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Lately, this has become an extremely popular houseplant, probably because it can be easily raised fromon window-sills. sown in spring will give nicely shaped plants by summer, and indeed this is really the best way to acquire plants other than to buy them. Old plants may become untidy and straggly and look anything but attractive. Moreover, to keep the plants in good condition during winter requires the maintenance of moderate warmth. They will survive a considerable , but then deteriorate miserably. They then have to be cut back severely in spring for the production of new growth. The are oval, olive-green and smothered with small, white to pinkish spots. The quality of colouring varies in a batch of , pink being the most desirable. Good colours can be propagated from taken in spring, but both saved plants and those from should have their growing tips removed
several times to produce branching growth. If left to grow normally, they can reach 60cm (2ft). In favourable conditions, this plant -which is from Madagascar- will flower. However, the purple and white blooms are not particularly interesting. This species is useful for a shaded, but in summer likes moderate . To keep the leaves in good condition. spray them with water from time to time. For plants. 13cm (5 in.) can be used as the final size for seedlings or rooted cuttings. and whitcfly may attack, but the plants are not especially susceptible to pests or diseases. Chill causes yellowing and fall.