One plant I have truly grown to love is the Crown of Thorns. The beautiful flowers that are produced from unique spiny stems make then an interesting choice for a sunny window in your home. There are a few different varieties available, although you may have to spend some time looking for ones that are out of the ordinary.
Many garden centres offer the small red flowering variety of this plant... until a few years ago, I thought this was the only variety; as it was all I ever saw. After poking around at a few too many greenhouses. (I'm not sure that's even possible) I discovered how misinformed I was! There are some very beautiful variations available. If you see one out of the ordinary... pick it up!
Related to the Poinsettia, although looking nothing like it, the crown of thorns blooms frequently, throughout the year. I have seen red, white, pink, green, as well as mottled blooms.
Originating in Madagascar, this plant prefers full sun (south facing window if possible) and temperatures between 60-75 degrees f. Water the plant well, and then allow the top of the soil to dry out, before watering again.
This plant acts like a succulent and should require less water than that of your other houseplants. I water mine every two weeks at this time of the year, and slightly more frequently in its active growing season (Late Spring - Fall) Fertilize with Cactus fertilizer diluted at 1/2 strength bi-weekly during the growing season.
This plant will only need to be re-potted every couple of years. When this is done, only go one size larger than the pot it is currently in. Use a cactus potting mix to ensure success, and don't forget your gloves!
This plant can reach (depending on variety) anywhere from 2-4 feet in height, although they can be kept smaller.
Try something different... Get thorny for this plant!
|All photographs on this blog by Paul Gellatly|