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How To Grow Shrimp Plants – Growing Information And Shrimp Plant Care

By Jackie Rhoades

Before we talk about how to care for a shrimp plant, you should know what a shrimp plant is. This is an evergreen shrub that requires certain needs to grow it successfully. Read this article to learn more.

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Should I prune this shrimp plant?

I'm hesitating to prune this shrimp plant, because it's still "winter" here in Florida. There aren't many leaves on it, and there's new growth starting at the tips. What do you think?

If you leave it looking like this it will be rather leggy. Also you have some water/salt issues as the remaining leaves have brown tips. Pot look too small for it. Maybe try gradual trimming it back by 3 to 4 inches, not all at once if you still enjoy the flowers.

Thanks, Malus. I was pretty sure the legginess wasn't going to go away unless I chop chop chop. I need to get over it that I'd be chopping off the only part that's growing right now for the healthier plant later. I'll trim 'em back and see if I can get the pruned bits to root.

Ciao Plants4MyPots. Your plant looks a little leggy, for sure. try clipping it back to just above where the new shoots are growing out.
so you don't lose too much growth. give the plant a good soaking to leach out the salts or old fertilizers. give it more light, if possible. and after it energizes, re-pot with new soil-compost. not too much water. and a mild liquid food now and then, when it is growing. has it been exposed to cool drafts or colder air? Looks a little shocked. but they are sturdy. should respond to a little TLC. good luck.

Hi Honigirl,
Depends on your definitions of cool drafts or colder air, but I'm pretty sure the answer is "yes". These are outdoor containers, and we had about three short "cold spells" here this winter, when the temperature went down to freezing with even lower wind chills - and I brought all my plants inside for those. When they were inside for a couple days at a time to protect 'em from the cold, they didn't get much light, either. The low temperatures for the rest of the last couple months has been around 50(F) 10(C) degrees and would feel colder sometimes due to wind, and the plants have been exposed. If the plant needs more light, it's just going to have to wait 'til summer gets here, because it's already out where it can get the most sun possible.
I'm sure you both have a good point about the pot being a little small, too. It isn't big enough for the size potential of either the shrimp plant or the copper plant. Oh boy, repot!
Thanks again,


The common Shrimp plant is also known as the Red Shrimp plant, due to its rust-colored flower bracts which resemble large shrimp. There are other varieties of Shrimp plant which are less common, but all equally interesting. Other varieties include the following.

Golden Shrimp Plant (Pachystachys lutea)

Golden Shrimp Plant (Pachystachys lutea)

This plant thrives in shaded positions, and its flower grows directly above the plant in a spike of yellow and white.

White Shrimp Plant (Justicia betonica)

Golden Shrimp Plant (Pachystachys lutea)

The flowers of this plant are white, and it blooms even more heavily than the common Shrimp plant.

Purple Shrimp Plant (Justicia scheidweileri)

Purple Shrimp Plant (Justicia scheidweileri)

This plant has red flower bracts with purple flowers emerging from them. It has long green foliage which is streamed with silver veins and is almost as interesting as the blooms. It grows well in the shade but likes warm conditions.

Blue Shrimp Plant (Cerinthe major purparescens)

This Mediterranean native is a compact shrub. It has one-inch blue flowers which are particularly attractive to bees.

Watch the video: Shrimp Plant Needs A Good Pruning Every Year

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