Indoor plants


Houseplant, the species called Dipladenia

Shrub with a climbing habit, the houseplant called Dipladenia includes about thirty different species, belonging to the Apocinaceae family. The foliage is oblong, dark green, glossy while the flowers are fragrant and can be trumpet or funnel-shaped. The flowering period begins with the summer season and lasts until late autumn, depending on the different species the inflorescences can be white, pink or red. They require garden soil mixed with peat and sand to ensure proper drainage. Dipladenia specimens live in sunny and partial shade positions. Irrigation is abundant in spring and summer while it is drastically reduced in winter.

Aphelandra, indoor plants

The indoor plants of the species called Aphelandra are characterized by the particular foliage, with ivory-colored veins. Belonging to the Acantaceae family, they are plants grown for ornamental purposes. The most readily available species is Aphelandra squarrosa, the leaves are green and variegated oval in shape. The flowering period is during the winter season, the inflorescences are gathered in terminal spikes, small spike-shaped flowers open from the yellow bracts. Aphelandra plants prefer humus-rich and well-drained soils, they love light but not direct sunlight. They need regular watering, constant during the vegetative period and to maintain the correct environmental humidity, spray the foliage often.

Houseplant, the genus called Calathea

The apartment plants called Calathea, a genus that includes more than three hundred and fifty species, belonging to the Marantaceae family, are characterized by their large and colorful foliage. The roots are rhizomatous or tuberous, from which the petioles that support the large variegated and oval-shaped leaves branch off. Grown for ornamental purposes as indoor plants, they rarely come into bloom. They require a well-drained soil composed of peat and sand. They love shady locations, the leaves are affected by too much light. Irrigation must be regular and frequent from spring to autumn while they must be reduced in winter. A periodic liquid organic fertilization, must be administered diluted in the watering water, to provide the Calathea plants with all the nutritional elements.

Croton, houseplant

Belonging to the Euforbiaceae family, the indoor plants commonly called Croton and called Codiaeum, include fifteen different and evergreen species. These plants are highly appreciated and used for ornamental purposes, due to their characteristic variegated foliage in different shades of color. Among the most widespread and easily available varieties on the market is the Codiaeum variegatum, the leaves are oval or linear, green in color and mottled in different shades, yellow, red, brown, orange and white. Cultivated in pots, they require a fertile soil, composed of peat and sand. They need good brightness but in summer it is best to protect Croton plants in partial shade. Regular and frequent irrigation and nebulizations guarantee the correct environmental humidity.

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