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The Christ's thorn, which is closely related to the poinsettia, finds ideal conditions in a south-facing window. He impresses with a bizarre growth, small round, mostly pink to red flowers. Hybrids with different flower colors are most often offered. It owes its name to the spined branches, which are reminiscent of the crown of thorns of Jesus. While some varieties flower from October to March, others produce flowers almost year round. It is moderately and fertilized every 14 days.
Tip: The Christ thorn contains, like all milkweed plants, a milky juice. This is highly toxic, which should be considered when small children live in the household or fiddling with this plant.
Calla (Zantedeschia aethiopica)
The pineapple is one of the bromeliads. Its gray-green leaves are arranged like a coronet in several floors. The real highlight is the up to 30 cm high fruit, which forms on a stem in the middle. She should be as sunny as possible. Both water and nutrient requirements are rather low. Even with this plant, the irrigation water should not be too calcareous. Good is a high humidity.
Stinging nettles (Solenostemon scutellarioides)
The color of stinging nettles is especially impressive with the intensive coloring of their leaves. The edges of the mostly multicolored, patterned leaves are strongly slotted or wavy. They are an attractive eye-catcher on their own, but also in combination with other varieties throughout the year.
- Summer is the ideal time for these 30 - 60 cm high plants
- Colorations of the leaves are now most pronounced
- Leaves mostly multicolored with different red, green, copper, yellow and green tones
- Bunterns love sun
- Nevertheless, slight protection against excessive sunlight recommended
- Protection required especially in the midday hours
- Water demand high especially in the summer months
- Fertilize every two weeks during the growing season
The green lily is a classic among indoor plants. It is very modest and can handle almost any location, even on a sunny south-facing window. Typical of this plant are the rosettes standing, green-white or green-yellow striped, long overhanging leaves. Long, whip-like stems with inconspicuous little white flowers form between the leaves. Later, rooted small foothills develop here. Depending on the room temperature, it is poured more or less intensively and fertilized weekly from spring to autumn.
Tip: Green lilies are not only pretty to look at, they can also improve the indoor air, because they take dissolved pollutants such. Formaldehyde, made of building materials, furniture and carpets.
Yucca palm (Yucca elephantipes)
Another curiosity is the Madagascar palm. It has the leaves of a palm and the stem of a cactus. It is one of the succulents with its long, narrow leaves and the column-shaped, thorny trunk. In old age, with some luck, pretty white flowers will show up. In culture, it can reach stately heights of over 2 m. The Madagascar Palm loves a lot and direct sun. It is watered as needed and regularly fertilized from April to October.
Elephant's foot, bottle tree (Beaucarnea recurvata)
According to the name of this plant, its trunk is reminiscent of an elephant's foot or a bottleneck. In contrast, the narrow gray-green, overhanging leaves are rather delicate. At its natural locations in Mexico, the elephant's foot grows as a succulent tree with stature heights of about 9 m. In room culture he remains with stature heights of up to 1.50 m much smaller but not less beautiful. Under optimal conditions, he can form small white Blütenrispen in old age. Water and nutrient requirements of these succulents are moderate.
Money Tree / Penny Tree (Crassula arborescens)
This drought-tolerant ornamental plant is one of the thick-leaf plants and grows as a succulent bush or shrub. The round and wavy, gray-green leaves with a reddish edge are extremely decorative. These plants can grow between 0.60 and 0.80 m. Even if the water requirement is relatively low, the substrate should be kept evenly moist throughout the year. Fertilize regularly from spring to autumn. If the conditions are optimal, the money or penny can produce flowers after a few years.
Rosette-thick-leaf (Aeonium arboreum)
The special feature of the up to 1 m high succulent plant, which originates from the Mediterranean, are its thick-fleshed, rosette-shaped leaves. The red-brown leaf color of the variety 'Atropurpureum' in summer is particularly attractive. Older specimens show 25-30 cm high yellow inflorescences in January / February. The rosette thick leaf loves full sun, should be poured sparingly and be fertilized from May to September every 14 days.
Raising and hanging houseplantsChandelier flower (Ceropegia woodii)
The candlestick flower impresses with its threadlike, about 2 m long shoots, which are set with heart-shaped, marbled, fleshy leaves. The lampwork flower takes its name from the lantern-like flowers that adorn the plant from September to October. Pouring is moderate and fertilized from March to September in low dosage.
Jazmin (Jasminum polyanthum)
Jazmin is especially popular for its fragrant, bright white flowers that form in large umbels in the leaf axils. It is fast-growing and needs a lot of sun to flower, ideally direct sunlight for several hours a day, in the summer with an outdoor location. The pot ball should always be well moistened, but waterlogging should be avoided at all costs. It is best to pour with soft or stale water. From january to autumn, jasmin is grateful for a biweekly fertilizer.
Shambloods are characterized by glossy, oblong to oval leaves on drooping, long, branched or unbranched shoots. For a few days in the summer, the leaf axils form their attractive, tubular flowers, either in clusters or in pairs.
- Shamflowers like very bright location with lots of sun, e.g. on a south window
- Protect as possible from blazing midday sun
- Best not to place directly behind the window
- The best place is a bit from the south window
- The root ball should constantly be slightly moist
- Every two weeks administer fertilizer at a low concentration
Pea plant (string of pearls)
This plant is an exotic succulent with a spectacular appearance. On the long shoots sit the green, round, pea-like leaves. They give the impression of green pearls, strung on a string. This makes them an ideal traffic light or hanging plant. This robust houseplant is happy, according to its natural origin, over a sunny, sunny location, in the summer also without problems. But it also thrives on a partially shaded spot. During the warm season, plenty should be poured and little in the winter. Once a month, the pea plant is thankful for a gift of fertilizer in half concentration.