Ardisia crispa 7°C/45°F; East Indies

Compact evergreen shrub that may in time attain a height of some 1.2m/4ft, but this would take several years as the ardisia is one of the slowest growing of in¬door plants. Leaves are leathery, glossy green and slightly waved at their margins. Fragrant white flowers in summer are insignificant, and the principal attraction is the clusters of scarlet berries that appear in autumn and will remain on the plant for many months. New plants can be raised from seed, but plants raised from cuttings are easier and quicker. Require cool, light conditions, a gritty, loam-based mixture and moderate watering. Feed with liquid manure every two or three weeks during the growing season.

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