How to Grow and Care For Shrimp Plants
Native to Mexico, Shrimp plants are part of the Acanthaceae family and Justicia genus. Justicia comprises nearly 700 species with more yet to be identified. Their common name, the Shrimp plant, comes from the inflorescences or chained bracts that can resemble shrimp in some species.
About Shrimp Plants
Mexican Shrimp Plant
Golden Shrimp Plant
Landscape Uses for Shrimp Plants
Mexican Shimp Plant Care Guide
How to Grow Shrimp Plants
When & How To Plant Shrimp Plants
Growing Shrimp Plants in Containers Indoors
We recommend you plant your Shrimp plant in a larger container from 8-10” and on to give its roots enough space to grow. The smaller the container, the smaller the plant will likely grow as the roots become bound in the container.
How to Care For Shrimp Plants
If growing indoors, you can place a few feet away from a South-facing window to avoid direct sunlight. You can also grow near East-facing window (most ideal) or West-facing window which receive sunlight for half of the day. Avoid North-facing windows which receive the least mount of light. Light is a key factor to make sure your shrimp plant blooms and has dramatic colors.
You can always supplement with a grow light if your home doesn’t have enough light.
🌡️ Temperature and Humidity
Don’t let temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit for too long as this will stunt the growth of your shrimp plant.
🌱 Best Soil for Shrimp Plants
If you’re growing in a container, you can use most commercial houseplant mix supplemented with peat moss, perlite, and orchid bark.
😎 Pruning and Maintenance
Propagate Shrimp Plants Through Softwood Cuttings
- Remove the leaves from bottom half of the cutting and dip the cutting inro rooting hormone (not required)
- Plant your cutting into a new soil and container and make sure to water deeply.
- You’ll want to maintain humidity for your stem cutting. You can do so by wrapping a plastic bag around the plant.
- Maintain consistently moist soil and warm temperatures and the cutting will root within 6-8 weeks after which you can transplant them outside or into a larger container.
How to Grow Shrimp Plant From Seed
- Fill your seed tray or container with seed-starting soil mix (tends to be high in peat moss)
- Water the tray to moisten the soil and plant one or two seeds in a container about ½ to 1 inch deep.
- Cover the planting tray with plastic tray or wrap to create a greenhouse like effect.
- You want to maintain warm temperatures of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place your seeds in a spot that receives 6-8 hours of bright, indirect sunlight.
- Water to maintain consistently moist soil.
- It’ll take one to three weeks for these seeds to germinate.
- Once the plant reaches 6-8inches in height, transplant them into larger containers or outdoors. Make sure outdoor temperatures are above 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit and all dangers of frost have passed.