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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - December 13th, 2009.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

Crocus has these new items today

large-light-pink-phalaenopsis-moth-orchid £19.99
Commonly called the moth orchid because its flattened flower petals can look like butterflies wings, these are always a welcome present. They are possibly one of the easiest orchids to care for and the flowers will last for many weeks. These plants will come with around 16 pink flowers or buds and they sit in an attractive matt purple pot.Position: They will thrive in good light, but prefer some shade from direct sun. Try to keep them away from central heating, but they are more tolerant of this than most other orchids. They love humidity, so a bright kitchen or bathroom would be ideal.Soil: Specialist orchid compostWater: Keep the compost moist during the warmer months, but in winter you should reduce the amount it gets, and only water them occasionally. Ideally when watering, you should let them stand in a tray of water (or kitchen sink) so they can soak up as much as they like for an hour or two. Afterwards, let the excess water drain away completely. It is always best to give them a a good soak when they get quite dry, rather than watering little and often. Their preference is for soft, tepid water.Humidity: Mist the leaves with water occasionally, especially if they are in a heated room.General care: Don’t worry if the roots grow outside the pot. In their native environment, they grow in the crooks of branches, and use these aerial roots to absorb water from the air. They do not mind being overcrowded in their pots, so you only need to repot them when the growth starts to suffer. They usually only send up flower spikes once a year, however you may encourage a second flush of flowers to form more quickly if you trim back the stem to just above the first node immediately after they have finished flowering. They prefer even temperatures, so try not to have big drops at night time.Plants will be sent out with care instructions. If you order other items and wish to receive these before the date selected for your Phalaenopsis you will need to select split delivery in the shopping wheelbarrow.

sword fern
sword fern £6.99
Position: full or partial shadeSoil: fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soilRate of growth: averageHardiness: fully hardyLustrous, dark green fronds up to 90cm (36in) long arranged in a distinctive shuttlecock-like shape. This evergreen fern is aptly named since the substantial fronds resemble large swords. Perfect for providing all year foliage interest for a mixed border in full or partial shade, it performs best in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil.Garden care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted leaf mould, composted pine needles or garden compost into the planting hole. Goes well with: Sarcococca confusa, Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’, Polygonatum odoratum, Epimedium x youngianum ‘Niveum’, Ruscus aculeatus, Hosta ‘Big Daddy’
switch grass
switch grass £5.99
Position: full sunSoil: moderately fertile, well-drained soilRate of growth: average Flowering period: August and September Flower colour: purple-greenOther features: striking autumn colourHardiness: fully hardyPendent clusters of tiny, purple-green spikelets and upright mid-green leaves turning rich reddish-purple in autumn. This deciduous ornamental grass is renowned for its striking autumn colour. One of our recommended plants, it’s perfect for providing vertical interest in a sunny, well-drained new perennial border.Garden care: Lift and divide congested colonies between mid-spring and summer