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Tips on Growing Anthurium

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Besides producing new shoots in this way the variegated pineapple will also develop one or more strong growths from among the leaves of the parent rosette. These make by far the best plants in the end, and should be left to make at least six strong leaves before being removed with a sharp knife, cutting close to the parent plant.

In fact, the hotter the conditions the better, provided a moist atmosphere can be maintained by regular damping of the greenhouse or garden room. The plant grower who can spare the greenhouse only a few minutes’ attention befbre departing for work in the morning should not expect the sort of results that can be achieved by the man who can devote his time to their care. Nevertheless, much can he done with the enlistment of a willing wife who is at home all day and can be entrusted with the task of providing the essential humidity by damping around heating pipes, paths and such like.

Growing Ivies

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

In spite of the vast number of plants which are much more attractive in appearance a surprising number of green-leaved ivies still retain their popularity. The fact that there are so many other colourful plants on the market is in all probability a very good reason for the continued appeal of the green varieties, as they are useful for toning down the colouring when planted arrangements are being prepared. H. Chicago has simple-shaped green leaves with no frills whatsoever. Green Ripple has slightly larger green leaves with prominent veins which are the main attraction.

As the name suggests, II. Mini Green has smaller, more congested leaves that are crinkled at the edges. Of the variegated plants for outdoor use, and as durable indoor plants, the best small-leaved ivies are those with basically grey colouring.

Of these. Glacier is easily the toughest and is an excellent subject for finishing off the front of borders indoors and out, and in particular for use along the edge of outdoor window boxes.

Air-layering

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

A number of indoor plants may be propagated by this method, and it is also an excellent way of reducing the height of rubber plants which are getting out of hand. Plants are air-layered simply by removing a section of the outer bark and wrapping a handful of wet sphagnum moss around the exposed area, or by making an upward cut through the main stem and wrapping wet sphagnum moss round the incision.

First remove a leaf at about the height you wish the new plant to be; the section of stem above this point should have at least three or four mature leaves. Make a cut halfway through the main stein about 1 in. below the joint of the leaf you have removed, bringing the cut up vertically through the actual node.

Fortunately, the majority of really poisonous insecticides are not available to the general public, but even those that are considered safe should be handled carefully. Certainly, when handling insecticides rubber gloves should be worn as general practice, and any plants that need treatment, particularly with a liquid solution that is sprayed on, should be treated out of doors.

Houseplants Top or Stem Cuttings

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

On most varieties stems will, quite naturally, become leafless and woody in time. When this happens and the plant is no longer attractive the stems should be cut to within a few inches from their base. Keep the potful of stumps as they usually grow again from the base. The stems can then be cut up into sections some 2 to 3 in. in length.

The rubber plant, Ficus eldstica robusta, may be propagated in a number of ways, leaf and top cuttings being the most practical. Cuttings are best taken while plants are dormant, usually between the months of November and March. The propagating bed temperature requires to he rather high, something in excess 42 C for best results. Very soft cuttings with large leaves rarely do, well; firm cuttings with some three or four leaves attached do very much better. (With any form of top cutting it is important to ensure that there are at least two firm leaves on the stem, otherwise it will all be a waste of time).

Houseplant Mealy Bug

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Another pest that ruins the appearance of affected plants. Easy to detect but very difficult to kill off completely once they have made a home in the tangled branches of such climbing plants as stephanotis and hoya. One is often invited to visit the greenhouse of an enthusiastic amateur and see the wonderful range of plants being cultivated under one roof.

Greenfly are comparatively easy to eradicate, there being many brands of insecticide on the market that will quickly eliminate them. Larger plants can only be treated by thoroughly spraying the entire plant and repeating the process as necessary. Smaller plants, on the other hand, can be dealt with equally effectively by plunging the plant in a bucketful of prepared insecticide.

Do this by wrapping a piece of polythene around the pot so that the soil cannot spill out, then dip the plant in the insecticide and swish it around to ensure that all leaves and stems have been well saturated, not forgetting first to don rubber gloves. Keep the plant out of the sun and allow the foliage to dry naturally before replacing in position.

Excessive Heat on Houseplant

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Abide by the fertiliser manufacturer’s instructions and better results will be a little larger, and procure a properly balanced potting compost. It is seldom, if ever, that one sees good-quality plants growing in what is often referred to as garden dirt. Composts should contain peat, sand, fertiliser and all sorts of other ingredients if potted plants are to do well.

When using aerosol sprays of any description (other than those for pest control and cleaning) plants should be carefully avoided; better still to remove them from the room altogether.

When creating a display, be it in the fireplace or at the4lower club, there can be few plants that blend in so readily with almost any chosen colour scheme. And one cannot imagine any major function at which flowers play an important part where cut maidenhair fern would not be used in quantity. To supply adiantum for this purpose the nurseryman forsakes pot culture and plants his stock into specially prepared beds in the ground in his greenhouses, which gives a greatly increased yield. The owner of the garden room may well benefit from the nurseryman’s example by planting adiantum at the front of prepared beds containing an assortment of house plants.

Selecting Suitable Plants

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Ficus benghatensis proved to be the most rampant grower of all, developing into a considerable tree with many strong branches at all levels in less than three years. Fortunately it does not take unkindly to annual, almost savage pruning. If you have the space and a really dominant plant is required, then this could well be the one.

It is pointless to have adequate heating for 364 days of the year if on the 365th it should prove to he insufficient - one really cold night can put paid to an entire collection of plants. Advice on fitting out the interior can only he general as everyone’s taste will differ and arranging plants and interior decor is very much a personal matter. Whether plants are made permanent features by planting them in beds of compost on the floor, or portable by growing them in pots on raised staging, are also matters for individual taste.

Both these methods have their merits. Planted directly into beds of prepared compost, or with plant pots plunged to their rims in moist peat, plants will usually grow very: much more vigorously. However, left in their pots and placed on staging at waist level one can have the pleasure of rearranging plants, or using them for decoration in other parts of the house whenever required.

Houseplants Seed

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Cuttings inserted into such a peat bed (4 to 6 in. in depth) will quickly show their appreciation and produce roots in the minimum length of time. The nurseryman is further aided in his efforts by a little light shade on the greenhouse and mist spray lines suspended over the cutting beds. The spray lines are all important, as they can he regulated to come into operation at set times, frequency depending on the prevailing weather conditions. When very hot it would he essential that the mist unit is activated at frequent intervals during the course of the day.

Shallow containers, seed boxes or seed pans should be used for sowing, and John limes No. compost will he ideal for the purpose. Sow in moist compost and keep in a lightly shaded place to begin with ; covering the container with a sheet of glass when the seeds are sown will encourage germination. When the seedlings are large enough to handle they should he transferred to J.I.P.2 compost, or similar, and at this time can either he spaced out in the seed boxes again for a spell or put individually into small pots.

Rhododendron Growing Tips

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

A cause of infinite regret is that no member of this beautiful genus will tolerate the slightest trace of lime, no matter how disguised with peat. There are no better evergreen shrubs than the Tree Roses whose members range in height from the 30-ft. splendour of Rhododendron sinogrande to the prostrate posturing of R. repens. The evergreen species can be used as a background contrast to later flowering shrubs.

Deciduous azaleas are available by the hundred. Ignes Nova, carmine red blotched yellow, is good in autumn when the leaves turn purple. Unique is late flowering and rather tall with apricot blooms. Comte de Gomer is compact and dainty with pink blossoms. Hugo Hardyzer is 4 ft. high and a very impressive scarlet. R. luteum has all the qualities of a good shrub with sweetly scented magnificent autumn colour.

The Alpine Rose, R. .ferrugineum, makes a rounded bush with the young foliage copper tinted. In the best forms the flowers are a startling brick red. The grey-leaved R. hippophaeoides grows pleasantly out in the open in company with heathers. It grows to around 3 ft. high and its lilac flowers brighten the April days.

Garden Rooms

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

In the garden room a wide assortment of house plants can also be grown in pots suspended in wall brackets. In the living-room wall brackets are only suitable for the hardier types of plant, but the moister conditions in the garden room will allow for the use of many more delicate plants. Columneas are excellent for both hanging baskets and wall brackets, and the delightful Campanula isophylla, the star of Bethlehem, is an essential plant where cooler conditions prevail.

For continuity of colour throughout late spring, summer and early autumn there surely cannot be any plant that compares with the fuchsia. Indoors the indifferent amount of light inevitably results in premature loss of flowers and buds, but it is quite the most prolific flowering plant in the greenhouse or garden room.

Attractive, unfussy plant containers can make all the difference to the elegant appearance of the room. It is preferable to have a few expensive containers filled with well-chosen plants rather than a motley collection of cheaper plant’ containers of all shapes and sizes.