Sundew

If you like remarkable and unusual plants, I recommend you drosera, commonly known as sundew plant. As you all probably know, sundew is a carnivorous plant. Its leaves are covered with mucilaginous glands. Insect attracted to plant lands and then sticks to the leaf, which rolls up and digests it. Sundew grows on bogs or marshy places, poor in nutrients. That’s why drosera’s pot should stand in a bowl filled with water. Moreover, this plant needs distilled or at least boiled water. Apart from that sundew is easy to grow. Just like many other plants it likes to be placed on sun. It really doesn’t cause any troubles. It might even help you by catching mosquitos or small flies.

 

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Crassula

Crassula is extremely popular house plant. It has a lot of common names, such as lucky plant, money tree, jade plant or friendship tree. Crassula is a succulent native to South Arica, so it’s accustomed to difficult conditions. It has glossy, fleshy leaves in which it stores water. It grows quite slow, but even small specimens look attractive, just as miniature tree. The most common variety has dark green leaves, but there are also varieties with light or red edged leaves. Crassula likes sun and it’s resistant to dry air. It’s roots decay easily so you should water it sparingly. It’s better for it to dry off somewhat than to be over-watered.

 

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Ficus microcarpa

Today I’d like to show you very interesting plant. Ficus microcarpa, which you can also find in the shops by another, more attractive name – ficus ginseng, is evergreen tree. It has glossy, dark green leaves and long, tangled aerial roots. This plant is often used as a bonsai because it’s easy to shape. Moreover this ficus is very resistant and it grows really fast, so it’s very good for the beginners. It grows good in bright as well as in shaded places. Like almost every ficus, it’s sensitive to draught. It doesn’t like to be change place and it also hates excess of water. Be careful trimming it because it secretes a poisonous sap.

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African violet

In today’s post I’d like to talk about african violet. It’s extremely popular pot flower and you can buy it almost everywhere. The number of varieties of african violets has reached already several tens of thousands and is constantly growing. Each variety differs not only in shape and colour of flowers, but also in leaves. There are violets with very small leaves, there are some with oblong or corrugated leaves or with white or pink patterns on the leaves. All depends on the variety, those ones which are registered and have its own name are usually more attractive. Unfortunately, you can’t buy them in the shop. The only way to get them is to buy a leaf or a seedling from other person who also bought the from someone else, and so on. You can also bring them from other countries but that’s quite expensive. African violets are easy to grow. You have to remember that they usually don’t like direct sun. Also, they like humid air but at the same time they can’t stand to be sprayed, because drops of water make spots on their leaves. If you want to remove a dust from the leaves use a brush.

 

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Adiantum

Today, I’d like to present to you one of my favourite plants. Adiantum raddianum is a fern native to South America. I think it’s rather unpopular houseplant in our country, so many of you probably have never seen it. Adiantum has little, fragile leaves, resembling ginkgo leaves in shape. Because of its leaves, adiantum is also known as maidenhair fern. Unfortunately, this plant needs a bit more care than most of flowers at our homes. First, it requires high humidity, and in some cases it would not be enough if you just spray it every day. I think Adiantum is suitable to grow in a greenhouse rather than at home (unless you keep it in a mini greenhouse as I do). The soil in pot should be always wet. This plant doesn’t like to be moved or repotted so it’s better to find a proper place in which your adiantum could stay for a long time.

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Anthurium

Anthurium is another popular, flowering pot plant, I bet you all know how it looks like and some of you probably don’t like it. I think it’s because that its red flowers have already become so popular that everyone is fed up with them. However, I think that this plant deserves attention because there are much more varieties of it and some of them has very interesting, unusual flowers. This plant grows in tropical forests of South America. As I said it’s very popular houseplant, it also has many common names, such as flamingo lilly, tail flower or painted tongue. Depending of the variety, this plant has red, pink, white or green flowers (in fact these coloured „petals” are not flowers but special modified leaves called bracts) with characteristic spadix. Flowers are long-lasting and scentless. Anthurium likes partial shade and in growing season it needs to be fertilised. Here you are a picture of my little plant which I’ve stolen from my mother’s big anthurium.

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Beaucarnea recurvata

If you are looking for a plant which would be impressive and, at the same, time easy to take care of, think of beaucarnea recurvata. Although at first glance it can seem like some kind of palm, it doesn’t have anything to do with them. Beaucarnea is a succulent native to Mexico, accustomed to a long-lasting drought. It has thick, bottle-shaped trunk called caudex, in which it gathers water. Because of this characteristic caudex, this plant is commonly known as „an elephant’s foot”. Thanks to its long, narrow leaves it’s called „ponytail palm”. As I said beaucarnea is easy to care for. This plant likes warmth and movement of the air so it is good to take it outside in summer. The only problem with this plant is the fact that it grows extremely slow, so even if it is true that big specimens’ trunks look a bit like a an elephant’s food, plenty of time has to pass before your little beaucarnea creates such a big caudex.

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Spathiphyllum

Today, let’s talk about another beautiful flowering plant. Spathiphyllum is medium-sized, evergreen plant native to tropical rainforests. I bet you all know this flower and many of you have it at home. It is very popular pot flower, also called peace lily, known for its white, characteristic flowers. Spathiphyllum is extremely easy to care for. Since it grows on the floor of tropical forests it has accustomed to partial shade. Soil in pot should always be lightly wet. It does not make any problem to make this plant to flower but if you have spathiphyllum which grows but doesn’t flower it probably means that it lacks nutrients. In this case you should fertilise it regularly with fertilizer for flowering plants.

 

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Hibiscus

Since the spring has come, plants in our houses start flowering. In my opinion one of the most beautiful flowers among all the pot plants has hibiscus. If you have seen one, you know what I am talking about. Hibiscus has large, colorful, splendid flowers and dark, shiny leaves. It flowers very readily and profusely from early spring until late autumn. This plant has not high requirements, just place it in a partial sun and water it moderately. Do not forget to fertilise and prune it every spring. There are also some varieties of hibiscus which are garden plants. I’ve planted in my garden blue one and it looks magnificent when flowering. In the photograph below there is one of my hibiscuses, which has just started blooming.

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Nephrolepis

Ferns are one of the most commonly cultivated house plants. There are few kinds of ferns, some of them are good for beginners, while others require a little bit more attention. Today I will write a few word about Nephrolepis, which is the most popular, i think. Nephrolepis it’s very resistant plant. Like almost all the ferns, it doesn’t like direct sun. Better place for it will be shade or partial shade. The biggest problem is that it needs high humidity, so it should be misted every day, especially during the heating season. Sometimes it happens that due to dry air in winter some of its leaves wither, but don’t be worried. Remove dead leaves, mist the plant regularly and wait till spring, it will put out new leaves really fast (of course, as long as you haven’t let it dry completely).

 

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