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Houseplants for Autumn

Houseplants for autumn

This week’s blog is about some houseplants with ornamental fruit, to celebrate the autumn season.

For a long time people have been aware of the beneficial properties of plants but now there is scientific evidence to confirm that the presence of live plants is even vital to people (Therapeutic Landscapes Network, 2017). The presence of live plants in schools, hospitals and offices has been shown to increase health, concentration, productivity, and satisfaction, reduce stress and depression and facilitate social connection. So let’s fill our homes and other places where we spend a lot of time with plants!

I selected three plants for this section and here is a closer look at each of these houseplants.

Nertera granadensis - BEAD PLANT, CORAL MOSS - It’s a lovely plant for your windowsill that will look like a moss with its emerald-green, slender, interlacing stems and cushion pins like orange berries.

This plant, originates from the countries around the Pacific Ocean so it likes brightness, but avoid direct summer sun, cool to moderate temperatures, moderate to high humidity. Water monthly and in winter only occasionally, when the compost surface is dry. It can be propagated by division, tip cuttings and seed.

Capsicum annuum ‘Festival’ - ORNAMENTAL PEPPER (see image) - This extremely ornamental and unusual plant will engage children’s imagination and may inspire a desire to know more about it.

This plant has originated from southern North America and northern South America so you will need to place it where it gets bright but indirect sunlight. Provide cool to moderate temperature and humidity. Water fortnightly or when compost surface gets dry, alternating general fertilizer with flowering houseplant fertilizer. Propagate by tip cuttings.

Fortunella japonica - ROUND KUMQUAT - This plant with edible, small, orange like fruits will last throughout autumn and in spring it will provide fragrant white flowers.

This is a fairly cold-hardy citrus but it will grow happily in a container at home if you position it in a bright place where it cannot get any direct sun light. This plant is native to south Asia so it will require moderate to high humidity. Water fortnightly, using fertilizer for ericaceous plants. In winter it only requires water once a month, but make sure it stays moist. Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings.

Janina, our talented horticulturist, is currently advising some of our clients about what to grow in pots. She can help you create a colourful show either indoors on the window sill, or a spectacular pot garden outdoors. Contact us via our Facebook page @sanstecgarden.