EASY POTPLANT : ZAMIOCULCAS

AS THERE IS NOT MUCH TO DO IN THE GARDEN AT THE MOMENT I WANT TO INTRODUCE YOU TO SOME EASY POTPLANTS FOR INSIDE WHO ARE VERY STRONG, ALMOST UN-KILLABLE ! SO PERFECT PLANTS FOR THE NOT SO GREEN THUMBED AMONGST US.

THE FIRST ONE IS A ZAMIOCULCAS, A HORRIBLE NAME, I KNOW, HE HASN’T A COMMON NAME YET, BUT IN SHORT IT IS CALLED A ZAMIO.

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IT IS NOT A PLANT YOU BUY FOR ITS BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS BUT IT HAS VERY NICE GREEN LEAFS AND IT GROWS REASONABLY FAST. IT IS A RELATIVE OF THE ANTHURIUM (flamingoplant) AND OF THE SPATHIPHYLUM (peace plant) . IT WAS FOUND IN KENIA, ZANZIBAR AND MADAGASCAR AND INTRODUCED IN EUROPE IN THE MID 1990’S WHERE IT IS VERY SUCCESFULL.

THEY DON’T NEED A LOT OF WATER, YOU CAN TREAT IT LIKE A SUCCULENT, IN SPRING AND SUMMER LET THE SOIL DRY OUT COMPLETELY FOR AT LEAST A WEEK BEFORE WATERING AGAIN, IN WINTER IT NEEDS A BIT OF WATER ONCE A MONTH. THE ZAMIO LIKES A BIT OF SHADE AND NO DIRECT SUN. IN SPRING AND SUMMER IT LOVES A PLACE ON THE PATIO OR IN THE GARDEN BUT IN HALF SHADE !!!

MINIMUM DAY TEMPERATURES ARE 12 C° (54 F) MINIMUM NIGHT TEMPERATURES 5C° (41 F)

REPOT EVERY 3 YEARS IN NORMAL SOIL MIXED WITH A FEW PEBBLES. IT GROWS FAST AND NEEDS A FEED ONCE IN A WHILE.

BUT IT IS STRONG AND WHEN YOU DON’T OVERWATER IT OR KEEP IT OUTSIDE IN WINTER YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO KILL IT, A PERFECT PLANT FOR BEGINNERS !!!

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MY GARDEN IS TIRED

IT DEFINITELY IS AUTUMN NOW AND MY GARDEN LOOKS TIRED, MOST OF THE PLANTS, TREES AND SHRUBS ARE EAGER TO GO TO SLEEP AND TO PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR NEXT SPRING. I OFTEN WISH I COULD DO THAT TOO……OFCOURSE I HAVE QUITE A BIT OF EVERGREENS IN MY GARDEN TOO OTHERWISE WINTER WOULD BE TOO DULL.

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MY ALBIZZIA STOPPED BLOOMING, HE GAVE QUITE A PERFORMANCE THIS YEAR FOR MONTHS ON END

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MY HYDRANGEA LOOKS SO SAD NOW

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ROSA GUIRLANDE D’AMOUR, PRETTY AS A PICTURE IN SUMMER, NOW ALMOST READY TO RETIRE BUT IT STILL HAS A FEW BLOOMS HERE AND THERE

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AMELANCHIER, PRETTY AS A PICTURE WHEN THE SUN SHINES BUT SOON COMPLETELY NAKED

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PASSIFLORA CAERULEA, A MAD GROWER, HAD BUDS, FLOWERS AND FRUIT ALL SUMMER LONG BUT AS YOU CAN SEE IT IS LOOSING ITS PRETTYNESS

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AS YOU CAN SEE THEY ARE ALL PREPARING FOR THE BIG SLEEP MUCH TO MY REGRET, I AM ALREADY LOOKING FORWARD TO SPRING !!!

THANKS FOR YOUR VISIT AND TAKE CARE !