Rubber Tree Plant Potted Care

October 10, 2017 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Rubber Tree Plant Potted Care

Know How To Care For Rubber Tree Plant The Rubber Tree plant is not only an attractive looking plant that you can grow indoors. Rubber Plants will also purify and clean air quality naturally inside your home just as much as the peace lily. This ornamental plant can grow up to a height of 30 meters long in its natural habitat. The plants that you can grow indoors will reach a manageable height of about 8 feet. The scientific name of the Rubber Tree plant is Ficus Elastic. It is also commonly known as the rubber bush, rubber fig or the Indian rubber bush. This plant is seen commonly in India, Bhutan, Nepal, Malaysia and Indonesia as well as Australia. The rubber plant belongs to the fig genus and the Moraceae family. Rubber Tree Plant Description The Rubber Tree, plant can grow into a larger tree and attain a height of about 30 to 40 metres. The tree has a solid trunk that is about 2 metres in diameter fully grown. The aerial roots that are developing from the trunk of the rubber plant will help in holding the huge tree in the soil. The branches of this tree are
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Jade Plant Care And Maintenance

October 7, 2017 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Jade plant planted in a large terracotta pot

Know The Basics Of Growing Jade Plant Or Money Tree Jade Plant is also commonly known as Money Tree, Lucky Plant or Dollar Plant. The synonyms include Crassula Argentea, Crassula Ovate, C. Portulaca, and C. Oblique Jade Tree is a succulent evergreen shrub belonging to Crassulaceae family. This compact plant produces many thick branches and has dark greyish- green glossy leaves which are oval in shape. The plant produces white or pink flowers which are star shaped during early spring. It grows to a height of 3 feet like a miniature tree. It is native to South Africa and it can grow well in dry areas with very little rainfall. It is considered as a good luck charm and the jade coins like leaves symbolise prosperity and wealth. This plant is a good choice as an indoor plant and can easily survive a life time. Growing conditions The Jade Tree will exhibit good health when grown in plenty of light. The plant produces flowers when planted in a sunny position. It needs better and well-draining soil with neutral pH. It can be easily grown in containers containing a soil mix suitable for succulents. During spring to autumn, the plant needs
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Acacia Wattle Grow Many Uses

October 1, 2017 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Acacia Flowering Wattle Trees Winter Riverina Area

Growing Acacia Wattle On The Land And Gardens Attract Wild Life Acacia is found throughout the world and is commonly known as wattle. More than 100 species of Acacia are found in Australia. The golden wattle or Acacia Pycnantha is the national floral emblem of Australia. The 1st of September is marked national wattle day in Australia. Acacias are found in different types of habitats in Australia ranging from coastal areas, inland areas, and in arid and semi-arid areas. Most of these plant species flower during the period of spring or summer and few varieties flower in autumn or winter. Flowers are produced on inflorescences that have cylindrical spikes or globular heads. Depending on the species, the inflorescence may have 3 to 130 flowers or more. The flower colour varies from pale yellow, cream to gold. Some may have red or purple flowers. The flowers, which are delicately perfumed, attract bees. Acacia will have true leaves and modified or flattened stems that look like leaves. Flattened stems are called Phyllodes and modified stems are called cladodes. Use in garden Acacia varieties range from prostrate growing species of shade trees. They are excellent as garden plants. Acacia wattle can produce flowers
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Begonia Fuchsioides Plant Care

September 24, 2017 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Begonia Fuchsioides with vibrant hanging flowers

Begonia Fuchsioides: All That You Wish To Discover One of the most attractive looking perennials you can grow in your landscape gardens, in pots or containers, in a shade house or simply cover with shade cloth, this will shelter and shade the Begonia Fuchsioides. The flowers, as well as the leaves, of this bushy plant form the attractive part and this is why it is seen in many of the home gardens. The Begonias will grow as annuals and are not hardy. They can also be grown indoors as houseplants. The leaves of the Begonias are small, colourful and bare. The plant produces red coloured flowers. They thrive in moist soil and love to be in areas where there is filtered light. The stamen of the plant is upright and is zigzag between the nodes. Characteristics of Begonia Fuchsioides   The Begonias belongs to the family Begoniaceae. They cannot be grown as cultivars. These plants reach a height of 0 to 2.5 feet and attain a maximum width of 0 to 2 feet. They can tolerate heat and humidity. The plant can be propagated from seeds, stem, leaf, or rhizome cuttings. The red flowers are long lasting and dangling and
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Duranta Variety ‘Geisha Girl’ Care

August 12, 2017 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Duranta repens 'Geisha Girl' flowering shrub

How To Care For Duranta Variety ‘Geisha Girl’ Durantas repens “Geisha Girl” is an upright plant meaning erecta, an evergreen bush grown above Sydney Australia or a deciduous shrub grown in a cool climate. It is an ornamental flowering shrub that belongs to Verbena family. This is a tough variety that is capable of growing along side most plants. Durantas grows to a height of 2.5 meters tall and equally wide. These plants are native to South America, Caribbean, and Mexico and can tolerate hot and cold climates. The common names include pigeon berry and golden dewdrop. Geisha Girl flowers are, purple to deep blue in colour with a white centre and nice white wavy borders that flower in clusters on the boundaries of the branches, there is nothing else like them. There is a white pink variety, look out for his variety as well. The flowering period for Duranta repens variety “Geisha Girl” is from spring to autumn and it produces orange coloured berries containing the seeds. The foliage colour is deep green and has the weeping habit, while the stems may have auxiliary spines or thorns. This plant is a great addition to gardens with its strikingly coloured
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Lomandra Longifolia Growing Care

May 12, 2017 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Lomandra Longifolia Australian Native

Lomandra Longifolia Know About Growing Pruning Lomandras And Its Varieties Lomandra Longifolia commonly called, as Spiny-headed Mat-rush or basket grass is a perennial rhizomatous plant native to Australia. This plant has long, flat glossy green leaves which grow to a length of about 1 m and 8-12 mm in width. This plant is highly drought tolerant, tolerates poor soils and is used for planting on the roadsides. The aboriginal people of Australia used the long fibrous leaves for weaving baskets this referring to the name basket grass. This is a low maintenance plant and is used widely in commercial landscapes and gardens as a filler plant. The plant produces small creamy yellow coloured perfumed spiky flowers in spring and summer. There are different variants of the plants available from local as well as online nurseries. Growing conditions Lomandra varieties can survive in full sun or in areas with 70% shade. It can handle coastal weather conditions. They are functional Australian natives well suited to hot inland areas. It can withstand temperatures as low as -10 degrees C and heavy frost conditions once they get established. The plant prefers sandy loams or free draining clay loams but can tolerate sites and
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Lantana Plant Care

April 30, 2017 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Lantana groundcover plant

Lantana Easy To Grow Groundcover Plants For The Garden Lantana is a perennial flowering plant and was brought into Australia from America and Africa. It is an introduced species in Australia and is seen commonly in the Australian-Pacific region. The plant belongs to the family Verbenaceae and is of the order Lamiales. It is seen both as herbaceous plants as well as shrubs. The Lantana is commonly known as Shrub Verbenas or Lantanas. All types of Lantanas are said to be toxic and the ones with red flowers are considered to be the most toxic. They come out with beautiful assortment of multi-coloured flowers and are a major attraction in any garden landscapes. The Lantana can be grown as border plants, in mixed beds or in pots and containers. The Lantana is an old fashion plant that has been around beautifying gardens for a long time. When choosing Lantanas to grow in your garden choose a variety that is not invasive and sterile eg) Variegated Lantana whistlepipe. There are two species of Lantana displaying a variety of colours, L. montevidensis a trailing Lantana or weeping plant grown in hanging baskets as well. L.camara is much hardier upright shrub variety. Description
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Centaurea Gymnocarpa Cineraria Care

April 6, 2017 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Centaurea Gymnocarpa Velvet Centaurea

Centaurea Gymnocarpa Know All About Growing Silver Foliage Plant Centaurea Gymnocarpa or Velvet Centaurea is a flowering plant originated in Italy, that experiences the same hot dry summers and a mediterranean climate as Australia which makes this plant perfect for most Australian gardens. The plant has silvery foliage that is finely divided and has flowers that are a fascinating colour of a jolly fuchsia-pink. The attractive contrasting flowers are thistle-like and are globular. This ornamental perennial plant belongs to the family of sunflowers, the Asteraceae family. Flowers are produced in large masses during spring and summer and attract bees and butterflies. The silver toned and lacy leaves and colourful blooms add colour to any dry garden. The plant is also called as velvet dusty miller due to its silvery grey leaves. Though the plant is almost considered endangered in the wild, dusty miller bush is becoming very popular and seen in a lot of home gardens. The flowers are often preserved and used in dry flower arrangements. This plant can grow to a height of 90-120 cm and spreads 6-8 feet wide. Once established the plant is resistant to terrible heat and drought conditions. The silver foliage colour reflects the heat back
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Yucca Care Cultivation Methods

March 13, 2017 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Variegated yucca in bloom

Yucca Flowers How To Plant And Grow A Yucca Plant? Yucca is an attractive looking perennial shrub that is noted for its evergreen sword-shaped leaves and having a bunch of whitish flowers. Yucca belongs to the Asparagaceae family. It is commonly used as ornamental plants. The fruits, flowering stems, seed and flowers of the plant of many species are edible. These shrubs are widely grown as architectural plants and they add a unique and attractive look to the garden landscape. When the plant is in full bloom, you will find a cluster of flowers appearing on a thin or thick stalk depending on the kind you grow. Yuccas can often live later than 100 years. More about Yucca The Yucca plant has over 40 species of perennial trees and shrubs and these plants added, give a unique beauty to any garden. They are mainly grown in gardens for their large rosettes of foliage, that are perfectly complemented by the pale white looking individual flowers, that arrive during late spring early summer season in Australia. The roots of yucca plant can be boiled and used in herbal teas. This plant is also used for craft purposes, also to make dye. The large
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Grow Care of Lavender Plants

February 11, 2017 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

shades of lavender

How To Grow Lavender And Its Uses Lavender grown in gardens is a great way to add splashes of colour, fragrance and is useful to fight pests in your vegetable and flower gardens. Lavender comes from the family of plants known as Lavandula Stoechas. The sweet heavenly scent of the plant, its uses and its returns, should be satisfactory enough to coax you, to grow the much-loved plant. This shrubby perennial plant is most photogenic, as its image is seen as an ad regularly photographed in countless gardening magazines to remind us gardeners, how lovely this plant can actually look in parks and gardens. Lavender blooms produce a blanket of colour with their flower colours pink white and shades of lilac purple to lavender blue. The fragrance is used a lot in the perfume industry. Children love to run along and brush the flowers while they are in full bloom, to release the instant strong fragrance. This valuable companion plant can be grown to add an attraction to your garden landscape. It is an ideal choice to be grown as border plants or in pots and containers. The Lavender plant can really improve the look of any rock garden with
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