Fine and Fragrant

SONY DSC In January and February these delicate plants with fragrant flowers start to bloom to great effect.  The new word for the week is melittophilous- pollinated by moths and/or butterflies which these frangrant Tillandsias are.  Tillandsia mallemontii has thin delicate leaves and stems with dense silvery trichomes.  It can...

Has my plant got sunburn?

There are some gorgeous red colours appearing in the nursery from T brachycaulos and ionantha. Why are these leaves changing from green to red and is it bad for the plant? The answer is a very clever process which helps to attract pollinators to the plant. The colour change occurs...

Nepenthes- Tropical Pitcher Plants

It's Nepenthes time, spring is always a great time to get into Nepenthes, they are growing and forming new pitchers and looking fabulous. Nepenthes are tropical pitcher plants, sometimes referred to as monkey cups. Modified leaves form into these beautiful pitcherswhich contain liquid that digests unfortunate insents that fall in....