Avoid rangy growth by pinching out branch tip buds

See Bromeliad; produces side shoots that should be propagated as main plant dies after flowering Do not repot until pot is full; keep cool in winter

Let rest under cooler conditions after flowering; dislikes cold water Keep cool and dry in winter

Resembles a larger-leaved English ivy; leaves often variegated

Keep cool and dry in winter

Plants do not usually survive long in houses

Let leaves die back in fall; put bulb in cool, dark place until early spring; then repot, water, and fertilize weekly

If it grows but doesn't flower, try putting it in a cooler location for a few weeks Mist-spray frequently; fertilize regularly

Needs well-fertilized soil with humus content

Not a true fern; repot annually; fertilize weekly

Sometimes called "cast iron plant" because it can stand neglect

Must be kept cool in winter

Easily propagated from seed; provides good greenery but will not produce fruit indoors

Stern-Jansky-Bidlack: I Appendices I 4. House Plants and Home I I © The McGraw-Hill

Introductory Plant Biology, Gardening Companies, 2003

Ninth Edition

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