Sunday, 23 April 2017

Streptosolen Jamesonii Plant [Marmalade bush] propagation Care Seeds Fact

In summer, at the tips of the branches, Streptosolen produces plentiful clusters of bright orange and yellow, tubular, flared flowers, which give it its other common name of fire bush. 

A scrambling shrub, with ovate, deep green, rather wrinkled leaves, it can be grown as a trailer, but is probably best in a sunroom or greenhouse where it can be trained against a wall.
                   Streptosolen Jamesonii Plant [Marmalade bush]

FACT FILE Streptosolen Jamesonii Plant [Marmalade bush]

ORIGIN Colombia; Ecuador; Peru.

HEIGHT To 6ft/1.8m.

POTTING MIX Soil-based.

REPOTTING Repot after flowering or top-dress a large plant.

PROPAGATION Take stem cuttings in late spring-i' or early summer.

KEEPING PLANTS Cut back the stems of old plants by half in late winter. Pinch off growing tips to promote bushiness.

Streptosolen Jamesonii Plant [Marmalade bush] image

Streptosolen Jamesonii Plant [Marmalade bush] PLANT CARE

    Streptosolen Jamesonii Plant care
    • Bright light with some direct sun, but shade from hot midsummer sun. 
    • A minimum or 50°F/10°C in winter. 
    • Keep the soil moist air. the growing season; give less water in winter.
    • Apply a high-potash liquid fertilizer ever.
    • 3 weeks while the plant is actively growing.

    Tuesday, 18 April 2017

    Brown Spiderwort Siderasis Fuscata Plant Care Leaves Fact

    Although related to the easy-to-grow tradescantia, this plant needs high humidity and is best grown in a bottle garden. The broad leaves form a low rosette; on the surface, they are deep green with a central silvery stripe, and their undersides are deep purplish red.
    Brown Spiderwort Siderasis Fuscata

    The whole plant is covered with fine rust-colored hairs. Purple flowers, about lin/2.5cm wide, emerge from the center of the rosette in summer and have the typical three-petaled shape of those of the Tradescantia genus.

    Brown Spiderwort Siderasis Fuscata FACT 

    ORIGIN Brazil.

    HEIGHT Usually less than 8in/20cm.

    POTTING MIX Soil-based and peat-moss-based in equal amounts.

    Brown Spiderwort Siderasis Fuscata indoor plantREPOTTING Move into a pot one size larger in spring; this is not usually necessary every year. Put a layer of gravel or pot shards in the pot to ensure good drainage.

    PROPAGATION Divide the clumps of rosettes as they become crowded.

    KEEPING PLANTS If the plant is not being grown the plant in a bottle garden or terrarium, it should stand on a tray of moist pebbles to maintain high humidity, which is essential.
    Brown Spiderwort Siderasis Fuscata indoor plant image

    Brown Spiderwort Siderasis Fuscata Plant Care

    • Partial shade. 
    • Warm temperatures of 70°-85°F/21°-29°C are essential. 
    • Protect from drafts. 
    • Water moderately; allow the surface of the soil to dry out between waterings. 
    • Keep the humidity high at all times. 
    • Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer every 4 weeks.

    Thursday, 13 April 2017

    Red Crown Cactus (Rebutia minuscula) Plant Care Propagation Benifit

    All rebutias are beautiful in the spring flowering period, and this quick­ growing species is particularly good.

    The individual heads of this solitary or clustering cactus are globular, sometimes with a flattened top, and reach a height of only 2in/5cm or so. 

    Red Crown Cactus (Rebutia minuscula) indoor plant image

    The short white spines form a neat pattern against the green stem, and in spring each head is surrounded by lV2-m/4-cm-wide crimson-scarlet flowers, which give it its other name, Mexican sunball. In the home, as in its natural habitat, rebutia needs plenty of sunshine, so it will be happiest standing on a sunny windowsill.


    ORIGIN Northern Argentina. 

    HEIGHT To 2in/5cm.

    POTTING MIX Soil- or peat-moss-based with added coarse sand or grit for good drainage. 

    Red Crown Cactus (Rebutia minuscula) plantREPOTTING In summer every 2 years in a wide, shallow pot.

    PROPAGATION Remove offsets in summer and pot them up individually, or sow seed in spring. 

    KEEPING PLANTS  Watch out for mealybugs, which may be a problem, especially on new growth.

    Red Crown Cactus (Rebutia minuscula) PLANT CARE

    Red Crown Cactus (Rebutia minuscula)
    • Full sun, but protect from hot midsummer sun. 
    • Normal to warm room temperature, with a winter minimum of 45"F/7"C. 
    • Water freely during spring and summer, but never overwater. Do not water in winter. 
    • Feed every 2 weeks with a high-potash fertilizer from the time the buds form and throughout the period of active growth.

    Thursday, 19 January 2017

    Trailing Watermelon Begonia - Pellionia repens Indoor Plant Care Guide

    Although this exotic creeper grows in tropical forests, it adapts well as a house- plant and looks especially good in a hanging basket. It produces a profusion of succulent stems that carry fleshy, elliptic leaves up to 2in/5cm long. 

    These are bronze to olive green with a pale green band in the center. This creeper enjoys plenty of light, warmth, high humidity, and a protected position.

     Trailing Watermelon Begonia - Pellionia repens plant

    Pellioniapulchra, satin pellionia, has green stems with a pink tinge and pale gray-green leaves marked with brown-black veins.


    ORIGIN Burma; Vietnam; Malaysia.

    HEIGHT To 2ft/60cm.

    POTTING MIX Soil-based.
               Trailing Watermelon Begonia

    REPOTTING Move to a pot one size larger each spring until a 5-in/13-cm pot is reached. 

    PROPAGATION In summer, by division; make sure that each section has some roots. Or take 2-in/5-cm-long stem cuttings at any time. 

    KEEPING PLANTS The plant should live for several years, but divide it every 2-3 years to prevent it becoming spindly.

                Trailing Watermelon Begonia - Pellionia repens

     Trailing Watermelon Begonia PLANT CARE

    • Bright light or partial shade; no direct sunlight. 

    • Warm room temperature, 65°—85°F/ 18°-29°C. 

    • Water well all year. 

    • Humidity is essential; stand the pot on a dish of moist pebbles and mist the plant daily. 

    • Apply weak liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks from spring to fall.

            Trailing Watermelon Begonia indoor plant

    Friday, 6 January 2017

    Washingtonia Filifera Palmae Desert fan Palm Indoor House Plant

    One of only two species of washingtonia, this palm is a tall, handsome plant with spiny leafstalks some 18in/46cm long supporting grayish green fan-shaped leaves up to 2ft/60cm wide. 

    Washingtonia Filifera Palmae

    The leaves are split about halfway down into many narrow segments, from the tips of which hang fine, dry, brown fibers.

    In the wild, the tapered red-brown trunk is densely clothed in dead foliage, which is generally cut away on cultivated plants.

    This fringe of dead leaves gives the plant its name of petticoat palm.

    In their arid natural habitat, these palms are a sure sign of subterranean water, into which they send down long, deep roots. Since they thrive in hot, dry regions, the palms do well in centrally heated homes.

                       Washingtonia Filifera Palmae Desert fan Palm Indoor House Plant


    ORIGIN USA (California; Arizona).

    HEIGHT To 10ft/3m; to 80ft/24m in the wild.

    POTTING MIX Soil-based with added peat moss or leaf mold in a ratio of 2:1.

    REPOTTING Move into a pot one size larger when roots appear on the surface of the soil— every 2 or 3 years—and then only when the plant is in active growth. 
    Palmae Desert fan Palm Indoor House Plant
    Plant the palm firmly, but be very careful not to damage the brittle roots, especially the larger, thicker ones.

    PROPAGATION From seed in considerable heat; this is generally not practicable for the home gardener.

    KEEPING PLANTS The palm will benefit from a spell outdoors in a sheltered spot during the summer. Bring it indoors again in the fall before the first frost.
    Palmae Desert fan Palm Indoor House Plant image

    Washingtonia Filifera Palmae Desert fan Palm PLANT CARE

    • Bright light with plenty of direct sun. 
    • Warm or hot rooms, with a minimum of 50°F/10°C.
    • Water plentifully in the growing period, more sparingly in winter.  
    • Stand the pot on a tray of damp pebbles in very dry conditions. 
    • Apply a standard liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks in the growing period.

    Tulipa Hybrids Liliaceae Indoor House Plant Guide

    Tulips are less commonly grown indoors than hyacinths or narcissi, but several varieties make good short-term pot plants. The early-flowering single and double types are best. 

    Singles include scented yellow ‘Bellona’; red ‘Christmas Marvel’; salmon pink ‘Apricot Beauty’; and ‘Flair,’ which is golden yellow with red feathering. Good doubles include orange-yellow ‘Marechal Niel’; white ‘Schoonoord’; and rose pink ‘Peach Blossom.’

    Also attractive are varieties of the low- growing Tulipa greigii, with mottled foliage, and T. Kaufmann IANA, the water-lily tulip, with wide, open blooms.

    Tulipa Hybrids Liliaceae Indoor House Plant

    Treat tulip bulbs like those of hyacinth and narcissus and give them a cool, dark period after planting so they will develop an adequate rooting system. Plunge the pot in the ground outdoors under a covering of peat moss or enclose it in a black plastic bag and stand it in a cool place.


    ORIGIN Turkey; East Asia; hybrid.

    HEIGHT To 2ft/60cm, depending on variety.

    POTTING MIX Peat-moss-based or bulb medium.

    REPOTTING Set bulbs close together in a pot in fall, with their noses just covered.

    PROPAGATION Not practical for the amateur. Seedlings take 5-7 years to flower. Mature bulbs increase slowly by offsets.

    KEEPING PLANTS Plant bulbs outdoors once flowering is over; it is not worth growing them for indoor use again.

    Tulipa Hybrids Liliaceae Indoor House Plant CARE

                 Tulipa Hybrids Liliaceae Indoor House Plant
    • Give bulbs a cool, dark period of about 10 weeks after planting; bring them into the light when they have about 2in/5cm of top growth. 
    • Keep in a bright location during flowering.
    • About 40 F/4 C for 10 weeks after planting; increasing gradually to about 55°F/13°C for flowering.
    • Keep the medium just moist at all times.
    • Give a balanced liquid feed every 2 weeks.

    PUNICA GRANATUM Punicaceae Dwarf Pomegranate Indoor Plant

    This compact and shrubby plant, with masses of l-in/2.5-cm-long evergreen leaves, is not difficult to care for. The tubular scarlet flowers, borne in summer, hang from the plant rather like those of fuchsia, but they are not as plentiful. 

     PUNICA GRANATUM Punicaceae Dwarf Pomegranate

    If the blooms are pollinated with a soft brush, there is a good chance that small orange- red fruits will develop; these are not edible, but are interesting and attractive to look at.

     PUNICA GRANATUM Punicaceae Dwarf Pomegranate indoor plant


    ORIGIN Eastern Mediterranean to Himalayas. HEIGHT To 90cm/3ft.

    POTTING MIX Soil-based.

    REPOTTING In spring, but only when roots have filled the pot.

              PUNICA GRANATUM Punicaceae Dwarf Pomegranate indoor plant image
    PROPAGATION Take stem cuttings in summer, or sow seed in spring (named varieties do not come true).

    KEEPING PLANTS To encourage flowering, shorten outward-growing shoots when the buds are breaking in early spring, and prune out old or weak wood in late spring or summer.
    Punicaceae Dwarf Pomegranate Indoor Plant

     PUNICA GRANATUM Punicaceae Dwarf Pomegranate Indoor Plant PLANT CARE

    • Bright light with some direct sun. 
    • Normal room temperature, with a winter minimum of 50°F/10°C. 
    • Keep the soil moist at all times.
    • Feed every 2 weeks from spring to fall with a high-potash fertilizer.