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.
Since the weather outside is still frightful, we would like to concentrate on what is happening inside! How do your indoor plants and trees look? Are they in need of re-potting with an updated planter or a change of color? Here are a few suggestions for indoor trees and plants like jade, yucca and ficus.
Did you know that you will sleep deeper with a potted jade plant in your home? The potted jade bonsai evergreen is very low care and it needs moderate direct light (setting it on a south or west facing windowsill during th day provides enough) and infrequent watering.
If leaves crinkle or fall off you may be over watering. Their leaves are deep green and look lovely in a terracotta pot or a light color planter for contrast.
Ficus tree's main requirement is consistency, so they do well in a living or family room where the temperature, humidity and light conditions remain relatively static. Put the potted tree near or across from a curtained north or east facing window so it can get the moderate, indirect light it needs while being protected from drafts.
(All potted ficus trees drop their leaves when adapting to a new environment, so don't worry) Did you know that potted ficus trees filter out toxic formaldehyde, which can be found in furniture glues and cleaning products?
Unlike many trees, the spineless yucca can adjust to drastic changes in temperature, making it well suited for a foyer. Potted yuccas also prefer direct sunlight like a front hall with a south or west facing exposure can be the perfect location.
These potted trees are drought resistant, so be sure to let them dry out completely between waterings. Browning leaf tips is a common sign that they are getting to much water.
Studies show that potted yucca trees significantly lower indoor carbon dioxide levels, which help reducs stress and boost focus. Who knew?
Even potted houseplants need adequate light. Consider things like the direction that the sun comes into your home, what kind of overhang your house has, and the shade from trees or buildings. All of these things - as well as blinds, ultraviolet window protection, and deciduous trees - can change your lighting situation. To get the right amount of light, however, yo first have to understand the three basic types of potted houseplant lighting needs:
Low-Light Plants: will do well in a north facing window as they do not require any direct sunlight. Potted plants can also be placed in the interior of a room with moderate light from eastern, western, or southern exposures.
Medium or Bright Indirect Light Plants: like an east or a west facing window or should be placed at least 2 feet away from a south facing window. A western exposure needs to provide indirect light through the morning and early afternoon. It it receives more intense light and becomes hotter in the afternoon, place the potted plant farther into the room.
High Light Plants: should be placed in a south facing window that provides the brightest light conditions for the longest time each day or in an unobstructed west facing window that gets up to four to six hours of direct light in the afternoon. Make sure to check leaves for sun scald, and rotate the flower pots for even plant growth.