Perfect Houseplant Growing Conditions

houseplants careHouseplants not getting proper growing conditions would not survive long and will simply keel over and die.

Prevention is always better than cure. First precaution would be with selection of healthy houseplants. Next would be to give them the conditions they need to grow well. Finally, keep an eye on them so that at the first sign of trouble.

With some of the houseplants you may face mortality but majority of them will sure survive to thrive for years, especially if you take steps to avoid the most common causes of fatality.

Over-watering will sure kill your houseplants. The leaves will droop, the roots will rot and the plant will die. Conversely, don’t be too stingy with moisture – plants need water and if you allow their compost to dry out, particularly during periods of active growth, you’re asking for trouble. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Tips To Take Care of Your Houseplants

houseplantsAs the summer season progresses in you need to shift your houseplants indoors from the outside. Not doing this could infect your houseplants with flying insects or aphids and other small pests.

Aphids are tiny little sapsuckers live and feed in groups on the stems of plants. They can be different colors including white, green, brown or even orange. To treat aphids indoors, add a teaspoon of dishwashing soap to a gallon of water and wash the whole plant with the solution. You can help the process along by rubbing the stems with your fingers or a cotton ball. Let it set for a few minutes, then rinse well.

Mites are very small insects and can form a thin web over the plant. Affected plants’ leaves may appear spotted and, if there are flowers, they may start to look unhealthy. Try blasting off the mites with water. You can do this by setting the plant in the sink and using the sprayer. You can also use the same method we talked about for aphids. Read the rest of this entry

Tips For Indoor Plants Care

indoor plants careIndoor plants or the houseplants grow well and add to the elegance if you take a little care of them. Majority of the indoor and houseplants will thrive in a draught-free, well-lit spot, out of direct sunlight.

If you are growing flowers indoor then feed plants weekly with a liquid fertilizer high in potash. Many indoor plants need specific liquid fertilizers and these are available in garden stores.

Keep plants looking good by deadheading and cutting off yellow leaves. Plants will grow better with clean leaves. Remove dust with damp cotton wool. If growth is yellow and spindly, put plants in a lighter spot.

Control pests, such as mealy bug, woolly aphid & scale insects by rubbing off with damp cotton wool. Be careful with fluctuating temperatures; try to keep the room temperature constant.

You need to wait until the compost has almost dried out before watering. Water the plants from the top so that the excess water gets drained off. Don’t let them sit in water. Indoor plants and houseplants die simply because of over-watering and therefore if leaves start turning yellow you must stop watering immediately, let the compost dry out and most probably the plants will revive.

Grow Vibrant Flowering Houseplants in Winters

jasmineGardening indoors is great enjoyment and best use of time when snow flies. You can grow beautiful blooms with plenty of easy-to-grow flowering houseplants.

Majority of such plants are not intended for outdoor gardens as these are not winter-hardy. So, it is best to keep them as houseplants only and better indoors.

Jasmine’s flowering vine spreads sweet fragrance around. Usually grown on a topiary frame or ring, jasmine bears tubular white and light-pink flowers. They prefer high light levels, but not direct sun, and evenly moist soils. Winter Jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum) is one of the easiest species to grow indoors during winters. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Tips To Keep Your Houseplants Alive

It is not too tough to keep a houseplant alive if you take a little care of the plant.Making a plant thrive is easy if you follow these simple tips ;

The worst enemy of any houseplant is too much water.

You must apply the Moss’ trick: Dip a finger into the soil up to the first knuckle joint, and if the tip of your finger is wet when you pull it out, then there’s no need to water.

Give your plant a fighting chance, select one that matches your habits.

Be honest with yourself — are you really going to remember to water it? If not, stick with a succulent variety, such as cactus or aloe, which can go weeks without attention. Read the rest of this entry

Winter Care Tips For Houseplants

Houseplants are natives of different climates and regions and this origin of the houseplants becomes extremely important while caring for them in different weather conditions. Several houseplants are natives of the warm tropics; some are desert dwellers, and some are native to cold climate.

Most foliage houseplants prefer temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees, so repeated cold waves and blasts of freezing air from an open door could be threatening for such houseplants.

Windowsills also provide a challenge. A temperature of 40 degrees can cause damage to tropical houseplants, and temperatures near windows, even double paned windows, can dip near that number. Read the rest of this entry

Tips For Growing Christmas Cactus

Holiday cacti are generally considered as plain, boring green houseplants. However, during these holidays in December Thanksgiving or Christmas cacti magically bloom and put on a spectacular flower show. The Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) and the Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) are, as their names suggest, closely related.

These plants are typical native to the tropical forests of South America. It’s good to grow them in hanging baskets or containers. The baskets or containers should be sturdy, as the plants can grow quite large.

If grown outdoors keep them away from artificial light, until night-time temperatures dip into the 40s. At that point, bring them inside to a cool area, as they do best when temps are between 50 and 65 degrees. Subsequent to moving the plants inside and in order to help initiate blooming, you must keep them away from light from 5 p.m.-8 a.m. Read the rest of this entry

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