Put the plant in a bright spot, but away from direct sunlight. The potting soil should always be kept damp. The umbrella plant comes with a climbing rack.
|Latin name:||Ceropegia sandersonii 'African Parachute'|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as container plant|
|Guarantee:||6 months growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||Yes|
|Growing Height:||40 - 70 cm|
Your Parachute flower (Ceropegia sandersonii) will come in a nursery pot. Pot it up to a larger planter with humus rich potting compost, or just stand in a pretty planter. Water immediately.
Stand the whole thing in a warm, sunny spot in temperatures between 12 and 25 °C (definitely no lower than 10 °C).
Your Parachute Flower (Ceropegia sandersonii) as a hanging plant
Try this plant as a hanging plant too. Ensure a pot that's strong enough for this heavy plant and stand it with the tendrils hanging over the side of a tall cupboard.
The parachute flower (Ceropegia sandersonii) has thick leaves so can be treated as you would any succulent - however, do water regularly. Once a week should suffice. Allow the soil to remain moist. Feed with fertiliser for flowering plants every three weeks in the summer and the plant will thrive. If you would like to see it grow bigger, pot it in a larger pot and weave new tendrils into the climbing frame.
This plant will appreciate a drenching in a summer shower of rain. Spraying will also help keep the dust off.
The Parachute Flower (Ceropegia sandersonii) in Bloom.
Water weekly and this strong, easy to grow plant will have flowers on its tendrils for most of the year, as long as it's in the light (no full sun). There is a short dormant period in the winter but even without flowers, the decorative plant is well worth the effort!
Pruning your Parachute Flower (Ceropegis sandersonii)
If this plant gets too big, just prune hard back. New tendrils will soon grow and flowering will also be stimulated.
This lovely houseplant has really lovely blooms that will soon be noticed! They are rather parachute shaped, giving the plant its name. This bizarre shaped flower is actually a catcher for female flies that are kept imprisoned for up to 4 days. During that time, they've fed on the nectar and are released when there is no more to be had. They take pollen with them and brush the stamens as they escape, thereby pollinating the plant. Where's the next flower?!
The stiff hairs on the flowers trigger the closure when touched, so trapping the insect. Really very ingenious.