We have a few new exciting additions to our shop in Durham! In this post I'll introduce these happy plants and give an overview of their care.
HUGE Air Plants
While we've always carried the wonderfully large Tillandsia xerographica, we now have various other XL air plants available! Air plants are some of the easiest plants to care for, and some of the most unique. As epiphytes, these plants do not require soil. In their natural environments they grow harmlessly on top of other trees, or sometimes rocks or simply on top of the ground. They thrive in bright indirect light with misting once or twice weekly.
Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)
Also known as 'elephant's foot' and 'bottle palm', the ponytail palm tree is actually in the lily family (Lilicaeae) rather than a palm. Ponytail palms do great indoors and outside as long as they are bright light. They can even acclimate to full sun. Water once a week during the growing season (spring/summer). Cut back to watering once a month during dormant times (fall/winter). Water is stored in the bulbous trunk so it is drought tolerant. Do not overwater.
Begonia ("Angel Wing" variety)
Be still my heart - this plant is absolutely gorgeous! We are down to one of these red leaf beauties, and the only reason I haven't claimed it is due to the toxicity to pets if ingested. If you read my post about plants that are safe for pets, you'll know that I cannot trust my cat to not eat this. Keep this plant in bright indirect light, water once a week and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. If you are overwatering your Begonia, the leaves will begin to yellow and fall off.
Leopard Lily (Dieffenbachia spp.)
Dieffenbachia is a genus of tropical flowering plants that make great house plants. The spotted leaves of some varieties almost look painted.
Overwatering is a common issue for these plants. Water sparingly so that you keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy.
Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata bicolor)
We got two of these splendid plants in last week and have already sold one. Their leave are gorgeous with red and white stripes along the margins. This perennial is native to Madagascar and does well in partial sun but can tolerate low light, making it a great house plant. Plant this in soil with good drainage and water once or twice weekly. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not soaked.
more Staghorns!! (Platycerium spp.)
Last week we wrote about staghorn ferns and their general care requirements. Perhaps you've been noticing them more and more due to their increasing popularity as house plants. If you want one, you're in luck! We recently got a lot of staghorns in our shop.