Houseplant Care Tips

Various Houseplant Care Tips Including Watering and Lighting Requirements.


Houseplant Care Tips

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Chinese Fan Palm Care

Common Name: Chinese Fan Palm
Scientific Name: Livistona chinensis
Lighting: Bright Light
Water: Heavy


The Chinese Fan Palm has distinct foliage, which looks just as the name sounds. Large, bright green fan-shaped leaves radiate from their own small stalks. The Chinese Fan Palm requires more space than your average houseplant due to the large foliage it supports as well as its spread.


This houseplant prefers full sun, so keep within 3 feet of a window which receives sunlight for at least 4 to 5 hours. Be sure to also keep the plant away from heat and cooling sources such as vents or doors so that it maintains a consistent temperature. Your Chinese Fan Palm will also enjoy a daily misting of water to help satisfy its humidity requirements. If the leaf tips turning brown, you probably are not keeping the humidity levels high enough.


Another main area to watch for with this houseplant is its water level. The Chinese Fan Palm requires heavy watering, so be sure to keep the soil moist at all times, but at the same time, do not over water. You don't want the soil to become soggy. Soggy soil is always a good candidate for root rot.


I personally have never had any problems with bugs or disease with my Chinese Fan Palm, however spider mites can be common with this houseplant. If bugs appear on your plant, simply mist with a soapy water mixture twice daily until gone.


This plant is a slow grower, so don't feel discouraged if it seems its size is remaining constant.

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Monday, September 04, 2006

Hawaiian Ti Plant Care


Common Name: Hawaiian Ti, Good Luck Tree, Red Sister
Scientific Name: Cordyline terminalis
Lighting: Bright Light
Watering: Moderate to Heavy


The Hawaiian Ti's appearance truly is exotic. Plus it is commonly known as the Good Luck tree. The Hawaiian Ti plant grows in canes with maroon spear shaped foliage. The Hawaiian Ti can grow anywhere from 2 to 5 feet in height. This houseplant makes a colorful addition to any sunroom.


The Hawaiian Ti plant prefers bright light so keep the houseplant within 3 to 5 feet of a sunny window. Also keep it away from any drafts and heat vents. This houseplant requires high levels of humidity, so misting with water daily will help keep your Hawaiian Ti plant healthy and beautiful.


The hardest part about keeping your Hawaiian Ti plant healthy is the watering. Keep the soil moist at all times, however, do not flood the plant. You need to keep the soil moist but not soaked. Water the plant thoroughly at least twice a week. Do not let the plant dry out in between waterings so watch it carefully.


I have also found the Hawaiian Ti to be particular on what kind of water it is given. Fresh water, free of chemicals has been the best source for myself. If foliage begins to fall, chances are the plant is not receiving enough water.







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