Candy corn vine plant

Candy Corn Plant Manettia Luteo Rooted Cutting Liner

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.

General Growing Tips For Your Rooted Cutting Liner

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.

Height Control

We do not recommend growth regulator on Candy Corn plants. Trim as needed.


Whiteflies, 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Rooted Cuttings

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 Inch crop time

4 Weeks

10 Inch crop time

8 weeks

Bloom Period

Spring, Summer Fall


Red, Yellow


Upright, Vining


24-36 Inches


Full Sun/Partial Sun

Minimum Temp

Perennial Zone

Zones 9-11

Water Needs


Patented Plant


Candy Corn Plant, a Tropical Vine

Botanical Name: Manettia inflata

A vigorous climber, you can train Candy Corn Plant on a trellis. Its densely leaf-covered twining stems look even more lush when gathered around a support.

You could also plant this beautiful, tropical vine in a hanging basket — if you like — where it will trail as long as you allow them to. Of course, you can cut them back in spring to keep the plant bushy and full.

Pruning Tip: Cut the stems back by half in spring, when new growth begins. Be careful not to remove flower buds. Pruning will promote new growth and keep it in shape. Use sharp pruners to avoid tearing the stems.

The unusual, hairy, tubular flowers are reddish-orange with yellow tips. Give Candy Corn Plant the bright light it wants, and you’ll enjoy a delightful show of blooms from summer through fall. The flowers are nearly an inch (2.5 cm) long and arise from the leaf axils on short stalks.

You can move it outdoors for the summer if you like, but be sure to bring it back indoors when the temperature drops in fall. This is a frost-tender plant. In fact, this tropical native doesn’t like cold temperatures at all.

Did you know…

Candy Corn Plant is in the Rubiaceae family. Although there is no resemblance, it shares this family tree with coffee plants and gardenias.

Repot in spring when you see roots growing out of the drainage holes of the pot. Move up only 1 pot size because this flowering vine blooms best when slightly pot-bound.

Don’t worry about pruning and repotting at the same time. This vigorous, vining plant can take it.

Manettia inflata is formerly known as Manettia luteorubra and is sometimes sold under that name. This unusual vine is also known by a few other common names: Firecracker Vine, Candy Corn Vine and Brazilian Firecracker. Some other plants share these names, look for the botanical name to be sure you’re getting this plant.

Candy Corn Plant Care

Photos courtesy of Michael Wolf

Origin: South America

Height: 6 ft (1.8 m) or more, if not pruned back

Light: Bright light to full sun. Moving your plant outdoors for the spring and summer will give it the sunshine it needs to grow and bloom.

Water: Keep the soil evenly moist spring through fall. Water sparingly in winter.

Humidity: Use a room humidifier if necessary, to keep relative humidity above 40%.

Soil: Any good potting mix

Fertilizer: Feed every 2 weeks spring through fall with a high-potassium fertilizer diluted by half.

Propagation: Take non-flowering stem tip cuttings in spring or early summer and root in moist soil.

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Growing Candy Corn Vines: Care Of Manettia Candy Corn Plant

For those of you looking to grow something a bit more exotic in the landscape, or even the home, consider growing candy corn vines.

About Manettia Candy Corn Plant

Manettia luteorubra, known as candy corn plant or firecracker vine, is a beautiful and exotic vine that is native to South America. This vine is a member of the Coffee family, although it bears no resemblance at all.

It will grow in full to partial sun. It does well indoors and out, and can grow to 15 feet as long as it is supported well.

The flowers are red-orange tubular shape, with bright yellow tips, making it look like candy corn or fireworks.

How to Grow a Candy Corn Vine

Growing candy corn vines is relatively easy. The first step to growing a Manettia candy corn plant is to install

a trellis where you would like your vine to grow. It is best to plant where there is partial to full sun.

Dig a hole in front of the trellis about two to three times the size the root base of the plant. Place the plant in the hole and fill the hole in with the dirt.

Water the candy corn plant until it is saturated, making sure that the water has reached the roots. Cover the soil with mulch to keep it moist.

Growing Candy Corn Vine Indoors

Place your candy corn plant in a 1-gallon container; be sure the soil doesn’t break up as you don’t want to disturb the roots. Cover the roots with regular potting soil and saturate thoroughly.

Before watering again, let the first couple inches of soil dry. Keep the soil moist and do not let your plant sit in water. Doing so will rot the roots.

Remember that the candy corn plant likes the sun, so give it a location where it can best take advantage of this.

When the roots start coming out of the drainage hole in the pot, it is time to re-pot.

Manettia Vine Care

If you do not want your candy corn plant grow on a trellis, you can prune this plant to the size you would like. Instead of a long twining vine, you can cut it back to keep the plant bushy and full. It provides good ground coverage as well. Also, to encourage new growth, prune old branches out.

Your Manettia will need fertilizer every other week. Use ½ teaspoon of 7-9-5 diluted in a gallon of water to help this unique plant to grow.

What a beautiful vine! The firecracker vine (Manettia inflata), also known as candy corn vine, cigar flower, is a gorgeous two color perennial flower that goes well in every garden. Growing candy corn vine is quite easy, and this plant rejuvenates easily after taking cuttings.

Where does candy corn (manettia) vine grow?

Manettia will thrive in a shiny south or west window as long as it has enough water and humidity. Given the right conditions, this plant can flower all year long.

The firecracker vine grows in the tropical regions of Central and South America, where it can be seen climbing up the tall forest trees to reach the sunlight.

This plant was named after italian doctor Saveno Manetti, who was the director of the botanical gardens in Florence in the 1700’s.

The plant was later brought in England, and by the middle of the 1800’s, it had achieved enormous popularity.

Growing Candy Corn Vine

The oval leaves of this elegant plant are held by slender stems. The soil must be kept evenly moist without ever being soggy, and the plant will do best in good sun (but protected from hot, burning rays).

It can be trained on a trellis or grown in a hanging pot.

The flowers are bright, glowing firecrackers!

The common name of Firecracker Vine certainly suits this plant. The hairy scarlet flowers are tubular in form, tipped with yellow, and fairly glow in the sunlight like a firecracker ready to explode!

Likes heat and humidity

The natural environment of the Manettia is warm and humid, so try to copy these conditions in the home if you want your plant to thrive. Mist it frequently during daylight hours, and grow it over a wide saucer of damp pebbles.

Two varieties of Manettia

Manettia inflata is grown in greenhouses, and can flower all year round. It is native to Uruguay, and has hairy stems and leaves.

Manettia bicolor can also flower profusely, but it is really at is best from March-September. This species is especially fast growing.

Even healthy plants need a little care

Manettia is a very easy plant to grow in the home. It needs good sun, but also protection during mid-day in spring and summer.

Humidity is also a must, and keep the plant out of drafts. Expect bright, eye-catching flowers as a matter of course if its simple needs are fulfilled.

Easy to take cuttings

Take cuttings from mature stems. Do this in March, and place the tray of cuttings over a radiator or some other source of warmth.

Cover the cuttings with glass or plastic wrap. Once the small plants have struck root and have started to grow, move them to small pots of well drained soil. These plants will soon be 12-20 inches tall.

After a year, groom the plants (by cutting them back) to ensure a good shape. Although Manettia will support its own weight, it will be appreciate a trellis or frame to climb over.

Humidity is a key ingredient for the candy corn plant

It is important to make sure that the plant has enough humidity. Mist is often during daylight hours, but not during the gloomy, sunless days of winter.

Another good way to increase humidity is to give the plant wide saucers or damp pebbles to grow on.

Don’t let it stand in water for any length of time, or the roots will rot. Keep it in a warm and sunny spot. If watering and feeding needs are regularly attended to, the plant will develop good growth and a bounty of flowers.

Manettia plant diseases & problems

  • Sudden leaf drop, or the flowers don’t develop is caused by too much water at too low temperature. Dry the Manettia out in a warm, bright location and cut down on the water. Certainly water sparingly until new leaves have grown again.
  • If the leaves turn yellow and the plant stops growing, it’s a sign that the plant needs nourishment. This often happens during the period of rapid growth in the summer. Mix liquid food in the water, but at ½ strength only.
  • White insects underneath the leaves can be white-fly or mealy bug. Isolate the plant so the insects don’t infect other plants, and spray it with an insecticide 3-4 times at 3-4 day intervals.
  • Pale spots on the leaves and drops of excrement on the underside are both signs of aphid attack. Spray with an approved insecticide.

Lifespan of Manettia

The Manettia will usually live for many years. It rejuvenates itself quickly after clipping back, or when cuttings are taken.

It will cover a small structure in one summer, in the right conditions (plant in shade ;)).

Quick tip: take cuttings in late August and grow the vine in the house over the winter.

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You can try to find candy corn vine plants at your local gardening store, but if they don’t carry it, you can always turn to Amazon. They have both seed and plants.

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Candy corn plant pictures

I wish I found better pictures of this plant, when it looks just like candy corn! I’ve seen it, but didn’t think to take a picture. If you have one you’re willing to share, please contact me here.

I LOVE this! The pot is adorable and perfect for the cigar flowering plant (firecracker plant)

These are unusual firecracker plants. They are usually red, or pink, or bi-color (red and yellow). So pretty!

Lovely red firecracker plants.

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The Manettia is an evergreen perennial vine from South America that produces unusual, small bell-shaped flowers resemble candy corn.

Manettia pronounced and is a genus with over 120 species.

It belongs to the Rubiaceae family of flowering plants, which includes the Coffea plant (known for coffee beans).

Image by Michael Wolf – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 – Wikimedia

The Manettia genus was named after Saverio Manetti, a famed Italian physician and botanist.

While most people refer to the plant as the candy corn plant, it is also known as the cigar flower or firecracker vine.

Manettia Plant Care

Size & Growth

This flowering vine often spreads to two to three feet and may reach a height of four to ten feet depending on the growing location and zone.

It is recommended for USDA hardiness zones 9 to 11. Grow the candy cone plant on a trellis or even as a hanging basket plant.

If you want to keep it from becoming a growing vine, you can keep it trimmed back to keep it as a shrub.

Flowering and Fragrance

The leaves are evergreen, which means there stay throughout the winter. However, the flowers may come at various times during the year, depending on the variety and the region.

The red-orange and yellow flowers give the Manettia plant one of its common names. These bell-shaped flowers look like the candy corn that is commonly passed out during Halloween.

Light & Temperature

When choosing a spot for the candy corn vine, select an area with full to partial sun (full sun except in midsummer). If the plant struggles to get enough sunlight.

Most varieties of Manettia plants like plenty of sunlight. They are suited for warm and humid climates and do not do well with too much shade.

The plant enjoys warmth with a minimum 60 degrees Fahrenheit

Watering, Feeding, and Fertilizing

For optimal growth, ensure that the soil is evenly moist without getting soggy, especially during the active growing period.

When using fertilizer, remember these tips:

  • Use a diluted high-potassium liquid plant fertilizer
  • Avoid heavy fertilizer applications
  • Apply fertilizer every two weeks during the spring and summer

The plant tends to grow steadily through the spring and summer. By fall, the growth should slow, requiring less water.

During the winter, the plant is dormant and may only need to be watered only once per month.

In the spring and summer, some gardeners like to spritz the plant each morning with a spray bottle. Misting the plant helps recreate the warm, humid conditions that it thrives in.

NOTE: When growing indoors, misting is recommended, especially if your home tends to get dry.

Soil & Transplanting

When planting the Manettia plants, remember that they can spread up to two or three feet and may reach heights of four feet or more.

Use a soil with good drainage. Any well-drained house-plant soil kept moist works well.

However, if you want to create the ideal environment for the plant, consider using a combination containing equal parts of the following materials:

  • Perlite
  • All-purpose potting soil
  • Peat moss

This lightweight media is perfect for the plant and suitable for potted planting, especially if you choose to use a hanging basket.

When growing in a container, use at least a one-gallon container. In fact, a three-gallon container (10” inch) is recommended.


Grooming is needed to manage the growth of this vine. Manettia plants grow very quickly, especially when properly cared for.

Occasionally trim the tops of the plant to control the height. Like most vines, you do not need to worry about trimming it back too far.

How to Propagate Manettia

Propagation is by seeds or stem cuttings.

Take cuttings from Manettia plant, in early spring and follow these steps:

  • Take small 4″ – 6″ inch cuttings
  • Dip cutting in rooting hormone
  • Place the cuttings in a tray
  • Cover tray with plastic wrap
  • Move the cuttings to pots after roots develop

When the plants are at least a foot tall, you can transplant them outdoors, unless you prefer to keep them in pots for indoor growing.

NOTE: Only take cuttings from mature stems.

Pest, Disease or Problems The Firecracker Vine Encounters

The Manettia plant may suffer from a variety of disease and infestations. You may notice small, white mealybug insects under the leaves. A spray is often required to deal with the pest.

You may also notice that the leaves drop. This is often the result of over-watering.

Other issues include yellow leaves and slow growth. This may occur in the summer if the plant does not get enough nutrition. Use liquid fertilizer to help the plant out.

What Are the Most Popular Manettia Varieties?

Manettia bicolor – I’ve seen “bicolor” climb a 6’ foot cord to make a symmetrical leafy column with small side branches holding out “Candy Corn flowers.”

The plant help bright-red tube flowers with gold tips from early March until November.

This small vine has never been invasive or too monstrously heavy.

Manettia glabra – Taller species grown outdoors in the South, with larger flowers completely crimson.

The most popular variety of Manettia plant is the Manettia inflata, which is also known as the Manettia luteorubra.

This is the standard candy corn vine with the colorful flowers. However, there are over 120 other species in this genus.

Some of the other varieties produce differently colored flowers. Instead of the candy corn pattern, most varieties have bright red flowers with longer shoots.

Best Uses For The Candy Corn Plant Indoors or Outdoors

Most varieties of Manettia plants are best grown outdoors.

As potted accent plants growing in containers, train Manettia as a background or patio specimen.

These plants can grow quickly. They also need plenty of sunlight, water, and humidity.

However, it is possible to grow them indoors. You should use a large pot and ensure that you keep an eye on the growth. Keep the vine trimmed back to keep it from taking over your home.

Indoors, where the air is humid, they will climb slim supports to frame a sunny window.

Family: Rubiaceae
Common Name: Candy Corn Plant, Firecracker Vine

Struggling Candy Corn Vine

My mom has a candy corn vine. It gets these little red-orange to yellow cone shaped flowers that are reminiscent of candy corn. The problem is that on every leaf the tip or leaf margin turns very dark and then the leaf dies. The plant seems to be struggling but it keeps growing up the trellis and is now 4 feet tall.

This plant, reported hardy in zones 10 through 12, is botanically known as Manettia luteorubra and has gained popularity over the past few seasons. The interesting flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies and bees outdoors. When moving it indoors give it lots of light, keep the soil only slightly moist and don’t fertilize unless the plant is actively growing and appears to need a nutrient boost. Over or under watering and over fertilization can cause the symptoms you describe. Move the plant to a sunnier window if possible or add an artificial light to supplement the light of the rather dreary days of winter. Adjust your watering to avoid soggy or droughty soils. Place pebbles in the saucer so the plant sits on the pebbles and above any water that may collect in the saucer. In time you should see a decrease in browning and increase in healthy growth.

If there’s anything else besides 13 Nights of Halloween to get me in the Halloween spirit, it’s Halloween decor. You might know cuphea mircopetala by their common name, candy corn plants. this colorful plants are the perfect indoor plants for the season. Now, if only they actually grew candy corn, that would be killing two birds with one stone.

These plants resemble candy corn. The bicolor pattern is truly uncanny. The orange blooms and yellow tips definitely look like tasty Halloween treats!

All About Candy Corn Plants

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Caring For Candy Corn Plants

Like most plants, these plants need good drainage. The potting soil should be moist soil, but definitely not soaked. Stick to watering your new plant once or twice a month. Since they are typically indoor plants, I recommend using a hanging basket. A 1-gallon pot is perfect for candy corn plants.

There’s also a vine that looks similar to candy corn. Candy corn vine’s botanical name is manettia luteorubra. For the purpose of indoor decor, I would advise using a candy corn plant indoors. If you choose to grow them outside, be sure to plant candy corn vine seeds, and give them an environment to bloom successfully in. Firecracker vines or candy corn vines grow well on trellises and parlays.

Your candy corn vines will love full sun and partial shade! If you live in a hot and dry climate, this is perfect. You’ll see these unique plants bloom in the summer through late fall. Candy corn plants are a perfect pick for a fall houseplant, although your garden can benefit from planting candy corn vines outside. Hummingbirds love these red-orange vines!

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