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Oxtongue Palms

Parlor palm Peperomia Persian violet Philodendron Piggyback plant

Thousands of species

Gasteria spp.

Many species

Chamaedorea elegans (see also Neanthe palm)

Peperomia spp.

Exacum affine

Philodendron spp.

Tolmiea menziesii

No single set of environmental conditions applies

Parlor Palm Plant Pictures

Sometimes also called Parlor palm; stays less than 1 meter tall

Water freely until flowering completed, then rest bulbs for a few months Needs cold temperatures 2°C-3°C (36°F-38°F) in winter

Does best under cool conditions

Keep pot cool in winter for better flowering; keep away from small children (very poisonous)

Contrary to popular belief, the common Cattleya and related orchids do not need high temperatures and humidity; most can get along with a minimum temperature of 13°C (56°F) at night and a minimum humidity of 40%; most need bright light; they should never be placed in soil; pot them in sterilized pots with chips of fir bark or shreds of tree fern bark (see "Additional Reading" at the end of this appendix for culture references) Can tolerate some neglect; needs a cool and relatively dry winter to flower Use deep pots; fertilize regularly

Palm is relatively easy to grow

Many varieties; keep warm, humid; fertilize regularly

Needs good air circulation

Relatively tough plants; repot each spring

Plantlets formed on leaves can be separated and propagated

Pilea (see Aluminum plant)

Stern-Jansky-Bidlack: Introductory Plant Biology, Ninth Edition

Appendices

4. House Plants and Home Gardening

© The McGraw-H Companies, 2003

Appendix 4

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