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.