See Bromeliad; easily grown from the top of a pineapple; if plant has not flowered after one year, enclose it in a plastic bag with a ripe apple for a few days (ethylene from apple should initiate flowering); no temperature below 15°C (59°F) Susceptible to diseases and pests; usually does not last long as a house plant Put several cuttings in one pot for bushy appearance
After flowering, let plant dry under cool conditions until it loses its leaves, place in total darkness for a month, then restart
Name derived from fact that leaves fold together in evening
Needs much water; does well outside in cool weather
Use pots that are broader than deep
Hanging-pot plant whose potting medium must drain well or plant will not survive Do not overwater!
Very slow growing (not a palm but a gymnosperm); never allow to dry out, but be certain water drains Perhaps the toughest of all houseplants—nearly indestructible
Basket or pot plant
Plants can get quite large if growth is not controlled
If given space, can become large; mist-spray often
Selaginella (see Spike moss)
Stern-Jansky-Bidlack: I Appendices I 4. House Plants and Home I I © The McGraw-Hill
Introductory Plant Biology, Gardening Companies, 2003
House Plants and Home Gardening
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