Handy Hint – Exotic Flowering Plants
Story Title: Handy Hint – Exotic Flowering Plants
Date: April 10th 2010
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane
Discover a series of indoor plants that will add an exotic touch to your home in time for Mothers Day and Winter.
- Phalaenopsis Orchids – thick-leaved plants with elegant, arching sprays of blooms. The phalaenopsis is a monopodial orchid that grows from a single stem. It does not have the large water-storing pseudo bulbs found on sympodial orchids, although its leaves can store some water. During the growth season, water the plant whenever its exposed roots turn silvery white, usually weekly.
- Cyclamens - flower through winter when most tropical indoor plants are going to sleep. Flowers are suspended above the foliage on slender stems and the petals curve back to resemble a tulip. The flowers may be pure white, deep red, or various shades of purple, mauve, salmon, or pink.
- Calathea - a beautiful houseplant with large variegated leaves in colors of green, white, yellow and purple (depending on the species), growing on short stems. Provide a calathea with moderate light. Direct sunlight will make the leaf color less attractive and possibly burn the foliage. Keep cyclamen cool at all times.
- Maiden Hair Ferns - Indoors, maidenhair ferns will grow best in a well lit position even tolerating a little early morning sun. They will tolerate a warm or a cool position, however best growth is achieved with warmth. Maidenhairs prefer a situation that has stable temperature and humidity levels for example: kitchen windowsills, sunrooms and warm laundries.
Special thanks to Acorn Nursery for providing the plants.