Elephant ear philodendron
Welcome to the jungle! This philodendron is part of the original owner's landscaping, so it's at least 20 years old. The leaves are enormous, probably two feet across and three feet long, with the whole plant about 10 feet high. It needs very little care, just some water now and then. The perfect plant for people with no time for plants -- as long as you live in a frost-free area or have a very large room to house it. Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2012-11-01
One of the most popular orchids, Phals are of South Asian origin, and the ones you find in most stores today are from Taiwan which has a huge orchid industry.
A bit touchy, they need temps from 70-86 degrees during the day and mid-60s at night in order to set flowers. They don’t store water and should be kept generally moist. Morning sun or daily indirect sun will work.
This is the culture sheet from the American Orchid Society for Phals (for novices): Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2012-01-12
This is a Bromeliad, a Neoregelia -- which has 5,000 cultivars -- so I’m not even going to try to guess on this one. This one is in bloom (which is called an inflorescence – basically a flower stalk) in the shallow water tank at the center of the plant. Bromeliads are of South American origin, range in habitat from tropical cloud forests to deserts.
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Red Pansy Orchid
During the winter season, your Plantidotians will be digging into the archives, and expanding the plantidote horizon.
Today, an orchid. Exquisitely beautiful, tropical and dramatic, living pretty much on air, humidity, and being ignored.
I don’t know much about them (except I can kill them dead in heartbeat, so only visit them in captivity), so feel free to add info in comments. Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2011-12-07