SPECIAL PLANT TYPES

For plant lovers, there is a large selection of green and flowering plants with which living spaces can be transformed into green oases of well-being.
Some species stand out from the green variety with their special appearance. Here we present some of these special plants:

Medinilla Magnifica

 

Medinilla, also known as rose grape, is a tropical plant which is part of the melastomes family. As a house plant, it can grow up to 150 cm in height.
Its coarse, dark-green leaves and fascinating large, pink-colored flowers make it an eye-catcher anywhere.

ORIGINS / SPOT

The plant needs a room temperature of at least 20 degrees C, and in the warmer months a temperature of between 15 and 20 degrees is sufficient.
It is ideally placed in a winter garden.

MAINTENANCE / FLOWERING PERIOD

The medinilla depends on high humidity. It therefore requires a lot of moisture and enjoys regular watering.
It should be fed once a week during the flowering period from February to August.

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Habenaria radiata

 

The white egret flower, as it is also known, is an unusual type of outdoor orchid. Its snow-white flowers are reminiscent
of birds gliding through the air. The egret flower is one of the most unique cultivated flowers in the world.

 

ORIGINS / SPOT

This type of orchid originates in Asia, where it grows as a bog plant in wetlands and on damp mountainsides.
As well as the original type of egret flower, in Europe growers prefer a cultivated form which is more robust – sometimes also in a bulb-like shape,
which means that they have to be precultivated in spring. It grows best in a semi-shaded location with a sandy soil mix or special orchid soil.

MAINTENANCE / FLOWERING PERIOD

The flowering period begins in June and increasingly lasts until the beginning of September. They must be brought indoors before
the first frost and cultivated further. Care must be taken to ensure they are kept well-watered. The habenaria radiata is a
ground orchid with loose, upright stems.

This type of orchid is increasingly available in a bulb-like shape!

Tacca chantrieri
‘White Beauty’ and ‘Black Beauty’

 

With its dark purple-colored flowers and its long barbels, the tacca chantieri conjures up images of a bat diving for its prey,
which explains its nickname “black bat flower”. It is part of the dioscoreaceae family, and reaches a height of up to 110 centimeters.

ORIGINS / SPOT

The black bat flower originates in the tropical and subtropical regions of south-east Asia. There it grows in forests, valleys, and along
the courses of rivers at higher altitudes. It prefers a damp, but not wet, semi-shaded location with high temperatures and high humidity.

MAINTENANCE / FLOWERING PERIOD

The flowering period runs from May to September. The tacca chantieri gets very thirsty at this time of the year, but it shouldn’t be drowned.
It must be kept moist throughout and its roots should not be allowed to dry out at any time. Waterlogged soil should be prevented.

Tacca chantrieri is increasingly available in a bulb-like shape!

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Velvet Plant

 

Purple passion in a pot

The velvet plant, or purple passion, provides a large serving of mysticism, passion and romance, and adds a touch of exoticism to every home.
The leaves look like velvet with their delicate and bright little hairs.

ORIGINS / SITE
Gynura originally comes from Indonesia. Roughly 20 different varieties exist in nature, including the Gynura aurantiaca.
The velvet plant thrives best in a bright, semi-shaded spot.

MAINTENANCE / FLOWERING TIME
The sun-loving plants, which are low-maintenance, show straight away how much they like plenty of indirect sunlight.
You can practically see how it glows and grows more strongly in response to feeling good. From time to time,
it blooms luxuriantly and produces orange-colored flowers. The delicate leaves should not come into contact with water,
because otherwise unsightly spots will emerge.

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Ceropegia sandersonii

 

The climbing chandelier flower, sometimes called the parachute flower, is a beautiful plant with an unusual
and impressive flower shape that has given it this name.

ORIGINS / SITE
This plant species originally comes from the south of Africa. It is now cultivated in special gardening clubs in Europe
and is available on the market all year round. It prefers a bright location with high humidity without direct sunlight.

MAINTENANCE / FLOWERING TIME
Several flowers are always formed during one period, which means that it can flower all year round. As it belongs to the succulent,
i.e. water-storing plants, it prefers dry soil and should only be watered moderately. The climbing plant also enjoys a climbing aid.

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Begonia maculata

 

The begonia maculata (also known as trout begonia) is an extraordinary type of plant with a lot of small silvery-white dots all over
the top side of the leaf, while the underside of the leaf is a deep-red color. It is generally available in smaller sizes, but can
grow up to 2 meters in height.

 

ORIGINS / SITE
This type of plant is equally at home in humid climates such as the tropics as in cooler, drier climates.
It ideally thrives at a room temperature of approximately 22°C. It should be placed in a bright to
semi-shaded spot and should not be exposed to direct sunlight.

 

MAINTENANCE / FLOWERING TIME
The trout begonia can bloom all year round. Keep the plant damp at all times and make sure that water does not build up.
In winter it should be kept dry and at a low temperature, and should be repotted in the spring.
During the flowering period, the begonia maculata should be fertilized every two weeks.

Caladium

 

Caladium (also known as elephant ears) are originally native to tropical South and Central America. The plants grow to between 20 – 40 cm.
They are characterized by long stems and arrow or heart-shaped leaves which have a fascinating color scheme and a veined marbled texture.
Caladium varieties such as “White Queen”, “Bicolor” or “Humboldtii” have impressive color shades.

ORIGINS / SITE
The plants need permanent high temperatures of between 22-25°C as well as high humidity in order to thrive.
This means that a bright, well-lit bathroom without direct sunshine and without any drafts is an ideal spot for caladiums.

MAINTENANCE / FLOWERING TIME
The plants flower between March and April. The soil should always be kept slightly damp, especially during the growth phase.
During this phase (March-July) it can be lightly fertilized every two weeks. As soon as the leaves start to wilt (shortly before the dormant period),
it should only be watered occasionally. The dormant period lasts from fall to the following spring.

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Monstera deliciosa variegata

 

The monstera deliciosa (also known as the fruit salad plant) is an evergreen climbing plant which can reach several meters high.
Therefore, it should be supported with a trellis. The extended leaves are large and slit/full of holes. It is native to tropical parts
of Latin America and has also become a very well-loved indoor plant in Europe.

ORIGINS / SITE
The monstera also thrives in a moderately bright spot, but is better in a bright spot without direct sunshine. It requires temperatures
of over 20°C, ideally higher. The soil/substrate should be kept slightly damp, though waterlogging must be avoided. If the plant grows
too big, it can be cut back without consequences.

MAINTENANCE / FLOWERING TIME
Monstera deliciosa can also be made to thrive indoors with the right maintenance. The aerial roots should not be cut off.
Tip: Regularly wash the dust off the large leaves with a damp cloth and fertilize every two weeks in summer –
the monstera will reward you with some lush growth.

For plant lovers, there is a large selection of green and flowering plants with which living spaces can be transformed into green oases of well-being. Some species stand out from the green variety with their special appearance. Here we present some of these special plants:

Velvet Plant

Purple passion in a pot

The velvet plant, or purple passion, provides a large serving of mysticism, passion and romance, and adds a touch of exoticism to every home. The leaves look like velvet with their delicate and bright little hairs.

ORIGINS / SITE
Gynura originally comes from Indonesia. Roughly 20 different varieties exist in nature, including the Gynura aurantiaca. The velvet plant thrives best in a bright, semi-shaded spot.

MAINTENANCE / FLOWERING TIME
The sun-loving plants, which are low-maintenance, show straight away how much they like plenty of indirect sunlight. You can practically see how it glows and grows more strongly in response to feeling good. From time to time, it blooms luxuriantly and produces orange-colored flowers. The delicate leaves should not come into contact with water, because otherwise unsightly spots will emerge.

Source: Pflanzenfreude.de / Pflanzenfreunde.com

Ceropegia sandersonii

The climbing chandelier flower, sometimes called the parachute flower, is a beautiful plant with an unusual and impressive flower shape that has given it this name.

ORIGINS / SITE
This plant species originally comes from the south of Africa. It is now cultivated in special gardening clubs in Europe and is available on the market all year round. It prefers a bright location with high humidity without direct sunlight.

MAINTENANCE / FLOWERING TIME
Several flowers are always formed during one period, which means that it can flower all year round. As it belongs to the succulent, i.e. water-storing plants, it prefers dry soil and should only be watered moderately. The climbing plant also enjoys a climbing aid.

Dendrobium nobile

The dendrobium, also known as grape orchid, is a special type of orchid that grows in its areas of origin on trees and in branch forks. They form numerous aerial roots with which they hold on and absorb nutrients “from the air”. The flowers are often arranged in clusters and fascinate with their special colouring and sweetish scent.

ORIGINS / SITE
This orchid species is native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Asia from India to Australia. They prefer a bright location, which is not exposed to the sun all day.

MAINTENANCE / FLOWERING TIME
Grape orchids have a long flowering period with uncomplicated care. They prefer a humidity of about 50% and should be sprayed regularly with very soft water (preferably rainwater).

Begonia maculata

The begonia maculata (also known as trout begonia) is an extraordinary type of plant with a lot of small silvery-white dots all over the top side of the leaf, while the underside of the leaf is a deep-red color. It is generally available in smaller sizes, but can grow up to 2 meters in height.

 

ORIGINS / SITE
This type of plant is equally at home in humid climates such as the tropics as in cooler, drier climates. It ideally thrives at a room temperature of approximately 22°C. It should be placed in a bright to semi-shaded spot and should not be exposed to direct sunlight.

 

MAINTENANCE / FLOWERING TIME
The trout begonia can bloom all year round. Keep the plant damp at all times and make sure that water does not build up. In winter it should be kept dry and at a low temperature, and should be repotted in the spring. During the flowering period, the begonia maculata should be fertilized every two weeks.

Caladium

Caladium (also known as elephant ears) are originally native to tropical South and Central America. The plants grow to between 20 – 40 cm. They are characterized by long stems and arrow or heart-shaped leaves which have a fascinating color scheme and a veined marbled texture.  Caladium varieties such as “White Queen”, “Bicolor” or “Humboldtii” have impressive color shades.

ORIGINS / SITE
The plants need permanent high temperatures of between 22-25°C as well as high humidity in order to thrive.
This means that a bright, well-lit bathroom without direct sunshine and without any drafts is an ideal spot for caladiums.

MAINTENANCE / FLOWERING TIME
The plants flower between March and April.
The soil should always be kept slightly damp, especially during the growth phase. During this phase (March-July) it can be lightly fertilized every two weeks. As soon as the leaves start to wilt (shortly before the dormant period), it should only be watered occasionally. The dormant period lasts from fall to the following spring.

Monstera deliciosa variegata

The monstera deliciosa (also known as the fruit salad plant) is an evergreen climbing plant which can reach several meters high. Therefore, it should be supported with a trellis. The extended leaves are large and slit/full of holes. It is native to tropical parts of Latin America and has also become a very well-loved indoor plant in Europe.

ORIGINS / SITE
The monstera also thrives in a moderately bright spot, but is better in a bright spot without direct sunshine. It requires temperatures of over 20°C, ideally higher. The soil/substrate should be kept slightly damp, though waterlogging must be avoided. If the plant grows too big, it can be cut back without consequences.

MAINTENANCE / FLOWERING TIME
Monstera deliciosa can also be made to thrive indoors with the right maintenance. The aerial roots should not be cut off.
Tip: Regularly wash the dust off the large leaves with a damp cloth and fertilize every two weeks in summer – the monstera will reward you with some lush growth.