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5 Tips For Growing Healthy And Vibrant House Plants

Since time immemorial, houseplants have been in style. The benefits of houseplants cannot be over emphasized. They bring life into your home, especially during the bleak winter months. To ensure your plants stay healthy, there are several things you can do before and after planting.

Choose the type of pot you want

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When you want to pot plants, the most obvious first step is to shop for pots. Pots are available in all types and sizes. Your choice simply depends on what you are looking for, and your budget. A great idea as well could be to think outside the box and improvise. You can look around the house for containers that can be used as pots and make holes underneath. Look for a plate or tray to trap excess water and you are good to go!

Use good soil and choose your plants well

Did you know that you should not use gardening soil to pot plants? The likelihood of the garden soil harboring fungal diseases is high. Instead, you should go to a nursery or garden centers in NYC and ask for good quality potting soil. It contains decomposed organic matter and aids healthy growth of the roots.

Choosing your plants depends on where you want to place them. You have to do your research and find out which plants are ideal for indoor growing. Again, the garden centers come in handy with the excellent advice they will give you. Make sure that you know the conditions each plant thrives in. That said, it is much easier to plant each pot in its own pot. This is unless both plants can co-exist without competing for nutrients. If one plant dominates, the other will eventually starve of nutrients and wither away.

Water them often

House plants need lots of water, and regularly too. Make sure the pots have holes at the bottom for better drainage. If the soil becomes water logged, the roots will rot and die off. Do not water the plant every day but instead water it every other day. When watering, most people tend to water the leaves, which is wrong. You should water the soil as watering the leaves can eventually cause fungal infections.

Use fertilizers regularly

The constant watering of the plants over time strips the soil of its nutrients. To ensure your plants grow healthy and strong, you need to use fertilizer to replace the lost nutrients. The garden center should be able to again advice on the best type to use. The best one to use though is liquid fertilizer and this is after every few weeks.

Deadheading

If you want your plant to keep blooming, you have to remove dead flowers to pave way for new ones. This is also known as deadheading and it’s a way of encouraging the plant to rejuvenate itself and bloom anew. It may be necessary to cut off the stems of some plants so that they grow back afresh. House plants are unlike outdoor plants which are aided in the rejuvenating process by animals, insects or the wind. Potted plants are protected against the elements have to be aided along by deadheading so they sprout new flowers.

Plants bring an amazing effect to a room. They light up an otherwise dull room, especially when in bloom. Potting plants may seem like a cut and dried job, but it takes dedication and hard work. The plants have to be taken care of to prevent them from drying up. You have to seek advice from the experts before and after you pot the plants. It would seem like a perfect option to use garden soil, but it is not advisable at all if you want to have healthy plants. Follow all the right steps and in no time you will have a vibrant garden right in your house!

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Ficus Lyrata

ficus lyrata Ficus Lyrata

Description:
Ficus lyrata, commonly known as the fiddle-leaf fig, is a species of fig tree, native to western Africa, from Cameroon west to Sierra Leone. It grows in lowland tropical rainforest.
It is a banyan fig (Ficus subgenus Urostigma) that commonly starts life as an epiphyte high in the crown of another tree; it then sends roots down to the ground which envelop the trunk of the host tree and slowly strangle it. It can also grow as a free-standing tree on its own, growing up to 12–15 m (39–49 ft) tall.

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Aloe

aloe AloeDescription: Aloe is a popular house plant due to its reputation as a healing plant for burns, cuts and other skin problems since ancient times. Aloe is mentioned in the New Testament at John 19:39-40

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Spath Lilly

spath lilly Spath LillyDescription: The genus Spathiphyllum is found on the forest floor in the rain forests of tropical America. This explains its ability to cope with poor lighting indoors. Flowers first appear when the plant is mature enough and consist of a large white spathe with a white or pale yellow spadix. Sometimes the spathes are green, an indication that they are modified leaves.

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Wandering Jew

wandering jew Wandering JewDescription: Best known as a hanging plant, the Wandering Jew house plant is easy and fast-growing. Its long, fleshy stems are densely covered with lance-shaped leaves that are about 2 in (5 cm) long. A similar plant goes by the same common name: Zebrina pendula has deep green to purple leaves with two broad bands of silver, and purple undersides. It has the same growing habits and requires the same care.

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Pink Polka Dot

pink polka dot Pink Polka DotDescription: The Polka Dot plant’s name will pretty much tell you what this little dish garden plant is all about. Originally Polka Dots were known for the bright pink spots which covered their dark green foliage. Now you can also find hybrid Polka Dots with bright red, white or silver spots and blotches.

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Rope Plant

rope plant Rope PlantDescription: This plant is a member of the Hoya family and is technically called Hoya carnosa Compacta. It’s common names are Hindu Rope or Krinkle Kurls plant. Those names are a lot more fun and easier to remember. This plant is somewhat unusual, but surprisingly it is usually available at the big home improvement stores. That is were I bought this one a couple years ago. The plant is a slow grower, but very easy to keep alive. This one lives out on the covered porch during the summer and inside near a bright window during the colder months. This is a close up of the curled leaves.

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Ivy

ivy IvyDescription: Hanging Ivies are elegant and rich looking, easy to grow, and they age gracefully. Keep an eye out for spider mite. If you catch the pest and spray early your ivy will stay healthy looking. We emphasize early pest detection because mites do extensive damage in little time.

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Arbicola

arbicola ArbicolaDescription: The Schefflera arboricola also known as the dwarf schefflera, dwarf scheff, arb’s and dwarf umbrella tree. The Schefflera is the “dwarf” brother to the old time umbrella plant – Schefflera actinophylla. Today, you find one variety of the large Schefflera grown called “Amate” however the “Dwarf Umbrella” has quite a few varieties and is easy to find in almost any garden center or nursery.

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Money Tree

money tree Money TreeDescription: The Money tree of Chinese myths. The money tree, a tree referenced in the saying “money doesn’t grow on trees!” The origin of this saying may be the story Pinocchio. It may appear in works of fiction as a tree whose leaves resemble banknotes and whose fruits resemble coins. The use of the tree’s leaves and fruits as forms of payment in fiction usually brings eventual trouble, such as the leaves drying up, and the characters end up learning the lesson that money must be earned with the sweat of the brow.

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Pothos

pothos PothosDescription: The Pothos comes to the indoor house plant world from Southeast Asia to narrow it down closer the jungles of Malaysia. The botanical name is – Epipremnum – Pothos is much easier to pronounce. The Pothos – Jade, Golden and Marble Queen leads the way in houseplants. In fact, it is one of the Top houseplants. So many people care for this “tough,” versatile plant. Everything from small pots, hanging baskets, totems and even as their only bit out green they see all day a vine hanging in their office cubicle, the Pothos needs so more basic plant care instructions.

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Snake

snake SnakeDescription: Houseplant Cultural information: “Snake plants” are so diverse and easy to grow. They can be placed nearly any where except total darkness. In full sun they may bleach or loose some of their coloration. Check for water weekly… allowing about 1/3 of the soil mass to dry between waterings. The most common problem with this plant is over-watering. Feed bi-monthly with Peter’s Plant Food. Sanseverias are available from small starter plants to five foot specimens. Propagate by dividing the plant. Their are over 30 varieties of Snake plants.

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Poinsettias

poinsettia PoinsettiasWater Instructions: water the plant whenever the surface feels dry to the touch.

Description: Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) remain one of the most popular holiday flowers. Hybridizers have expanded the range of colors from the familiar red to pastel yellow and vibrant bi-colors.

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Philodendron

philodendron PhilodendronDescription: Philodendron is a large genus of flowering plants in the Araceae family, consisting of close to 900 or more species according to TROPICOS (a service of the Missouri Botanical Garden). Other sources quote different numbers of species. According to S.J. Mayo there are about 350-400 formally recognized species whereas according to Croat there are about 700 . Whichever the exact number of species, the genus is the second largest member of the arum family. Taxonomically the genus Philodendron is still poorly known, with many undescribed species. Many are grown as ornamental and indoor plants. The name derives from the Greek words philo or “love” and dendron or “tree”.

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Rubber Trees

RUBBERPLANT Rubber TreesDescription: The Para rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis), often simply called rubber tree, is a tree belonging to the family Euphorbiaceae and the most economically important member of the genus Hevea. It is of major economic importance because its sap-like extract (known as latex) can be collected and is the primary source of natural rubber.

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Jade

jade JadeDescription: Crassula ovata, better known as the Jade plant, is popular as a houseplant because of its easy care and interesting appearance. Jade plant is a succulent, meaning that its leaves are swollen and fleshy from the water they store. The stem can become woody with time, giving the plant a shrubby appearance. Crassula ovata is a very popular plant for bonsai. It is also referred to as Money Tree, Dollar Plant and Friendship Tree.

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Palm Varieties

palm v arieties Palm VarietiesDescription: The Palm tree (Palmaceae) have been termed the princes of the vegetable kingdom. Neither the anatomy of the Palm tree stems nor the conformation of their flowers, however, entitles them to any such high position in the vegetable hierarchy. Palm tree stems are not more complicated in structure than those of the common butcher’s broom (Ruscus); their flowers are for the most part as simple as those of a rush (Juncus). The order Palmaceae is characterized among monocotyledonous plants by the presence of an unbranched stem bearing a tuft of leaves at the extremity only, or with the leaves scattered; these leaves, often gigantic in size, being usually firm in texture and branching in a pinnate or palmate fashion.

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Orchids

orchids OrchidsDescription: ORCHIDS, the most beautiful flowers in god’s creation, comprise a unique group of plants. Taxonomically, they represent the most highly evolved family among monocotyledons with 600-800 genera and 25,000-35,000 species . Orchids exhibit an incredible range of diversity in size, shape and colour of their flowers. They are most pampered of the plants and occupy top position among all the flowering plants valued for cut flower production and as potted plants. They are known for their longer lasting and bewitchingly beautiful flowers which fetch a very high price in the international market.

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Calathea

calathea CalatheaDescription: Calathea is a genus of plants belonging to the family Marantaceae. There are several dozen species in this genus. Native to the tropical Americas, many of the species are popular as pot plants due to their decorative leaves and, in some species, colorful inflorescences. They are commonly called calatheas or (like their relatives) prayer plants. Several cultivars, e.g. Calathea cv. ‘Silver Plate’, have been bred.

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Peace Lilies

peace lilies Peace LiliesDescription: Spathiphyllum is a genus of about 40 species of monocotyledonous flowering plants in the family Araceae, native to tropical regions of the Americas and southeastern Asia. Certain species of Spathiphyllum are commonly known as Spath or Peace Lilies.