China Doll Plant Care - Radermachera sinica - Picture. Botanical Name: Radermachera sinica China Doll plant is fairly new as a house plant.
Introduced to garden centers in the 1980s, it quickly became popular because of its tolerance to the warm, dry air of heated homes. A small, evergreen shrub, it has long, bipinnate leaves with glossy, deeply veined leaflets that are about 2 in (5 cm) long. Young plants are compact with branching, woody stems. Fast-growing, this plant will quickly become leggy if not pruned back. Pruning china doll will keep the plant compact and attractive.
Pruning tip: Always prune above a leaf node (the place where a leaf is attached to the main stem). In its native habitat of subtropical Southeast Asia, mature plants will produce fragrant, yellow bell-shaped flowers. The keys to success with this China Doll house plant are plenty of bright, indirect light and consistantly moist soil. Repot in spring, only when its roots have filled the pot. Easter Cactus Plant - Hatiora gaertneri - Picture, Care Tips. Botanical Name: Hatiora gaertneri Easter Cactus is a member of the Cactaceae family.
Native to the South American rain forests, this cactus is epiphytic, making its home on trees. Low Price on Easter Cactus Its stems are made up of flat, narrow segments connected by a midrib. You can distinguish it from other holiday cactus because its stem segments are not scalloped or toothed, and by its starburst-shaped blooms. The biggest difference is its bloom time. How to Get Easter Cactus to Bloom Coax blooms. Give it a rest. Good year-round care will bring a show of flowers year after year. Origin: Brazil Height: 12-24 in (30-60 cm) Light: Bright indirect light Water: Keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy while plant is growing. Humidity: Moderate humidity. Temperature: To set flower buds, the plant needs cool 60-65°F/16-18°C days and 45-55°F/7-13°C nights. Soil: Mix 1 part potting soil and 1 part fine-grade fir bark.
How to Care for an Easter Cactus. Radermachera sinica - Denver Plants. Houseplant Cultural information: "China Doll" is a beautiful, fast growing houseplant with soft, delicate looking glossy green foliage.
It is botanically known as Radermachera sinica. When you first purchase a China Doll plant at the nursery it is full and compact. As time goes on the fast growing China Doll plant tends to become a bit weedy and stretched looking. This is because when the plant was new it was treated with a growth regulator by the grower to slow the China Doll's growth, and to help the plant maintain a compact shape. Eventually the China Doll plant will become leggy as the growth regulator wears off. Keep your China Doll plant in very bright natural light just shy of full sun. Check the China Doll plant for water three times per week until you become accustomed to the plants water needs. Feed the China Doll plant monthly with Peter's Houseplant Special when the plant is actively growing. Common houseplant pests can include: Aphids, Foliar Mealy Bugs and Spider mites. Plant Care : China Doll.
Heliotrope. Family: Boraginaceae (Borage family) Genus: Heliotropium Species: arborescens or peruvianum We all enjoy flowers that have a sweet fragrance.
I think that’s why peonies are such favorites: they smell as good as they look. But their bloom time is short, and over by summer. What can we plant that has a continuous show of pretty flowers with a sweet scent that lasts well into fall? Roses are perennial favorites, but many of them bloom intermittently and a few of the new ones have no scent at all. Like many traditional cottage-garden flowers, heliotrope was prized by our grandmothers. Heliotrope has also been called “turnsole,” after its tendency to turn its flowers and leaves toward the sun over the course of each day.
In fact, heliotrope wants plenty of sunlight, at least through mid-day. Heliotropes get along fine with other plants in containers, so long as they’re adequately fed and frequently watered. It may seem heartless, but pinch them anyway. Carnivorous Plants Employ Bodyguard Ants. Carnivorous plants can have valuable allies in ants, benefiting from their poop and janitor, bodyguard and cutthroat services, researchers say.
The carnivorous pitcher plant Nepenthes bicalcarata dwells in the nutrient-poor peat swamp forests of Borneo. It is not a very effective carnivore by itself — its pitcher-shaped leaves lack the slippery walls and viscous, elastic and strongly corrosive fluid that make those of its relatives such effective deathtraps. [Related: Hairy, crazy ants invade from Texas to Miss.] However, N. bicalcarata does apparently have unusual support on its side — the ant Camponotus schmitzi. The carnivorous plant has swollen tendrils at the base of each pitcher that serve as homes for the insects, and a food source in the form of nectar secreted on the pitcher rims. In return, the ants apparently provide a host of services for the pitcher plants. View gallery Ants of the species Camponotus schmitzi, dragging especially large prey out of a pitcher.