Growing bromeliads as house plants is fun and rewarding. Bromeliads are excellent companion plants to African violets, streptocarpus, and other gesneriads.
Black-eyed susan vine grows readily from seed and needs little training to climb a trellis or wall. Hanging baskets of thunbergia will bloom indoors year-round or all summer outdoors, with no pruning or dead-heading needed.
Growing flowering maple plants from seeds is easy to do indoors.. Soaking flowering maple seeds before planting hastens germination and increases yield.
My African violet ‘Magnolia’ has recently sported (spontaneously mutated) from its original form. Both the flowers and the leaves have changed. African violet ‘Magnolia’ was hybridized by M. Burns and registered with the African Violet Society of America in 1986 by R. Nadeau. The official description for the original hybrid reads: Magnolia (6378) 09/20/1986 (M. Burns/R. Nadeau) Semidouble-double light pink. Black-green, ovate, pointed, glossy, pebbled/red back. Large (DAVS 1351) Magnolia
Colored glass rooting jars help plant cuttings root quickly. The shaded glass shields the roots from direct sun and keeps algae to a minimum. Start ivy, pothos, begonias, coleus, philodendron, herb cuttings, and even African violet leaves in these pretty little vases.
Hypoestes are delicate care-free annuals that make a spectacular ground cover or border plant. Seeds sprout easily and plants grow quickly, requiring very little pruning or maintenance. They prefer partial shade and will reseed freely in warmer climates.