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An Easter Christmas cactus

March 31, 2015 0 comments
Easter cactus

Houseplants much at home in a warm greenhouse are the Christmas and Easter cactus, and for Americans, Thanksgiving cactus as well. Tough and long enduring these have been rightly popular since Victorian times. The Latin names have changed so often… Read More

The Croton but not A Croton

February 26, 2015 0 comments

Perfect for the warm greenhouse or conservatory or even as a houseplant in a warm light window The Croton is actually a Codiaeum. The genus Croton are different plants although both are in the Euphorbiaceae. There are only a few… Read More

Dumb and dumber

January 30, 2015 0 comments
Dumb cane

Of the many poisonous greenhouse, conservatory and house plants one you come across almost everywhere is Dieffenbachia, the Dumb Cane. This is a delightful architectural foliage plant with large attractive variegated leaves, and seldom has it caused accidents. Still you… Read More

So common yet so seldom in a greenhouse

November 27, 2014 0 comments

Okay, guess, what is a really ornamental foliage plant ideal for greenhouse or conservatory. Definitely attractive, tough as old boots, not prone to pests or diseases, quick to grow, easy to multiply, obliging as to compost, withstands poor watering regimes… Read More

Possibly the longest blooming house plant

November 2, 2014 0 comments
Anthurium cup

Anthuriums are another gorgeous greenhouse flower that is not really a flower, or rather most of each one is not. These are Araceae or Aroids, tropical versions of our native Lords and Ladies Arums. The flower shaped spathes often glossy… Read More

When is a flower not a flower and even prettier

October 2, 2014 0 comments
Bougainvillea 4 Oct2014

Often with greenhouse plants we find beautiful blooms such as Bougainvillea are not really flowers at all. These are spectacular displays of modified leaves termed bracts. These bracts form the visible ‘blooms’ and look wonderful for many weeks. Whereas the… Read More


August 27, 2014 0 comments

Sounds like a sneeze, but very pretty, Kalanchoe Kalanchoes are tender greenhouse succulents with masses of brilliantly coloured small flowers that last many weeks in bloom. Most species come from West Africa, Asia and Madagascar, though the name is apparently… Read More

Indian Cress

August 1, 2014 0 comments

Without a greenhouse you can easily produce a near miraculous wonder crop. Indian cress grows luxuriantly from late spring till the autumn frosts almost anywhere, however under cover you will enjoy it for much much longer and without the weather… Read More

Sweet Basil: King of the Kitchen Herbs

June 26, 2014 0 comments
Small leaf basil 5 July 2014 - edited

Whereas many greenhouse plants are essentially decorative or useful basils may be both. Crucial fresh as an essential culinary herb a pot or several of basil can also be rather attractive especially the small leaved sorts. Indeed pots of manicured… Read More

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