Firstly…thank you SO much for all of your entries in my new Hashtag Challenge on Instagram yesterday! I’m thrilled by how many of you have already taken part. If you’d like to take a look at the images so far, simply click on this link: #UnderTheFloralSpell. The competition is open until the end of the month, so please do join in! Now, on to the first of two blog posts today…
At Christmas, walking downstairs in the morning to the smell of pine from the tree is always one of my favourite parts of the festive period, as is having a touch of nature indoors. But, today, Tuesday 5th January, is traditionally the day that we should all be taking down our Christmas trees and decorations, as it’s the Twelfth Night of Christmas.
If you’d like to continue having greenery in your home for the full 12 months of the year though, instead of only for a few weeks, why not consider having an indoor tree? They’re the subject of this month’s, Houseplant of the Month blog post.
So, where do you start? Well, some varieties to look out for are Dracaena, Pachira, Beaucarnea and Polyscias. They’re popularly referred to as ‘greenery on a trunk’ and you can certainly understand why, when you take a look at the images below…!
Dracaena are one of the most common types of indoor tree and there are lots of different varieties. You’ll find Dracaena marginata, which is also known as Madagascar Dragon Tree. It’s a wonderful architectural plant with tufts of narrow leaves at the top of slender trunks. And it’s one of the easiest to grow as it can cope with a little neglect and quite low winter temperatures.
With broader leaves, there’s Dracaena fragrans, whose common name is Corn Plant. Look out for Dracaena fragrans ‘massangeana’ which is one of the most popular cultivars. It’s very distinctive, with a solid corn yellow stripe that runs through the centre of each of its leaves. And then there’s also Dracaena deremensis, Dracaena draco, Dracaena sanderiana, Dracaena surculosa, Dracaena reflexa and Dracaena godseffiana.
Sometimes known as Malabar Chestnut, Mexican Fortune Tree or Braided Money Tree, the Pachira aquatica, is another striking plant, which is often available with multiple plaited stems. Its leaves have five or more leaflets, attached like fingers. And it’s an easy tree to take care of. It loves lots of water and thrives in indirect light.
Beaucarnea is often known as the Ponytail Palm or Elephant’s Foot. It has a swollen thick brown stem at its base that stores water, together with long narrow dark green leaves which grow in a cluster, curving downward like a pony’s tail.
There are several varieties of Polyscias, all of which have different leaf shapes and colours. For instance, Polyscias balfouriana has dark green, rounded leaves which are speckled with pale green or grey. The edges of the leaves of Polyscias marginata are irregularly marked with white. And Polyscias fruticosa has longer leaves which are divided into irregular and saw-edges leaflets.
So, as you can see, there’s a great choice available when it comes to indoor trees! So, why not make a real statement in your home this month and perhaps place one in your hallway, living room or in the space where your Christmas tree used to be?
P.S. If you’d love to know more about indoor trees, you may like to visit The Joy of Plants website.
P.P.S. If you’re a florist and would like more information, simply visit The Flower Council of Holland website.
* This post is brought to you in collaboration with The Flower Council of Holland. All the words are my own.
(Images : The Flower Council of Holland)