Houseplant Care Tips

Various Houseplant Care Tips Including Watering and Lighting Requirements.


Houseplant Care Tips

Friday, July 20, 2007

Lipstick Plant Care

Common Name: Lipstick Plant
Scientific Name: Aeschynanthus species
Lighting: Bright Light
Watering: Moderate


The Lipstick Plant is characterized by green foliage with bright red, tubular flowers. Many times the Lipstick Plant does best in a hanging basket due to its cascading and arching foliage. Many varieties of Aeschynanthus are available as houseplants. Some are more compact while others have different sized flowers. All of which can be called Lipstick Plants.


The Lipstick Plant is related to African violets and Cape Primrose, thus it too requires higher humidity levels. So give your plant a daily misting to help provide it with the humidity it prefers. If the leaves begin to brown and dry out or flowers turn black, the plant is not receiving enough humidity.


The Lipstick Plant does best when provided with bright, indirect light. Do not allow this houseplant to be in a lot of direct sunlight. It can burn the foliage, especially in younger plants.


This houseplant can be quite particular in terms of its water requirements. Keep the soil moist at all times, however not soggy. Be sure to keep the soil moist, you do not want it to dry out. If the leaves begin to fall off, it may not be receiving enough water. In winter months, you have to provide a little more attention to this houseplant. Water the plant less than in the summer. Due to the shorter light levels in the winter, the plant doesn't work as hard, thus giving your plant the same water levels as the summer can actually over water your plant.


The Lipstick Plant's blooming times and size depend on the pot size you use. If you would like your houseplant to focus on new growth, keep it in a larger pot size. However it you are satisfied with the size, having the plant root bound will help the plant to bloom.


Overall this plant is a low maintenance plant. The drama it adds to a room makes it well worth it.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Best Houseplants For Absorbing Air Pollutants

Indoor houseplants are helpful in absorbing indoor air pollutants in your home. However, some houseplants are better than others. They are like you own little air purifiers. Roughly 15 indoor houseplants can purify almost a 1800 square foot home!!! Below is a list of houseplants that are most effective in removing indoor air pollutants.

Peace Lily
Snake Plants
Philodendrons
Pothos
Dracaena Varieties
     Madagascar Dragon Tree
     Corn Plants
     Warneckei
Ferns
Spider Plants
English Ivy
Ficus Varieties
Bamboo Varieties

If you have others indoor plants to add to the list, please add them through the comments below.

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Top Bathroom Plants

Bathrooms offer challenges in terms of what houseplants to put in the area. However, bathrooms also offer great opportunities for houseplants that may not do well in other areas of your home. For example, a bathroom usually will have higher humidity levels from showers and baths; therefore a houseplant that requires higher humidity levels will do very well in a bathroom without you having to mist it.


In order to choose the best houseplant for your bathroom you have to consider the environment your bathroom offers. Most importantly is lighting. If your bathroom has low light levels, which many do, be sure to choose a plant with low light requirements. Like mentioned above, many houseplants require high humidity levels, therefore do not choose a plant that does not like high humidity levels.


Listed below is my list of the best houseplants for bathroom environments:
Chinese Evergreen
Bamboo Varieties
Spider Plants
African Violets
Snake Plants
Aloe Vera Plants
Boston Fern
Peace Lily
Dieffenbachia
Pothos
Heart-Leaf Philodendrons
Prayer Plants






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