Odontonema: Greenhouse Plants
W – warm, minimum of 13°C (55°F) / T – tropical, minimum of 18°C (65°F)
These plants really need tropical temperatures to do well but can be grown adequately in a warm house. The winter flowers of Odontonema schomburgkianum from Colombia always come as a shock to me; going by the appearance of the plant I always expect an upright spike of bracts and flowers much like Pachystachys to which it is related. Instead, the flower spike drapes elegantly down the plant and the red tubular flowers hang from it. Plants grow very well fromand I like to plant three young plants to an 18-cm (7-in) pot of peat-based to give a good display. After flowering plants should be cut down almost to the base and either the resulting new shoots can be grown on to flowering size or they can be taken as cuttings.