Houseplant Care Tips

Various Houseplant Care Tips Including Watering and Lighting Requirements.


Houseplant Care Tips

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!!!


Nyokki Halloween Plant Pet


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Monday, October 15, 2007

Houseplants Require Time

Before I had a child, my houseplants always looked beautiful. Now they still look nice, but I am unable to give them the care an attention they deserve. Many people, like myself have many houseplants. All together I have over 20 plants scattered around the house. Everything from philodendrons, Yucca's, Warneckei, Corn Plants, Madagascar Dragon Plants, Bird of Paradise, geraniums and the list continues. When you purchase your first houseplant you think, all I have to do is put it in a good spot and water it. Easy! Then if you're like me, you get another plant, and then another and the addiction begins.


Well now that I have the little one, I am really beginning to realize how much time my houseplants do take. Not only does watering them take a significant amount of time, but then trimming, repotting, and routine care. I had today off of work so when the little one went down for a nap, I told myself this time is for my other babies, my houseplants. My outdoor gardens need work too in order to get ready for winter, however the last couple days in Wisconsin have been totally out of the ordinary with high 80’s and extremely humid, so I'm avoiding the outdoors until tomorrow when it's supposed to be a normal October temperature, around 60.


One of the things I did today was give my heart shaped philodendron not just a haircut, an extreme makeover. On my post for the Heart shaped philodendron you can see my philodendron was huge, covering most of the sunroom walls. Well a lot of that growth was old and thus no new leaves were growing so I had 12 foot vines with 6 feet only having leaves. The plant is over 7 years old, but it was from my grandmother's funeral, so it's very sentimental, thus my lack of ambition to give it the much needed makeover. It is now only about 3 feet tall, with the longest vine only being about 4 feet. Of course all the other vines are in water now in order for them to root. Now new growth can grow from the bottom of the plant again instead of being choked out. My walls just seem so bare now though!


This is just one example, where time runs away from you and you are unable to do the things you need to in order to keep your houseplants healthy. So the moral of the story is, that houseplants are fairly low maintenance, but sometimes all of the other things in life can takeover, so be sure to allow yourself adequate time to work on your plants. Giving you not only cleaner air in your home, but the enjoyable atmosphere they provide.

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

My Thoughts & Prayers to Those In Crandon

I would like to send my thoughts and prayers to all of those involved in the recent Crandon shooting. I cannot imagine what families and those in the area are experiencing right now. Crandon is a beautiful small town in northern Wisconsin in which I have stayed many times only about 2 hours north of my home. This tragedy hits home extremely hard.


A wonderful person created a Tribute on Respectance to share memories, stories and respects. Please visit the Tribute at http://respectance.com/Crandon.


A memorial fund has also been set up for the victims. Donations can be dropped off at any Laona State Bank (For locations visit http://www.laonastatebank.com/locations.aspx) or mailed to:
Family Memorial Fund
c/o. Laona State Bank
P.O. Box 128
Laona, WI 54541


Please make checks payable to "Family Memorial Fund." Please call the Laona State Bank main office at (715) 674-2911 with any questions.


May God be with everyone touched by this tragedy,
drayas


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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Boston Fern Care

Common Name: Boston Fern
Scientific Name: Nephrolepis exaltata 'Bostoniensis'
Lighting: Moderate to Bright
Watering: Moderate to Heavy


Ferns are popular houseplants, however the Boston Fern is one of the most common ferns you see in people's homes. Arching long green fronds forming an elegant mound characterizes this houseplant. Boston Ferns can reach up to 5 feet so keep that in mind when looking to repot.


Boston Ferns prefer medium light levels, so try and keep your plant within 4 to 7 feet of a sunny window providing indirect sunlight to the houseplant. If the foliage begins to wither, the plant is probably not receiving enough light. You may remove the dead fronds as needed.


Boston Ferns also require moderate to heavy watering. Keep the soil moist at all times with exception to the winter months. In the winter, water your fern once the soil feels dry to touch, however do not let the soil dry out too much. Boston Ferns have high humidity requirements so give your plant a misting a couple times a week to help fulfill its requirements. If the foliage begins to fade in color, chances are the plant is not receiving enough water.


Ferns prefer normal temperatures. 60 – 75 during the day and slightly cooler at night. Keep these plants away from drafts and registers as well. It's also a good idea to provide your plant with some houseplant food. Once a month use a water-soluble houseplant food except in fall and winter months.




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