Native to South America, the candy corn plant is a gorgeous, vining plant that grows well both indoors and outdoors, is easy to care for, and will thrive on a trellis or as a fluffy bush. Tubular red flowers with yellow tips sprout from the vines, making this plant truly look like it might be blooming candy corns.
The Cuphea micropetala is the perfect addition to your home or office.
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A Candy Corn Plant Is Good for Homes and Offices
The Cuphea candy corn plant will grow up to 15 feet as long as it has enough water, sun, and the right soil conditions. It will absorb carbon dioxide and other harmful toxins from the air in your home throughout the day then it will breathe oxygen into your air at night, providing a natural air filter to any room you keep it in.
Because it is a hardy plant, it will not require a ton of your attention, so you get to reap the benefits of having abundant greenery in your space without the trouble of a needy plant. Add to these benefits the fact that the candy corn plant brings in good feng shui energy, and you’re winning on all fronts.
Are Candy Corn Plants Good for the Feng Shui Flow of a Room?
While some might tell you that a vine plant is not good for feng shui energy, which is true, the candy corn plant does not have to grow as a vine.
Vines in feng shui represent mental trouble and disorder, as in all tangled up. Thus, if feng shui is important in your home or office, simply choose to grow this plant as a bush instead. You can prune the vines back and have a lovely, fluffy bush in your room.
Because the candy corn is related to the coffee plant, you will reap the benefits of positive energy and good luck related to the coffee tree, according to feng shui. If you are interested in learning more about feng shui, I have check out this master class article on how to use feng shui.
Are Candy Corn Plants Easy to Grow and Maintain?
The candy corn is remarkably easy to grow and maintain. It only takes a good amount of sunlight, regular watering, and healthy soil.
How Do Candy Corn Plants Grow?
As noted above, the Cuphea candy corn plant grows either up a trellis as a vine or outward as a bush, depending on how you prune it.
What Kind of Soil Does a Candy Corn Plant Need?
Plant the candy corn plant in healthy indoor plant soil that drains well and be sure to give it plenty of room to spread out. A 1-gallon pot should be large enough at first.
How Much Light Does a Candy Corn Plant Need?
The Cuphea micropetala needs regular sunshine, partial to full, so place the plant near or in front of a large window, depending on how much sunlight that window gets. You will know the plant is getting too much sun if the leaves begin to crisp.
How Much Water Does a Candy Corn Plant Need?
As a warm weather plant from South America, the candy corn plant wants regularly watering, probably once a week during summer and maybe less frequently during winter when it goes dormant. It is a drought tolerant plant, so you can feel confident it will not fade on you if you miss the occasional watering.
For more information on watering plants, check out my other article for signs, tips, and tricks to avoiding watering mistakes.
Other Conditions that Are Important to a Candy Corn Plant
As a rugged, easy-to-care-for plant, the candy corn plant does not ask for much. The most attention you will pay to this plant will be when you are establishing it in its new home.
Be sure it gets plenty of light and that you learn its watering needs. You can do this by checking the soil regularly with your finger. If it is moist at all, leave it be. If the soil has dried out, you can water it so the water runs through the bottom of the pot.
You don’t need to fertilize your candy corn plant, and it is not often bothered by pests or disease. If you do see aphids, simply spray them with neem oil, which will send them on their way.
Candy Corn Plant Decorating Ideas
A large, open space is perfect for the candy corn plant. The space will allow the plant to thrive and show off its colors.
If you’re not concerned about feng shui, let this plant vine up a brick wall across from your desk or in a large kitchen with plenty of light. If you’re growing it as a bush, surround it with other bright, bold plants and create a tropical effect.
Do Fake Candy Corn Plants Look Real?
If you don’t have the time or inclination to grow a real candy corn plant, you can always invest in an artificial one and expect it to look real. The quality of fake plants has risen considerably, and the fake candy corn plant will still bring you all the same benefits, with the exception of cleaning the air, of course.
If you’re worried that a fake candy corn plant is not on trend, check out my piece on whether artificial plants and flowers are tacky.
Whatever you decide, fake or real, you will love having a candy corn plant in your home or office.
What do you think? Have you had experience with a candy corn plant? Tell me about it in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.