Houseplants expect proper light, moisture, nutrients, sanitation, temperature
Growing Healthy Houseplants by Ellen Zachos appears as a 2014-released publication for readers of the Storey Basics Series of Books for Self-Reliance.
Imagery and information bring indoor gardeners means, motives, and opportunities to:
• choose the right plant;
• control pests; and
• water wisely.
The attractive, portable book configures convenient organization through:
• one-page table of contents;
• three-page preface on phytoremediating needs for decorative, environment-balancing, homey, humidity-absorbing, oxygen-releasing houseplants;
• four-page introduction on scientific classification of subtropical and tropical plants into genus by hybrid or by species and cultivar;
• 27-page part on fertilizers, light, potting mixes, and watering;
• 47-page part on controlling diseases and pests, propagating, pruning, and repotting;
• 40-page part on flowering, foliage, succulent, and woody decision-making; and
• three-page index.
Mira, it generally is a case of wintertime dormancy.
But sometimes it may involve getting used to an environment whose conditions are not quite right since all plants respond to certain ranges in heat, light, moisture, and ventilation.
Or it may relate to houseplant-lovers who do not realize that the symptoms of over-watering can be the same as those of under-watering in terms of indoor cultivation.
Or even sometimes it may result from not being talked to enough by the plant's caregivers! ;-] !
Yes, I have heard stories of plants that seem to die down, only to find strength after a few months. I didn't realize it was this phenomenon of wintertime dormancy.
Mira, Yes, the self-watering pots indeed look good, and they work just as well!
There appear to be any number of common names for Chlorophytum comosum even though houseplant-lovers in the U.S.A. almost entirely settle upon spider plant! The plantlets with adventitiously rooted new growths look to some like spiders hanging by web threads and to others like airplanes or a hen with chickens.
The need for a winter-time is something that some houseplant-lovers do not know or understand. For example, the Christmas poinsettia needs winter-time and therefore seems to die down after the showy December colors of its bracts. But the beautiful perennial in question does not have to be discarded -- as so many holiday celebrants do -- since keeping it in a cool, dark place for a couple of months leads to new growth, re-flowering, and re-showing of its prominent bracts (which surround its inconspicuously light-colored, tiny-sized blooms).
I didn't know those were called spider plants. I've seen them in many places.
I never stopped to think that some plants may need wintertime.
Those self-watering pots look really good, by the way.
HappyNutritionist, Everywhere I look I like to see plants, indoors and outdoors, in light and in shade.
Sometimes, shade garden plants do well indoors and sometimes they don't. It helps to maximize any reflected light possibilities by having light-colored blinds, drapes, and walls.
What houseplants are the ones that are struggling along enough to be kept?
Sadly, we have a lot growing outside, and a lot of shade and there is not enough sun for houseplants here. I have a few, but they struggle along.