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.

The Gardener