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Caring for Exotic Angel Plants—What are Exotic Angel Plants?


Exotic Angel plants are houseplants with a pedigree. Rather than a genus or species, Exotic Angel is a brand of houseplants produced by the Hermann Engelmann Greenhouses, Inc.

For plant history buffs, Engelmann is an old and respected name in the foliage plant business. According to author Lynn P. Griffth Jr., Engelmann relocated its facilities from northern climes to sunny Florida during the houseplant boom of the 1970s and set up "very fine, large producing" facilities. By 2011, Engelmann operated almost 3 million square feet of greenhouses in Apopka, Florida, the "foliage plant capital of the world."

In a business dominated by mostly anonymous growers, Engelmann has done something many other growers have tried: established a successful private label for its houseplants, the Exotic Angel brand. All Exotic Angel plants are grown in Engelmann's greenhouses and each bears the distinctive angel logo and care instructions, including color coding for light requirements. They are available in pot sizes up to 8 inches, which is large for indoor plants.

The Exotic Angel line of houseplants includes about 400 different varieties, mostly of the tried-and-true species. After all, Engelmann is a large business—it doesn't cater to the serious collector but to the mass market (although its extensive catalog does include lots of plants you might not see everyday). As a result, the Exotic Angel brand includes recognizable stalwarts like aglaonema, anthurium, dieffenbachia, dracaena, ficus and so on.

While these are essentially the same plants as the ones produced by any grower, there are advantages to buying Exotic Angel plants—namely, the brand. Because they are branded, Engelmann is aware that it must stand behind its logo, so the company goes to great lengths to control every step of its production process and only ship healthy plants. Engelmann also conducts extensive market research to make sure its plant selections, packaging and pots are current. In other words, Engelmann does everything in its power to make sure you get off on the right foot.

As far as long-term care goes, however, Exotic Angel species will require the same care as any plant of that species. Pothos are pothos, so no matter what brand (or even if there's no brand), the plant's requirements and care instructions are the same from one grower to the next.

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