Thursday, October 18, 2007

Aphelandra Squarrosa 'Louisae' (Saffron Spike)

These are dual-purpose flowering and foliage plants. For about six weeks the plant has unusual flower heads of overlapping yellow bracts. When flowering has finished, pinch off the dead blooms, then use as a foliage plant. The leaves are large and glossy and marked with large, white veins. Mix with plain-leaved plants for a contrasting display in a modern living-room.

Warm, filtered sun.

Aphelandra squarrosa 'Louisae' grow to about l foot in height with a similar spread. Plants already in flower are offered for sale.

Feed with standard liquid fertilizer every week from spring to early autumn.

Repot every spring using soil-based potting mixture. Once plants are in 6 inch pots, topdress instead.

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