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Advice & Plant Care

A series of guides on plant care for some of the most popular plants. From houseplants and orchids to chillies, tomatoes, peppers, and much more. Horticultural specialists, as well as Growth Technology’s own experts, provide their tips for healthy plants and bumper crops.

If you have a specific problem, please email us and we will try to answer the question for you.


Orchids are very popular as they thrive in the home environment, and their stunning flowers can last for months. Here, we provide advice for the various types of orchids such as Phalaenopsis, Cambria, Dendrobium and Cymbidium.

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Houseplants brighten a room and they bring real health benefits. Recent studies have indicated that in the presence of plants people recover from illnesses quicker. Here are a few easy guidelines to follow for indoor houseplant care.

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Chillies are very easy to grow especially if you buy them as young plants and can produce abundant fruit. Steve from South Devon Chilli Farm offers his tips for growing chillies based on his vast experience.

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Olive Trees

It is possible to grow olive trees in Britain, especially in urban, coastal or southern areas. They are great as ornamental trees and they will often produce a few olives. Here are a few tips from Dr Manos Kanellos, based on his experience of growing olives commercially in Greece.

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Palms that are grown outdoors or indoors can give a tropical feel to a house. They are very popular and there is a huge variety of palms that can be easily grown. The information on palm care is provided in two subsections: indoors and outdoors.

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Bonsai trees have become extremely popular in recent years both indoors and outdoors. They make excellent gifts because they are different and say something about you.

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Cacti & Succulents

There is a huge variety of cacti and succulents, some with amazing flowers. They are ideal for sunny windowsills and very easy to look after, in fact, they are difficult to kill!

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The various citrus species (lemon, orange, lime, mandarins, grapefruit, etc.) have very attractive foliage, sweet-scented flowers and colourful nutritious fruits. Given the right conditions, they should produce fruit regularly.

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Mealybug is very common with houseplants including orchids, cacti and succulents. Click here for help with the identification and control of this persistent pest. Heavy infestations can lead to leaf drop and even plant death.

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This guide will help you to create and maintain your very own unique piece of horticultural art.

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Air plants

Air plants originate from South America and Mexico. They get their name because rather than growing in soil, they use their short thin roots to attach themselves around tree branches and rocks. Air Plants were very popular in the 70s and are now making a comeback.

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