Houseplant Care Tips

Various Houseplant Care Tips Including Watering and Lighting Requirements.

Houseplant Care Tips

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Jade Plant Care

Common Name: Jade Plant
Scientific Name: Crassula argentea
Lighting: Moderate
Watering: Low

The Jade Plant is an easy houseplant to care for, thus why you see many people having them. The Jade Plant is characterized by plump, full leaves with a glossy appearance coming off of thick stems. In the right conditions, Jade Plants can reach up to 4 feet in height and width.

Jade Plants prefer moderate light levels. Placing it this houseplant in a east or west-facing window or within 2 to 3 feet of a south facing window works best. Overall, try to allow the houseplant to receive 3 to 5 hours of bright, direct sunlight each day. If the stems become spindly, your plant is probably not getting enough light.

The Jade Plant requires low water levels. You should allow the soil to dry out almost completely in between watering. A good way to tell if you houseplant is not receiving enough water is if the usually plump leaves become wrinkled.

This houseplant is usually pretty good when it comes to common pests such as mealy bugs or mites. If pests appear spray a soapy dishwater mixture on the plant twice a day. If that does not get rid of the pests, visit your local garden center for a stronger insecticide.

Since these houseplants can get large in size, you can prune it as needed in order to keep in a nice compact shape. Feel free to also remove and dead or dying leaves / stems.

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Amazon Alocasia, Elephant's Ear Care

Common Name: Amazon Alocasia, Elephant's Ear
Scientific Name: Alocasia x amazonica
Lighting: Bright Light
Water: Moderate

The Amazon Alocasia is characterized by dark green leaves with wavy edges. Within the foliage are dramatic white veins giving this plant its ultimate character. The Amazon Alocasia is also known as Elephant's Ear due to its foliage resemblance. This houseplant does not require a lot of extra care besides trying to fufill it's high humidity requirements.

The Amazon Alocasia, Elephant's Ear prefers bright, indirect light, so keep within 5 feet of a window. If the houseplant is placed in direct sunlight you may burn the foliage.

This houseplant prefers its soil to be evenly moist at all times, so water it often. However, be careful to not over water the plant, making the soil soggy. The Amazon Alocasia also requires high humidity levels, so provide the plant with a daily misting or set it on a water filled tray.

Overall the Elephant's Ear is usually not prone to pests, but if they should appear, spray the plant with a soapy water mixture twice a day.

Please take caution!! This is one of the many poisonous houseplants you may have in your home, so keep away from children and pets that may eat or bite at the plant.

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