Queenís tears, Billbergia is a genus of the botanical family Bromeliaceae. Propagation is usually done by taking rooted offshoots or ĎPupsí
from the original plants. The pups will develop at the
base of plant and grow as a clump They will bloom in 1-3 years. In summer I have the billbergia
in the garden. This time I was too late to take it inside. It did not like the
frost. Thatís why the leaves are not so beautiful.
The other photo has been made a year later (December 2006)
Cacti and other
succulent plants are fascinating plants. Unfortunately I have because ofthe chestnuts in my garden not much light in house. I have a little
greenhouse now, but most of the plants are in the garden in summer. Inwinter I have a number of euphorbias inside The rest stands in the bedrooms and in the kitchen. You also
see an Echinocactus.
The right photohas been taken later
(February 2007). All plants on the left photo are still in life.
A look in the indoor pencil
tree, aveloz or milk bush (Euphorbia
reach the ceiling. Fortunately it can be pruned. More inforematioen on the
In the bathroom we have a Spider Plant (Chlorophytum
comosum) Family Liliaceae. One of the most common houseplants I think. A
very easy plant. The plants need bright indirect sunlight. Long wiry stems
appear on healthy plants with many small white flowers and miniature plantlets.
If these new plantlets touch soil, they will root. During the winter they
donít need high temperatures, but they don.t survive in our garden. In the
summer they grow well in the garden. It has linear leaves that are green or
striped white. I have both.
The Huernias are easy to
grow (There are many species) Native to Africa. It blooms from springto winter and it prefers a bright shade.
The cactus with most beautiful flowers I think, is the Echinopsis leucantha.
This species is cold-hardy, if it is kept dry in the winter.
Because my Bush
lily (clivia) had many
scale insects, I
it outside in
spring. It was not an ideal spot. The leaves were sun burned. In South Africa itgrowsin the shade of
trees and shrubs. In
the autumn the plant recovered and survived the frost in December.
I saw to my large stupefaction That on 30 December two flowers appeared. And I
didnít see any scale insects. Then Iíve taken it inside our house. In
February we had splendid flowers.
In house the plant has to rest from October to December, temperature about 10
degrees Celsius. During flowering it has to be warmer and the bush lily needs
The aloe has also survived
the winter (I donít know the species).IĎve
also got an aloe inside (first image) But the mother plant became much too large.
One year Iíve put it in a barn in winter. But in 2006 Iíve left it in the
garden underbranches of the English yew.
I have taken this photograph on 26 February 2007.
Itís very easy to take cuttings. They grow very fast.