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House Plants For Every House

Houseplants will add color and texture to your home as well as remove toxins and pollutants from the air. Indoor houseplants help to create an atmosphere of calm in your home. Houseplants, in addition to removing toxins and pollutants also add humidity and, by the process of photosynthesis, add oxygen to the air making it better to breathe. In nature, houseplants are usually found in tropical and semi tropical areas. Therefore we must evaluate the needs of the plant, and where we will place it, when we choose our new houseplant.

Keep on reading and you will find information about many different houseplants below. This information will help you choose the plant that is right for you.

 

Aloe Vera requires bright light to sunlight, and prefers low humidity. It will tolerate temperatures down to 40 degrees F, but can never be allowed to freeze. Aloe Vera or true Aloe is a short stemmed succulent. As well as it’s ability to remove formaldehyde from the air, this houseplant has been used to treat cuts, burns, rashes and insect bites since biblical times.

Areca Palm requires medium -bright to bright lighting and higher than normal humidity. Raising the humidity around this plant can be accomplished in several ways. The Areca Palm has proven to be particularly effective in removing several toxins from the air. They provide a contrasting accent to the other plants in the room. There is nothing like a Palm to create thoughts of the tropics.

Boston Ferns are a happy low light houseplant. They do however require a higher humidity. Boston Ferns, with their stately fronds, add an elegant touch to the room. The Boston Fern can grow quite large and must be given space to grow.

Chinese Evergreen is one of the easiest plants to care for indoors. Its tolerance of low light, drought and low humidity made it an ideal houseplant for many indoor spaces. Its large distinctive leaves and compact shape will accent any room.

Dracaena Marginata is a member of the dracaena family of plants commonly grown as a houseplant. A native of east Africa and Madagascar, Dracaena Marginata is easy to care for. Dracaena Marginata grows a cluster of long, slender, pointed leaves on a thin trunk or cane.

Ficus Benjamin is probably the most commonly grown indoor tree. Despite it’s reputation as being difficult to grow,it’s beauty and versatility makes Ficus Benjamina an excellent choice.

English Ivy is a vigorously growing vine. It’s dark green or variegated leaves may be pruned to keep the plant to the desired size. The vines can also be trained to climb supports or trellises forming a vertical plant. English Ivy will tolerate low light , but the variegated varieties need brighter light to retain their variegation. English Ivy prefers cooler household temperatures, and misting will help provide the humidity this houseplant desires.

Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana is the Kalanchoe variety most often found in garden centers. During the winter months, clusters of small bright flowers add a show of color over the deep green leaves of the Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana.

Lucky Bamboo has seen an increase in popularity as a houseplant as more people become interested in and learn about Asian culture and spirituality. In Feng Shui, lucky bamboo is seen as a lucky plant incorporating all five natural elements in a single plant.

The Peace Lily has become one of the most popular houseplants. This easy care houseplant will find itself at home in almost any indoor space. Only moderate light is needed to produce the dramatic white cala like blooms that are it’s feature.

Philodendron prefer brighter light, but tolerate the lower light levels in the home very well. This houseplant will grow well in normal household temperatures, but prefers higher humidity. Philodendron are seen in two basic forms, the vining philodendron like the Heart Leaf Philodendron and the bush philodendron like the Split Leaf Philodendron. The Heart Leaf Philodendron is more commonly grown in homes as the Split Leaf Philodendron can grow very large and is more commonly used in larger offices or public spaces.

Pothos will tolerate lower light but requires medium to brighter light to maintain the variegation of it’s leaves. The Pothos, often mistaken for the vining varieties of Philodendron, will make a showy table or desk plant. They can also be trained up a trellis to form a vertical plant. The Pothos has variegated leaves and may be pruned to retain the desired size and shape.

Ficus Elastica is native to the rain forests of Malaysia, India and South America. As a houseplant, the Rubber Plant likes warm temperatures and bright light to create it’s best show. Rubber Plants tend to drop leaves when they are moved until they become acclimatized to their new location.

Sansevieria also called the Snake Plant displays a shock of sturdy upright leaves. The leaves may be all green, dark green with lighter green or yellow bands or dark green with a mottling of lighter green or yellow. This hardy, easy care houseplant is ideal for beginners.
The Spider Plant also known as the Airplane Plant is a native of Southern Africa. Small white flowers will form at the end of wiry stems. Soon they will be replaced by a small plantlet that looks like a miniature spider plant that hangs over the side of the pot.

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Mulch Protection

Mulch is applied onto the soil to provide protection to the selected area. The most common mulch used is wood chips. There are many beneficial effects on the soil and plants due to mulch, some of which are:

  • Prevents the evaporation of water from the soil.
  • Insulates the soil; keeps it cool during the warm summer months and warm during the cold winter months.
  • Reduces weed problems. If applied approximately 4 inches deep, the germination of weed seeds will be prevented.
  • A thick layer of mulch will smother existing small weeds.
  • Ads interest to the garden area.
  • Prevents mud from splashing everywhere when you water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I forgot to mention that it is important that you choose treated woodchips when you plan to buy mulch. I heard that untreated woodchips attract ants and it won’t be good for your plant. Happy mulching 🙂

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The Christmas Plant

Yes, you guessed right. It’s the Poinsettia plant!

Poinsettia is the plant of choice during this festive season. It is hard to miss this Christmas plant no matter where you go. Did you know that there are many other colours such as white, yellow, peach and pink other than red. There are some poinsettia with bi-colours!

What is the Poinsettia Plant?

Is it a flowering plant or a leafy plant? It is often thought that the colored bracts at the top of the poinsettia are the flowers. Of course, this is not the case at all. The bracts at the top are actually modified leaves and were green up until the time coloration was initiated by short days. The actual flower is at the center of these bracts and appear as small yellow clusters with reddish tips when young.

How to care for the Poinsettia Plant?

Like most plants, it needs watering but not too much. It is best to keep the soil moist but not wet. Also, be mindful to drain the excessive water from the saucer. Poinsettia needs at least 6 hours of indirect light during the day. Modern homes and offices are quite suitable for this hardy plant.

 

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