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Chrysanthemums and How to Grow Them Well

Equipment Required The Chrysanthemum is often called ‘The Queen of the Autumn’, and well deserves the name. A great diversity of form and colour can be produced indoors from October until January, when such beauty is hard to find. Another … Continue reading

06. June 2017 by admin
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How to Protect Climbing Plants in Winter

One of the reasons for growing a plant against a wall is to give some extra protection to plants that would be killed or damaged by a winter in the open. Some of these plants may need additional cover in … Continue reading

31. May 2017 by admin
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Annual Climbing Plants

There are quite a number of annual climbing plants which can be successfully grown in association with the more permanent plants, particularly on parts of the wall which are not already clothed. They can also be used for filling up … Continue reading

24. May 2014 by admin
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Rhododendron

Varieties of Rhododendron, members of the Ericaceae family, grow everywhere in the world. Besides the evergreen hybrids with large flowers and the Yakushimanun varieties, the evergreen Japanese azaleas also make excellent container plants. All share a common feature in the … Continue reading

27. January 2014 by admin
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Vuylstekeara Orchid

Type: Epiphytic. Hybrids derived from inter-breeding Miltonia and Odontioda orchids. Features: Egg-shaped pseudobulb with two or three upright or arching strap-shaped leaves. Slender flower stalks carry several showy richly coloured flowers, each generally about 9cm (3-1/2in) wide and with a large ornate lip.  … Continue reading

08. September 2013 by admin
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Vanda Orchid

Type: Epiphytic. Features: Single stem with fleshy aerial roots and leaves in two ranks — no pseudobulb. Upright or pendent stalks carry several 7.5- 12cm (3-5in) wide flowers with equally sized sepals and petals, in shades of mauve, blue, pink or cream, … Continue reading

07. September 2013 by admin
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Pleione Formosana

Type: Semi-epiphytic or terrestrial. Features: Short, squat pseudobulbs with ribbed leaves — produced only after flowering. Trumpet-shaped 7.5-10cm (3-4in) wide flowers with lance-shaped spreading petals, in shades of pink, mauve, creamy yellow or white. The flower lip is fringed or crested and … Continue reading

07. September 2013 by admin
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Phalaenopsis: Moth orchid

Type: Epiphytic.Features: Short, thick stem producing a few aerial roots and rather floppy, fleshy leaves. Arching and branching stalks carry up to 30 pansy-like flowers — the whole spray is said to resemble a flight of moths. The flowers, which may … Continue reading

07. September 2013 by admin
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Paphiopedilum: Slipper orchid

Type: Terrestrial.Features: Stemless with short leaves growing from the rhizome. Upright flower stalk topped with one long-lasting flower any time of year, depending on type. They are 5-9cm (2-31/2in) across with a waxy sheen. The uppermost sepal is usually in a contrasting … Continue reading

07. September 2013 by admin
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Oncidium: Dancing-lady orchid

Type: Epiphytic. Features: Egg-shaped pseudobulbs with two leaves. Upright or arching stems carry quite small blooms in succession. Colour ranges from red and pink, through shades of brown to green, yellow or white. Flowers: may have petal-like wings at their centre and a … Continue reading

07. September 2013 by admin
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