Schizanthus

Schizanthus may be called the ‘poor man’s orchid’ but that doesn’t mean it is any less beautiful. With flowers resembling orchids, it has earned its name for being an easy-to-grow indoor or outdoor plant.

It flowers non-stop during the cooler months and if grown indoors needs bright, indirect light and regular watering. The new compact and bushy varieties (20cm high and wide) are attractive as a table arrangement.

Be careful of over or underwatering and don’t let the plant sit in water. Feed twice a month with a liquid plant food to extend the flowering period. If planted into the garden, it will do best in fertile, compost-rich soil in semi-shade.