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This succulent plant is a difficult one to grow. That's mostly because people give it too much love and attention. Too much water.
Still, because of its attractive yellow flowers most people think it's worth the extra effort. Its common name Carrion flower,refers to the putrid odour emmitted by the open blossom which attracts flies for pollination.
Although there are hundreds of species only a few are found commercially. They all have fleshy, four-angled stems. New stems are produced at the bottom of the plant and, in time, the older centre of the plant will die out.
The flowers appear at the base of the stems in late summer and, if pollination is successful,seed pods form which later burst open to release the seeds.
Container potting mix
An open sandy compost with a little old mortar is best and a position in full sun light.
Water moderately in spring and summer and very sparingly the rest of the year.
The easiest Carrion flower to grow is S.hirsata variety it grows to about 20cm (8in) high and has large yellow flowers which are striped reddish brown.
S Variegata is probably the most popular, growing to a height of 10cm (4in) and producing deep yellow and purple flowers. Unfortunately, it has a pretty bad odour.
Stumpy's tip Carrion flowers are vulnerable to accessive water and will rot in wet conditions. And if someone asks,"'what's that smmmmell"" tell them it's not you, it's my unique indoor house plant.
Unique indoor house plants APHELANDRA
These amazing Zebra plants come in and out of fashion all the time. Some varieties have become extremely popular while others have almost disappeared
The beautiful A.squarrosa 'Louisae' is now quite difficult to find; (making it a real indoor house plants topic) the only common varieties now being more compact and less attractive, A.squarrosa dania. This is a favorite among commercial growers, because it takes up less space in their greenhouses.
The yellow and red bracts,on which appear tubular yellow flowers, are produced in the autumn. But these are not the only feature of the plant; the shiny variegated leaves are an equal attraction.
Alphelandra need ample water , heavy feeding, good light and a temperature of around 18 degrees (65F) .
After flowering, you should cut the plants back to two sound leaves. New shoots will grow from the axils of these in the spring.
You can then either leave them to grow on as they are, the simplest method, but one which does not produce the best shaped plants,or remove them as cuttings, and propagate two new plants.
Put the cuttings in pure peat and into a propagator at 18 degrees (35F).
Unique indoor house plants PANDANUS SCREW PINE
The Screw pine, as it is commonly called, is somewhat of a rarity and is rather difficult to find in the shops and nurseries.
It is, however, one of the most spectacular of foliage plants and well worth growing for its beautiful variegated leaves.
Mature specimans Pandanus candelabrum may reach two meters, so not every house may have room. There are smaller species available such as P.sanderi, P.veitchii that only reach to about one meter high in cultivation.
The leaves are broad, arching and bright green, with either gold,silver or white stripes. Some varieties have sharp spines,but these aren't an issue.
The leaves grow from a central rosette and the mature leaves and trunks tend to leave a twist, hence its common name. Perfect for a speal about unique indoor house plants, as this tree is truly unique.
Tropical in origin, Screw pines need warmth, moisture and plenty of light. Never let the temperature fall below 13 degrees, 55F and be careful not to over water in winter.
During the growing season give plenty of water and spray regularly with a mist sprayer to create humidity.
Alternatively put the pot in which it is growing in into a container with moist peat or pebbles, so that the evaporating water will create a moist humid atmosphere.
The plants will benefit from regular feeding during the growing season with a liquid fertlizer; if they need potting on, do so in spring.
Propagation is by means of the offstet produced at the base of the mature plants; detach them in spring and pot up in a mixture of peat and sand.
Stumpy's tip- for the young suckers you can use a succulant potting mix available at shops and nurseries
Unique indoor houseplants MARANTA
Despite its delicate appearance, Maranta's are tough perennial houseplants which can hold their own given reasonable care. The leaves are oval, bright green, and marked with deep maroon blotches between the lateral veins.
Maranta Leuconeura 'Kerchoveana', or Rabbits Tracks, has greyish green leaves spotted with red on both sides of the central veins. The leaves of Marantas close up at night,like hands folding in prayer, truly making it one of our unique indoor house plants. It is sometimes nicknamed ''The Prayer Plant.''
Natives of tropical Brazil, these prostrate plants need protection from strong sunlight, a minimum temperature of 15 C (60 F) and plenty of moisture in spring and summer.
In autumn and early winter, water moderately; thereafter, until spring, keep the compost nearly dry. Use a Peaty-free draining mixture and feed regularly during the growing season. They are fairly greedy feeders and should be re-potted annually.
Maranta's are Rhizomatous plants, and can be easily propagated by dividing the rhizones in mid-spring. Insert the pieces, each with two or three leaves attatched, into pots filled with pure peat and put the pots in a heated propagator or greenhouse.
For more information on this lovely plant visit Maranta Prayer Plant
Unique indoor house plants LIVING STONES
Living stones, stone plants, pebble plants and flowering stones are just some of the common names assigned to these curious succulents. They definitely fall into the unique indoor house plants category.
They are so completely camouflaged from their surrounds that it would be easy to miss them entirely unless they were in flower.
In their native South-west and South Africa, they generally grow buried in sand with only the tips of their leaves exposed. Their bodies are composed of very swollen, fleshy leaves on top of a fused double column with a gap or fissure along their length. The upper surface of the leaves are textured according to species and ground conditions in their habitats.
These plants are best grown in small pots where their curious shapes and markings can be observed.
Living stones are frost sensitive and are best grown in a dry, warm to hot climate. Plants can withstand extreme heat. In an arid climate, it is possible to grow these plants out in the garden, but they are easily lost in their surroundings, so it is best to feature them in a small pot.
These plants need to be grown in full sun all day, so a good window aspect or verandah with full sun is optimal.
The soil for Living Stones must drain very rapidly and small gravel pebbles should be used as mulch.
These plants can be grown from divisions of offsets or from seed in early spring to early summer.
As these living pebble plants are not rapid growers, the clumps are best left undivided until they are about 8-10 cm across.
Keep this plant moist from late spring until summer. From autumn until early spring, keep them quite dry.
Half-strength soluble liquid plant food can be given every 4-6 weeks through the active growth period.
Most problems arise from over watering or a poorly drained growing medium.
Stumpy- Flowers emerge from the fissure of the living stone are daisy-like and yellow or white. They appear from late summer to mid autumn in most species.