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Flowering Plants

Flowering plants are the pure expression of how sensual nature can be. The flower show itself the intimacy with grace and tenderness just for revealing its endless beauty. the flower is the most amazing accessory of a plant, with an endless variety of colors and shapes, playing the perfect role of seduction to help the plant through the reproduction process.
All the colors, the finest lines and shapes, the most amazing scents are just for one goal – keeping the plant species alive. Some flowers chose special moments for their opening, some open at nigh, other find the first sun rays the best moment while other are just open all day long.
The scents that they have added to their beauty was not specially created for us, is for attracting the insects that are helping them in the glorious process of reproduction.
In the old days every flower had his mean when was offered as a gift, now the meaning is not longer so important but the flower is still representing a beautiful gesture of tenderness, affection and love. And if the flower is offered in all its beauty planted in a pot its symbolic value will be even more appreciated and precious.
This flowering plants that we love to keep around us are having their special needs, as long as many of them are having their origin in an other climate than the one we are living in. They need special watering and a lot of them need to have a rest period like they are having in their original habitat. Forced to live in a small pot and to adapt to our living condition they need all the care and attention that we can give to them.
A flower can always change the atmosphere in a hose with its simple presence. Just try it.
 

Saintpaulia

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Sanintpaulia also known as African violet is a low-growing evergreen perennial the grows indoor or in a warm greenhouse with temperature between 18-24 Celsius degrees (64-75 F) that wear flowers almost all year around if is kept in good conditions. Il likes high humidity but it doesn't like to be mist on the leaves. It needs at least 12 hours of light per day to enjoy us with a long-term flowering.

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Saintpaulia wears a large variety of flowers, from white, pink, red, blue, violet to bi or multi-colored flowers. They may be single with 5 petalled, semi-double with small crests or lobes in the middle of the 5 petals or fully double with two or more layers of petals. The flowers can also be star-shaped or bell-shaped and the petal edges may be ruffled, rounded, frilled or fringed.

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Poinsettia

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Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) also known as Mexican flame leaf, is an open, erect to spreading, partially deciduous shrub, usually sparsely branched, with ovate to lance-shaped, sometimes lobed or toothed, mid to deep green leaves to 15 cm long. They originate from Mexico where the plants reach large proportion although they tend to remain quite small when grown as indoor plants.

In winter bears dense, terminal cymes to 30 cm across, of green cyathia ringed by large, leaf-like, bright red bracts. There are some varieties that have cream or white involucres. The bright red bracts are often mistakenly though to be flowers, which are in fact the small insignificant yellow buds in the centre.

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Fuchsia

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Fuchsias are extremely adaptable plants, cultivated for their very attractive, pendent flowers. They have their origin in Central and South America and New Zealand, that is why in temperate climates they are grown as indoor plants but love to be taken out in summer. Fuchsias prefer a loam-based potting compost and a bright filtered light with moderate to high humidity. During growth, water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly. Keep just moist in winter.

Fuchsia's attractive flowers are usually pendent, occasionally erect or semi-erect and mostly born singly or in groups from the leaf axils. They are often bicolored, with a corolla of one hue and a tube and four sepals of another. Single flowers have four petals, semi-double flowers five-seven petals, double flowers eight or more petals and fully double flowers have more than eight petals. They cover the full range of hues from white to pink, red and violet.

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Begonia

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Begonia, one of the most known indoor plant, a genus of 900 species, more or less fleshy annuals, herbaceous perennials, evergreen shrubs and climbers, including some succulents and epiphytes is the perfect choice if you like color and variety in your indoor plants. Begonias are prized equally for their flower as well as their showy leaves. They offer a huge range of foliage texture and color as well as color of bloom. With lots of variety, begonias are popular in flowerbeds, for hanging baskets, as container plants, and for indoor houseplants.

Begonias don’t tolerate cold temperatures, do not like frost in the spring or fall, most of them are frost tender, only a few are half hardy and are grown either as annuals or dug up in the fall, stored and replanted in the spring or grown as indoor plants that can be taken outside over the summer. Set them out in containers, hanging baskets, or your flowerbed after all risk of frost has past. Most houses, especially those with forced air heat, where the humidity is too low, are not suited for growing begonias indoors, but most begonias can be grown in your home, if you are careful enough to provide each with its particular requirements.

Begonias may be divided into 7 informal groupings based on their growth habit and differing cultivation needs: cane-stemmed begonias, rex-cultorum begonias, rhizomatous begonias, semperflorens begonias, shrub-like begonias, tuberous begonias (including the Tuberhybrida, Multiflora and Pendula begonias) and winter-flowering begonias.

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