Monthly Archives: December 2016

Here’s How to Effectively Take Care of a Hanging Chenille Plant

The chenille plant gets its name from its droopy catkins that resemble the chenille yarn. It is also said that the name is derived from the French word chenille that means caterpillar, indicating the furry flowers. This tropical plant belongs to the genus Acalypha in the spurge family Euphorbiaceae. The chenille plant is also called red hot cat’s tail, fox tail, Philippines Medusa, etc. The plant is available as large specimens (Acalypha hispida) that grow as shrubs. Some of the smaller specimens are ideal as hanging plants or as creepers. Irrespective of their size, the requirements of different chenille varieties are almost similar.

The most common species, called Acalypha hispida, is an evergreen plant with a thick foliage. It blooms throughout the year, and the bright red catkins are long and furry. Being dioecious, male and female flowers develop on separate plants. While female flowers are long and brilliantly colored, male flowers are inconspicuous. So, plants sold by garden centers and nurseries are usually females. They are ideal as accent plants, hedges, or borders.

Acalypha hispida can be grown as hanging plants too. Apart from that, another species, called Acalypha pendula, has shorter catkins and small, serrated leaves. This trailing variety is ideal for hanging baskets and containers and is popular as dwarf chenille plant. Otherwise known as strawberry firetail, this plant can be grown as ground cover too.

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A Feng Shui Perspective on Houseplants to Attract Positive Energy

According to Feng Shui principles and concepts, houseplants such as scented geraniums, azalea and begonia can contribute to the achievement of personal success and can improve one’s self-esteem. Even if it weren’t for the Feng Shui, the mere sight of these splendid flowers can indeed make someone feel better, and therefore fill somebody with positive feelings and trust in one’s personal skills and powers. Scented geranium is said to have the power to calm down one’s spirit and to increase somebody’s sense of humor, a quality necessary for every conversation.

Truly Helpful Tips to Take Care of Kimberly Queen Ferns

Quick Fact

The Kimberly Queen fern is believed to clean the surrounding air of pollutants and toxins, which is why it is a popular choice for homes in urban areas.

Unlike a Boston or Dallas fern, the Kimberly Queen or Australian sword fern (scientific name: Nephrolepsis obliterata) grows upright, rather than spreading out towards the sides, giving it a neater appearance and making it easy to care for. The Kimberly Queen is also a very resilient species, and can tolerate heavy winds and rains. The plant grows just as well in a hanging basket as on the ground, giving it an advantage of versatility as a decorative plant.

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