Category Archives for Houseplants

New Houseplants and Other Plant Advice

Where to Buy New Houseplants Garden centres are among the best places to buy houseplants. Many have large, purpose-built areas with plenty of light and a constant temperature, where trained staff maintain the plants and are on hand to offer … Continue reading

04. October 2013 by admin
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How to Grow the Beautiful Gardenia

  The graceful, old-fashioned good looks and the delicious smell of Gardenia make it a long-standing favourite for growing as an indoor plant, although in milder areas they are at home in the shrub border. Gardenia seems to have everything. … Continue reading

04. October 2013 by admin
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Tips on When and How to Feed Houseplants

When to feed your houseplants Houseplants spend their whole lives in pots and such a small area of soil contains limited nutrients that are quickly used up. They need regular feeding in order to remain healthy and look their best. … Continue reading

04. October 2013 by admin
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Care and Maintenance of Houseplants

Temperature A good, even temperature will suit most plants. This can be difficult to maintain, particularly in winter when heating fluctuates from day to night. Keep plants away from both draughts and heat sources such as radiators or fires. In … Continue reading

03. October 2013 by admin
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Zerrina (Commelinaceae)

Several varieties similar in habit and leaf structure to the tradescantias and requiring the same conditions and treatment. They, too, originate in Argentina and Brazil and are known as wandering jew or wandering sailor. Zebrina pendula. The leaves are about … Continue reading

13. February 2013 by admin
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Vriesia Splendens (Zebra Plant, Flaming Sword)

(Bromeliaceae) origin: British Guiana A really easy plant, with a rosette of strap-shaped leaves about 12 in. long and up to 3 in. wide. The leaves are dark green with irregular transverse bands of chocolate-maroon on the underside. The plant … Continue reading

13. February 2013 by admin
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Tradescantia (Commelinaceae)

A number of varieties originating in Argentina and Brazil and known as wandering jew or wandering sailor. The family was named in honour of John Tradescant, gardener to Charles I, and provided possibly the first house plants. Several attractive variegated … Continue reading

13. February 2013 by admin
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Stenocarpus Sinuatus (Catherine-Wheel Plant)

(Proleaceae) origin: Australia A really easy and increasingly popular plant, with an attractive, woody, treelike stem. Its deeply incised leaves are 6 to 7 in. long and about 4 in. wide. Tinged with a ruddy brown when they first emerge, … Continue reading

12. February 2013 by admin
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Spathiphyllum Wallisii (White Sails)

(Araceae) origin: Colombia An easy, bushy plant with dark green, shiny, lance-shaped leaves, 5 to 6 in. long and 1 to 1-1/2 in. wide, with thin, pointed tips. The plant is grown chiefly for its delicate white flowers, which rise … Continue reading

12. February 2013 by admin
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Sedum Sieboldii Medio-Variegatum (Variegated Ice Plant, October Plant)

(Crassuluceae) origin: Japan An extremely easy and attractive plant, which is also widely used in hanging baskets and out-of-doors window-boxes in summer. A bushy plant with long, thin stems surrounded at intervals by round, blue-grey leaves, variegated cream at the … Continue reading

12. February 2013 by admin
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