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QI saw this plant (above) at Mel­bourne Zoo and was won­der­ing if you could iden­tify it as I think it would make a great Christ­mas tree in a pot if it’s avail­able here.

June Gra­ham, Hamer­s­ley.

AThis is one of our own WA plants. The Al­bany Woolly Bush, adenan­thos sericeus, is avail­able in ev­ery nurs­ery. It makes a great Christ­mas tree, so pot one up now for the fes­tive sea­son. Use a na­tive pot­ting mix and only slow-re­lease fer­tiliser, keep it in full sun and it will be fine in­doors for a week.

QCan you please ad­vise on how best to care for my in­door fit­to­nia plants. They are cur­rently sit­ting on a kitchen bench op­po­site the win­dow but do not re­ceive any di­rect heat from the sun­shine be­cause of the an­gle of the ver­ti­cal blinds. How of­ten do I need to wa­ter them and do I wa­ter over the top or be­low the leaves? They have been re­pot­ted into big­ger pots with ad­di­tional pot­ting mix­ture. John Bills, Mt Law­ley.

AFit­to­nia, also known as the nerve plant, is a rain­for­est plant from Peru and re­quires high hu­mid­ity, but leave the soil to dry out in be­tween wa­ter­ing. It’s best to mist spray fit­to­nia all over the leaves un­til some wa­ter drops into the soil, twice weekly at this time of the year and three to four times a week in sum­mer.

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