Easy-care house plants
group of houseplants needs only indirect light, attention to
watering, and no fertilizer until early spring. Add a pinch of
tender loving care, and you will be on your way to success.
Aglaonema 'Sparkling Sarah': This new
aglaonema (Chinese evergreen) has green leaves dappled with pink
and cream highlights, pink mid veins and light pink stems.
'Sparkling Sarah' would be a spectacular plant for the holidays.
Grow in indirect light and evenly moist potting soil. Grows 18
to 24 inches high.
Dracaena 'Lemon Surprise': With
beautiful foliage colorations and form, this plant's
lance-shaped, variegated leaves are a vivid lime-green with thin
white stripes surrounding and interspersed within the dark green
center. The slightly twisted leaves give the plant an
interesting form. Grow in medium to bright light; evenly moist
potting soil. Grows to 24 inches high.
Epipremnum 'Neon': Commonly known as
pothos. What is not common about this new cultivar is its
coloration -- beautiful fluorescent chartreuse! Because this
plant has a vining habit, it is nicely suited for a hanging
basket or a wide, shallow container. Grow in indirect light;
evenly moist potting soil. Grows several feet or more in length;
however, it looks best when it is pruned to keep it full and
Philodendron 'Black Cardinal': The
leaves of this philodendron are broadly oval or lance-shaped,
emerging with a burgundy-red color. They mature to a deep
burgundy, almost black coloration. Combine 'Black Cardinal' with
plants having chartreuse foliage for a dramatic combination.
Grow in bright, indirect light; evenly moist potting soil. Can
grow to 24 inches tall.
'Pink Princess': A slow-growing,
vining, philodendron that sports beautiful pink, white, green
and almost black leaves. Because this philodendron is of the
vining type, a stake or small trellis should be added to the
container. Grow in bright, indirect light; evenly moist potting
soil. Can grow to 48 inches tall, with staking.
Spathyphyllum 'Domino': Most of us are
familiar with the smooth-textured green-leafed plant with the
common name of peace lily. This new cultivar represents a big
leap forward. The leaves have a crinkled texture with large and
small splotches of creamy-white variegation. Grow in medium
light; evenly moist potting soil. (Note: Keep the soil moist at
all times.) Can grow to 24 inches tall.
Rex begonias as house plants
generally think of begonias as bedding plants, but Rex begonias
with their distinctive leaf forms, colors and textures are more
suitable to containers and indoor culture. These begonias prefer
bright, indirect light, elevated humidity and a lightly moist
but fast draining potting soil. (Note: Begonias will not
begonias are differentiated from other begonias by their leaves,
which grow on short stalks from an underground rhizome. Both the
leaves and stems are covered with short hairs. The flowers are
generally inconspicuous and are removed to encourage foliage
production. The plants listed below are the Rex type, unless
Begonia 'Cancun Christmas': This aptly
named begonia will certainly add to the holiday spirit. The
festive green and red foliage is speckled with numerous silvery
white splotches. Grows 12 inches tall.
'Curly Emma': The wavy foliage of this
Rex is accentuated by a deep center curl; the leaves emerge as
green/silver and mature to a deep red and chocolate. Grows 12
'Fireworks': Noted for its
silvery-white foliage and an explosion of purplish-black
fireworks in the center of each leaf. Makes a striking hanging
basket. Grows 12 inches tall and wide.
'Gryphon': Even though this begonia is
not a Rex, it is worth growing. The deep-green palmate leaves
are thick and glossy and overlaid with silver. This elegant
begonia makes an excellent container plant that eventually
reaches 18 to 24 inches tall and wide.
'Ring of Fire': The foliage of this
begonia definitely says Christmas. 'Ring of Fire' makes a
dramatic statement with its vibrant red rim and silver
patterning set against deep green veining. Its brilliance holds
even as the leaves age, which makes this Rex hybrid a winner. It
has a mounding habit and grows 12 inches high and wide.
'Silver Queen': This Rex has large
creamy-silver leaves punctuated with emerald- green star-like
centers and edged with matching green banding. Grows 12 to 18
inches high and wide.
descriptions given for each of the plants really don't do them
justice. Visit the Internet to see why each has its own unique
beauty and can fit into any decor.
availability, visit your local nursery and/or florist. The
plants listed can be found online at one or more of the
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