With its lustrous, fire-engine red flowers, 'Ruby Glow' is a true hummingbird and butterfly magnet. Rich green foliage contrasts beautifully with the clusters of starry blooms, which are produced vigorously from spring until the first frost. Pentas flowers consistently in the heat of summer and is an excellent container plant; also invaluable for spicing up flower beds.
For information on growing Pentas, click on Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
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Native to tropical eastern Africa, Pentas flourishes in heat and low humidity, can be grown as a perennial where temperatures remain above 30 degrees F. Elsewhere it is a choice annual used to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.Pentas lanceolata produces 4in, dome-shaped flower heads packed with starry blossoms. The multi-stemmed, spreading plants flower all summer long, but deadheading will encourage rebloom.
Light/Watering: Flowers more abundantly in full sun but will tolerate some shade. Water when the top 1in of soil is dry to the touch.
Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Plant in average, well-drained soil with a pH that's just a bit acid (between 6.5 and 6.8). Feed every two weeks with an all-purpose or bloom-boosting fertilizer mixed according to the manufacturer's recommendation.
Pests/Diseases: If spider mites or aphids become a problem, apply a soap spray to both sides of the leaves.
Companions: Plant in borders, beds, and containers with other sun-loving annuals, such as Salvia, Lantana, and Petunia.
For information on planting and care of annuals, click How to grow annuals.