Archive for February, 2016

How to Introduce New Houseplants

February 16, 2016

4Once you’ve selected your houseplants, make sure they’re packaged properly before taking them home. Poorly packaged plants tip over and bounce around, which can damage branches. Good growers will package plants for you or give you appropriate containers so your plants can reach your home undamaged.

Cold and heat can harm houseplants, too. During the winter, warm up your car and wrap your plants before taking them outside. Never leave your indoor plants in a cold car while you do additional shopping. During the summer, buy plants with well-moistened soil, because dry plants do not resist heat well. Have overly dry indoor plants watered. Let the water drain, then pack the plants.

If left unprotected, houseplants can be damaged by wind. If you must transport a large plant in the open, cover its leafy branches to prevent them from drying out. Wrap heavy plastic or cloth around the branches and tie it to the stem. Remove the wrap as soon as you arrive home.

If your concern is not getting plants home from the store, but moving your plants from one home to another, be aware that moving companies rarely handle plants properly. You may have to question several companies about their methods of transporting plants to find one that really knows this delicate phase of the business.  www.insideplants.net

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One of a Kind Valentines Day Gifts

February 2, 2016

Are you looking for that one of a kind Valentines Day gift? Tired of the same old roses and chocolates? Do you have a “hard to get for” special someone? WE GET IT!!! We’ve all been there. So here are our little helpful hints, tips and tricks.

AnthuriumTry an ANTHURIUM
Anthurium plants can tolerate all levels of indirect light, but anthuriums growing in low light will have fewer flowers and will grow slower. These plants cannot tolerate direct light, however, as this can burn the leaves. It grows best in bright, indirect light.

BromeliadTry a BROMELIAD
The general rule is to water bromeliads, and when the soil around them is nearly dry, water them again. Bromeliads’ leaves grow to form a natural reservoir around the base of the plant. If water collects in the reservoir and sits over time, the roots will rot. Remove water standing in the reservoir to keep the plant free of disease. These plants prefer moist air, so if relative humidity drops below 50 percent, mist the plant to keep it moist. www.insideplants.net


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