Merging indoors and outdoors and making the garden into a second home is a popular trend. Calla Lily, Campanula, Cockscomb, Balloon Flower and Lily fit perfectly with this: fabulous houseplants that can be placed both inside and outside and hence join the two together in a natural way.
Houseplant of the month for April…indoor/outdoor plants.
The variety of colours and shapes is overwhelming, but very different depending on the species. Campanula and Balloon Flower (Platycodon) mainly come in blue, white and pink, was lilies are widely available in orange, yellow, white and pink. The colour palette with Cockscomb (Celosia) and Calla Lilies is even more diverse, from delicate pastels through to brilliant deep shades. And you can enjoy these lavish bloomers from April to September.
- All indoor/outdoor plants prefer a cool and light spot indoors to ensure the longest possible flowering. In the garden they can tolerate both full sun and partial shade.
- As bulb crops, the Calla Lily and the Lily are the easiest to care for: watering once a week is enough.
- Campanula, Cockscomb and Balloon Flower have softer leaves, and therefore evaporate more moisture, meaning they need more water: the soil should always be slightly damp.
- For profuse flowering give the plants and food every two weeks and remove wilted flowers for extra-long flowering.
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Cheerful, colourful, tropical and blessed with extraordinary appearances: the Bromeliad has long been the most exotic beauty amongst the houseplants.
Houseplant of the month for March…the bromeliad.
The Bromeliad range is diverse and colourful. The best-known species are Guzmania and Vriesea, whereby Guzmania blooms concentrically and Vriesea always has a somewhat flat inflorescence. The leaves are always smooth and usually green, but there are also variegated varieties. They both come in a wide range of colours and in various sizes. There are even botanical varieties of Vriesea which are sold as a foliage plant thanks to the decorative leaf markings. The pineapple is also a member of the Bromeliaceae family – as a houseplant it’s known as the pineapple plant.
- Bromeliads are very easy to look after. Place the plant in a light, warm spot, but not in full sun. Bromeliads can also be placed outdoors in the summer months, provided that the plant has shade for part of the day in order to avoid scorching.
- The rosettes contain absorbent hairs and scales with which the plant absorbs water and nutrients. Bromeliads particularly need water in the rosette and sparingly on the soil. Watering once a week is sufficient. Replace the water in the rosette regularly. The plant can be lightly misted on the leaves during flowering. To ensure lengthy and lavish flowering, give the plant some plant food once a month.
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Potted bulbs give you a feeling of spring. They’re flowers that emerge from their bulbs bursting with energy and colour.
Houseplant of the month for February…potted bulbs.
In February it’s often still too cold to see the bulbs that you planted in the garden in autumn emerge from the ground. But there’s a handy solution to this: potted bulb products, which are widely available in February thanks to the grower’s skill. Potted bulbs bring an early spring to the garden and the living room. When the first warm spell arrives, you can see the flowers bursting out of the pot as cheerful, fragrant heralds of spring.
Caring for potted bulbs: Hyacinth, Narcissus, Muscari
The three different potted bulb plants – hyacinth, narcissus and Muscari – all require the same care to ensure they give you pleasure for a long time. The plants are undemanding in the garden – they can be placed in both the shade and the sun. Potted bulb products do particularly well even at temperatures around freezing. Indoors the plant requires a spot which is as cool as possible to ensure the longest flowering. Make sure that the soil never dries out. You should therefore water the plant regularly, but don’t get the bulbs too wet since this can cause them to rot. There’s no real need to feed, since most nutrients are already present in the bulb.
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The attractive shape, strong look and easy care makes Ficus very suitable for students, offices, public spaces and plant lovers with little time or a lack of green fingers!
The houseplant of the month for January…the ficus.
Beautiful leaves and an attractive structure make Ficus one of the most popular houseplants and indoor trees around. The plant is a member of the Moraceae (mulberry) family, which also includes the fig, rubber plant and hop plant.
● Ficus requires a light position. The more variegated the leaves, the more light the plant needs. However, it’s best to avoid bright direct sunlight, particularly in the summer months.
● The lighter the plant’s position, the more water it needs. So adapt the amount of water to the position and water regularly: the soil should never dry out entirely.
● Give less water during the hibernation period in winter, and make sure the water isn’t too cold. Place the plant outside in a refreshing rain shower in the spring and summer.
● Plant food once a month will keep your Ficus attractive and strong.
● Any yellow or ugly leaves can be pulled off.
● Leaf drop in autumn and winter is usually caused by dry air indoors from central heating. Humidifiers are a solution to this.
● If the plant gets too big or less attractive, it can be pruned, preferably in the winter months with sharp secateurs.
A new year, a new beginning. The tulip is ideal for welcoming in the new year with its brilliant colours and varied appearance.
The flower of the month for January…the tulip.
If you gave someone a tulip in the sixteenth century, you were giving them a fortune. In those days the flower was incredibly popular and a speculative trade in tulip bulbs developed. You could buy a whole canalside house in Amsterdam for the price of one tulip bulb in those days. A nice bunch of tulips now costs just a few euro, but the symbolism has gained in value.
The flower of the month for January…the tulip.
The ever-cheerful tulip comes in white, red, yellow, pink, purple, orange, green or with multicoloured petals. The tulip’s shapes are also a feast for the eye. You can get them with a single or double row of petals, whilst there are also eye-catching fringed and parrot tulips with serrated petals, and there’s the playful lily-flowered tulip. See our tulips and other spring flowers in the shop!
December’s houseplant of the month offers lots of showy colour: azalea.
Houseplant of the Month for December: Azalea
With lavish flowers and available in classic December colours, the Azalea is an original alternative for creating atmosphere while still being a real seasonal classic. Azalea’s official name is Rhododendron syn. Azalea. Rhododendron is a compound of the Greek words for ‘red’ and ‘tree’ and freely translated it means ‘a woody plant with rose red flowers’. Azalea means ‘dry’ in Greek, which refers to the tough wood and not the soil, which – should always be slightly damp. As the word Rhododendron conjures up images of the large garden shrub for most people, the name Azalea is used for the houseplant.
Care tips for azaleas
- Azalea likes a drink. Give the plant plenty of water on a regular basis, or immerse the pot in a bucket of water to saturate the soil completely. Special pots are available for plants that need a lot of water which provide the plant with the required moisture from a water reservoir.
- The plant cannot cope well with heat, which will cause it to droop. You should therefore avoid a position in bright sunlight or near a source of heat. The Azalea prefers a cool, light spot.
- To ensure profuse flowering, feed the plant with plant food once a fortnight. If the plant needs to be repotted into a larger pot, it’s important to use special acidic potting soil especially designed for acid-loving plants.
- If the Azalea has grown too big as a houseplant, it can be planted out in the garden after flowering in shady, acidic, moisture-retaining soil. The plant prefers to spend the winter sheltered in a greenhouse or shed with some shelter.
- Regularly sprays the plant when it’s in bud. Do not spray once the buds open.