Western and Central Africa
A dwarf compact plant that is grown like a succulent. This plant is incredibly tough and can tolerant a high level of neglect (although it will show signs of stress) but does much better with a little TLC. It can be grown on windowsills, tables, shelves or the balcony. When mature it produces are lovely scented creamy white flower spike.
Although tolerant of low water, leaves may brown or die off if dry for too long. Each leaf stays on the plant for a long time so avoid any damage to leaves as they develop. Pups are produced from the base of the mother plant so it will need to be repotted in due course.
Feeding your indoor plants
Don’t let your plants get hangry! To get the best out of your plants, you will need to feed them some food. A good balanced fertiliser (plant food) will provide plants with all the nutrients they need to grow more leaves and help them stay strong. When the plant is actively growing during the warmer months, it needs a bit more food and water. During the slow growing season (cooler winter months) your plant doesn’t eat or drink as much (no extra winter layer of fat for these babies). Fertiliser (plant food) can be applied as granular slow release pellets or as a liquid. A bit more chilled out about your plants? Some granular products last 3-6 months which make them ideal for indoor plants and busy people. Hard-core plant-mum? Liquid fertiliser maybe be best as it gives you better control over the amount fed and when. Obviously, follow the label on your preferred fertiliser (plant food) for your baby. Sometimes it’s ok to be a helicopter parent – respond to your plant’s needs. Moral of the story, if it is growing new leaves then it will need more water and food!