Chlorophytum plant care

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Chlorophytum plant care

Chlorophytum plant care

“Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig”. George Bernard Shaw

Only collect what you can live without!

From time to time we go to far North Queensland, over 1000 kilometres from our base, for a few weeks holiday. It can be challenging to collect certain special plants from these locations because of the extreme weather conditions. During our stay we found a beautiful one-leaved herb with a chartreuse vein on the underside of the leaf. I knew the species by the distinctive leaf and flower arrangement but not the specific name. I’d heard that the similar-looking lotus plant might have a different name, however I did not think it was quite that obvious. I was able to locate the specific Chlorophytum species in botanical gardens at Cairns and Rainbow Beach. I’d already studied the real lotus plants and knew what they looked like, and where they grew, which was not the case with this plant.

The one-leaved herb with a chartreuse vein was being sold at the markets at the base of Mount Maundy Thursday’s on the Central Coast. It has a lovely fragrance and so I gave it a try. It came up as completely new to me so I asked the farmer what species it was. I would definitely recommend using a growers register, to name the variety. I took the plants home and found that the plant in their care included a huge, single leaf, almost half the plant size. There was nothing like this in their plant collections.

It was obvious that the plants were not being grown by a real plant scientist as the leaves appeared to be chlorophyll deficient. Other plants have a waxy appearance to their leaves, rather than the membranous or velvety characteristics of the real lotus. It would be difficult to explain to others what the difference is, and the varieties are certainly not from different regions.

Chlorophytum lotus

Chlorophytum plant care

Unfortunately, it’s hard to grow in the Northern Territory. The combination of high summer temperature, long dry season and minimal rainfall limits the life span of the seedlings. The plants will begin flowering in winter at Rainbow Beach and change colour from purples to oranges and yellows before being cut back.

If you have been looking for an unusual species, then look no further. This one-leaved herb is the first of its kind that I’ve seen in a market. The subtle fragrance is a treat. Perhaps the plants should be grown at nurseries for their own use or their next home should be in your collection.

Smashing through undergrowth


If you’re planning to collect a rare plant, then firstly think about the method you want to use and the steps you want to take. Avoid just grabbing plants from the plants or weeds, as you are almost certain to be disappointed. Spend some time looking for the plants and try not to try and take too many.

If you don’t know how a particular plant grows, ask someone who does. I know lots of people and if you haven’t asked any of them to find a plant for you, ask the farmers who supply them. I’d also suggest asking nurseries and gardeners who use the same species as you might know them and they might have an idea.

Our attempt at a new job?

Over the last few years we’ve been happy to grow C. virginianum in several container sizes. Over the years I have spent lots of time in the collections of University of New England and have spent thousands of dollars in plant supply costs to achieve my desired results. While we were away I decided to give the collection a bit of a tune-up. We don’t take kindly to being told what we should and shouldn’t do.

We prefer to grow plants in environments that were previously used by those who designed them. Our pots can be found next to plants that we would recognise from the Olden Days. Over the years, I’ve amassed a fantastic collection of 80+ plants. During this process, I have made many purchases and have spent large amounts of time and money at various plantshops. I would be a fool to expect anyone to start on a hobby without time and money.

Growing in the past

Chlorophytum plant care

The first step was to clean the collection, and if the plants weren’t too heavy I used my great care as an excuse to do a bit of cleaning. There are more plants in my collection than I would ever need, and some are old and dirty. We are not antiques and will do our best not to let our display garden go into the same state. We have six types of these “cheaper” cacti. One of these is in a position that it has been coming towards the light source for a long time and may be broken. The plants are also a variety of sizes, which can make maintenance a little awkward. We also have a great collection of African violets in a number of container sizes.

Container plants grow in containers and they get cleaned out every time, either by you or someone else. Maintenance is vital and can be both time and money consuming. However, it is a luxury that I have paid for over the years, and I do


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