Gloxinia

Gloxinia is actually the old scientific name for Sinningia speciosa. Gloxinia is a tropical plant that appreciates constant temperatures and slightly raised atmospheric humidity. Therefore, Gloxinia is truly at home in any living room, where it will flower tirelessly from June until October with attractive flowers that stand proud on sturdy stems. The blooms are bell shaped or funnel shaped and can be single or double. Gloxinia has slightly hairy velvety leaves.
Gloxinia is available in striking colours such as red, blue, lilac, white and purple or a combination of these colours.

Place the plant in a light, draught-free position in the living room, not in direct sunlight.
During the flowering season, the plant requires plenty of water. Do not allow the soil to dry out completely but be aware of too much water (soggy soil causes root rot). Preferably water by placing the plant in a saucer filled with water. It is also possible to water directly on the soil but when doing so, make sure not to wet the leaves because this will result in stains.
Leaves will turn yellow in case of excess water, so try to reduce the amount slightly.
Add some fertilizer on a regular basis.

Faded flowers can be cut out.

Asparagus

Asparagus fern has made a true comeback in today’s modern interiors. There are several species of this strong, easy to care for houseplant but it doesn’t really matter which one you choose: they are all very decorative!
What would you think of Asparagus densiflorus ‘Sprengeri’ with its delicate needles and trailing branches or ‘Meyeri’ with its pert upright twigs? Or Asparagus plumosus with its lacy, feather like leaves or perhaps sturdy A. falcatus, its exact opposite…
You should not expect any flowers but if these do appear, they will be fairly nondescript.  Luckily, this is more than compensated for by their graceful growth habit. Asparagus fern is available all year round from local florist or garden centres.

Asparagus fern is very easy to look after.
Asparagus prefers light positions without direct sunlight and normal to cool temperatures. Keep the pot ball moderately moist.
In winter you can water less frequently, especially when the plant is placed in a cool position.
Water on the soil or occasionally immerse the pot ball in a bucket of water.
Regularly add some plant food to the water.

In winter, Asparagus species tolerate fairly low temperatures (as low as 8°C). In summer, the plants can be placed outdoors but never in full sun.

Asparagus fern does love to be sprayed with rainwater or decalcified water from time to time.
Sometimes, the plant needs to be repotted in spring because otherwise,  it might literally burst out of its pot.
Asparagus fern fits in with any type of interior, from trendy, minimalist and modern to romantic; by using the right ornamental pot you can’t go wrong!
And why not use Asparagus fern for adding a green touch to the bedroom; these plants do not mind lower temperatures!
Why not combine a few evergreen plants in a large pot for a very surprising effect!

 

Exacum affine Royal Dane

Exacum affine is a member of the gentian family and also known as Persian Violet or German Violet.
The plant has a spherical habit and small glossy heart shaped leaves. Exacum is literally covered in little flowers that stand out even more because of their surprisingly pleasant fragrance and decorative golden yellow stamen. Furthermore, this popular houseplant continues to flower all through the summer.
Exacum is available in white, blue and lilac.

Exacum prefers a light position but does not like direct sunlight, draughts and low temperatures.
Water regularly and add a little houseplant fertilizer from time to time. Keep the soil moderately moist. The plants struggle when the soil is too wet or too dry.

 

Regularly deadhead for good continued flowering.

Primula obconica 'Touch Me®’

Many people suffer an allergic reaction (itching) when coming into contact with Primula obconica because this plant contains a contact allergen called primin.
Luckily, this is now a thing of the past!
The ‘Touch Me®’ series, as the name says, have been bred such that from now on, unpleasant reactions remain at bay! Everyone can simply enjoy this cheerful early spring flowering plant in the comfort of their living room!
The Primula ‘Touch Me®’series is available from garden centres and shops from December until April in many strong and striking colours.

 

Put the plant in a light position but not in full sunlight. Too much sun and dryness can cause the leaves to burn. Keep the pot ball moderately moist and do not water again until it has dried a little.
If the German Primrose gets too much water, the leaves may droop.
Regularly add some houseplant fertilizer to the water and do not forget to deadhead.
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-When cared for properly,  Primula ‘Touch Me®’ will provide you with months of joy!
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Dahlia LaBella Piccolo series

The Dahlia has been a well-known plant for a very long time. Nevertheless, did you know that there are all sorts of new developments surrounding the Dahlia these days? Take for example the Dahlia LaBella Piccolo series.
This series stands out because of (as the name indicates) its small decorative flowers that give the plant a distinctly playful look. The plant remains compact and therefore, Dahlia LaBella Piccolo is an ideal choice for the garden or the patio. The plant does not require any support because it only grows up to 15-20 cm in height. When looked after properly, Dahlia Piccolo can continue to flower until September. By now, there are many colours available and the series is regularly increased by new surprising colours. Plants of the Dahlia LaBella Piccolo series are available from April onwards in various garden centres. Be careful in case of night frosts and make sure to adequately protect the plants.

 

Dahlia LaBella Piccolo prefers a sunny position in the garden or on the patio but it does not mind a little shade either. However, it does prefer a sheltered position. Water regularly and ensure good drainage for Dahlias in pots.
Dahlia prefers a nutrient-rich soil. Plants in pots should be given some fertilizer on a regular basis.

Do not put Dahlia LaBella Piccolo outside until there is no more danger of night frosts. Plant a few Piccolos together for a cheerful display!
Piccolos are fun plants that also look very good on the patio in beautiful trendy pots. Deadheading is not required but will result in more profuse flowering.