Nematanthus gregarious, commonly called a goldfish plant or clog plant, is a flowering shrub for indoors that originated in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama.
This plant is a tough branchging or erect shrub with small glossy succulent leaves. It has fleshy pitcher like flowers, colored orange yellow that are produced singularly in the leaf axils; and resemble goldfish.
The plant prefers full sunlight to filtered sunlight. It will tolerate temperatures down to 41°F and prefers a cool location during winter.
Water regularly, from the bottom, during the growing season by standing the pot in water for 10 min. allow the soil to dry out slightly before water again. Water more sparingly during the rest of the year. Feed with a low nitrogen fertilizer every two weeks from spring to fall. Do not feed during the remainder of the year.
Mature plants will flower permanently for years. Young plants prefer adornment. During winter when it should be kept in a light cool position at about 50 to 59°F. Repot the plant every year in the spring and cut back long shoots at this time.
If you’re disappointed because your potted plant doesn’t look is lush and attractive as do the plant in a florist shop, then you don’t know the trick that florists use to get that look. Florists do use a leaf shine product to polish the leaves on their potted plant to make them look as healthy and as attractive as possible.
There are many leaf shine products on the market and the best of those products, the one most used by florists on their plants is Chrysal leafshine.
Chrysal leafshine polishes your plants, as well as cut foliage, for a natural healthy look. It removes water spots and calcium deposits and even prevents dust from settling on the leaves. It is a quick drying, safe and easy to use spray which requires no wiping or rubbing.
To purchase Chrysal leafshine contact your local florist. If they do not currently have the product for sale; your local florist can get it from Delaware Valley Wholesale Florist Supply/Fresh Blooms.
Unfortunately, Delaware Valley does not sell directly to the general public; however, you can contact them at 800-676-1212 to learn where you can publicly purchase Chrysal leafshine. If memory should fail you when speaking to them just tell him you want the “good stuff” – I’ve ordered it that way from them before and that also goes to prove how fantastic this leaf shine spray actually is.
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