23 November 2014

Gardening Group November Feature

Gardening Group One
November Meeting Report

Although it can be a busy time of year for gardeners, preparing for next year and clearing out everything at the end of the season, we decided to concentrate this meeting on Indoor Plants. Perhaps it was a good excuse not to tackle all of those leaves that seem to be falling in their thousands. Here are some of the plants we had around the house. We discussed their care and in some cases their propagation with the help of a book on Indoor Plants and the general wisdom of all of us. This is what we came up with in short.
Purple Heart
Easily propagated by putting shoots in water
and waiting for roots to grow and potting
PHILODENDRON SCANDENS
Propagated in the same way as Purple Heart.
These shoots were from a plant over 35 years ago.
Very Hardy and requires a lot of water.
STEPHANOTIS
A popular houseplant, grown for its glossy leaves and fragrant blossom from May to October. 
Place stephanotis in a sunny window, as the plant won't bloom without bright light. 
ANTHURIUM SCANDENS
Shade to partial shade. Allow to get slightly dry between watering.
AFRICAN VOLET
Light:
 Moderate to bright, indirect, indoor light. 

Watering: Keep soil moist to dry and allow soil around roots to dry out before watering to encourage blooming. Water from the bottom with room temperature water by placing the plastic grower's pot in water, and allowing the plant to absorb the water ( not more than 30 minutes ). 
Avoid getting water on the leaves as this can cause spotting damage. For best results, use violet plant food as directed. 
Propagate by leaf cutting.

ALOE VERA
Use rooted shoots to propagate and water sparingly.
STREPTOCARPUS SAXORUM
Propagation by leaf and cuttings
Mother in Law's Tongue
Sansevieria trifasciata
KALANCHOE
Mother of Thousands
Water sparingly
CHRISTMAS CACTUS
For a more magnificent one, see the top of this page
Schlumbergera is a small genus of cacti with six species found in the coastal mountains of south-eastern Brazil.
Keep in a dark room at night before flowering and water rarely when blooming.

So at the end of the meeting we all knew a little more about how to care for some of our houseplants. If you know better, why not comment at the bottom of this article?

We also shared experiences about garden centres and discussed the format of next year's meetings.