Bougainvillea is the bold luminous flower that celebrates life even during those hideous steel grey cloudy days. Its a rampant knock out plant. It requires pruning to keep it under control. Young plants may require tip-pinching instead of pruning to help them fill out and grow bushy.
If you get pricked with a bougainvillea it hurts. And you can't just mow over the bastard - thorns are everywhere. They put out random spurs up to 2 inches long. What do you do? Live with it - the flower is a show stopper. Young bougainvillea branches have smaller thorns, and fewer of them. Wear gardening gloves, and avoid reaching your arm into the plant.
Bougainvilleas are flexible. They can be trained in many different ways including as prostrate bougainvilleas.
Bougainvilleas are straightforward plants to grow.
THINGS TO KNOW
1. Frost-free climate but will recover from a light frost.
2. Likes most soil types provided they've got good drainage.
3. Loves full sun - half a day's sun they'll still thrive.
4. Never add too much nitrogen (that will reduce the flower). The key ingredient is potassium or potash. Hibiscus fertiliser is perfect
Bromeliad is the show stopper of the vertical garden plants. Indoor in Australia they can flower for up to 6 months. A tall standing brightly coloured roset flower They grow better and get better stronger colours in lower light levels. The most important thing to keep in mind is to keep the cone topped up with water
In the wild Guzmanias grow in tropical rainforests up in the tree tops so they do not require a large amount of potting Mix or repotting (the mix is really just in there to keep the plant stable. When the plant has no flower there is a cone that stays full of water, this pool makes a home for frogs and other creatures in the wild. Out of this cone comes the flower.
You can give a liquid feed to your Guzmania every few months, mix up a dilute amount and pour it over the top because it will take in the nutrients through the cone, make sure there is no calcium in the feed.
Once your guzmanias flower has finished (4-6 months) cut it out as low as you can and the plant will develop pups around the base which will overtake the original plant and next time you will get a multiflowering plant.
Epipremnum aureum also known as Money Plant or Pothos is a trailing low maintenance indoor vertical garden plant.
Light: Low light to bright light. No direct sun. Although pothos will tolerate low light, it will have more leaves and better variegation if kept in bright light.
Temp: Average room humidity. 16-27°C
Soil: They will thrive in nutrient rich soil, but do almost as well in nutrient poor soil.
Water: Allow soil to dry slightly between waterings. It will not tolerate soggy soil. Yellow leaves are a sign of overwatering.
Habitat: Solomon Islands
Tip: Feed every 2 weeks spring through fall with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half. In winter, feed monthly.
Pot Size: 26 cm
Category: Trailing – Provides good coverage of vertical garden pockets or buckets. A useful plant to cover edges of a vertical garden (especially when the vertical garden does not have a frame or is not recessed into a wall).