Category: Houseplants

TAKING THE MYSTERY OUT OF FEEDING YOUR HOUSEPLANTS

In order to keep your indoor plants looking their best the addition of some plant food every now and again will benefit them tremendously. I know that deciding which food to buy can be a bit of a headache when there are so many on the market to choose from, but hopefully I can help…
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GARDENIA JASMINOIDES Cape jasmine

Gardenias, which originate in china, have dark green very glossy leaves and highly fragrant waxy white flowers. if you like a challenge and are prepared to give this plant some extra attention, then you will be not disappointed with the results. The secrets to success with gardenias are even temperatures, with careful watering and bright…
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Houseplant Department News

This morning I have had a full session on houseplant cleaning, a job a really enjoy and even more so when the results are so dramatic. I cannot believe the amount of dust that is floating in through the open vents at the moment. So with the aid of my trusty duster, a damp cloth…
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Poinsettias

     Poinsettias, the indoor plants that just shout Christmas at you, will once again be displaying their seasonal colour in the plant room here at Silica Lodge towards the end of November, so it seems like an appropriate time to remind you about their care.  Hopefully then you will have that beautiful colour lasting over…
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Radermachera Sinica

If you are looking for a nice foliage plant for one of your rooms, a good choice would have to be a Rademachera sinica or “Emerald tree” as it is more commonly known.  The shiny emerald green foliage gives this plant its common name.  A native to subtropical southeast Asia, you may also find Radermachera…
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Crossandra Undulifolia Firecracker Flower

     Take one look at a crossandra and you will see why it has become known as the “Firecracker Flower”, the bright orange blooms bursting out above  the dark green glossy foliage like a firework display.  Even when not in bloom crossandras are attractive with their shiny leaves.      One great thing about this indoor…
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Indoor Hibiscus Rose of China

     I am frequently asked for houseplants for a sunny windowsill and I have to say that not many fit into  that category very well. Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (Rose of China) however actually requires bright light in which to thrive so is one plant I can recommend.      Indoor hibiscus have  dark green glossy leaves and…
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IMPATIENS New Guinea hybrids

 It is always an exciting time when the summer bedding plants start to arrive on the garden centre and one of my particular favourites are the New Guinea Impatiens (Busy Lizzie).  Not to be confused with the lower-growing Impatiens Wallerana which is an excellent summer bedding plant for borders and containers, the New Guinea hybrids…
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Gardenia Jaminoides Cape jasmine

    Following on from my last article concerning fragrant houseplants I think the Gardenia has to rate fairly high within this category.  It is not one of easiest of indoor plants to keep but, get it right and the results can be very rewarding.       Gardenias, which originate in China, have dark green very glossy…
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Jasmine Polyanthum – Pink jasmine

     For lovers of fragrant indoor plants, Jasmine has to come fairly high up on the list of favourites. In the case of Jasminum polyanthum the common name of “pink jasmine” actually refers to the buds,  which open up as pure white flowers.      Jasmine is a natural climbing plant and is generally purchased as…
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