Manettia Luteo (Candy Corn Plant) is a fast-growing vine that is sometimes called Brazilian Firecracker. It grows best in landscape applications on trellises, fences, or lattices. It is also a popular hanging-basket plant that is easy to grow both indoors and outside. As this plant matures, it will load up with red-and-yellow blooms that resemble candy corn.
Manettia Luteo will require little water in the winter months, but as they begin their growing season they will need more to flourish. As with most plants, allow the soil to dry out between waterings to avoid fungus.
Candy corn plants prefer 150-200 ppm N
constant feed. Be careful not to overfeed them as they do not tolerate high volumes of fertilizer at one time. Slow and steady wins the race with these plants. Manettia Luteo are not as prone to iron deficiency as some, but adjust your pH level to between 5.5 - 6.5.
Candy corn will flower naturally through the spring, summer, and fall as the days are longer.
Pinching is not required, but trimming will be necessary
once the plant has taken over an area like a fence or trellis.
Grow pots wide enough to keep them from intertwining with other pots. Hanging baskets will climb wires and wrap around anything they find. Pots grown on the ground will vine out to wrap around benches, other pots, and poles. In a landscape setting, space 4" pots 8-12" on center.
We do not recommend growth regulator
on Candy Corn plants. Trim as needed.
PestsWhiteflies, spider mites, and mealybugs
are Candy Corn's biggest pests.
Candy Corn are not prone to many diseases, but watch for botrytis in the early spring. This grey rot is usually associated with wet or humid conditions. You can prevent botrytis by allowing the plant to dry out between waterings, allowing for good airflow in your greenhouse, and spacing to allow the sun to penetrate to the soil level. The most common chemicals used to treat botrytis are Medallion and Banrot. Use them as a drench according to each label's instructions.
Planting Candy Corn Plant Manettia Luteo Liners
- Plant deep so the top of our ellepot is slightly below the soil level in your container. We recommend 5 plants per 10" pot and 3 plants per 4" pot. The problem with this plant is that it likes to climb, so the middle of the pot can look bare if you plant them too thin. You can get away with less plants if you give yourself more time and pinch young plants in order to fill out the head of the basket.
- Pinch as necessary in order to shape your pot. Watch for vines that will take over if growing in a greenhouse setting. Trimming the vines is the best approach to controlling these plants.
- Use a trellis or stake in baskets and small pots to shape the vines. This will add value to your customer and allow you to control the plant's rapid growth.
Cuttings vary in size between different plant families. These rooted starter plants will arrive ready to be transplanted in to your final container. If they are to be used in a landscape application, you will need to establish them in a 4 inch pot or an 1801 before planting outside.
Candy Corn Plant Manettia Luteo Quick Reference Guide
|4" crop time||4 Weeks|
|10" crop time||8 weeks|
|Bloom Period||Spring, Summer Fall|
|Light||Full Sun/Partial Sun|
|Perennial Zone||Zones 9-11|