Category: Houseplants

Canary Island Broom (Cytisus Canariensis)

Canary Island Bloom

Canary Island Bloom

Canary Island Broom (Cytisus Canariensis)

If you have a house plant like this Canary island broom, it should be ablazed with colours right now and giving off a gentle fragrance.

This beautiful plant flowers from January to April, which makes it a very popular bloom during Easter time.

This plant can grow into a robust shrub, which makes it ideal for cutting it into a topiary, in variety of shapes.

To encourage bushiness, pinch off new shoots, while cutting back old growth.

Though Canary Island Broom makes a lovely house plant, ideally it should be planted outside where there is a lot of direct sunlight.  It would really very good for your potted houseplant to be put outside during the the summer season.  It would benefit from the chorophyll giving sunlight. 😉

 

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Bead Plant (Nertera Granadensis)

coral-bead-plant-400x300You can rely on a Bead plant to produce masses of bright-orange berries during the summer and early autumn, in the right condition that is.

Bead Plant (Nertera Granadensis)

These little button beads can last for months as long as they are kept in a cool place,  i.e.  they are an ideal house plant. High temperature would encourage the green shoots to over-power the berries.

To position bead plant as a house plant, it is advisable to locate them in the east or west facing windows where they will thrive.  They need a cool place which should be no more than 15 degrees centigrade and yet they also need light.

Bead plants are perennials but with proper care they will give you years of bead flowers for years.

 

Cactus & Feng Shui

Cactus & Feng Shui

I read somewhere that cactus is feng shui friend.  Cactus placed by the window sill deters potential burglar.

Apparently the thorny look of cactus gives off clear and present danger to would be burglars; that it is not worth the effort being attacked by cacti. 😉

I love our cacti over our window sill,  They seem to love the position.

They are low maintenance.  I often forget that they were there, except when either my husband or I close off the curtains ;( ouch), that I do not water them as regularly as I should be doing.  But they are growing fine and do to fail to produce flowers after flowers.

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