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Shrimp Plant Care Guide

Looking for a unique and intriguing addition to your home garden? How about a cheerful pink shrimp plant! Here’s my complete guide on Shrimp Plant care!

I remember almost 10 years ago, I was decorating the patio at our first house. I had this tall pot and I wanted a bushy and tall plant to go in it to define the corner of the space.

I was poking around the garden center at Lowes and saw the most eye catching plant. It had a thin trunk like a tree, with a bush on top. In the bush were the most beautiful, dripping pink flowers.

The flowers looked just like juicy pink shrimp.

Today, we’re going to explore the unique world of the Shrimp Plant, known scientifically as Justicia brandegeeana.

Popular for its quirky, shrimp-like flowers and easy-going nature, this plant is a favorite among gardeners and houseplant enthusiasts alike.

Let’s take a look at the details of Shrimp Plant care and its distinctive characteristics.

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What is the Shrimp Plant?

The Shrimp Plants boasts eye-catching “bracts” that resemble the shape and color of shrimp, typically in shades of reddish-pink, which encase small white flowers.

This unique look makes it a popular choice for adding a splash of color indoors or in subtropical garden settings.

Native to Mexico, the Shrimp Plant thrives in warm climates and can be grown year-round in regions that do not experience frost.

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Shrimp Plant Care Guide

To successfully grow a Shrimp Plant, consider the following conditions:


Justicia brandegeeana prefers warm conditions and is best kept at temperatures between 65°F and 80°F (18°C to 27°C). It should be protected from temperatures below 50°F (10°C) as it is not frost tolerant.


This plant thrives in bright, indirect light. Too much direct sunlight can bleach and damage the leaves, but too little light will diminish the vibrancy of its pink flowers.

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Watering Guidelines

Water your Shrimp Plant regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. During the winter months, reduce watering to prevent root rot.

Make sure that your pot has drainage holes to prevent pooling water from drowning the roots@!


Use a well-draining, rich potting mix to encourage healthy growth. Adding perlite or sand can improve drainage of the soil.

Make sure that the soil is rich in organic matter and well-aerated.

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Feeding & Fertilizing

Fertilize your Shrimp Plant every four to six weeks during the growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer.

Skip fertilizer during the dormant winter months.

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Planting of the Shrimp plant

The Shrimp Plant can be grown both in garden beds and containers.

If you live in a cooler climate, consider growing it in a pot so you can bring it indoors during colder months.

If you choose to plant it in the soil, be sure that the area is well draining and out of direct sunlight.

Selecting a Location

For outdoor planting, choose a location that receives filtered sunlight and is protected from strong winds.

Indoors, place it near a window where it gets plenty of light but no direct sun.

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Pruning and Maintenance

Prune regularly to promote bushy growth and remove any leggy stems.

Deadheading spent flowers will also encourage new blooms.

Pests and Diseases

Be on the lookout for common pests such as aphids and spider mites. Regular inspections and washing the leaves can prevent major infestations.

Use insecticidal soap or neem oil as needed to treat any pest infestations.

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Shrimp Plant FAQs

Here are some common questions about Shrimp Plant care!

How often should I water my Shrimp Plant?

Keep the soil moist, watering when the top inch becomes dry.

Can Shrimp Plants be kept outdoors?

Yes, in zones 9-11 or during warm months in cooler zones, but bring them indoors when temperatures drop.

Do Shrimp Plants need direct sunlight?

No, they prefer bright, indirect sunlight to maintain their colorful bracts.

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How do I make my Shrimp Plant bloom more?

Provide adequate light, keep the soil moist, and fertilize regularly during the growing season.

Are Shrimp Plants toxic to pets?

No, Shrimp Plants are generally considered non-toxic to pets.

With proper care, your Shrimp Plant will thrive, providing a unique and colorful addition to your home or garden.

Thanks for reading!

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