Plant Care

African Violets

Is still a popular choice today. Coming in a selection of colours in the cooler shades of purples, pinks and whites.
A perfect plant for kitchen, bathroom or office table.

Plant Care
These plants never like water around their leaves, and can rot if soil is too wet. The best option is to get a larger saucer or tray, fill with tepid water then stand plant in this to drink from the bottom up. Trim any blemished leaves – enjoy.

Anthurium

The exotic flowers of the Anthurium are large waxy flowers against a backdrop of glossy heart shaped leaves. The flowering extends over a number of months, each bloom lasting for many weeks.

Anthuriums come in a number of colours, Red being seen the most, but chocolate, white, and pinks are lovely too and they are relatively easy to grow.
A great plant for office environments, your home, conservatory or in subtropical gardens.

Plant Care
Anthuriums prefer filtered light, keep away from direct sunlight.
Anthuriums are a tropical plant and will tolerate temperatures down to 15 degrees celcius. Water regularly and avoid drying the plant out. Anthuriums prefer reasonable humidity.
Feed with a balanced liquid fertiliser during the summer months and ensure a good quality peat based mix is used when repotting. Tolerant to most diseases but can be affected by aphids, scale and mites.

Begonias

Loved by so many due to the profusion of semi-double and double flowers in vivid colours including red, pink, yellow, orange and in a range of bi-colours.
Begonias provide a colourful lift indoors throughout the year.

Plant Care
We find that begonias are best watered from the bottom. Find a large saucer and fill with tepid water, sit your plant in this and it will drink up the water. Sometimes the leaves get a bit of sunburn too – don’t place too close to windows, but does like a warmer environment than cooler.

Bromeliad

Bromeliads are used as indoor and landscape plants. Decorative and hardy bromeliads add a splash of colour to any living space.

Bromeliads have striking and attractive flowers which can last up to three months in a range of colours including orange, pink, red, purple and yellow, which make them a wonderful choice for corporate receptions or they fit nicely in a new home with its strong ‘structural’ look.

They have striking foliage colours and others are grown for their colourful and long lived flowers.

Plant Care
Bromeliads tolerate a broad spectrum of light but are best kept away from full sun. They prefer warm temperatures and will tolerate temperatures down to 15 degrees celcius.
They are relatively drought tolerant which has made them a popular landscape plant in arid climates.
This is one plant where” watering the leaves” is a must - water inside the rosette and feed monthly during the summer with a balanced liquid fertiliser into the rosette.
Always ensure the rosette has water. Repot offsets in the spring.

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum plants are just about the easiest of all of the perennials to grow.

Plant Care
Mums should be planted in early spring after all danger of freezing, however they can be planted almost any time, as long as they have time to establish their root system before the hottest weather
Chrysanthemums grow best and produce the most flowers if they are planted in full sunshine. They respond to plenty of food and moisture.

There are hundreds of varieties of Chrysanthemums, giving you a multitude of options for height, color, flower size and time of bloom. You can pick and choose to fit your wants and needs when you visit the nursery

Cyclamen

The blossoms of the Cyclamen twist and turn like tiny butterfly wings. Pretty for all environments.

The silvery, marbled coloring of the foliage accents the beautiful flower colors
of lavender, rose, maroon, red, or white. And some flowers now have a perfume.

Plant Care
The most important criteria for success with growing a Cyclamen are
cool temperatures, fresh air, and ample moisture.

Cyclamen will rarely succeed if the temperature goes above sixty-five degrees during the day and fifty degrees at night.

Because they prefer a humid atmosphere, misting is beneficial. Ideally, they should be kept on top of a pebble fill tray of water to provide added humidity.
Ideally, they should be watered with room temperature, but you should never pour the water directly over the crown of the plant, as this can cause the corm to rot, so watering/drinking from a saucer is best.

Keep them out of drafts!

Gerbera  

Native to South Africa these have large l leaves that have a hairy texture. The daisy like flowers come in a broad range of colours, single and double form and are very popular as a vase flower.
Flowering plant suitable for indoors, a conservatory or the patio.

Plant Care
Gerbera prefer full or filtered sunlight and a temperature range from warm to cool, tolerating temperatures as low as 5 degrees centigrade. Water regularly from spring to autumn, allowing the soil to dry between watering.

It is critical to ensure that gerbera in containers are grown in a good quality potting mix and that the mix does not become water logged or the pots sit in water. Once again we suggest getting a saucer, fill with tepid water, and sit plant in this to drink it naturally. Feed with a low nitrogen fertiliser in the summer and avoid feeding during the winter months.

Spathiphyllum - Peace Lily

A flowering perennial that has long been a most popular indoor and landscape plants.

Spathiphyllum are herbaceous plants with oblong leaves with showy, white spathes, each one cupping a yellow spadix.

Spaths are hardy and very tolerant of low light situations making them ideal interior plants for that darker corner or mass planting where a dramatic foliage affect is needed

There has been significant breeding work done in recent years with Spaths resulting in many leaf forms, colours and differing flowering habits. . The flowers are scented and under certain conditions release a subtle perfume.

Plant Care
This plant is so easy to care for – it will tell you it needs water…do so and wow its back and perky again! Water spaths well from spring to autumn and more carefully in the winter.They tolerate standing in water but not drying out. Keep plants away from direct sunlight as to much light will cause yellowing of the foliage. Spaths are tropical plants and prefer warm temperatures, 18 degrees is ideal and they will tolerate down to 15 degrees. Feed when in active growth but not during winter.

Spaths prefer high humidity, old flower stems can be cut off and plants should be repotted in the spring.

Phalaenopsis Orchid

Delicate flowers on elegant long stems, their beauty is unsurpassed. Always seen in the most elegant of places, the flowers can last for up to three months in an ideal environment.

Whether at home or reception, they enjoy the warmth of the day and cooling of night. Available in a range of colours

Plant Care
Being a tropical plant used to growing on the side of trees, these plants never like ‘wet feet’. Always have pebbles or something in bottom of pot to help with drainage and create a bit of humidity. Run tepid water through pot mix then put back into container. These plants don’t like being ‘replanted’ and never cut off they ‘air roots.