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Mandarin Plant

English name:

Mandarin Plant

Latin name:

Chlorophytum Orchidastrum 'Fire Flash'

About me:

A member of the Spider Plant family, I am easy to care for and grow, but much more dramatic than my (slightly drab) cousins!

Useful to know:

Origin

I come from sub-tropical parts of Southern and Western Africa, specifically Tanzania.

Height/Growth

I will grow up to 50cm in height when grown indoors but can reach double that outdoors.

Light

I like bright indirect light to part shade but no direct sunlight please.

Water

I like my soil to be kept moist but not soggy. As a subtropical plant, I like an environment with high humidity, so please mist me.

Temperature

Room temperatures of 16-24°C are perfect. I don't like cold draughts!

Feeding

Fertilise me once a month in spring and summer.

Grooming

I grow white flowers that will only last a week so cut the spikes after blooming unless you're after my seeds for propagation.

Care

If you notice brown spots or edges on my leaves, it could be a sensitivity to chlorine and fluoride in tapwater. To combat this, collect rainwater or leave tap water in an open container overnight before giving me a drink.

Toxicity

I am toxic so please don't eat me.

Fact

I am a relatively new houseplant, only introduced into Western homes in the 1990s.

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