Hedera Helix (Ivy)

Scientific name: Hedera helix
Common name(s): ivy
Origin: Asia, Europe, Northern Africa
Family: Araliaceae
Light: medium to bright light, near a bright window
Watering: keep soil moderately moist, but not soggy
Fertilizing: all purpose mix every 2-3 months
These vines come in a variety of variegation patterns and shades of green white and yellow. Ivies prefer cooler winter temperatures and should also be watched closely for spider mite. It’s long vines can be cut and used in floral arrangements. Regular pruning will encourage fuller growth.

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Gynura Sarmentosa (Purple Passion Vine)

Scientific name: Gynura sarmentosa
Common name(s): purple passion, purple velvet vine
Origin: Southeast Asia
Family: Composite
Light: medium to high light will keep the plant’s coloring bright.
Watering: keep soil moderately moist. Allow soil surface to dry out between watering.
Fertilizing all-purpose mix monthly during active growth, otherwise, feed every 2 months.
Glistening purple hairs cover the leaves of this vine, giving it a velvety texture and it beautiful coloring. This rapid growing vine can grows three feet long of more, but is easily kept trimmed back. It can produce yellow dandelion-like blooms, but because of their unpleasant odor, it is best to clip them off before they open.

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Gibasis Geniculata (Tahitian Bridal Veil)

Scientific name: Gibasis geniculata
Common name(s): Tahitian bridal veil
Origin: Tropical America
Family: Commelinaceae
Light: High-medium
Watering: moderate moisture. Some surface drying is good, but don’t let soil completely dry out.

Fertilizing: all purpose mix every 2-3 months, a blossom booster can be used occasionally to induce blooming.

This beautiful, dainty trailing plant with purple-backed foliage is great as a hanging plant, used as a ground cover, or in a water garden. Besides having beautiful delicate foliage, it also bears tiny white flowers in profusion, especially in winter. It is fairly tough and very adaptable.

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Fittonia (Nerve Plant)

Scientific name: Fittonia
Common name(s): mosaic plant, nerve plant, snake-skin plant
Origin: the jungle floors of Peru
Family: Acanthaceae
Light: medium to bright, filtered light
Watering: keep soil evenly moist, not soggy
Fertilizing: an all-purpose mix every 2 months
This plant loves humidity and warmth and makes a great terrarium plant. Keep it pinched back to encourage thicker growth. Two varieties are commonly available. The smaller leaved white-veined fittonia and the larger red-veined fittonia. Although requiring consistent moisture, the fittonia will recover if it wilts due to under watering.

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Scientific name: Ficus
Common name(s): varies by species
Origin: very widespread: Africa, South America, Asia, North America, and even Europe
Family: Moraceae (mulberry)
Light: medium to high diffused light

Watering: allow soil to dry somewhat between watering, then water thoroughly
Fertilizing: all-purpose mix every 1-2 months

A.) Ficus benjamina (weeping fig) A slow-growing tree with graceful arching branches, the weeping fig makes an ideal accent in the home or office. Small trees can be trained as bonsai, or braided together as they grow. This plant has a habit of dropping some leaves if exposed to a sudden change. The leaves will grow back however, but for this reason a person should be as consistent as possible with their care to avoid this. As the seasons naturally change, some leaves may drop. This is how the tree adapts to the new season. There are many varieties of benjamina available: green, variegated, some with ruffled leaves, or leaves with different shapes, and a dark green “Midnight” that resists leaf drop.

B.) Ficus lyrata (fiddle leaf fig) A large leaved tree named for it’s leaf shape which resembles a lyre, or a violin. Avoid full sun or leaves may scorch. A very unusual choice for home or office decor. An easy to care for and adaptive plant.

C.) Ficus pumila or Ficus repens (creeping fig) It may be hard to believe that this low- creeping vine is related to the larger Ficus varieties. Unlike the others, it needs consistent moisture and should only be allowed a little surface drying. A great hanging plant alone, or a ground cover in a mixed planter, it also makes a great terrarium plant. Commonly available in a green and a variegated form.

D.) Ficus elastica (rubber plant) A slow growing tree with large waxy leaves, this plant is a very tough decorator. It also makes a great addition to mixed planters when young. Comes in green, burgundy, and occasionally a variegated form.

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Fatsia Japonica (Paperplant)

Scientific name: Fatsia japonica
Common name(s): Japanese fatsia, paperplant
Origin: Japan
Family: Araliaceae
Light: medium to high
Watering: allow some surface drying of the soil between waterings
Fertilizing: all purpose blend every 2 monthsImage result for fatsia japonica

Euphorbia Splendens (Crown of Thorns)

Scientific name: Euphorbia splendens
Common name: crown of thorns
Origin: Madagascar
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Light: high to very high
Watering: allow surface of soil to dry out between waterings
Fertilizing: all purpose mix every 2 months, a blossom booster mix can be used when encouraging blooming
Euphorbia splendens is available not only in the commonly seen red, but also in colors such as cream, green, orange, or coral. It’s long thorns and unusual flowers make it an eye-catching specimen. It withstands drought and low humidity, but needs good light to survive.

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Scientific name: Echeveria
Common name(s): Varies by variety
Origin: Dry desert regions mostly in Mexico
Family: Crassulaceae
Light: high to very high
Watering: water thoroughly then allow soil to dry out before watering again
Fertilizing: cactus/succulent mix every 2 months during spring and summer – less, if any in fall and winter

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Dryopteris Erythrosora (Autumn Fern)

Scientific name: Dryopteris erythrosora
Common name(s): Autumn fern
Origin: China, Japan
Family: Filices
Light: medium
Watering: keep soil evenly moist, but allow some surface drying
Fertilizing: all-purpose mix every 2-3 months
New foliage emerges coppery-colored fading to green. A wonderful addition to a mixed planter when small. Can be grown outdoors in zones 2-9, but also makes a great indoor specimen. The coppery color is more intense with cooler temperatures.

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Scientific name: Dracaena
Common name(s): varies by variety
Origin: Africa
Family: Liliaceae
Light: high to medium-low
Watering: moderate
Fertilizing: all purpose mix every 2-3 months
These tough plants handle moderately low light, and some neglect as well. They come in a variety of leaf colors and are a great choice for water culture. Their attractive palm-like shape is great for decor.
A.)Dracaena marginata (red margined dracaena, dragon plant)
B.) Dracaena marginata ‘Tricolor’ (Tricolor dracaena)
C.) Dracaena deremensis ‘Warneckei’
D.) Dracaena fragrans massangeana (corn plant)
E.) Dracaena godseffiana (gold dust dracaena)
F.) Dracaena compacta (pineapple dracaena)

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