In our last blog posts we offered a few good tips for helping you with your potted houseplants. In this post we are going to give you a few more because we have so many we want to share that they won't fit in just one post. So, here are some pot tips to help with your potted houseplants.
Cat Proof Your Indoor Potted Plants!
Not again! Despite your frequent scolding, your cat love to go into your indoor potted houseplants. Keep them from using your favorite ficus as a little box by placing pieces of broken pottery over the dirt. You can also top the soil with marbles, colored rocks or any kind of item you cat won't want to touch.
Guarantee Healthy Potted Plants!
Before you pot up a plant for your house, try placing tea bags over the drain hole of the planter. They will retain the water and keep your potted plant healthy and full of life with the antioxidants.
Help Your Hanging Flowerpots!
Did you know that hanging flowerpots dry out faster than one that sit on the ground. This is because of the wind swirling around them. All hanging planters should be watered daily in order to keep the flowers or plants healthy. Use ice cubes on the top soil for a slow melt that lets the plants roots soak up the moisture over time.
In the Fall Collect Pine Cones for Spring Planters!
You say what? In the fall collect pine cones that fall on the ground. Next Spring before you plant in a garden planter, drop some in the bottom of the pot. Then add potting soil. The cones provide great drainage, help keep the soil from leaking out the drain hole and don't add extra weight like rocks would.
Coffee Filter to the Rescue!
It's a well known fact but if you place a coffee filter in the bottom of your flowerpots before adding potting soil, they will help keep the soil from running out. Easy & Effective
Now that Winter is here and it's really cold outside, its time to focus on your indoor potted houseplants. How are they looking? Will you be adding to them this Season? Here are a few easy tips on watering and fertilizing them that may help them out a bit.
When it comes to watering a potted houseplant they really don't need that much. Not even close to what it's like during Summer when the inside of the home can get very warm. Start to slow down the watering process in Autumn so that by Winters cold they are getting use to less water.
It's time for those potted plants to take a rest and hibernate till next Spring when everything comes back to life. Make sure to water the soil and not the plants leaves. This would be a good time to give those leaves a cleaning off. Make sure the dust and dirt that collects all year long gets gently lifted off.
Fertilizing your potted houseplants will work similar to the watering program. Start slowing down the feeding in Fall so by Winter you can completely stop. There is not much growth happening at this time and it's a good time for your houseplants to rest and go dormant. Come Spring it's time to start up again.
It doesn't take much to keep your potted houseplants looking good, just remember to go for it in Spring and let them sleep throughout Winter. Easy Peasy!
Here are a few comments about houseplants that we want to share.
Gardenias make a lovely green bush for most of the year, brightening up a sunny front room. As the weather cools they bloom and transform the room into a beautiful, fragrant, tropical garden. Plant them in a decorative container and make a bold statement in your home.
Banana Trees can be potted and placed in a sun room or garden room indoors. Their leaves are constantly emerging and uncurling. In the evening, the leaves fold down making a bouquet of little green pyramids. Try to plant them in a container that is noticeably larger than the root ball. Since they like the added space they will grow healthy and lovely leaves and flowers.
Phalaenopsis orchids are easy to grow. If you water them one or twice a week and lightly fertilize them once in a while, they reward you with beautiful flowers for several months. The best part is that they bloom in January and February when gardeners really appreciate their color. Their plant needs are unusual.
Clivia is easy to take care of and they brighten the room with clusters of orange flowers. Even when they are not flowering, the foliage is handsome.
African Violets are lovely. They welcome you home at the end of a long day with a burst of color. The leaves are stunning and a great compliment to the bright and bold colors of the flowers. Some leaves are variegated green and white giving them a unusual appearance.
There are specific pots made for violets that hold a inner potover a outer pot that contains the water. We show it in a lovely clay pot that is functional and simple.
All of these are unusual plants that make great houseplants!
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.