An attractive plant with ornamental, fern-like foliage, which has a brownish tinge and a slightly downy texture when young. The Grevillea is quite hardy and can be grown easily in a range of conditions. It does, however, prefer to be kept on the cool side, as higher temperatures cause lower humidity, which can lead to dehydration of the leaves. The Grevillea is therefore ideally suited to a porch. In its natural habitat this plant is a vigorous tree, so indoor specimens need to be kept in check. Unbalanced or wayward growth should be carefully trimmed off with a sharp pair of secateurs. It is also essential to maintain an erect habit, and it may be necessary to use a stake for this purpose.

Plant type : Foliage plant with erect habit
Season of interest : All year round
Size : 100-250cm (39—98in)
Flower : None indoors
Leaf : Fern-like, 20-40cm (8—16in), green with slight brown coloration when young
Temperature : 10-18°C (50—65°F)
Aspect/Light : Moderate to full light
Humidity : Moderate
Watering : Evenly moisten compost in spring and summer, allowing to dry a little before re-watering; water less in autumn and winter
Feeding : Once every two to three weeks with houseplant fertilizer in spring and summer, when growing actively
Propagation : Sow seed at 15°C (60°F) in seed and cutting compost in spring
Potting : Houseplant potting compost
Problems : Dehydration from warm, dry atmosphere
Availability : Occasionally available, especially in spring and summer
Uses indoors : Feature plant for cooler position such as porch or room which is light but not too hot