How do you care for flowering plants?

Our tips for keeping our flowering assortment beautiful for as long as possible:

Stephanotis

Stephanotis is a symbol of ‘wedded bliss’, which is why it is also known as bridal flower. It is also one of the most fragrant flowers in the world and that is why it is available from AltaNova in a mix together with Jasmine.

Stephanotis likes to be in a light, sunny position and can be watered regularly. When the flowers open, they are wonderfully scented.

house Suitable for indoors
light Prefers a light, sunny position; can tolerate partial shade
Water Water: water daily; do not leave water in the pot
plant Nutrition Feed regularly in spring and summer (once every two weeks)
Temperature Temperature between 18 and 22 °C is ideal
Open flowers Open flowers are wonderfully scented
This plant is not edible

Jasmijn

The name of this graceful climber comes from the Persian word ‘Yasmin’, which means ‘gift from god’. Jasmine is a symbol of purity, simplicity, modesty and strength.

Jasmine has very few needs, it flowers from December to April and gives a lot of pleasure!

house Suitable for indoors; also suitable for the terrace and the balcony
light Prefers a light, sunny position; can tolerate partial shade
Water Water: water daily; do not leave water in the pot
plant Nutrition Feed regularly in spring and summer (once every two weeks)
Temperature Temperature between 5 and 20 °C is ideal; can’t tolerate (night) frost
Open flowers Open flowers are wonderfully scented
This plant is not edible

Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea brings a Mediterranean atmosphere to your garden, terrace or balcony! When abroad, you will often see it growing against the white walls of typical Mediterranean houses. Its bright colours give that ultimate holiday feeling!

Bougainvillea needs a lot of sun thanks to its origins. Even in the Dutch climate you can enjoy this brightly coloured flowering plant for about four months (June-September). Bougainvillea can’t tolerate frost, so preferably keep it indoors during the winter.

house Suitable for indoors; also suitable for the terrace and the balcony
light Prefers a light, sunny position
Water Water every day during the summer, and once a week during the rest of the year
plant Nutrition Feed once every two weeks in the summer, not in the winter
Temperature Temperature between 10 and 30 °C is ideal
This plant is not edible

Mandevilla

This is one of the most rewarding garden flowers; it produces non-stop flowers in various colours all summer long to late in the autumn! The plant has different names, it is also called Dipladenia.

You can put the Mandevilla outside in April or May and only need to bring it back inside in mid-November. So you can enjoy it from the early spring until the late autumn!

house Suitable for indoors; also suitable for the terrace and the balcony
Preferes a light, sunny position
Water Water every day during the summer, and once a week during the rest of the year
plant Nutrition Feed once every two weeks in the summer, not in the winter
Temperature Temperature between 15 and 30 °C is ideal
This plant is not edible

Passiflora

The passion flower has a lot of symbolism. Passion originally means ‘suffering’.  The Spanish conquerors in South America used this flower to explain the story (the suffering) of Christ to the original inhabitants.

Passion flower is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use and preferably in a sheltered place with sufficient light.

house Suitable for the terrace and balcony
light Likes plenty of light but not directly in full sun
Water Water every day during the summer, and once a week during the rest of the year
plant Nutrition Feed once every two weeks in the summer, not in the winter
Temperature Temperature between 5 and 20 °C is ideal
This plant is not edible

Thunbergia

The Dutch name is: ‘Suzanne with the beautiful eyes’. The striking black heart of the flower is reminiscent of the pupil of an eye, hence this unforgettable name!

Thunbergia is a real sun worshiper and loves warmth, it can only stay outside if the temperature is more than 10°C. Make sure that the soil does not dry out.

house Suitable for the terrace and balcony, also suitable for indoors
light Can tolerate partial shade
Water Water daily; do not leave water in the pot
plant Nutrition Feed once every two weeks in the summer, not in the winter
Temperature Temperature between 5 and 20 °C is ideal
This plant is not edible

Hydrangea

The Hydrangea or hydrangea, is native to China and Japan. This stylish and easygoing plant symbolizes gratitude grace, beauty and abundance.

The Hydrangea likes to stand in the sun, but the soil must be moist enough. After flowering, this plant can be placed in the open ground and is then hardy.

house Ideal for the garden and the balcony
light Prefers a shade/half shade position
Water Water daily; do not leave water in the pot
plant Nutrition Feed regularly in spring and summer (once every two weeks)
Temperature Temperature between 5 and 20 °C is ideal
This plant is not edible

Echinacea

Echinacea is also known as the ‘purple coneflower’ and is one of the most widely used plants for herbal medicines. Its convex heart in combination with the almost horizontal petals gives it a classic cone-shaped appearance.

Spring is the best time to plant echinacea in your garden. It flowers from July to September, but also looks beautiful when its has finished flowering! Another nice quality; the plant is hardy when planted in the ground.

house Ideal for the garden and the balcony
Prefers a light, sunny spot
Water Water daily; do not leave water in the pot
plant Nutrition Feed regularly in spring and summer (once every two weeks)
Temperature Temperature between 5 and 20 °C is ideal
This plant is not edible

Kniphofia

This plant, originating from the African Savanna, is named after the German botanist Kniphof. The Kniphofia is also known as the red hot poker, a logical name for this fiery bloomer!

The Kniphofia likes to be in a sunny position and likes moist soil. To enjoy the plant for as long as possible, remove the dead flowers and leave the leaves on the plant during the winter. In case of severe frost, it is advisable to cover the plant.

house Ideal for the garden and the balcony
light Prefers a sunny spot
Water Water daily; do not leave water in the pot
plant Nutrition Feed regularly in spring and summer (once every two weeks)
Temperature Temperature between 5 and 20 °C is ideal
This plant is not edible

Salvia

Salvia comes from the Latin ‘Salvere’, or ‘healthy’ or ‘saving’. The Romans called it a ‘holy herb’ because of its cleansing effect.

Salvia can be grown in a sunny to very lightly shaded spot. Salvia Lake is an annual plant. Salvia Nemorosa is winter-hardy, and if you lightly cut the stems back immediately after flowering, it will flower again!

house Ideal for the garden and the balcony
light Prefers a sunny spot
Water Water daily; do not leave water in the pot
plant Nutrition Feed regularly in spring and summer (once every two weeks)
Temperature Temperature between 5 and 20 °C is ideal
This plant is not edible

Hebe

The Hebe Addenda® is a true ‘butterfly magnet’. In Greek mythology, Hebe is the goddess of youth and she represents the flowering of nature and spring, giving nectar to the gods.

The Hebe flowers beautifully until well into the autumn, especially until the first frost. So you can enjoy this stylish bloomer for a long time. Also known as bush veronica!

house Ideal for the garden and the balcony
light Prefers a sunny spot
Water Water daily; do not leave water in the pot
plant Nutrition Feed regularly in spring and summer (once every two weeks)
Temperature Temperature between 5 and 20 °C is ideal
This plant is not edible

AGAPANTHUS

The Agapanthus is an African lily, and is also known as the ‘Lily of the Nile’. Its fabulous blue globe-shaped inflorescence is very distinctive. It flowers during the period from July to September.

Agapanthus is a real sun lover, and is very suitable for use in a pot on the patio or balcony. It needs a lot of water but does not like to be waterlogged, so ensure that the (excess) water can drain well. This plant needs a bit of help in the form of nutrients (fertiliser) in order to be able to produce flowers.

house Ideal for the garden and the balcony
light Prefers a sunny spot
Water Water daily; do not leave water in the pot
plant Nutrition Feed regularly in spring and summer (once every two weeks)
Temperature Temperature between 5 and 30 °C is ideal
This plant is not edible

THUNBERGIA BATTISCOMBEI

Thunbergia Battiscombei is the shrub form of the other Thunbergias in our range. Its dark purple flowers make a beautiful contrast with  its yellow heart.

Thunbergia is a real sun lover and likes heat – it can only go outdoors when the temperature is above 10°C. Make sure that the soil does not dry out.

house Ideal for the garden and the balcony
light Prefers a sunny spot
Water Water daily; do not leave water in the pot
plant Nutrition Feed regularly in spring and summer (once every two weeks)
Temperature Temperature between 5 and 30 °C is ideal
This plant is not edible

VERBENA

Verbena has traditionally been considered a sacred herb, and has been acclaimed for its medicinal powers since the Middle Ages. The plant was believed to help heal ‘wounds from iron weapons’, hence the nickname ironweed.

Verbenas like warm and sunny spots in the garden, preferably sheltered. Despite its slender appearance, this plant is a very strong plant with a long flowering period. It is also very appealing to butterflies and bees in the garden.

house Ideal for the garden and the balcony
light Prefers a sunny spot
Water Water daily; do not leave water in the pot
plant Nutrition Feed regularly in spring and summer (once every two weeks)
Temperature Temperature between 5 and 20 °C is ideal
This plant is not edible

LEWISIA

Lew

The Lewisia feels most at home in a rock garden and blooms here from May through July. Make sure that this Bitterwort (as Lewisia is also called) does not get too wet. It prefers (semi-)shade, but can also tolerate sun. After it has flowered for weeks, the flowers dry out. That is the right moment to cut away the old flowers. This gives new buds the opportunity to bloom. So you can enjoy new flowers for a long time!

house Suitable for indoors and outdoors
Licht
Loves a sunny spot
Water
Requires little water
Plantvoeding
Requires little nutrition
Temperatuur
Between -3 and 20 degrees Celsius
 This plant is not edible

BUDDLEJA

buddleja sfeer

Buddleja likes to stand in the sun and this also has a beneficial effect: the more sunlight, the more profusely it will bloom! The butterfly bush starts flowering in late summer (from August). Among these first flower plumes, you will immediately find new flower buds. It pays to keep an eye on the butterfly bush. By removing spent flowers daily, you encourage the shrub to continue producing new flower buds. It can then continue to bloom into October!

house
Suitable for the terrace and balcony
Licht
Prefers a sunny spot
Water Water daily, do not leave water in the pot
Plantvoeding Give regularly in spring and summer (1x per 2 weeks)
Temperatuur
Between -10 and 30 degrees Celsius
 This plant is not edible

DIGITALIS PANTHER

The botanical name Digitalis literally means ‘finger’. The plant’s flower fits perfectly on your finger – and presumably also on a fox’s paw, giving rise to the English name ‘foxglove’.

Digitalis Panther is a compact and strong plant which blooms for a long time – uninterrupted from early spring until late autumn. The nectar in the flowers is very appealing to bumblebees and honeybees, and thereby helps these pollinators to thrive.

house Suitable for indoors and outdoors
Licht
Prefers a place with plenty of light, not in bright sunlight
Water
Water daily, do not leave water in the pot
Plantvoeding
Give regularly in spring and summer (1x per 2 weeks)
Temperatuur
Between 5 and 30 degrees Celsius
 This plant is not edible

HELLEBORUS

The Helleborus requires little care and can withstand up to -20 degrees frost! She protects her flowers against frost, because if it starts to freeze she pumps the moisture out of the flowers and temporarily stores it in the leaves and roots. The flowers hang limp for a while, but do not freeze! Is the frost over? Then the Helleborus will pump water to the flowers again and the plant will look beautiful again!

house Suitable for indoors and outdoors
Licht
Prefers a place with plenty of light, not in bright sunlight
Water
Water daily, do not leave water in the pot
Plantvoeding
Give regularly in spring and summer (1x per 2 weeks)
Temperatuur
Between -10 and 20 degrees Celsius
 This plant is not edible

Eucalyptus Citrodora

Eucalyptus_sfeer 1

Eucalyptus likes a spot in full sun, but also does well in partial shade. Because it does not lose much moisture through its leaves, it does not need much water. Make sure the soil is well aerated and permeable, but not too wet. The Eucalyptus is very sensitive to wet feet.

house
Suitable for outside
Licht
Prefers a sunny spot
Water
Water weekly
Plantvoeding Give regularly in spring and summer (1x per 2 weeks)
Temperatuur
Between 5 and 15 degrees Celsius
 This plant is not edible

GENISTA CYTISUS

Also known as broom in English. Fun fact: brooms or brushes used to be made from brooms twigs. 

The Genista is a real sun worshiper, it flowers from early spring to late summer and is easy to care for. 

house
Suitable for home; also for the terrace and balcony
Licht
Can tolerate partial shade
Water Water daily, do not leave water in the pot
Plantvoeding Give regularly in spring and summer (1x per 2 weeks)
Temperatuur
Between 5 and 20 degrees Celsius
 This plant is not edible

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