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juliamac19

I heard a chap on a gardening program talking about them. He said they are grown in hothouses in Queensland (anywhere north of Melbourne's got to be warmer!) & then kept pre sale in cooler areas in hot houses as well. His advice was to enjoy them while they flower and just replace with new ones when they finish. Think of them as a living bunch of flowers - they'll be in flower for 3 months or more - so since they are relatively cheap to buy, it's still a very economical way to go. I used them instead of fresh flowers when we sold our last house and saved a heap - plus they look really classy en masse

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Chris Lanthois

I have a big north facing window in my kitchen in Adelaide (South Australia) and I have had great success in growing these over the last 12 months with repeat flowering. I think good lighting is essential. I have not fertilised yet but sounds like I should. Occasionally I mist spray the roots instead of watering. Adelaide has super hot summers and cold winters so the north facing window is perfect to keep them warm through our cold winter and the sun is higher in the summer so they don't burn through the window light. I cheated during the off season and put 2 artificial white moth flowers in the pot which no one noticed so I had flowers all year :)

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Sam Cox

Fantastic information. In this day and age with oceans choking on plastic debris, that will never biodegrade, I'd implore you to please skip the polystyrene in the repotting mix, too easy, especially with this type of use, for it to end up in the waterways.

   

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