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Using incandescent and fluorescent lights together is one choice. Or you can purchase special grow lights that provide the necessary wavelengths. To mimic the sun, light your plants during the day, rather than at night.

Direct sun, bright indirect light, and low light are very different. Wax plant, Hoya carnosa, in addition to being cool looking and easy to care for, wax plants are also renowned for their ability to flower. Perrone recommends placing them somewhere high and watching their red stems snake throughout a space. If you’d like to control the growth of your wax plant, think about training it up a trellis. Note that your choice of pot also affects a plant’s water retention and ability to grow.

Do you have a graveyard of Kamerplant verzorging you just couldn’t keep alive? There are the dozens of succulents I thought would thrive on my kitchen windowsill, only to wilt, brown and crumple into a heap of dust a few weeks later. Then there are the two beautiful palms that I impulse-bought online from The Home Depot and had delivered right to my doorstep the next afternoon.

Platt Hill Nursery is Chicago’s premier garden center and nursery. See a full tutorial on making and using homemade soap spray here, which also works for aphids, whitefly, and spider mites. When removing the plant from the old container, do so gently. If a plant is top-heavy, overgrown, and/or toppling over. Sign up for our weekly newsletter of new articles, and receive a FREE 20-page digital, printable garden planning toolkit. Plants like cactus and succulents can tolerate lower levels of humidity.

As long as we keep the grass types like the spider plant and the ponytail palm away from her. And we always have cat grass around for her to munch on. Pets being poisoned by plants is on number 8 in the ASPCA Top 10 Pet Toxins list. More pets are actually getting sick by prescription and over-the-counter medications, food, household cleaning products, and rodenticides, than they get sick from eating a plant. Your local grocery store or home improvement store might be convenient and cheap, but it doesn’t necessarily have the best quality plants.

Plants don’t want to have “wet feet,” a friendly term for when their roots are absolutely saturated from sitting in a puddle for days. “Soil” is a bit of a misnomer when it comes to the growing media used for indoor plants. The best growing media is soil-less and is a combination of equal parts peat moss, vermiculite/perlite, and compost. You can keep the potting soil in the shed for this one. “”Just dunk them in water for about two or three hours every 10 days or so,”” says Tovah Martin, expert gardener and author of The Indestructible Houseplant.

Stick your finger in the soil to determine how wet it is below the surface. If you poke your finger into the soil up to your knuckle, you can feel if your plant needs more water. If the soil feels damp, then you don’t need to water it.

I’d even venture to bet that overwatering is the number one killer of all houseplants! Particularly if this practice is combined with a lack of drainage holes in the pot. The size of the pot that your houseplant lives in will generally limit the size it will grow to.

Fertilizer frequency varies with season, amount of light, temperature, plant species, and potting medium. Do not fertilize as often or as much in the winter, in dimly-lit rooms, or in potting mixes that contain soil. If fertilizer accidentally gets on foliage, rinse promptly. A Monstera deliciosa plant is happiest in warm spots, with indirect sunlight. This is one that should only be watered once the soil has dried out completely as it’s prone to root rot. When your Monstera starts forming aerial roots – to support its growth – you can add even more support with a moss or coconut-covered support stick.

Always water until the excess water drains out of the holes. Even plants that prefer dry soil should be watered this way . Water houseplants in unglazed clay pots more frequently, as the porous clay will absorb and evaporate some of the water.

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