Azalea – indoor azalea – care, cutting and wintering

Azaleas (Rhododendron simsii) come from China and Japan. The popular flowering plants come in many different colors, with single or double flowers. There are hundreds of varieties. In the trade, however, there are usually comparatively few of them on offer. Indoor azaleas, unlike their outdoor cultivars, bloom from September to April. The flower colors range from white to pink to…

Rose of Jericho – care and tips for propagation

Rose of Jericho – care and tips for propagation

The rose of Jericho (Anastatica hierochuntica), which belongs to the cruciferous family (Brassicaceae), is a real eye-catcher not only in the garden bed. The annual plant, which can originally be found in the desert belt from southern Persia to Morocco, appears as a small rosette, which provides a striking look in the garden. The plant, which grows…

Dragon tree (Dracaena) – care, cutting & propagation

Dragon tree (Dracaena) – care, cutting & propagation

Most of them grow outdoors, just not in Central Europe, but in tropical or subtropical regions. We are talking about the ever-popular houseplant. The name dragon tree is misleading. It is not a tree because the trunk does not grow in width. However, the plant has a palm-like, woody trunk. There are many different varieties. Most are valued for their brightly…

Poinsettia – care of the plant, watering & cutting

Poinsettia – care of the plant, watering & cutting

In their homeland, in Central and South America, poinsettias are really big shrubs. They lignify over the years. Plants cultivated in our country, on the other hand, are small, but much more branched and densely leafed. The main flowering time for us is from November to February. Older specimens can impress with flowers almost all year round. Caution! The…

Schefflera, ray aralia – care and propagation

Schefflera, ray aralia – care and propagation

The Schefflera arboricola is an unusual houseplant whose distinctive beauty has unfortunately been forgotten in recent years. Fast-growing, robust and easy to care for – these attributes make the tropical plant interesting not only for beginners. Smokers also benefit from the perennial ornamental plant’s ability to filter nicotine and other pollutants from the air and thus contribute…

Lucky Chestnut, Pachira aquatica – care

Lucky Chestnut, Pachira aquatica – care

The lucky chestnut, Pachira aquatica, which originally comes from Mexico and belongs to the mallow family, grows tree-like and impresses with its oval, thick leaves. The trunk is often braided for decorative purposes, but this makes the plant as a whole vulnerable to diseases. Overall, however, the lucky chestnut is very robust, which is quite forgiving of…

Weeping fig – Ficus Benjamini – care, tips for leaf loss

Weeping fig – Ficus Benjamini – care, tips for leaf loss

The weeping fig – better known under the names Ficus benjamini and Ficus benjamina – is one of the most popular plants for rooms and balconies. Lush foliage, numerous varieties, different colors and sizes can be found in stores and have something for every taste. From the small-leaved species that are suitable as bonsai to the large-leaved…

Lucky Bamboo – planting and care

Lucky Bamboo – planting and care

The Asian lucky bamboo has been ascribed magical abilities for several centuries. He should ensure health and a long life as well as great wealth. For this reason, the Lucky Bamboo, as the lucky bamboo is also called, is a popular gift and souvenir – especially on New Year’s Eve. But even without the ascribed lucky effect, the…

Korbmarante (Calathea) – care & varieties

Korbmarante (Calathea) – care & varieties

Basket marants are incredibly versatile and look decorative due to their different leaf colors and shapes. The South American tropical plants have been enjoying growing popularity among us for years. For a successful cultivation in your own home or in the winter garden, however, certain requirements of the basket marante must be met. The plant’s interesting, patterned leaves…

Baobab tree – care as a houseplant

Baobab tree – care as a houseplant

Originally used in Africa and parts of Asia as an energy-giving plant, the baobab tree has now also conquered the living rooms of European countries. Here the plant, which belongs to the woolen and mallow family, is kept as a houseplant. The small tree, which can be easily placed in plant tubs and large pots, impresses with…