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Care for Golden Shrimp Plant

I received a golden shrimp plant from a friend on the Mississippi Gulf coast. I bring it inside during the fall, but I'm not sure what to do with it. Can you tell me how to care for it during blooming season and off?

The long blooming golden shrimp plant also known as golden candle (Pachystachys lutea) prefers a bright growing location, moist soil and high humidity.  Avoid wet soggy soil in winter.  Increase humidity by placing the plant on pebbles in a water-filled saucer.  Make sure the pot sits above the water on the pebbles.  As the water evaporates it increase the humidity around the plant.  This reduces loss of lower leaves. Cut the plants back in early spring to encourage more branching and compact growth.  Fertilize with a flowering houseplant fertilizer as needed from spring through summer.        

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