12 inch long healthy branch from the top of the plant and cut it off at the base with sharp scissors or pruning shears. Before cutting, disinfect the pruning shears by soaking them in a solution of 1 part bleach to 9 parts water for 5 minutes, then rinsing and air drying them.
To stimulate root production, remove the leaves from the bottom of the stem, leaving just the top two, then dip it in rooting hormone powder. In a container filled with potting mix, plant the cut end approximately 2 inches deep. Keep the cuttings in a place with indirect sunlight and water it well to keep the soil moist but not dripping wet.
Controlling common plant diseases
Although Jacobinia isn’t very vulnerable to pests or illnesses, it can be harmed by caterpillars or spider mites. It is important to know about the pink jacobinia plant care process to avoid insect attacks. Caterpillars come in a variety of colours and have longer bodies.
Spider mites resemble very little spiders that commonly create webs on plants. Both of these pests are harmless to plants, but they may be controlled with a weekly application of insecticidal soap that has been pre-mixed. Spray the plants until they’re completely covered with soap, then repeat regularly until all traces of pests have vanished. To prevent insecticidal soap from drying out too fast, use it in the morning or evening. If there are only a few caterpillars, you can hand-pick and dispose of them.