Columnea Hirta, aka Goldfish Plant, is a beautiful, flowering plant with flowers that resemble tiny, goldfish! The small, green, glossy leaves of this plant contrast perfectly with the orange, tubular flowers. Native to the jungles of Central America, this plant loves tropical conditions.
They should not be in a position to see the sun directly, although early morning or late evening sun is fine. Filtered sunlight through a sheer curtain is best and most homes are comprised primarily of indirect sunlight. The best spot for them is where they do not see the sun during the majority of the day but still get bright, indirect light.
They will thrive in bright light, but also can tolerate medium light. A good medium-light place in your home would be in the middle of a room that has a regular size window. They can be placed anywhere between the middle of the room and the window. Remember that plants will grow based on how much light they receive.
They like the soil to stay consistently moist, but not soaking wet. Give them water whenever just the surface of the soil is starting to get dry. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.
They will do well in average humidity environments but will appreciate a little bit of humidity if provided, give them a mist daily or get a humidifier. Avoid misting them with cold water as this will damage the foliage.
Avoid getting cold water on the foliage, as this can burn the leaves! If you want your plant to keep on blooming, keep it in a location that receives bright, indirect light rather than medium light. They prefer to be slightly pot-bound, which will also encourage more blooms. Fertilize weekly during the growing season with diluted liquid fertilizer.
The plant comes with a default nursery pot. The nursery pot is usually 0.5" - 1" smaller than stated to fit into the same size decorative pot. Washable Paper Planter Bags are sold separately.
As with all living things, no two plants are alike. There is some natural variation in size, shape, and characteristics. We make every effort to bring you a plant that as closely as possible matches the plant as it appears on our website, in the size you have chosen, and have a good potential to happily grow in your home.