We thought we would put together some of our best houseplant pot tips to help you keep all the indoor potted plants you have healthy & happy thru the Winter months.Most are just simple reminders!
Bug Proof Houseplants - To discourage pests from preying on pottedhouseplants, steep 2 TBS lemon peel in 4 cups of boiling water. Strain the mixture, let cool and spray on leaves. The citrus oil from the lemons repels insects without doing any harm to the plants.
Water Potted Houseplants half as often! You love how leafy green potted plants brighten up the house, but thanks to dry indoor heat, you have had to water them nearly every day.
That is because much of the water evaporates before the plant can absorb it. Corks to the rescue. Use a food processor to grind up 8 to 12 corks, then mix them into your pots top soil.
The air filled cork cells will absorb excess water and slowly release it as the soil dries out, cutting your watering duties in half.
Filtering your indoor air without a filter! Indoor pollution levels can be more than 100 times higher than outdoors, particularly when the outdoor windows are closed all Winter long.
Your typicalpotted houseplant can remove up to 87% of indoor air toxins within 24 hours. The most effective are spider plants. Give it a go!
Put a potted plant on your desk. Low indoor humidity, a hallmark of colder months, can speed the evaporation of tears by up to 99%. This leaves the eye's surface vulnerable to airborne irritants such as ozone and formaldehyde, which are readily produced by laser printer and other office equipment.
Luckily, leafy potted plants can reduce a rooms pollution level by 97% within 50 minutes.
Perk up dull potted houseplants. If your potted indoor plants need a little pick me up, give them a quick rubdown with the white side of a banana peel. The skins rough texture will gently buff away dust, while it's naturals oils with moisturize the plant.
Everyone who has ever keep indoorpotted houseplants knows that many times they will attract bugs and it can become an constant battle. So much so that you just want to toss them out and start over every Spring. We'll here are a few tips that make the process of keeping your potted houseplants bug free from season to season.
Potted houseplant go into a dormancy period during Winter which means during this time they are more likely to pick up a pest. They are weaker and more vulnerable. So use caution during this time of year and be extra aware.
We recommend starting with clean flowerpots and new potting soil. Don't skimp on this initial stage it can make a big difference on your success later. Make sure your plants didn't bring home any bugs from the nursery or landscape center where purchased. Look on the underside of all leaves.
Make sure to keep checking them occasionally so you can catch any issues early. If you do find an issue, then isolate the pot for a week or so till you make sure it's deal with. If you do find a pest issue then there are many things you can do from rinsing them off and then washing the leaves to purchasing a product at your local nursery and landscape center. The main thing to take away from this is to catch any issues early.
Having lush potted houseplants indoors especially during the Winter months is easy to do if you apply a few of the suggestions above.
It's been a long hard winter and with spring right around the corner it's time to think of potting up a few house plants to help keep the indoor air free and filtered. If you start now you will have them well established by next fall and winter when they will really be helpful.
As we all know potted houseplants have a natural filter system that helps keep indoor stale - fresh. This has been studied by NASA scientists as a way to create a suitable environment in space. All potted houseplants filter air even if they don't flower. They can remove up to 90% of chemicals and toxins in the air. Amazing stuff!
Here is a list to help you get stated. Most can be potted up rather easily and used indoor. You can use a natural terracotta clay flower pot or compliment your home decor with a bright glazed planter. It's not the pots that count it's the plant materials. So here goes.
Aloe Vera - We all know this one. Not only removes formaldehyde from the air but it's gel is great for burns. Rubber Plants - Hardy house plants that emit oxygen that removes toxins from the air.
Boston Fern, which most of us like for it's leafy delicate fronds but is know for being the BEST air humidifier.
Chinese Evergreen - with its flat large leaves add so much beauty when potted for the home but also emits high oxygen content
English Ivy when potted makes the best topiary plants. Wrap the trailing vine around a bent wire coat hanger and create all kinds of shapes. It removes the chemical benzene, found in detergents, and cigarette smoke. Who doesn't need one of these. And, lastly
Fiscus. We have all had a fiscus around the house. When potted, they add so much color and life to any corner in your home. These houseplants will purify the air.
So, find a garden pottery or planter that makes you smile, pot up one of these houseplants and keep the air in your home clean and purified.
As the days stay dark longer and the wind blows colder outside, it's time to take stock of what is happening inside. Do you need some life or color indoors? How about warming up the place with some life?
Now is the time we suggest focusing on your houseplants & indoor gardening needs. Below are some suggestions for easy to grow indoor plants that will add everything that is currently missing.
You may remember this houseplant because it's been around for years and is still very popular. Spider Plant - with it's legs shooting up and out and thin petals. They come in different varieties from dark green to light with cream or white stripes.
They are great for planting in a bright colorful flowerpot or hanging in an empty corner of a room where some color & life is needed. Super easy to care for this one is a good one to pot up inside with great success. We love the brightly colored high gloss planter. Its boldness compliments the plants muted colors.
Have you ever heard of the houseplant Peperomia? Well we hadn't till we saw this on the Better Homes & Garden Website. They are a diverse group of small houseplants with waxy and often highly textured leaves. Red edge (pictured) has a narrow band of read surrounding a wide creamy leaf margins.
This potted houseplant is colorful, waxy leaves add color and they don't take up much room. Not good around dogs or cats because it's poisonous. We love this houseplant in a brightly colored pot where the top has a large opening so the broad leaves can burst out.
Probably our favorite suggestion for a potted indoor plant is this English Ivy. Commonly grown outdoors and used as ground cover this plant makes a perfect houseplant. Set it up high on a mantle where it's stems can trail down or train the stems onto a topiary form to create a more formal, English style effect. It's really easy to use cuttings off of.
Snip a 5" long piece of the stem, remove the bottom leaves and pot it up in moist soil. Keep it moist and in a couple of weeks it should root. AWESOME! PottingEnglish Ivy up for indoors is fun and creative. Using a garden urn like the photo is really unique and lovely. But, ivy grows great in most pots, just be sure to place the planters where the ivy can trail.
Green Dracaena - offer solid green leaves or multi colored foliage. All form compact rosettes when young but will eventually open up and become lovely. They tolerate low light but produce better color in medium to bright light. These look fantastic in brightly colored garden planters or pots with a pattern on them.