Pentas – Butterfly Red
Use in combinations, monocultures in all container types, and the landscape; also use as a cut flower
Maintenance Category Easy
Water Category Average
Flower Form Container, Landscape
pH C - pH 6.0 - 6.5
EC (2:1 Extraction Method) 1 - 1.5
Fertilization 150 - 250
Light Requirements High
Water Requirements Dry to Moderate
Rooting Out Temperature 65 - 72° Fahrenheit
Growing On Temperature 65 - 72° Fahrenheit
Holding Temperature 65 - 72° Fahrenheit
Planting and Timing Information
Spring through Summer Finish. Standard PPP.
Finishing Times [weeks]
4-5" and Quart Pot : 8-10
6" and Gallon Pot : 10-12
7-9" Pot :
10-12" and Two Gallon Pot :
Pinching and Growth Regulators
No pinch necessary. Cycocel spray of 1,000 to 1,500 ppm can be used to control height. Responds very well to a negative DIF.
Pest and Disease Management
General pest and disease practices as listed in notes.
Avoid ammonium fertilizer, pentas are sensitive to ammonium toxicity.