Holding house plants has been popular among city inhabitants for ages. Being surrounded by stone streets and houses, they are almost deprived of possibility to inhale the smell of the flowering plants in the garden. The way out for those who want to have piece of nature in his daily life is growing pot plants.
But nowadays at the market of indoor plants there are so many different flower seeds, that for many fans of house plants it appears to be quite difficult to sort out this diversity. Besides, each indoor plant can demand its own way of plant care and conditions of holding. This site will help you to find answers to all questions about selecting the best potted plants and keeping your flowers healthy and beautiful.
Azaleas plants belong to the Ericaceae (hearth) family. They grow in cool mountain forests of the northern hemisphere. Botanists gave the name “azalea” to the subkinds of rhododendrons that are adapted for growing in house and in greenhouses. In natural conditions the azalea plant is an evergreen and deciduous bush or small trees. Nowadays you can find azaleas for sale in many florist shops.
Amaryllis is a rather nice-blossoming perennial bulbous plant. It comes from Africa. Amaryllis plant has linear-linguiform leaves. Big flowers with perfect fragrance are located on the firm flower stalks. Big bulbs can form 1 or 2 flower stalks with 6-12 flowers of white, pink and red colour. The flowers make up inflorescences that form splendid amaryllis bouquets. The true amaryllis blossoms in autumn. Nowadays it is rather popular and you can find amaryllis bulbs for sale in every florist shop, as well as amaryllis seeds.
JASMINE FLOWER. (JASMINUM).
Jasmine flower belongs to bushes – olive family lianas. About 200 Crimea jasmine varieties are already known which mostly grow in tropics and subtropics. There are three types of jasmine flower in the , Caucasus and in the Middle Asia.
Monstera plant belongs to dracunculus family, and one of the most well-known philodendron house plants. It originated in tropics of America. The most often mistake in writing is “manstera”, but whatever the spelling, this flower has been very well-known for a long time and has a lot of admirers. Monstera plant has multiple names. It is also called ceriman, split-leaf philodendron, swiss cheese plant (or simply cheese plant), delicious monster, monster fruit (often misspelled as monster fruit), fruit salad plant and so on.
Aloe flower belongs to flowering succulent plants. These plants have meaty leaves which serve as moisture reserve containers. All aloe plants came from desert and near desert areas of our planet. The homeland of aloe plants is Africa. Aloe is often grown indoors not as an ornamental plant, but in medical purposes (aloe vera), however, various aloe species are quite attractive for decoration as well.
Due to the fact that aloe treatment is so important for many florists, let us describe benefits of aloe vera (also called medicinal aloe and aloe barbadensis) and its therapeutic properties. Aloe vera juice and leaves are commonly used as a medicine as well as aloe vera extract (dried aloe juice also referred to as Socotrine aloe). Aloe vera extract was mentioned in numerous ancient medical tractates; dried aloe vera juice was used to treat many diseases, and its price was very high.
Narcissus flower belongs to permanent bulbous grasses of amaryllis family. Its homeland is the South Europe as well as Mediterranean countries (Spain and Portugal in particular). There are several dozens of species (according to one data – 30, others give the figure 60). Narcissus, like crocus, tulip, hyacinth refers to early blossoming flowers.
You can find a detailed botanic description of narcissus in the books about bulbous plants. Here a short characteristic of the plant is given. Narcissus leaves are root, linear, dark-green, depending on the variety they can be of different length and width. By its building the flower consists of pipe perianth with six lobes (double kinds have many lobes), near the perianth there is a crown inside which you can see six stamens. The narcissus bulbs are long and of pear-shaped form, covered with thick brown pellicle. The feature of the bulbs is that there are two reproduction buds. Roots growing from the end of the bulb most intensively develop in autumn and die out every year. The flowers can be double or plain, they sit on the leafless stems covered with a film. Narcissus starts blossoming in the first half of May and finishes in June. Due to the absence of leaves on the stems cutting a bouquet is harmless for narcissus. Bulbs do not suffer during cutting.
Gardenia plant belongs to the madder family, and comes from Japan and China. Gardenia flower is a very beautiful plant. In natural conditions it grows as brushwood up to a meter and a half in height, one can find gardenia bush growing freely. The leaves are thick, bright-green, shiny, with pointed ends. The leaves are up to 10 cm long. The flowers are mostly snow-white, large, 7-10 cm in diameter. Depending on the type of gardenia flowers can be either double or plain. What a pleasure is to look at this beautiful white gardenia plant!
Dieffenbachia plant belongs to the Araceae family. Dieffenbachia is a half-shrub with big beautiful oblonged leaves. The homeland of dieffenbachia is American tropics, where several dozens of species of this plant grow. Almost all of them are poisonous. In times of slavery plantation owners punished their slaves by making them eating dieffenbachia stalks that caused swelling of tongue and mouth muscosa. Punished slaves were not able to talk for quite a long time afterwards. For dieffenbachia poison it was often called a dumb cane plant. Dumb cane toxicity was well known among people and remains that as well. So if you are asked — is dumb cane plant poisonous? then you can be certain to answer — yes, it is.
Dieffenbachia plant has been cultivated in European gardens for quite a long time already. The flower is named after Dieffenbach, a gardener of Vienna Botanical Gardens, who lived in XIX century. Sometimes the name of the plant is misspelled — diffenbachia.
HYACINTH FLOWER (HYACINTHUS, JACINTH).
Hyacinth plant (also referred to as Hyacinthus or jacinth) belongs to lily family. Wild hyacinth came from Asia Minor, and Mediterranean. Flowers hyacinths grow from perennial hyacinth bulbs. The flowers gather into a cop that forms on a peduncle 15-30 cm tall, the shape of a flower is bell-like, the petals are lily-like with sharpened edges, up to eight petals per flower. In the early XVIII century Dutch became interested in hyacinths, and they have bred a great hyacinth plant variety with both double-flowering and non-double-flowering, and manifold colors — white hyacinth, purple, red and blue hyacinth. The Dutch hyacinth, or the common hyacinth has a thick peduncle, where there are multiple flowers 2-5 cm long. The sorts bred by the Dutch from Hyacinthus Orientalis exactly are usually used as indoor hyacinth now, apart from wild hyacinth growing in the area where it has came from.
BAMBUSA (CLUMPING BAMBOO).
Bambusa is perhaps the tallest and the most amazing grass in the world. Bambusa (a sort of clumping bamboo) is referred to grass family, it’s an immediate relative to wheat, oats, corn and other grass cultures. Bamboo plant is widespread in the world, mostly in tropics and subtropics, but it sometimes grows high in the mountains, where bambusa is able to withstand the temperature up to -20 centigrade degrees. Bamboo plant numbers 1500 types. It is also widespread in the USA (both wild and decorative types, there is also an American bamboo society caring about bamboo plants and monitoring the development of this plant in future.