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Hoya

Hoya

Name: Hoya asclepiadoideae

Hoya plants have a wide variety of leaf shapes and colors; Each plant has its own personality. The flowers are all shaped like five pointed stars and appear in clusters at the tip of the stem.

The waxplant, waxvine, or waxflower as it is sometimes called because the flowers don't look real, loves to be ignored and they are part of the succulent family. This is most definitely a type of plant you should add to your collection.

 

Hoya

African Violet

Name: Saintpaulia

African violets are a genus of herbaceous perennial flowering plant that can grow from 2.5" to 6" tall and can be anywhere from 2.5" to 12" wide. The leaves are rounded to oval and have a fleshy texture.

African violets are native to Tanzania and adjacent southeastern Kenya in eastern tropical Africa. This fascinating plant, hailed as "America's Favorite Houseplant," provides color and beauty in the home all year long.

 

 

Bromeliad

Bromeliad

Name: Guzmania lingulata

Bromeliads typically have bright red, orange, purple or blue flowers, and can grow in a number of different ways: they can be terrestrial, growing on the ground; saxicolous, growing on rocks; or epiphytic, growing on other plants and trees. Epiphytic bromeliads have the ability to absorb nutrients and moisture from the atmosphere, so they are sometimes called "air plants."

Bromeliad is a tropical bromeliad originating from Ecuador. There are over 3,000 species of bromeliad, including pineapple, the only species in the family to be harvested commercially.

Dracaena

Dracaena

Name: Dracaena spp.

Known for its dramatic foliage and carefree nature, Dracaena is a large group of plants that can grow up to 6 feet tall with strap-like leaves, often with red and yellow variegation. This undemanding plant can tolerate low light and low humidity and it will forgive the occasional missed watering.

As the plant grows, the lower leaves drop off and the trunk scars over, creating an interesing pattern of markings. The name-Dracaena-is derived from the Greek word for "female dragon."

 

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Name: Cyclamen spp.

Cyclamen are a great indoor plant with an easy 8 weeks plus of color. Proper variety selection, culture and nutrition will allow the plant to grow many leaves, and with Cyclamen, leaves mean flowers. Valued for their flowers with upswept petals and variably patterned leaves, they like direct sun or bright indirect sun.

Cyclamen are actually a type of bulb or more specifically a Corm (a short, thickened vertical stem). Their native habitat is the Mediterranean to Southern Europe and east into Iran. 

 

Anthurium

Anthurium

Name: Anthurium araceae

Anthuriums are relatively easy to grow, have attractive foliage and under the proper environment, produce long lasting flowers year round. They are durable and will survive as indoor plants for a remarkable period of time, even under adverse climates. Anthuriums will not tolerate frost or freezing conditions.

The genus is native to the Americas, where it can be found from northern Mexico to northern Argentina and parts of the Caribbean. These plants are considered poisionous; The sap is irritating to the skin and eyes.

 

Croton

Croton

Name: Croton spp.

These houseplants normally have variegated leaves with shades of yellow, red, and green, and can be short, long, twisted, thin, thick and several of these combined. There are nearly 750 versions of this species and you will be amazed by the variety of leaf types and color.

They were originally found in Indonesia, and are native to Southeast Asia, so they will do well in the warm climates of your house. They are fairly easy to plant and grow indoors. Some species require more light than others.

 

Orchid House Plant

Orchids

Name: Orchidaceae spp.

The golden rule for orchid success is to duplicate the plant's natural conditions as closely as possible. In nature, most orchids are epiphytes, meaning they grow on other objects, clinging to rough bark or even stone. Orchid roots are highly specialized organs designed to quickly soak up water very quickly.

Do not attempt to repot a blooming orchid. After the bloom is done, go ahead and cut off the dead flower spike and repot. Orchid roots need to breathe, so ensure you use specialized orchid pots with an orchid mixture.

 

Ficus Bush Houseplant

Ficus Bush

Name: Ficus benjamina

The ficus is a tropical plant that has lush foliage and tiny fig fruits. They prefer bright indirect sunlight or a window with morning sunlight and afternoon shade. Growth slows when temperates dip into the 50's. Ficus bush can be pruned and trimmed into desired shapes.

Ficus is native to Northeast India through to Indonesia. This low maintenance plant tolerates dry growing conditions and low humidity, which are found in many homes. Clean the ficus' leaves once or twice a month to remove dust and pests.

 

Rubber Plant

Rubber Plant

Name: Ficus elastica

These are the tree versions of the ficus species. The trunk develops aerial and buttressing roots to anchor it in the soil and help support the heavy branches. The flowers require a particular species of fig wasp to pollinate and thus does not produce highly colorful or fragrant flowers.

Also called the rubber fig, rubber bush, rubber tree, rubber plant, or Indian rubber bush is a species of plant in the fig genus, native to Northeast India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, China, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

 

 

And even more species including:

  • China Doll (Radermachera sinica)
  • Button Fern
  • Fittonia
  • Maranta Red
  • Marginata
  • Nephthytis
  • Mums
  • Calla Lilly
  • Neanthe Palm (Neanthe Bella Palm)
  • ZZ Plant
  • Arboricola
  • Marble Queen
  • Philly Mican
  • Janet Craig
  • Mini Rose Bushes
  • Pothos

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