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Phyllostachys vivax 'Aureocaulis'

How to use Bamboo as a screening plant

We frequently get asked about using bamboo as a screening plant, often when neighbours have built an extension and some additional privacy is required.

Here we explain your options for using bamboo, the best species to choose, the do’s and do not’s, as well as practical tips for planting and ongoing care.

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How to install bamboo root barrier

When planting a running bamboo (e.g. Phyllostachys) in the ground, it is essential that you install a root barrier. See our video and other tips below to make sure you are installing it correctly.

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The Best Plants for Housewarming Presents

Here at the Palm Centre we believe that houseplants make the most wonderful housewarming gift. From students settling into a new share house to a young couple moving into their first home, giving someone a living organism is the most beautiful and sustainable way of wishing them success in their new environment.

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Top 5 Indoor Plants for Low Light Levels

It’s relatively easy to find houseplants that enjoy brightly lit indoor locations, either on a windowsill or nearby. But what about those darker corners of the room which don’t receive as much light? While no green plant can survive total darkness, you may be surprised to hear that there are plenty that can cope with lower light levels. Most of these plants originate from tropical and subtropical forests, where the dense canopy can greatly restrict the amount of light that filters down to the understorey, making them a perfect choice to lighten up those gloomy corners around the house.

Here are our top five picks for those tricky locations.


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Muehlenbeckia complexa

Top 10 Garden Plants of 2023

Looking for inspiration for your garden as the growing season gets underway? With spring just around the corner a lot of people are wondering which plants are trending, and how they can incorporate them into their garden.


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A Palm Centre Introduction: Agave montana

Here at the Palm Centre we’re passionate about plants and proud to have introduced several wonderful exotic plants to the UK. One of these is the beautiful Agave montana. Read more about this wonderful plant and the story of its discovery.

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How to frost-proof your outdoor pots

All of the outdoor pots we sell here at The Palm Centre are frost-proof. Even so, there are many things you can do to protect your pots from frost and keep them looking their best year-round. Read our handy tips below…

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Cold-damaged Palms: A Quick Guide

Here’s a short guide to treating cold-damaged palms in the UK. For a more in-depth article, click here. When it comes to cold damaged palms, the old adage is true: prevention is better than cure! If at all possible, protect palms from freezing temperatures in the first place with horticultural fleece. That said, if you … Continued

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Tree ferns 101: a comprehensive guide to look after your hardy tree ferns

Ferns are an extremely diverse category of plants that have survived since the age of dinosaurs. They are instantly recognizable by their pleasing architectural foliage, often finely divided.

The soft tree ferns are part of a group of about 25 species, spread mostly in the Southern hemisphere, and the soft tree fern, also known as Dicksonia antarctica, is one of them.

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Tropical Triumph: Mastering the Art of Hardy Banana Plant Care

Banana plants are among the easiest of exotic plants to grow and new species are introduced all the time.

The hardy banana tree is actually an herbaceous perennial (the world’s largest) despite being referred to as a tree. What looks like a trunk is actually tightly bound banana leaves.

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Choosing decorative pots for your indoor plants

Most of the plants sold online will be delivered to you in plastic nursery pots. These are not always the best looking and most likely won’t fit any home style you may have. Here are some tips on how to choose the decorative pot that is the appropriate size for your newly purchased plant.

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Calathea dressleri 'Helen Kennedy'

Essential Tips for Vibrant Prayer Plants

Prayer plants can seem a high-maintenance choice at first, because they require the perfect combination elements. They thrive best when provided with tropical forest like conditions: warm, moist, gentle airflow, and a bit of fertiliser. But when you set up the best conditions from the start and understand how to care for this plant, it will fairly easy to maintain it.

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