Author: Linda Creek

AECHMEA FASCIATA Urn plant

Now here is a plant that says “look at me”, a plant with attitude, big, bold and colourful.  You may have received one for Christmas and it will give you many weeks of pleasure. The common name of “urn plant” comes from the arrangement of the leaves.  These are large and arch out from the…
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Azalea Indica hybrids Indian Azaleas

Those of you that follow my ramblings each fortnight (I know there is at least one of you out there), will realise I have briefly touched on Indian Azaleas in the past when referring to houseplants that thrive in cool conditions.  This week I am giving them their own slot with more detailed growing needs…
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Clivia Miniata Kaffir Lily

Clivia Miniata (Kaffir Lily) is naturally a spring flowering indoor plant with strap-shaped dark green glossy leaves.  The tall flower stalk emerges from the centre and produces a ball of orange flowers.  I am mentioning this plant now as you will find them on sale for Christmas in bud.  Occasionally a yellow flowered variety becomes…
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Keeping Poinsettias happy through the festive season

Is it nearly Christmas again or have I gone into a time warp?  It doesn’t seem 5 minutes since I was planning the orders for last years festive houseplants and by the time you read this article there should be a colour explosion in the department. Of course, the main splash of colour comes from…
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Preparing for winter

I know we are only just greeting autumn but I have been busy over the weekend preparing my un-heated conservatory plant display to give some colour over the next few weeks and  into winter. My streptocarpus have all had a thorough check over and been taken out of the conservatory until next summer. They are…
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CHRYSANTHEMUM “POT MUMS”

There can’t be many plants more recognisable than the Chrysanthemum.  They are available in such a wide range with varieties grown for the indoor market and a huge selection for the specialist greenhouse and outdoor grower.  Today I am just going to look at the popular  flowering pot plant, commonly referred to as a “Pot…
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CHAMAEDOREA ELEGANS “Parlour Palm”

Chamadorea Elegans, more commonly known as the Parlour Palm is a small slow-growing indoor palm. Also found under the name Neanthe Bella, The Parlour palm will add structure to a room and provide an attractive back-drop to other foliage or flowering plants.  Because it only grows to around 1m – 1.5m it shouldn’t outstay its…
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MOTH ORCHIDS Problem solving

I am going to deal with the most commonly asked questions about Moth orchids this week.  These are the most widely grown of all the indoor types and the ones I receive the most enquiries about. Q.  When should I water my orchid? A. Only when it is completely dry then soak thoroughly, drain well…
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