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Adenium (Desert Rose) Adenium is a genus of flowering plants in dogbane family, Apocynaceae, first described as a genus in 1819.  It is native to Africa and to the Arabian Peninsula.  Adenium also known as desert rose is slow growing but long-lived succulent plant. The attractive flowers of adeniums and their interesting bottle-shaped trunk make them desirable for the garden. Adenium Species Adenium Obesum A highly variable species with a vast range of plant, leaf and flower forms.  Generally self-sterile, though some clones do set seed when alone. Leaves can be small or large, smooth or tomentose; growth compact and...

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Descent into Dormancy A desert rose that drops its leaves in autumn is probably just entering dormancy, a natural part of its life cycle. The plant must be kept quite dry during that period, so it’s best to grow it in a container rather than in the ground where winters are wet. That way, you can move it under an overhang or take it to a sunny spot indoors to protect it from rain while it remains leafless. A large plant, such as one in a 20-inch pot, shouldn’t require any water at all for its three- to four-month dormant...

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carnivorous, Nepenthes -

If you grow Orchids in a greenhouse, then Nepenthes should thrive with the orchids, needing similar conditions. See our terrarium guide for instructions on successful terrarium culture. Sun: Nepenthes generally like bright light without much direct sun. About 50% sun or dappled shade is good. Plant lights often work well if they are broad spectrum and are kept just far enough away to prevent overheating or scorching. Thin, spindly plants or poor coloration are a sign of too weak a light. Sun burn usually appears as red or dead zones on the upper most growth, facing the sun or light.Water:...

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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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