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Monthly Archives: July 2016

Alocasia infernalis

This hot minimal number is certain to add some seethe to your Jewel gathering. Distinctive in some courses from the other Jewel Alocasias I’ve talked about here, this despite everything one requires some engaged regard for keep it flourishing. Perused on . . .

Ridiculously hot?

Alocasia infernalis is moderately new on the fancy plant scene. The first occasion when I saw it offered was a couple of years back when the plant showed up on the accessibility posting of Malesiana Tropicals. From that point forward, I have seen it developed and sold locally, and it is currently being created from tissue culture by Agristarts in Florida.

This little pearl astounded me when I first observed it live, in light of the fact that the primary photograph I saw of it demonstrated a plant with firey rosy takes off. The particular designation, “infernalis” implies, truly, “from Hell”, a terrible reference to make about such a fascinating little plant! I envision that it is intended to allude to the rosy shading, yet that still doesn’t generally fit. In any case, I do have a thought with reference to why somebody could choose that “infernalis” is a decent particular name for this plant. Alocasia infernalis leafWhen saw in the right light, the leaves appear to have a firey red sheen that shows up, then vanishes in the event that you move marginally. It is as if a fire is smoldering inside the plant, a fire that you can see just in the event that you take a gander at the plant in simply the correct way.

How a short plant can stand too tall!

As Jewel Alocasias go, this Infernal Jewel is easier to grow than most of the others. It does have a distinctive shortcoming, however, that you need to keep in mind if you try growing one, and that is the height of the stem. I know, you’re thinking, “no way!”, because this is such a small plant. But the fact is that, unlike most Alocasias, the distance between leaf nodes is greater in ratio to the overall size of this plant than it is in other Alocasias. Furthermore, the base does not thicken up as with the other Jewels, because the internodes are much longer, relatively speaking. What this means in a practical sense is that as the plant matures, it gets floppy. The base of the stem ends up much smaller and thinner, not thicker as in other Jewels, so the whole plant becomes top-heavy and leans or falls over. So while you will do well to provide well-draining soil media and refrain from too much water, you also need to be prepared to add some soil mix to cover the ever-lengthening stem of the plant.

When you are “infernalis”, you like it hot!

Alocasia infernalis likes to be kept warm. I mean it; if you let your plant get cool, like in the range of 50 to 60 degrees F (10 to 15 degrees C) or cooler, it will gradually defoliate and go dormant. It may even die out on you, so to avoid this, you need to keep this plant as warm as the 70 to 80+ degrees F (21 to 29 degrees C) range, and also as humid as 60 to 90 percent relative humidity. This means it will do fine with the rest of your Jewels, because that is the kind of environment your others will appreciate as well.

Places to Add a House Plant

Glancing around, a great deal of us are deficient with regards to space for more plants inside the house and out! So what do you do when you need to begin searching for new and special spots to put those new house plants? Here is a short main ten rundown!

  • On the top of the cupboards. OK, so light might be hard to get up there and the space is limited… you need a step stool just to water. But really this is a great place to grow things… right?You can add lights and water trays and you might have a wonderful new place for a few more plants to live.
  • On the kitchen table. Do you really ever eat at the big kitchen table? Do you really have to eat there? You have room on top of and beneath it. All the chairs could be used for plant stands too! Just a great space to open up and use. What, you have to use the table? OK, why not make your plants the centerpiece!
  • Bathroom. Add some grow lights and hooks or shelves and you have a great place for small growing, tropical plants. Want to get really into the fun? Try them in the shower too! They can really add that tropical feel to the whole event and make for a jungle in there.
  • TV stand. Who has the time for TV? After all, if you are here on Dave’s what more do you need?So push the old TV out the door and have some fun watching the begonias grow! What is better than your very own tropical floor show! Add some pet tree frogs and there you have it—a show that never stops and never sleeps.
  • Guest room. Kids moving out? Spare room you try to leave for guests? Why not make this a plant space! Really, this is the way to go and, unlike leaving a bed there, the kids don’t want to move back in after they leave if their space is full of plants.
  • Work out space. Let’s face the truth. If we garden, we don’t need to work out. So get rid of that wasted space and put some plants there. Spend the extra thirty minutes or so each day in the garden getting house plant pots ready and you have that work out done!
  • In the sink! What do you really need the other half of the sink for? There are so many plants that could fill that space so much better than some old dishes. Just do your dishes in steps and there you go – half a sink for dishes.
  • Window sills. Have you filled them all? Double check and find that empty spot in the middle of one somewhere. Go ahead – you know there is a little spot in one of the windows. What about adding shelves to the windows a little farther up, too? Might not hold big plants, but just a few more is all you really need.
  • Hallways. Why waste all that hallway space? Put shelves up on one side, add some grow lights, and there you go! A whole other place for the plants you love to grow. This is the perfect spot for some of those dry soil loving plants since watering is going to be an issue here.
  • Where you park the car. Garage, street or drive – that is space you can use! Add grow lights to the garage or throw up a portable greenhouse in the street or drive. Who knows, maybe even a plant or two in the cart also? You can always park a little farther away for the added plant room.

So there you go. Just when you thought you did not have any more room for plants, we have come up with more places you can use for plants. Who says you don’t have room for just one more?

Simple Ground Covers

bugleweedThese are the most straightforward to develop and the best ground covers for the typical garden. We as a whole have those territories we need secured in something, isn’t that so? The grass does not develop there or it is too difficult to cut. We don?t need a garden there now or don?t have sufficient energy to grow one. These are the straightforward plants that can fill that space, look tasteful, and splendidly fit that space in the garden.


Ajuga have sparkly leaves that shape a tight and magnificent mass of shading near the ground. From right on time in the spring to late in the late spring, they will compensate you with towering spikes of shading, generally blue yet some white blossoming assortments are in the market. They can take full sun in the northern zones yet require some shade to develop well in the south. It is an awesome plant that can be anything but difficult to develop and keep up in the garden. Much obliged to you to alicewho for the picture.


This wonderful plant is great for all but the coldest and warmest parts of the world. The evergreen leaves fill in quickly and stay weed free once established. The flowers are almost not there but the berries are wonderfully red and, if the birds don’t eat them all, they are wonderful to leave on for winter snows.

Crown Vetch

This fast growing part of the pea family is perfect for slopes and impossible to mow areas. This is not the plant to share garden space with other plants, but the blooms are stunning and a wonderful pink. They love sunny areas and can take full sun and have a low water tolerance in many areas.


Also called wintercreeper, this plant, when mature, will have several differently shaped leaves on the same plant. This will at least give the illusion of several plants in the area with only one plant being there. The leaves turn dark purple from the first cool breeze of fall until the first warm days of spring. The colors and growth patterns make this a wonderful plant in the garden. This just might not be the best plant if you have a desire to plant in the same area again any time soon.


Its wonderful, evergreen leaves will stay with the plant year round. Be careful to keep this plant off trees and bricks or it will creep up the sides and mark the area forever. Ivy grows in sun and deep shade and will take little to no water once established. This plant will never, ever leave your garden once it is there, so plant well and think about your long term plans for the area.


Creeping juniper might be old fashioned but it is still nice in the garden. It is easy to grow and simple to keep in check. When you want to plant something else in the area they are simple to remove and replace with other plants. They are also long lived and, if taken care of, they will be a staple in your yard for years to come.

Mondo Grass

This simple grass will grow to a uniform height, stay deep green, and needs little help to grow year after year. Long lived and simple to divide are among the added benefits of this simple plant. This plant is also wanted by so many new gardeners that when you are ready to plant over you can easily give the call and have the area dug out for you by others.


Known also as Vinca Minor, this running plant is well known and loved in many areas. The blue to purple flowers are stunning and will bloom well in most areas with a little added water. This is a rapid spreader that grows and fills the area fast in both sun and shade. The plant can be found now with white or pink blooms.

Wild Strawberry

It is simple to gather new wild strawberry plants and it is often a pass along plant. The plant has runners much like its garden cousin and is simple to grow. It grows in partial shade only and has white blooms and red fruits that are well loved by the birds.