The curious flowers of Cuphea ignea bring to mind the fiery glow and shape of tiny cigars. This neat little evergreen perennial makes a lovely pot plant for a bright, sunny window or conservatory. In summer, it can be moved outside as a patio table centrepiece! Surprisingly easy to grow, the Cigar Plant adds an exotic feel to your home and makes a fabulous talking point! Height and spread: 40cm (16″).
Sow seeds on the surface of a good, free-draining, damp, seed compost, then lightly cover to 3mm (1/8″) deep with vermiculite or compost. Place container in a propagator or seal inside a polythene bag at a temperature of 18-20C (64-68F) until after germination which usually takes 10-15 days.
Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle, taking care not to damage the fragile roots, into 9cm (4″) pots. When roots have filled these pots, set into final containers.