Archive for August, 2014

Don’t let your Leaves fall in Fall

August 26, 2014

I can’t believe these tips are even necessary already, (where did the time go?!?) but here we are. Houseplants generally thrive during the spring and summer months, but the real challenge is helping them survive the fall and winter. Part of the problem is that indoor humidity levels drop a lot when homeowners fire up their heaters. Dry air can be devastating to houseplants, especially considering that most are tropical in origin and require a humid environment to thrive. Here are some tips to keep your houseplants happy:

  • Houseplant Care Tip #1: Wipe Dust off Leaves and Stems. Accumulated dust on leaf surfaces can plug up pores, making it difficult for plants to “breathe.” Wiping leaves routinely with a damp cloth will correct the problem.
  • Houseplant Care Tip #2: Don’t Fertilize. Because houseplants slow their growth processes in winter, withhold fertilizing them until next spring.
  • Houseplant Care Tip #3: Back off on Your Watering Schedule. The most important thing is to change the way you water your houseplants. Don’t water them during the winter as often as you did during the spring and summer. Because their growth rate is considerably slower, houseplants don’t need as much water in the fall and winter. In fact, you may find that you can cut back on the frequency of your watering schedule by half or even two-thirds. For example, cacti and succulents may only need water once a month
  • Houseplant Care Tip #4: Give Plants Lots of Light. The angle of the sun changes considerably during the fall and winter, which means plants that once received lots of light during the spring and summer may be getting only half as much now. Move plants that require bright light to a new location for the next few months if needed. Remember to rotate your houseplants every week or two so they receive light evenly on all sides.
  • Houseplant Care Tip #5: Wait Until Spring to Re-pot Plants. Re-potting will actually stimulate new growth. and that’s not what you want to do at this time.



Too Much Love Kills

August 21, 2014

300px-OverwateringLove kills. A statement we have all heard but few understand. However, your plants probably do. Over watering is one of the most common and most confusing forms of over care.

The signs for an over-watered plant are:

  • Lower leaves are yellow
  • Plant looks wilted
  • Roots will be rotting or stunted
  • No new growth
  • Young leaves will turn brown
  • Soil will appear green (which is algae)

The signs of plants affected by too much water are very similar to plants that have too little water.

If the over-watering is corrected then the plant should return to normal and continue to grow and flourish…. give it space and it will soar!

Heatwave Survival

August 14, 2014

If you think it’s hot for you think of those things sitting around your house. A heat wave can reek havoc on plants if they’re not properly cared for. One of the biggest dangers is not the leaves over drying, but the roots. Fortunately, there are several techniques that will help get your plants through even the toughest times of the summer.

imagesStep 1 Add several inches of mulch around your plants. This will help retain as much water as possible because there will be less evaporation. Also, add mulch as soon as possible. Mulching early will help insulate soil temperatures when it is cooler.

Step 2 Water in the early mornings when temperatures are coolest. Water near the base of the plant. Water slowly and give the plants a good soaking. Water every two or three days.  Also, watering the plant close to the base will help you to avoid rotting a plant at stock, for example bromeliads.

Step 3 Move potted plants into the shade, even ones that need the sun. The heat might be drying up the roots without you knowing it. If the pots are dark in color, consider repotting them in a lighter color pot (which absorbs less heat) or set the dark pot inside another lighter pot if possible.

Decorate your Home with Green Plants

August 11, 2014

Go ahead, track some dirt inside. Indoor foliage, including crazy-cool plant walls, can purify air, reduce anxiety, and hike up happiness. Follow these three uber-smart pointers to decorate your home with green things (and reap the benefits)!

Start Small
Newbies should first practice just keeping a houseplant or two alive for a few months,see our informative blogs for some 411.  Try hardy, water-once-a-week varieties such as philodendrons, snake plants, or ZZ plants.

Get Vertical
Graduate to a plant or living wall. These vertical gardens can double as artsy conversation pieces and aren’t that tough to set up.  Pot your flora in planters, then mount them one on top of the other in a row or however you like!  For example, on a wall directly opposite or close to a window. Or contact us and let our professional designer do all the hard work for you.

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For an even bigger setup, large wall-pocket frames can hold dozens of plants in individual cells, the overall  effect makes it appear as if an entire garden is growing directly out of a wall. Fill the various plant cells with different types of vegetation or edible herbs. Or create a mini forest out of ferns or succulents. Research from NASA suggests that indoor plants remove significant amounts of harmful contaminants from the air.

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