LOVA, LIFE ON LAVA

THE PLANT THAT DARES TO GROW ON LAVA.
Once upon a time, it emerged red hot – 700°C – from a volcano. Now there is a plant growing on the volcanic lava! A special natural combination. The plant ‘embraces’ the lava with its roots. The lava stone provides support, moisture and nutrients. And of course it’s a very decorative item to have at home.


LOVA IS EASY TO CARE FOR!
The plant draws water from the porous lava stone and the watertight decorative tray. Fill the tray 2/3rds full and ensure that there is always a layer of water in it, otherwise Lova will dry out. Tap water often contains lime, so the stone may turn white over time. It is thus best to use rainwater. Fertilising does not have to be done immediately. The plant initially extracts nutrients from the lava stone. From April to October give only a quarter of the recommended dose of liquid houseplant fertiliser when watering. Lova likes a bright place, but avoid direct noonday sun in the summer months.


Here is our Lova assortment:

LOVA SCHEFFLERA

The young Lova Schefflera plants are cultivated in the Netherlands, but originally Scheffleras come from Australia. Lova Schefflera owes its common name ‘umbrella plant’ to its typical leaf shape. During its vertical growth, it continuously forms new, palmate leaves. If a Lova Schefflera gets too big, you can prune its branches by clipping the stem in the desired place just above a knob. Leave 3-4 knobs, so the plant has enough sites to grow shoots. Lova Schefflera likes a bright place, but it is also fine in a shady area. Try to avoid direct noonday sun. The minimum temperature for this plant is 15°C.

LOVA ASPLENIUM

Lova Asplenium is also called the ‘Bird’s nest fern’ because in the wild, the spores of mature plants ripen, then the leaves roll up to form an enormous brown ‘nest’ between the branches of the tree. Lova Asplenium is a decorative plant that does not truly resemble a fern, with large, bright green, tongue-shaped leaves. Aspleniums originally come from the forests of Japan and Taiwan. There they grow under trees and on rocks. Lova Asplenium does not like direct sunlight and prefers a shady location. This bird’s nest fern does well anywhere indoors, even in the bathroom. The minimum temperature for this plant is 15°C.

LOVA PLATYCERIUM

Lova Platycerium owes its common name ‘Staghorn fern’ to the special shape of its full-grown leaves, which resemble antlers. Platyceriums originate from Australia, where they enjoy growing in the shade on rocks and in trees. There is a furry layer on the leaves of Lova Platycerium, which reduces their transpiration, so they are more resistant to dry air. Never dust off this layer because it will damage the plant, and brown spots will develop. The so-called ‘shield leaves’ at the base start off green and end up brown. Do not remove these leaves because they ensure sturdiness, and the plant stores nutrients in them. NB: This Lova Platycerium likes to dry out between waterings. This stimulates growth and prevents damage to the shield leaves. Extremely easy! Therefore, ensure that the tray dries out for a day or two before filling it again for this Lova! Lova Platycerium enjoys being in the shade, so definitely avoid full sunlight. The minimum temperature for this plant is 18°C.

LOVA DAVALLIA

Lova Davallia has special, fuzzy rhizomes that give it its common name ‘Squirrel’s foot fern’. These rhizomes form a lovely contrast with the darker lava stone and the bright green leaves. By continuously producing new ‘feet’ with bright green leaves, Lova Davallia grows into a bushy plant. It has a compact shape and does not grow very high. Lova Davallia prefers semi-shaded conditions or in a bright area, but never in the full sun. The minimum temperature for this plant is 15°C.

LOVA DIVERSIFOLIUM

Lova Diversifolium grows with creeping rhizomes from which the new leaves emerge. Its common name of ‘Kangaroo paw fern’ derives from its origins in Australia and New Zealand. Older plants with long rhizomes can be freshened up and kept compact if desired. This is done by cutting back the longest rhizomes to 4 cm from the base. This keeps Lova Diversifolium bushy, compact and alive. Lova Diversifolium prefers a shady place at home. The minimum temperature for this plant is 15°C.

LOVA PUNCTATUM

Lova Punctatum grows slowly and continuously forms new, broad and shiny leaves. The leaves branch randomly and develop comb-shaped ends. The bright green Lova Punctatum contrasts well with the darker lava stone, producing a vivid appearance. Lova Punctatum prefers a semi-shaded place at home and will not tolerate direct sunlight. The minimum temperature for this plant is 15°C.

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