Houseplant Care Tips

Various Houseplant Care Tips Including Watering and Lighting Requirements.


Houseplant Care Tips

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane) Plant Care


Common Name: Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane)
Scientific Name: Dieffenbachia Species
Lighting: Moderate to Low
Watering: Moderate to Heavy


The Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane) is an extremely common houseplant. It is also one of the easiest to care for. The foliage entails elliptical shaped leaves however the colors can vary greatly between type. Some foliage may be all green, cream with green borders or a mix between the two.


Dieffenbachia requires moist soil, so water frequently. You may also place a tray under the pot with water in it to help in keeping the plants soil moist at all times. This houseplant also requires high humidity levels so misting daily will also help keep the Dumb Cane healthy.


This houseplant prefers to be within 5 to 8 feet of a window, but will survive lower light levels. However please caution against placing the plant anywhere near drafty areas. The Dieffenbachia also prefers temperatures above 60 F.


The Dieffenbachia contains a toxic sap thus giving the name Dumb Cane, so please keep out of reach of children or animals that may try and eat the plant. It is one of the many poisonous houseplants you may have in your home.


Common varieties of the Dieffenbachia include the Exotica Compacta, Australian, Tropic Marianne, Paradise, Camille and Tropic Snow.


Overall, Dieffenbachia is fairly simple to care for. Please view my top 10 easy to grow houseplants for other non-time consuming options.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Anthurium Plant Care

Common Name: Flamingo Flower, Lady Jane, Cotton Candy
Scientific Name: Anthurium Species
Lighting: Moderate to Bright
Watering: Low to Moderate


There are many popular Anthurium plants that make great additions to your houseplant collection. The Anthurium is characterized by its shiny dark foliage with its heart shaped flowers available in reds, whites and pink variations. Most species will bloom year round adding extra beauty to your home. If the plant stops blooming for a long period of time, place it in a cool spot for about 5 weeks or try feeding it a blooming plant food.


The Anthurium prefers bright light, so try to place the plant between 5 and 8 feet from a window. This houseplant requires low to medium amounts of water. Let the soil dry out inbetween wataerings, but most importantly, the Anthurium requires proper drainage. Be sure your pot has drainage holes. You can also help the plant by putting 1 to 2 inches of pebble stone in the bottom of the pot. The Anthurium requires a slightly higher level of humidity so misting weekly will help the plant look and feel a lot better.


One common problem with Anthurium plants is that they usually come with gnats. By keeping the plants soil clean from dead foliage and not allowing water to sit in the drain tray. You may also try spraying with a soapy water mixure.


This houseplant is one of many poisonous houseplants. Please keep away from pets and children.


Overall, the Anthurium is a very simple houseplant to care for. It does not require a lot of care, yet adds a beautiful touch to your home.

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Spider Plant Care

Common Name: Spider Plant
Scientific Name: Chlorophytum comosum
Lighting: Moderate
Watering: Low


The Spider Plant is characterized by its long shoots of thin foliage with off shoots at the ends of many of the leaves. The Spider plant's foliage is commonly known to be variegated with a white stripe, however some may have the white stripe to the outside or the foliage may be entirely green. The Spider Plant is one of my top easy to grow houseplants as well as one of the easiest to reproduce.


The Spider Plant requires only light watering. Allow the soil to dry completely in between waterings. You only need to water the spider plant once every two weeks. If the foliage begins to show black tips or a yellow halo, you are probably over watering the plant. If the foliage begins to drop, the plant is ready for a drink. If the foliage begins to brown, try watering with distilled water. The Spider Plant has been known to have problems if there are chemicals in the water.


Spider Plants prefer natural light, but do not place them in direct sunlight. If the leaves begin turning brown, try moving the plant out of the direct light. If the plant is kept within 5 to 8 feet of a window it should grow fine.


The off shoots can be removed and placed in soil or water which will then grow into its own plant in very little time. It is actually good to remove these off shoots from the main plant. Too many off shoots can cause the main plant to strain.


Pests and mites are not a problem with this houseplant. I personally have never had any problems with pests on my spider plants, however if they should arrive simply spray a soapy water mixture over the plants a couple of times a day.


Please tell others what experiences you've had with this plant.






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