Sparmannia africanaAfrican hemp
Requires a lot of care
The sparmannia africana, or African hemp, is the only member of the linden tree family suitable for growing indoors. The plant is more of a tree, and can grow right up to your ceiling with the right care and attention. The sparmannia isn’t for everyone though. Despite his pretty leaves and wild looks, the plant is a pretty difficult house guest, and it takes a bit of perseverance and willpower to keep him happy.
The sparmannia is a picky drinker. From September to April, the plant likes his soil to be moist at all times, and needs extra fertiliser once a week. From May to August, the plant needs a bit of a break, and is fine letting his soil dry a bit between watering sessions. Mist the leaves with a plant sprayer once a week.
Find a sunny, bright spot with direct sunlight for your plant. The sparmannia doesn’t like temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius, so when you crank up the heat during winter (or when your living room is a sauna during the summer) make sure you find a cooler spot for your plant to stay.