9 Plants

Anthurium –

Anthuriums make popular gifts for all occasions, due to their open, heart-shape and long-lasting characteristics. The Anthurium plants have more than 1000 species, and are the largest genus in the arum family. They are characterized by their bright tropical appearance. A few good things to know are that they can re-bloom all year. They can last for several months with very little maintenance, making them perfect plants for new plant owners. The interesting thing about Anthuriums is that their heart shaped “flowers” are not actually flowers. They are leaves, called spathe, which come in many colors. One thing to remember is that Anthurium are toxic plants, so please be aware if there are pets or children present in the home where the plant will be housed.

Grow your anthurium in a spot that gets plenty of bright, indirect light but no direct sunshine. Anthuriums do best in a warm room that’s around 15-20°C, away from draughts and radiators. High humidity is best, so a bathroom or conservatory is ideal for them. Grouping plants together can help to raise humidity. Your anthurium will do best when the soil has a chance to dry out in between watering. Too much or too frequent watering can lead to root rot, which could severely affect the long-term health of your plant. For best results, water your anthurium with just six ice cubes or a half cup of water once a week.

Sansevieria –

Sansevieria are evergreen perennials that can grow anywhere from eight (8) inches to 12 feet high. Their sword-like leaves are approximately two (2) feet long. The foliage is stiff, broad, and upright, in a dark green color variegated with white and yellow striping. Sansevierias are part of the Dracaena genus. There are many different varieties of Sansevieria. These plants are considered succulents, thus they are easy to grow and maintain for several years. They do not require much water, making them great plants to be able to maintain even for a new plant owner. These plants are survivors even if you are a self-confessed “plant killer”. Caring for the Sansevieria is easy as it only needs to be watered once every few weeks. Overwatering them can be detrimental to their typical long lives. Like Anthurium, Sansevieria are toxic plants and should not be kept around children or pets.

It prefers medium to bright indirect light, but can also tolerate lower light as well as direct sun. Water your Sansevieria only when the soil is completely dry. Water them until liquid flows through the drainage hole and discard any water that accumulates in the saucer. Your Sansevieria prefers a dry environment.

Bromeliad –

Bromeliads are low-maintenance plants that can be grown as houseplants. Native to tropical areas, bromeliads make excellent houseplants and add an exotic touch to your decor. They require little care, are easy to grow and produce long-lasting colorful leaf crowns. The Bromeliad plant is large and varied. Two of its most popular members are pineapples and Spanish moss, showing how diverse this family of plants is. Bromeliads will last for years with proper maintenance. They are easy to grow and maintain, even for the most novice plant owner. They are attractive and come in many colors with flowers that can last for months. Although Bromeliad flowers last for up to six (6) months, an interesting fact is that Bromeliad flowers only bloom once. The original “Mother” plant will continue to produce new plantlets (called “pups”), which allows your Bromeliad to be constantly in bloom, even if original plant is not flowering anymore. All varieties of bromeliad are safe for cats and dogs, but it is a good idea to keep your cat or dog away from these plants—if they get their paws on a bromeliad, it may give them a stomach ache.

Bromeliads are adapted to withstand drought, but are much less tolerant of being over-watered which can cause root rot. It is important that your bromeliad is planted in a medium that allows for fast drainage.  Each time you water the potting medium, thoroughly soak it so that the water runs from the drainage holes. This will remove any salt build up in the potting media. Don’t water the bromeliad again until at least the top two inches of potting media are dry. Any more often than this and the plant will be sitting in too much water and could succumb to root rot.


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