Guatemala rhubarb Jatropha podagrica red

Jatropha podagrica

Guatemala rhubarb Jatropha podagrica red

Jatropha podagrica
Bright red inflorescences
What a contrast! Bright green leaves with bright red inflorescences. The Guatemala rhubarb (Jatropha podagrica) owes its name to its unusually thick stem that looks like a bottle. The stem gets thicker every year and new flowers appear. The Guatemala rhubarb plant blooms all year round.
The houseplant is very easy to care for. Guatemala rhubarb plant likes a bright, sunny spot. The potting soil should be kept slightly damp
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Guatemala rhubarb Jatropha podagrica red
Guatemala rhubarb Jatropha podagrica red
Guatemala rhubarb Jatropha podagrica red
How we measure

From the bottom of the nursery pot to the top of the plant.

Latin name: Jatropha podagrica
Delivery type: Supplied as container plant
Guarantee: 6 months growth and flowering guarantee
Color: Red
Preferred location: Half shadow
Green stayer: Yes
Leafs all year: Yes
Hardy plants: No
Self polinating: No
Edible: No
Naturalizing: No
Scented: Not Scented
Grafted: No
Cutting flowers: No
Growing Height: 30 - 60 cm

As soon as possible after receiving your Jatropha podagrica, plant it in a flower pot. Choose a pot with holes in the base and a matching saucer to allow excess water to drain off. Or, you could use a nice planter with no holes in the base that will collect the water from the inner pot. In this case, stand it, still in its pot, in the planter on top of a layer of potsherds or hydro-pellets. When potting up, use normal potting compost over potsherds and plant at the correct height, just covering the roots. Fill up the pot with more potting compost and press firmly in, leaving some room between the top of the soil and the edge of the planter, for watering. Water immediately then stand the pot in full sun in your home. The thickened stem will soon grow new foliage at the top and new roots below. The plant will flower in the warmest months of the year.


Water your Jatropha podagrica sparingly, but do make sure the soil is always moist. Water more often when it's in flower and feed fortnightly with liquid fertiliser for flowering houseplants.
Although the bottle plant can withstand heat and drought, it will lose its foliage if kept too dry so will look its best if you keep the potting compost on the moist side. Place the plant in a light and sunny spot on a windowsill but do keep it out of the midday sun in the summer.
The bottle plant (Jatropha podagrica) will thrive outdoors on the patio or decking in the summer.

Dormant Period

Your bottle plant may lose it's foliage in the winter. If it does, keep the plant more or less dry (water sparingly only once a month) and stand it somewhere cooler (10-12 degrees C). An unheated bedroom would suffice.
Come spring, bring your Jatropha back into a warmer room and give it a little extra watering. When new leaves appear, feed your bottle plant with fertiliser for flowering houseplants.


A bottle plant is an exceptionally lovely houseplant that originated in Central America. The bulbous trunk allows this succulent to store lots of moisture which means that the Jatropha podagrica can withstand quite some drought. This attractive houseplant will often bloom for months on end.
Jatropha podagrica (the bottle plant) is classified under Euphorbiaceae. The milky sap is toxic and may irritate skin on contact.


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