Garden Center TV: An Indoor Plant Named “Tweed” That Looks Like “Weed!”

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Post #3 Independent Garden Center Show 2008, Chicago

I saw a new indoor plant from Kraft Gardens with a tag that read, "Fool the Police with this Look-Alike!"

I had to take a closer look at the suspicious looking plant to understand the tag, so I made my inspection.

I couldn't believe the uncanny resemblance this vining Anthurium polyschitum (cleverly named "Tweed") had to Cannabis sativa- commonly known as "weed!"

This was not your ordinary, innocent-looking anthurium. 

 

 

 

   

Kraft Gardens, vining Anthurium, "Tweed" is a hybrid from the Netherlands

 

 

I'm not a fan of any kind of weed myself, but I really like the way this anthurium looks.

The Tweed anthurium is a tall, lush vining plant that can be placed in a bright spot indoors, though direct sunlight is discouraged.

Tweed is comfortable in 65-80-degree rooms, just as I am, so I think we will get along just fine!

 

Anthurium, is a large genus of about 600- 800 (possibly 1,000) species, belonging to the arum family and is native to Central and South America.

A tropical plant, the anthurium is equally at home in the sheltered greenhouses of Netherlands, where this special variety is grown.

Unlike other anthuriums, Tweed is grown for its foliage and not flowering habit and is very elegant.

 

At the very least, it makes for a great ice breaker!

 

 

 

Watch  my Garden Center TV  video coverage of this new indoor plant.

 

 

   

I also previewed a new line of Dracaena marginatas from Kraft that boast "beautiful legs" like this "Marginata Candelabra Colorama" with candelabra shaped limbs.

 

 

Many Indoor plant fans are familiar with the tall foliage plant, dracaena marginata,  often used as a specimen plant to soften corners, large walls and anchor plant groupings.

The dracaena makes a great focal point, but I'm not a fan of the way it grows, exposing it's lanky bare limbs.

I must not be the only person who feels this way, because  Kraft Gardens has introduced a new line of dracaenas that boast decorative, shapely legs that will help me overcome this objection. 

 

Kraft Gardens "Marginata Braid" dracaena

 

 

 

 

Kraft's "Marginata Candelabra Red Prince" dracaena

 

Dracaena marginatas do well in a shady spot in the room-areas that usually need a little oomph!

The dracaena is relatively easy to care for as long as you keep the soil moist at all times and can tolerate slightly cooler room temperatures- around 55*F or so. 

I envision some of these sculptural dracaenas against contrasting colored walls.

Kraft Gardens offers a variety of variegated leaf colors ranging from reds, greens and cream.

The dramatic foliage makes an art statement and is an alternative to nonliving art with the added benefit of helping to purify the air.

Have you seen "Tweed" at your independent garden center or the beautifully limbed dracaenas?

Have you bought any of them?

What's your opinion on these plants?


 

 

Watch the whole video series of  Garden Center TV posts!

Post #1: "Monrovia Growers: Would You Like Some Design Inspiration to go with that Plant?"

Post #2:  "Hort Couture Plants for the Plantonista?

 

 

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6 Responses to “Garden Center TV: An Indoor Plant Named “Tweed” That Looks Like “Weed!””

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  2. Hi Judy- I have to admit, the “Tweed” name is an attention getter- some people like it, some don’t. I did love the look of this plant and invite you to take a closer look at it and just think of it with the latin botanical name in its place!

    The marginatas are striking! Enjoy your season change Judy.
    Shirley

  3. Ignoring the Tweed — somebody got way too cute there — it was fun to have a look at some of the new houseplants. Thanks!

    There’s definitely a nip in the air in New England, so some interesting houseplants are on my shopping list.

  4. Good point McGregor’s Daughter-I have enough trouble already with parking tickets!

    These plants are gorgeous though when you see them “live.” They were not bred to look like weed, they just do- but much nicer.

    I’m sure the tags are to get people’s attention and they are effective. Once you get over that, it’s a beauty!

    Hi Anna- yes, you are the ultimate cool! The dracaenas are trained as young little whips when they are pliable and they grow at the same rate as all other dracaenas of this variety.

    As far as the Tweed plant, I couldn’t take one on the plane with me to LA, so I ‘ll have to get one when they come to California. I’ve seen weed (Cannabis) growing at a couple of different places and each time there was this interesting “official sign” authorizing the homeowner to have this plant for medical use. What can I say, I’m only the “Garden Police” on TV, not real life!
    Shirley

  5. Can anybody explain to me why I would want the police to come stomping through my garden, breaking plants left & right, to yank out a plant that they believe it is illegal to possess? And why would I want to have to pay tons of cash to hire an attorney to present evidence that the plant in question is not really Cannabis sativus? I prefer not to be arrested in the first place, but then maybe I’m weird. I supposed it would be ok to have ‘Tweed’ as a houseplant, not visible through any windows. BTW, I love your Garden TV videos.

  6. Anna says:

    Hi Les! Glad you found me through Shirley–all the cool people hang out at Edenmakers’

    Oh hey Shirley….Les At A Tidewater Garden was here and said he thought I dropped off the face of the earth till he saw me here.

    Shirley, how long does it take a dracaena to be woven that way? If it’s about 4 feet tall, how long would that take?

    I liked your TV show. You seem so comfortable in front of the camera. That makes it easy to watch. I’ve never seen weed?? Did you get one?

    I have a question for you—-I have such a wide porch that even the caladiums did not do well there. Not enough light. I was wondering if Rex begonias would grow with such little light. I want to get the sage colored with ruffled leaves. So do you think it can take so much shade?

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