The Greenhouse

Pocketbook Plants

February 5, 2018

We have some new and unique flowering plants in our greenhouse! Pocketbook plants have clusters of strikingly beautiful flowers, one to two inches across and each is shaped like a tiny pouch. They are brilliantly colored in red, yellow, and orange, often with contrasting spots and blotches.

Calceolaria : also known as lady’s purseslipper flower, pocketbook flower, or slipperwort, is a genus of plants in the Calceolariaceae family. The pocketbook plant’s unique blossom shape, resembling a little pouch, is the origin of both the common name and the botanical name of this plant. In Latin, calceolus means “slipper.”  Flowers appear like clusters of small grapes, although they’re held upright rather than trailing and cover the foliage when in full bloom. In their preferred cool climates, they bloom all summer but can be used for fall, winter, and spring bloom in frost-free areas. Their ultimate height is 8 to 12 inches by 10 inches wide. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calceolaria)

Light: Pocketbook plants require moderate to bright indirect light.

Watering: Similar to cyclamen and African violets, pocketbook plants like to be watered from the bottom by setting them in a tray on water and letting the roots soak up until the plant is somewhat heavy.

Temperature: These plants like to be on the cooler side, they thrive during the winter being kept between 50-60 degrees. Keeping the plant in a cooler environment will help prolong the blooming life of the plant. They will begin to go dormant during the summer heat.

Fertilizer: A high phosperous fertilizer is ideal, and a 10-30-10 formula feed is good to use.

 

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