Kew plants chosen for RBG Tropical Extravaganza festival

Orchids and bromeliads will be the focus of the month-long Tropical Extravaganza festival at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, to begin on 4 February.

The festival will take place in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, which will have ornamental displays to represent the four classical elements by colour themes, such as such as hanging baskets of aquatic hues for water and arches decorated with reds, yellows and oranges for fire. Plants will include red chillies (Capsicum annuum), orchids such as the purplespotted Miltassia 'Peggy Ruth' and bromeliads, for example, the spiky pink Aechmea 'Primera'.

Experts will provide tips on subjects such as ideal spots in the home to keep the plants, how to increase the vibrancy of foliage and how to avoid rot and fungus.

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