The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Ardisia

Family: Myrsinaceae.

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Ardisia crenata Sims (Ardisia crenulata Lodd.)
Ardisia Genus of about 250 species of evergreen trees and shrubs from moist woodland in tropicat and warm-temperate areas of Asia, Australia, and North and south America. Ardisia is a slow-growing shrub grown as a pot plant in conservatories and homes for its abundant crop of long lasting, bright red berries. The glossy leathery leaves make this slow-growing shrub an attractive foliage plant. The berries follow the tiny flowers which appear in summer and they stay on the plant for many month. The Coral Berry should be kept cool in winter and away from draught at all times. Never let the compost dry out and prune back in early spring. Japanese name means "ten thousands ryou ( old price unit of Japan )"
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth in summer - minimum 45F in winter. Brightly lit spot away from direct sunlight. Grow in soil-based potting mix. Keep compost moist at all time. Reduce watering in winter. Misting is necessary. Take semi-ripe stem cuttings in spring or summer. Sow seed at 55 F (13 C) in early spring.
Ardisia humilis
A shrub (up to 2.5m) with dark green, shiny leaves. The pinkish-white flowers open in spring and last a long time. They are followed by scarlet berries (turning black) in the fall. These plants are native to China and Malaya. Ardisia humilis

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