Indoor Plants

Feb 09
BY Angela Slater
Calathea
Solve the problem of what to put in that shady corner with our guide We all have a problem corner in the house which doesn’t really receive enough light for most houseplants to prosper, however there are a few which actively thrive in the shade. There are two groups; plants which are almost entirely belonging in the shade, and those which would prefer the shade but will also work in areas which... READ MORE
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Feb 07
BY Angela Slater
Kalanchoe (Flaming Katy)
Create an attractive focal point with a bowl full of indoor plants Kalanchoe; Flaming Katy (pictured above) A bowl of houseplants can make a lovely focal point in your home and also improve air quality, absorbing toxins given off by modern synthetic materials. This short video shows you how simple it is to plant up a collection of plants. It doesn’t matter what colour-way you choose, just... READ MORE
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Feb 07
BY Angela Slater
Air Plant (Tillandsia)
Air plants are easy to care for and make an interesting piece of art Air plants are one of the easiest plants to grow if you’re not very green fingered; they are also great for starting children off on looking after plants as they can tolerate a little neglect. The majority of them are Tillandsias and are a member of the Bromiliad family which just use their roots to cling on as they take in all... READ MORE
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Apr 11
BY Angela Slater
Begonia rex
Increase your stock of Begonia rex by leaf propagation Begonia rex is one of our most popular houseplants due to its gorgeous foliage and the fact that it is easy to keep, coping with low light levels and the occasional drying out. Propagation by leaf cutting is an easy way to increase your stock. You will need: READ MORE
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Sep 24
BY Angela Slater
Bonsai tree
Watering a bonsai tree correctly is crucial for optimum growth As there is very little compost and a lot of root in a bonsai pot you really need to be vigilant and check daily, especially in summer. Watering in summer may need to be carried out twice a day, but in winter only once every week or ten days.   READ MORE
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Sep 24
BY Angela Slater
Bonsai tree
Cut off soft summer growth to maintain a tidy compact shape Many of the faster growing varieties of bonsai tree will put out quite a lot of new sappy growth over the summer which results in the tree becoming untidy and losing its nice compact shape. You may have to do this a couple of times over the course of the summer. The slow growing species such as pines may not need doing at all, but if... READ MORE
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Sep 24
BY Angela Slater
Purple African violet
African Violets are one of the most popular, easy, long-lived house plant These popular houseplants originally come from the wooded mountains of East Africa so like somewhere well-drained and out of direct sun but quite humid. These are a fairly easy houseplant but there are a few rules to consider, as they do have particular requirements when it comes to watering and where they are positioned. READ MORE
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Sep 22
BY Angela Slater
Amaryllis - dark burgundy red
Bring the scent of spring indoors with a pot of fragrant bulbs Nothing brings the promise of spring quite like a pot of spring bulbs in the house; even better if they are scented. Place bowls around the house; fill every room with delicious scent. If you plant several bowls a week apart you will have a succession of scent and colour to brighten up a dismal winter. Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) These... READ MORE
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Aug 21
BY Angela Slater
Anthurium
Keep your houseplants healthy and nip disease in the bud Houseplant diseases are usually caused by either the plant being in a weakened state or by the environment in which the plant is being kept. Make sure there is a good airflow around the plant as fungal infections thrive in stagnant air. Keep on top of deadheading as rotting flower heads are an ideal breeding ground for fungi; also make sure... READ MORE
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Aug 21
BY Angela Slater
Gloxinia
Don't let bugs get the better of your houseplants Houses provide the perfect environment for insects to breed, as there is no harsh winter to kill them off. You have to be vigilant and take action as soon as you spot them as a couple of greenfly can quickly become an infestation. As soon as you spot bugs isolate the plant to prevent them spreading to other plants. If you don’t want to use an... READ MORE
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