Houseplant Care Tips

Various Houseplant Care Tips Including Watering and Lighting Requirements.

Houseplant Care Tips

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Help With My Split Leafed Philodendron

Hello everyone.

I am actually looking for help from my readers this time. My split leafed philodendron which you can see a picture from about 1 1/2 years ago is growing out of control. Caring for Split Leaf Philodendron. It is now about 6 feet wide in diameter and about 3 feet tall.

I have been reading posts on forums all over about split leafed philodendrons and what they are, what they aren't, etc. Some are saying it is a climbing plant, others say it is not. Some posts say you can trim it and take cuttings, some say not. So I am looking for my readers help. If you have any information about Split Leafed Philodendrons that can help me and getting mine back to manageable or just how I should be handling it's size, I would greatly appreciate it.

This is one of my favorite plants in terms of appearance, I just don't want to trim it or try training it up a stake and hurt it. I love it's hugeness, but I'm running out of room with all the other plants.

In advance thank you for all my houseplant readers.

Happy Growing!!!

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Poinsettia Care

Common Name: Poinsettia
Scientific Name: Euphorbia pulcherrima
Lighting: Moderate
Watering: Low to Moderate

The holidays and Christmas aren't the same without Poinsettias. You can find Poinsettias in a variety of colors ranging from the traditional bright red, to a faded red, all the way to the beautiful "Freedom White". How long you decide to keep your plant determines how much care is needed.

Poinsettias prefer moderate light levels. Do not place them in direct sunlight. It could burn the foliage. Poinsettias actually tend to do best when placed in a window with a shade allowing diffused light through.

Poinsettias require low water levels, however try and keep the soil moist at all times. You do not want the plant to be sitting in water, so be sure the roots aren't sitting in water and proper drainage is given.

Keep the temperature above 50 degrees and below 80 degrees. If the plant is exposed to temperatures out of its comfort zone, leaves may begin to drop. Also keep your Poinsettia away from heat sources or drafts.

It is possible to keep your Poinsettias for years with some extra care. If you would like your Poinsettia to bloom again the following year, provide them with at least 5 weeks of 15 hours of darkness per day. Put them in a closet or unlighted room. You could also cover it with a box. Of course do give it at least 4 hours of sunlight each day. Poinsettias are considered short day plants, thus needing the darkness to stimulate blooming. This can be a tricky process, but it's oh so sweet when successful.

Please use caution as these are on many poisonous houseplant lists.

Please share your Poinsettia care tips by commenting below!

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