Botanical Name: Manettia inflata
A vigorous climber, you can train Candy Corn Plant on a trellis. Its densely leaf-covered twining stems look even more lush when gathered around a support.
You could also plant this beautiful, tropical vine in a hanging basket -- if you like -- where it will trail as long as you allow them to. Of course, you can cut them back in spring to keep the plant bushy and full.
The unusual, hairy, tubular flowers are reddish-orange with yellow tips. Give Candy Corn Plant the bright light it wants, and you'll enjoy a delightful show of blooms from summer through fall. The flowers are nearly an inch (2.5 cm) long and arise from the leaf axils on short stalks.
You can move it outdoors for the summer if you like, but be sure to bring it back indoors when the temperature drops in fall. This is a frost-tender plant. In fact, this tropical native doesn't like cold temperatures at all.
Repot in spring when you see roots growing out of the drainage holes of the pot. Move up only 1 pot size because this flowering vine blooms best when slightly pot-bound.
Don't worry about pruning and repotting at the same time. This vigorous, vining plant can take it.
Manettia inflata is formerly known as Manettia luteorubra and is sometimes sold under that name. This unusual vine is also known by a few other common names: Firecracker Vine, Candy Corn Vine and Brazilian Firecracker. Some other plants share these names, look for the botanical name to be sure you're getting this plant.
Origin: South America
Height: 6 ft (1.8 m) or more, if not pruned back
Light: Bright light to full sun. Moving your plant outdoors for the spring and summer will give it the sunshine it needs to grow and bloom.
Water: Keep the soil evenly moist spring through fall. Water sparingly in winter.
Humidity: Moderate room humidity
Temperature: Average room temperatures (65-75°F/18-24°C). If you move your plant outdoors for the summer, don't worry -- it can take the heat. It won't, however, tolerate cold temperatures (below 55°F/13°C).
Soil: Any good potting mix
Fertilizer: Feed every 2 weeks spring through fall with a high-potassium fertilizer diluted by half.
Propagation: Take non-flowering stem tip cuttings in spring or early summer and root in moist soil.