Thursday, January 12, 2017

Houseplants: the remedy for the winter blues


It's great to be looking at seed catalogs and planning for this year's garden, but nothing helps the winter blues more than bringing a living plant into the house. Houseplants brighten the indoors and when spring comes, they can add instant beauty to your patio and yard.  You can be successful with most houseplants if you give them the right light and pay attention to how you water them.
For example, Cineraria likes to have bright indirect light indoors. Water thoroughly when the top of the soil feels dry to the touch.
African Violets will bloom almost continuously if you keep them in a warm, well-lit spot and water from the bottom. 
The Lipstick plant is an easy to grow houseplant with flashy red flowers. They'll do well in medium light conditions. 
Jasmine like bright light and evenly moist soil. It's best to keep the soil evenly moist. Jasmine is a favorite houseplant because it is very fragrant.
The Zebra plant gets its name from the zebra-like stripes along its dark green leaves. A Zebra plant needs bright, indirect light and moist soils. Zebra plants bloom with striking yellow flowers.
As a group, Bromeliads are excellent houseplants. They are tolerant of low light, can be watered from overhead in their central cups and feature beautiful flowers and foliage.
Crotons are also grown for their bright, multi-colored foliage. They want warm temperatures, lots of bright light and moist soils.
Many people shy away from orchids because they have a reputation for being finicky. In reality, orchids make extraordinary houseplants. If you're new to growing orchids, start out with a Phalaenopsis, also know an a moth orchid. If you've got an East-facing window and you watch the watering, you can grow orchids successfully.
ooking for a low-maintenance plant, consider a cactus garden. This miniature garden is ready to take home and enjoy.
If you have very bright lighting conditions, consider growing tropical plants such as  Bougainvillea.
Or a Hibiscus. Hibiscus flowers are large and eye-catching, while Bougainvillea produces long sprays of flowers. Both of these plants need very bright light conditions to bloom successfully.
There are lots of beautiful, vibrant houseplants to choose from. Each one will help to fill the inside of our homes with life and color. And, they're sure to get you through these gray, windy days 'til spring returns. If you're not sure of which houseplant to select, stop in and talk to us. We'll help you select just the right houseplants for your home.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

6 houseplants for a healthy New Year 

Now that we've stored away the Christmas decorations for another season, we can turn our attention to the new year and what better way to ring in 2017 than to create a healthier, greener home.
Even if you've not had much luck with houseplants before, we'd encourage you to try again. These houseplants not only add beauty indoors, they create a healthier environment for you. They'll do well in dorm rooms, offices and those hard to grow spots at home. You'll notice many of these plants will do well in low-light areas.
The Peace Lily or Spathiphyllum has dark green leaves and white flowers. They make excellent houseplants for your home or office. Peace lilies enjoy medium to low light conditions. Peace lilies are drought tolerant and prefer to be kept on the dry side.  Water them when the top inch of soil is dry.
The Chinese evergreen plant is another very adaptable plant. This easy to grow tropical plant tolerates low light and low humidity, making it a great choice if you're just getting started with houseplants. 
Looking for a plant that will do well in low light as well as bright, indirect light, consider Dieffenbachia. Dieffenbachia is a low maintenance houseplant that will add a tropical touch to any room. Dieffenbachia can handle low to high light conditions, but no direct sun. This plant likes to be misted often and you'll want to keep this plant watered regularly.
A super easy plant, you can grow Pothos in a pot on the counter and Pothos also make great hanging plants. Pothos will do well in low light as well as bright indirect light. Pothos like to be kept moist, so don't let the soil dry out.
Looking for a
very unusual plant for your home or office that wouldn't mind a little neglect?  Zamioculcas zamiifolia the ZZ plant will handle low to medium light and likes to be kept on the dry side. This easy-going plant rarely needs fertilizer, tolerates low light and will forgive you if you forget to water it once in awhile.
Sansevieria, commonly known as Mother-in-Law's Tongue or Snake Plant is a very easy plant to grow. Sansevieria do best in bright, indirect light. They will grow in low light situations, but very slowly. The biggest issue with Sansevieria is to avoid over watering it. Otherwise, it's a perfect compliment to most any room. Buying these plants and taking them home or to school or your office is a great way to get the new year started right; healthy and green.