The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Family: Gesneriaceae.

Hypocyrta glabra Common name(s): Clog Plant, Guppy Plant
Nemantanthus Syn. Hypocyrta.

Genus of about 30 species of scandent or trailing, evergreen, usually epiphytic sunshrubs, often becoming woody at the bases, from tropical rainforest in South America. Hypocyrta is an old name for the genus Nematanthus. Nematanthus have a characteristic pouched flower, usually but not always with a very small opening. They are generally epiphytic in nature, and like most tropical plants adapted to that habitat, require a fairly open planting medium that is allowed to dry somewhat between waterings. Nematanthus produces large numbers of orange flowers which look like tiny goldfish.

Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average or above average warmth in summer. Keep fairy cool in winter - minimum temperature 55-60 F. Ideal temperatures are between 65 and 80 F. Bright light - avoid direct sunshine. Grow in soilless potting mix. Water freely from spring to autumn - sparingly in winter. Use tepid water. Mist leaves frequently, especially in hot weather. Take stem-tip cuttings in spring. Use a rooting hormone and provide bottom heat.

User-submitted additions and corrections:

16th Jul 2005
I have found that letting the soil is get a bit dry seems to help it grow much nicer. My guess is that I was over watering it because I now evem have blooms-even though it is the seasonl Great hanging plant
united States
26th Jan 2008
I have had my beautiful plant for about 12 and have found that misting it almost killed it so I stopped and it thrived very nicely after that.
11th Jul 2009
the goldfish plants does well if you moss the top of the soil.
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