Clas­sics to covet

Pay heed to these old favourites, which de­serve their time to shine!

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As­pidis­tra (cast iron plant)

This old ch­est­nut has been pop­u­lar since Vic­to­rian times. Its com­mon name gives a clue to its tol­er­ance of a wide range of sit­u­a­tions. In­de­struc­tible! From www. house­of­plants.co.uk.

Sch­lum­berg­era (Christ­mas cac­tus)

Easy as pie to grow, and def­i­nitely gives more than it takes – glo­ri­ous flow­ers in win­ter and spo­rad­i­cally at other times. In­di­rect light. Pick off a leaf sec­tion and pot up to prop­a­gate. From Wye­vale gar­den cen­tres.

Cras­sula ovata (money tree)

Un­of­fi­cially the eas­i­est house­plant to keep! Cras­sula is a pop­u­lar suc­cu­lent that just needs good light and a bit of wa­ter now and then. Try the va­ri­ety ‘The Hob­bit’ for its nice tubu­lar leaves. From www.rhs­plants.co.uk.

Chloro­phy­tum co­mo­sum ‘Var­ie­ga­tum’ (var­ie­gated spi­der plant)

Spi­der plants need no care as such, but if kept fed their leaves are more lu­mi­nous. You only ever need to buy one – prop­a­gate its off­sets for more! From Dob­bies gar­den cen­tres.

Strep­to­car­pus (cape prim­rose)

Given a lit­tle care and at­ten­tion, strep­to­car­pus are fine house­plants boast­ing beau­ti­ful flow­ers. Give them in­di­rect light and feed with a high potash fer­tiliser. From www. di­b­leys.com.

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