Agave stricta rubra (Red hedgehog agave)
Colocasia esculenta – black magic
Yucca aloifolia (Dwarf Yucca)
Excellent specimen for any type of garden or perfect as an accent plant in a large glazed pot. An evergreen shrub, it grows to a height of 1.5 metres with a spread of 1 metre. The leaves are grey-green, spear shaped in a basal rosette. The flowers that appear on a terminal spike are creamy white and bell shaped. This beautiful yucca is native of southern USA , it is adaptable to most well-drained soils, prefers a sunny position, and is drought and frost resistant.
Manfreda maculosa (Texas tuberose)
An unusually attractive foliage plant with mottled leaves, Manfreda maculosa Texas Tuberose also known as rattlesnake agave is a great choice for rock gardens. It can take full sun to partial shade with a well drained soil mix. Needs very less water. Plants are watered only enough to keep the foliage from shriveling.
Special bromeliad fertiliser
This is the top notch commercial grade fertiliser used by nurseries. Slow release fertilisers that you get on shelves of supermarkets are just activated by soil temperature and not soil moisture. This special bromeliad fertiliser is 'controlled release fertiliser' which is activated by both soil temperature and moisture. It releases fertiliser when plant needs it. Also unlike many standard fertiliser on supermarket shelves which usually feeds for 3 months, this fertiliser feeds for 12 months. Plus you only need a quarter tablespoon (4-5 gms) per 4” (100mm) pot. That means our 240 gms fertiliser bag can be sufficient for about 50 X 4″ pots.
Directions: Half fill the pot with a good quality, free draining potting mix. Sprinkle appropriate amount of fertiliser* and place the plant in it. Fill with remaining potting mix. Fertiliser may be mixed with the potting mix, but applying fertiliser at the root zone can achieve quicker results. One application lasts 12 months (at 21 deg C average soil temp.) *Use about quarter tablespoon (4-5 gms) per 4” (100mm) pot. Adjust the amount as per the pot size.
Please note that if your bromeliad is a coloured one, it may turn green within a few days. Extensive experiments in our greenhouse have shown that it really doesn’t matter if your coloured bromeliad turns green in the beginning. In fact, it will serve to establish your plant, giving out good vegetative growth.
(This fertiliser is suitable for tubestock, pups and young bromeliads for vigorous growth.) You can then apply an appropriate high potassium fertiliser, which will bring out the colour.
Agave geminiflora (Twin Flower Agave)
A dramatic plant which blooms yellow flowers with a hint of red. This Mexican native is a natural for the desert garden or the modern architectural landscape. The symmetrical, nearly stem less rosette, smaller size, fine texture, and resistance to pests make this a first class landscape plant. It thrives in full sun, even in low desert, but will do equally well in shade. Adequate water ensures a dense symmetrical form and optimal colour. Whether in modernistic or naturalistic landscapes, few plants rival its uniformity of size and widespread adaptability.