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Cryptanthus (‘Earth Stars’) Introduction Cryptanthus is a genus of flowering plants in the family Bromeliaceae (Bromeliads), subfamily Bromelioideae. The name is derived from the Greek word cryptos, which means hidden, & anthos, meaning flower. Cryptanthus species are predominantly native to eastern Brazil, in coastal areas as well as in forests up to 2000 metres. Some grow well in humid, shady places & others grow in dry, bright locations, but only a few species will tolerate full sunlight. There are currently 56 species listed on the Bromeliad Taxon List & over 1200 cultivars listed on the Bromeliad Cultivar Register. Photo right:...

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Sun Indoors in a well lit spot away from direct sunlight. Outdoors in a warm climate, where it can receive part shade. Regular watering Water occasionally, allowing the plant to slightly dry out between waterings. Soil Well drained soil is essential. How to grow caladium in a pot Choose a pot at least 200mm wide and deep (or larger, depending on your plant size. Position the pot indoors in a spot that is well lit, but away from direct sunlight.   Partially fill your chosen planter with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.   Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any encircled or entangled roots.    Position...

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CLIMATEMost varieties grow best in a mild temperature range, between 15°C and 26°C, though tuberous begonias need it a little cooler to perform at their best. They like humidity and warmth, but can’t tolerate extreme heat, dryness or frost.POSITIONAs a general rule, begonias favour bright filtered light with no exposure to harsh midday sun. Some species will also tolerate deep shade. They need good ventilation to help prevent fungal diseases and do well planted under trees and shrubs. Some of the cane-stemmed and wax varieties will tolerate full sun.SOILIn the garden, they require free- draining soil improved with compost. Heavy...

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Senecio 'Angel's Tears'- Succulent Care This variegate was an exciting new find in Japan. A hybrid from Senecio rowleyanus (String of Pearls)  The variegation is random appearing most strongly on the newer growing tips and is of the silk type of variegation, and more yellow instead of the often white. Angels Tears has larger more tear shaped leaves and grows more vigorously than its parent Senecio rowleyanus. We have an original specimen in our nursery which has grown to nearly a meter in a year. A definite improvement on the original form for colour and vigour. Predominantly most growth is...

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When indoor plants become ill, timing is critical. The sooner you get help for your plant, the better. To treat your indoor plants with crystal healing energies, you will need a small selection of crystals including Clear Quartz and Aventurine. Even if you don't know what is causing your plants health to deteriorate, crystals can help regain balance and jumpstart the healing process. Place the healing stones accordingly: Gently push the chosen crystal into the soil where it can go to work immediately for the plant. Don't break up the crystal to plant all around the stem of the plant. You simply...

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