Saturday, August 15, 2015

Chlorophytum 'Green Orange'

Chlorophytum 'Green Orange'
Chlorophytum 'Green Orange' is a striking house plant with an orange heart.

It is related to the spider plant and as easy to grow.

Ideal for beginners, it resists irregular watering.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Philodendron martianum

Philodendron martianum
Philodendron martianum or flask Philodendron is a large-leaved tropical plant, easy to grow as a houseplant.

This is a climber, like all Philodendron, but it is semi-epiphytic: it can grow like a bush and climb when it finds a support to cling to.

Being native to the rainforests of Brazil, it can be satisfied with partial shade.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Aspidistra elatior

Aspidistra elatior
Aspidistra elatior or cast-iron plant was en vogue during the Victorian era. Brought to the UK in the 19th century, it soon revealed itself to be an extremely though plant and could be found in every Victorian parlour in a dark corner.

It has gone out of fashion but as fashions come and go, it is now available at nurseries.

It is an excellent houseplant for beginners as it is extremely resistant to neglect, temperatures down to -5 °C and poor light.

There is a variegated form, Aspidistra elatior variegata, and a dwarf form, Aspidistra elatior minor.


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Aglaonema

Aglaonema
Aglaonema is a genus of plants that make excellent houseplants for beginners and are suitable for a shady spot.

The genus includes about fifty species and belongs to the family Araceae, having that family's flowering spadix surrounded by a spathe but it is rather insignificant.

It is its generally variegated foliage which makes the plant attractive.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Asplenium nidus

Asplenium nidus
Asplenium nidus or Bird's Nest Fern is a fern with elegant apple green colored fronds.

It owes its name to the fact that its fronds grow in a circle and form like a nest in the center.

Easy to grow, it will keep for years if it is placed in a bright spot and the soil is kept moist.

This is one of 700 species of Asplenium, many of which are so similar they are difficult to distinguish. So Asplenium nidus rather designates a species complex that includes a group of very similar species.