Cacti are great plants for busy people who want something to sit on a sunny windowsill, but don’t want to spend too much time looking after them.This beautifully rounded, glossy green cactus has distinct deep ribs running down the plant, with clutches of golden yellow radial spines protruding out. Native to Mexico this cactus in it’s natural habitat can grow to a large plant with funnel shaped yellow flowers from mid-summer but over here it is unlikely to flower, and really it is an attactive plant just as it is. Please note that the pot in the photograph is not supplied with the plant (which is sent out in a black plastic pot). They do however make excellent potted plants, and if you wish to pot yours up, we do have a wide range of pots on our website to choose from.
The lucky bamboo grown in it’s native country (West Africa) can grow up to 5ft tall (or much more), and as a house plant up to approximately 2 or 3 feet. There are various cultivars of this plant and some of the most interesting are the twisted stalk types which are trained by specialist growers.
The name lucky seems to have been given by the Chinese that practice feng shui and believe in this plant brings good fortune into a home or workplace.
Whether indoors or out, geranium care is pretty basic. In addition to watering, which should be done deeply and once the soil begins to feel dry indoors or at least weekly outdoors (though potted plants may need daily watering in hot weather), fertilizing is usually necessary. Use a water-soluble houseplant fertilizer or a 5-10-5 fertilizer with additional organic matter every four to six weeks throughout their active growing season. Indoor or potted plants may require repotting once they become overgrown, usually noted by wilting between waterings. Regular deadheading of spent blooms will also help encourage additional blooming. When watering outdoor plants, it’s best to avoid overhead irrigation, as this can lead to pests or disease issues. Geranium plants root easily from cuttings and can be propagated in fall for overwintering of outdoor plants. They can also be dug up and brought inside.
Botanical Name: Philodendron scandens
Heartleaf philodendron is a popular house plant because it is extremely easy to grow. It’s also known as the Sweetheart Plant.
Heart-shaped, glossy leaves emerge bronze, then quickly turn green. The leaves are typically 2-4 in (5-10 cm) long, and cover its long, slender stems that can grow to 4 ft (1.2 m) or more.
Dieffenbachia is one of the easiest indoor houseplants to grow — and one of the most common indoor plants. This tropical shrub shows off lush leaves that are usually marked in shades of cream, yellow, or white, making dieffenbachia a top pick for brightening dim corners indoors. Dieffenbachia adds fun color and texture without flowers.
- Light. Most dumb cane plants prefer a medium to bright light source. …
- Water. The best way to water your dumbcane is to let it get moderately dry and then completely drench the soil. …
- Soil. Like many houseplants, dieffenbachia plants need a soil that retain some water but also drain well. …
Country of origin: plant originating from tropical regions in Africa
Blooming season: the plant blooms at the end of summer (but rarely)
History and curiosities: also called “snake plate” or “mother-in-law’s tongue”, this strong plant has leathery leaves which grow with slight undulations.
- Care Instructions–
- Strong indirect light to some direct sun.
- Water thoroughly when the soil is dried out on the surface. A plant like this in a 14″(35cm) diameter pot can take up to 1 gallon, or almost 4 liters, of water when necessary. A plant in a 10″(25cm) pot can take as much a 2 quarts (almost 2 liters) of water when necessary. They like a good soak,
- Make sure the plant is well potted and if necessary add some potting soil. It is essential to make sure the soil is evenly packed especially around the inner edge so that it is watered evenly. Press the soil down firmly around the inner edge and make sure there is enough soil covering the top roots but not covering the bottom of the trunk.
- The leaves would like a dusting from time to time and an outdoor shower once or twice a year would be very helpful.
They can be pruned to stay in the space they have been given. Fertilize regularly for fullest growth.
Light: The darker green varieties of aglaonema can grow in near shade, while the variegated varieties require brighter light. Do not expose any aglaonema to Direct Sun
Water: Water thoroughly in the summer and mist the plant often to raise the humidity. During the winter, reduce watering but do not let the plant dry out completely.
Temperature: These plants do not like cold drafts or temperatures below 65 F. Be sure to keep them away from drafty windows or vents and the warmer the spot you can find for them, the better.
As much as the Aloe Vera is used to hot and dry fields and often does not require water for a period of several months, regular watering is recommended. In dry periods, the Aloe Vera draws its moisture from the fleshy leaves. However, this inhibits its healthy and splendid growth. To prevent this, this Aloe species should always have a moist root ball during spring to late summer. You can test with your thumb, whether the plant needs water. If the surface can be pressed down a little bit, the soil is still moist inside. If the surface does not drop at least two to three centimeters under your thumb pressure, it should be watered