December’s houseplant of the month offers lots of showy colour:  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… Read more »

Orchids are always among the popular flowering houseplants, which makes them an easy choice for houseplant of the month for November. Orchids make up one of the largest plant families. There are more than 20,000 known species, and new ones are still being discovered regularly. In the warmer regions such as the tropical rainforest orchids often grow on trees, branches or twigs with their roots in the air. These are called epiphytic orchids. Epiphytes are plants that grow on something… Read more »

The houseplant of the month for July is a classic:  the rose!   Rosa is an old Latin plant name for the rose. Potted roses are part of this family, and as such they symbolise love, passion, unity and friendship. The primary association with roses is with cut flowers, but potted roses offer the same romantic mood and emotion. Roses originate from the northern hemisphere, particularly China and Europe. The name ‘rose’ is derived from the Celtic word ‘rhodd’, which… Read more »

The name Ficus is Latin for fig. The Ficus grows in (sub) tropical areas of Asia, Africa, South America and Australia. The Ficus Ginseng is unique in the Ficus range. The plant is recognised by its green leaves with a blunt leaf tip.  The plants are often sold as bonsai. The Ficus Ginseng likes a light position out of the full sun. The lighter the position, the more water it will need, so give it regular water and don’t let the… Read more »

    The official name of the Peace Lily, Spathiphyllum, is derived from the Greek words for spathe and leaf. The plant has received extra attention over the last few years through the NASA Clean Air Study. They were researching how to purify the air in space stations and the Peace Lily turned out to purify air better than the average plant. The Peace Lily is an easy care plant. The plant prefers a light position, out of the bright… Read more »

Bring some sun into your life this May with hibiscus, the houseplant of the month! You can recognize the versatile Hibiscus by its trumpet shaped flowers and shiny, dark green leaves. It is used as a houseplant as well as a container and patio plant. The original flower colour was pinky-red but nowadays we see it in many different colours, from yellow to dark red and from pink to white The Hibiscus likes a lot of light and can even be… Read more »

Often overlooked, this climbing plant works well indoors as well as outdoors. It’s one of the most air purifying plants and it’s pretty easy to take care of. Caring for Ivy plants: Although easy to maintain, you need to be careful when watering this plant as the soil needs to be a little dry. Ivy does not like to be in sol that’s too wet. Fertilize your ivy about once a month in the spring, summer and autumn. Do not fertilize… Read more »