Houseplant Care Tips

Various Houseplant Care Tips Including Watering and Lighting Requirements.

Houseplant Care Tips

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Sago Palm Care

Sago Palm

Common Name: Sago Palm
Scientific Name: Cycas revoluta
Lighting: Moderate to Bright Light
Water: Low

The Sago Palm is characterized by its plastic like foliage. The green, feather-like branches of the Sago Palm make it a great addition for any room. This houseplant is a great plant to start out with for beginners. The most interesting thing about the Sago Palm is that it really isn't a palm. It is a Cycad. Sago Palms (cycads) are a group of plants that lived during prehistoric times. Cycads are a long-lived group of plants so with little attention your plant should last a very long time (many years).

The Sago Palm prefers bright light, but will also tolerate moderate levels as well. Try to keep the plant near light or else new growth will dramatically lean towards the light. It also is a good idea to turn the plant slightly every couple of days to keep the plants shape.

You should allow your Sago palm to dry out in between waterings. If you are successful at growing cactus, watering this houseplant can follow the same schedule. Their watering also should follow according to the amount of light they receive. If it is placed in an area with lower light levels, you may only need to water it every couple of weeks. If matured foliage begins to yellow you are probably over watering the plant.

This houseplant is pretty hardy. It doesn't seem to have a real temperature preference and do not have any humidity requirements. During dry months, a daily misting may add some extra lift to your plant. The only downfall to this houseplant is that they are extremely slow growers; so do not be discouraged if your plant doesn't appear to be growing.

One downfall to this gorgeous palm, is that it is poisonous to animals and humans. Like so many other plants, it is included in the list of poisonous houseplants.

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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Majesty Palm Care

Common Name: Majesty Palm
Scientific Name: Ravenea rivularis
Lighting: Moderate
Water: Low to Moderate

The Majesty Palm is characterized by tall stalks of bladed green foliage. The Majesty Palm is a common houseplant. This palm adds beauty and class to any room. The Majesty Palm prefers medium light so keep within 5 to 8 feet of a window. In my experience, this palm seems to do well in a partially shaded area as well.

Watering of the Majesty Palm is crucial. The plant must have proper drainage set up. Do not allow the roots to sit in water. On the other end, do not allow the plant to dry out completely in between waterings either. This palm also prefers a slightly higher humidity level, so a daily misting will add plenty of beauty to your plant.

If the foliage tips begin turning brown, you are probably under watering the plant. Try watering it more often. On the other hand, if the foliage tips begin turning yellow, you may be over watering it.

A common pest to this plant is spider mites. If problems with pests appear, try misting the plant with a soapy water mixture twice a day. If spider mites still appear try a more powerful spray available from your local gardening store.

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Monday, October 02, 2006

Peace Lily Care

Common Name: Peace Lily, Closet Plant
Scientific Name: Spathiphyllum
Lighting: Bright Light
Water: Heavy

Long elongated green foliage with white half shaped blooms characterizes the Peace Lily houseplant. The Peace Lily is one of the most popular houseplants. The Peace Lily (Closet Plant) is one of my top 10 easy to grow houseplants.

Thriving in lower lighted areas make this plant work almost anywhere. Try to keep it within 5 to 8 feet of a window for best results. Do not place your plant in direct sun. Direct sunlight can damage the Peace Lily's foliage. If the leaves begin to yellow, it may mean it is receiving too much sunlight. Move it to a less lighted area.

The main care requirement for your Peace Lily is water. This plant requires heavy watering, but you must allow the soil to dry out in-between watering to a point as well. This houseplant will let you know when it needs water. The leaves will begin to droop. Allowing the foliage to droop slightly in-between watering has turned out to be successful for me. However, do not let it droop severely. Once the plant is watered the foliage will spring back up. If you allowed it to dry out too much, some of the lower leaves may yellow and need to be removed.

This plant also loves higher humidity levels, so providing it with a nice misting a couple times a week will help the plant remain beautifully healthy.

Please keep pets and children away from this plant. It is one of many poisonous houseplants.

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