I’ve been growing all my plants indoors (except one) using what many call – SIP’s – sub irrigated planter. The ones I use are like the image above, all from milk or soda bottles.Using these simple to make self-watering planters, you’ll eliminate over watering your plants. They also make great seed starter planters.
Category House Plants
Summary: “African Violets My Way” comes from the personal growing experiences of Evelyn Pelt… a long time grower of the wonderful house plants. This is one way I have gained so much knowledge in learning how to grow all types of plants… enjoy.In the most enjoyable place in my house, my home office-plant room, the windows are filled with African-violets.
African violets are beautiful flowering plants native to Kenya and Tanzania.These attractive violets are great to look at.The lush rosette of velvety leaves hidden under a mound of intensely colored blossoms attracts many to the growing and caring for African-violets.There are thousands of varieties of this popular house plant, so it is not difficult to become an African violet enthusiast.
The Columnea (goldfish plant) is a tropical vine making a neat, interesting exotic hanging basket to enhance your interior.A Columnea not only has attractive foliage, but its varieties and cultivars have flowers in a wide array of colors.In addition to the many cultivated Columneas, over 100 species grow in the tropics of Costa Rica, Panama, Central, and South America.
Anthurium Pizzazz is another beautiful hybrid from a successful breeding program.Pizzazz is easier and a more fast-growing Anthurium compared to its kins and relative plants.Once advantage that it has compared to other Anthuriums is its capability to flower earlier than usual.Blooming Anthurium Pizzazz plants produce red flowers placed above glossy leaves.
A few weeks ago we shared some information on Christmas Cactus. Recently someone asked if Easter cactus and Christmas cactus were the same.The Christmas cactus is – Schlumbergera bridgesi (formerly Zyyocactus truncatus) the Easter cactus, which naturally blooms in the spring time around Easter and sometimes called the spring cactus is Rhipsalidopsis gaetneri or Hatiora gaetneri.
Many homeowners love Aglaonemas as houseplants… Here are a few of the “newer” varieties on the market.Aglaonema Calypso Green 10 inch potAglaonemas are:Long-lastingBeautifulEasy to growEasy careThey make decorating simple and come in a variety of sizes. With proper care the “Chinese evergreen” thrive year-round.
Summary: Caring for indoor plants during winter is different than other “indoor” seasons of the year – light, watering, fertilizer are all different. Prepare and Care – your indoor plants for winter.Question: Can you give me some tips on – How to care for indoor plants in winter?Do I care for them the same way?
Diagnosing houseplant problems can be a tricky process. Many of the most common plant problems result in the same symptoms. This post lists a helpful tips you can use to help you determine what you are doing wrong with your plant. The most common ailment is lack of sunlight which causes a plant to have small leaves and stems that are weak.
Looking at some houseplant tags recently I must admit they were somewhat confusing.It’s easy to understand why houseplants have problems indoors – If you follow the directions on the plant tag.One tag said – “Fertilize Regularly”.What does “Fertilize Regularly” mean?Every DayThree times a dayOnce per weeklOnce per monthOnce per yearLet me briefly explain some things about buying house plants, fertilizer and why I would recommend to you – not to fertilize your indoor plants.
The Aglaonema – Chinese evergreen is one of the most versatile, recognizable and widely used group of plants for indoor use. Plants are available in most garden centers.During the past decade or so many new varieties have come on the market – most of them green with silver markings.However, there is a new wave of Aglaonemas slowly making their way to the US market.
Growing your other favorite bulbs in vases to produce winter color. Add “spring” fragrance for the holiday season.The most common bulbs grown this way are tulips, daffodils, Hyacinthus orientalis (Dutch Hyacinth) and crocus bulbs.Bulbs grown in vases can also be given away as fun colorful gifts.Gardenguides.
Many times we take for granted that the air temperature is the same throughout our indoor space. One look at the thermostat and our assumptions are confirmed… Indoor temperatures are very often variable.Indoor plants in their natural setting normally are greeted with short-term temperature swings – day verses night.
No one wants to play with chemicals if possible, that is where insecticidal soap and orchids play an important role for those who grow these beautiful plants. Depending on the orchid species some also like to use neem oil or horticultural oil.Buy them pre-mixed, or save a few bucks and make it yourself at home.
Question: What is the best potting soil to use with everything from African Violets to succulents and cactus, indoor houseplants to outdoor containers what’s best?What can affect growth, the plant or soil? Deb, Dallas, TexasAnswer: Deb, the best soil for plants happens to be a difficult one to give you a direct answer on.
An indoor garden is a cool way to bring some life to your home, and believe it or not, it can be done without spending much money.If you drink soda from a two liter, you have the beginnings of a garden right there. Unused tea cups can be used as well.A few other variations include using recycled wine bottles, tin cans, or even a piece of metal hanger bent into the right shape.
December 12th is National Poinsettia Day! This day marks the death of Joel Robert Poinsett.In 1825, he introduced the Poinsettia to the United States. One of the best ways to celebrate this day is to take a moment and learn a little more about the proper care of this Christmas holiday favorite. Read on to learn more about poinsettia plant care.
Summary: When houseplants like a Dracaena tree, Janet Craig plant, airplane plant (aka spider plant), English ivy, ficus tree, ficus benjamina or dieffenbachia amoena get too tall or big for their space, they must be shortened or pruned. There are also other reasons large indoor plants may need to be pruned, find out how to shorten your houseplant below…Question: My Dracaena is 10 years old and getting too tall.
A well-grown Streptocarpus (cape primrose) is a joy. The many hybrids provide pleasing colors and dashing combinations in shades of crimson, pink, blue, violet and white.Contrasting lines and blotches of vibrant colors radiate from the throats of the flowers to add interest.These fuzzy-leaved plants are related to Saintpaulias (African violets), Columneas and gloxinias – all of them members of the gesneriad family.
Radermachera rad-er-MOK-er-uh, SIN-ee-ka is a genus of flowering plants, containing about 17 species native to southern China and Taiwan and belonging to the Bignoniaceae family.The most popular of these species is Radermachera sinica.It comes from mountainous regions where the woody stems eventually grow to become compact trees with thick canopies of green foliage.
Question: I’ve went down the “repotting house plants” path before. It should be simple but whenever repotting a plant they never seem to do well afterwards.I’m not sure if I over-pot, over-water or over-fertilize. Maybe all three! How big of a pot should I use when repotting indoor plants? Caden, Chicago, IllAnswer: Caden, I’m not a big supporter of repotting house plants.