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Potted Succulents

January 21, 2019: Come out to the Cottage Grove location to get out of the snow and feel the warmth of the greenhouse!

We have paired up several versions of the succulent family in 4 inch pots and saucers from Chive Pottery. 

Previous Features

Scarlet Star

January 14th: Bromeliads, also known as guzmanias,  make great houseplants and are not only easy to maintain but very colorful. This particular one is popular because of its large, star shaped bloom. What sets it aside from many of the other bromeliads is that it is available in a wide range of flower colors.

Overview:  Guzmania lingulata is one of the most popular species of Guzmania. Its common name is the scarlet star. The scarlet star has long, flat, glossy-green leaves with smooth margins. The leaves come together to form a star shape in the center.

What is commonly mistaken as the flower is actually a grouping of modified leaves, called bracts. Guzmania lingulata is most famous for its brilliant pink or red flower bracts but can also be found in shades of yellow and orange depending on the variety.

Growing Instructions:

Light: Like the other bromeliads, Guzmanias prefer, and are happiest, in bright, natural light.  An east or west exposure would be best. Just be sure they avoid exposure to any direct, hot sun, because they’ll burn. 

Water: Guzmanias have a central well that the flower stalk rises out of, which is how they collect the water they need. You want to keep that well about 1/4 full. Because moisture is collected through their leaves, they’d appreciate a spraying or misting once or twice a week.

If you have hard water, consider using distilled or purified water.  Don’t over water your bromeliad – they don’t like to stay constantly wet.

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Prayer Plant

January 7th: This week we are featuring a hardy, indoor plant that earned its common name from the fact that the leaves tend to fold together at night, like a pair of praying hands.

Overview: The Maranta leuconeura is a low, spreading plant that's often grown in hanging baskets, but will also grow horizontally along a tabletop or other surface. It's a slow grower, so no matter where you grow your prayer plant, you don't need to worry about it growing out of bounds.

Most types of prayer plant have variegated foliage, adding to the plant's overall interest. It does produce flowers, but they're not large or particularly showy. 

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