I love the plant but I bought it in a sub-freezing climate, covered it in a bag by folding the leaves up so they wouldn't break or freeze getting it to the car, and itched all the way home. My eyes swelled up for a week. I still have it but don't touch it.
On Jul 23, 2008, Darmananda from New Iberia, LA wrote:
Here in zone 9b, I still have it in the hot-pink pot that it came with, and it matches the pink flamingo flowers. It must be grown as annual if you want to grow on the ground.
I have it grown in an old pipe that is upright and the pot fits right into the top of the pipe. And the old pipe is green, which also matches the foliage. Look for one of my pictures to see what I am talking about. The one with the old metal pipe with hot pink pot rim and green is mine. :-)
It must, I think, be brought back indoors in winter in my zone. I am only a zone away from its ideal zone so we'll see what happens.
This plant can be root bound and that shouldn't be much of a problem since it grew on rocks near rivers and streams in its native habitat. As long as you water and feed heavily, you should get very big foliage and repeated blooms. I feed mine with all purpose Miracle-gro as recommended on the feeder (20 drops per quart of water every time I water--- or half cap every two to four weeks) ().
It sure is blooming a lot and I like to keep my foliage clean with a wet cloth using distilled water. Looks a lot nicer.
On Jun 18, 2004, hummingbird3000 from New Prague, MN wrote:
I've had one of these with pink flowers for a couple years (in my house) and it just keeps growing. However, it has only gotten a couple more flowers since I bought it. The leaves are really big and pretty though. Nice foliage plant! Looks very tropical. Takes neglect well, I sometimes forget to water it.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Hollywood, Florida (2 reports) Ocala, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida Saint Augustine Shores, Florida Emerson, Georgia Honomu, Hawaii New Iberia, Louisiana Edmond, Oklahoma El Reno, Oklahoma Johnson City, Tennessee Broaddus, Texas San Antonio, Texas