Phalaenopsis orchid care

Phalaenopsis Orchid is famous by the name of ‘beginner’s orchid’ because of its hardy nature and the ability to survive in intense weather. It’s also known as ‘Moth Orchid’ or ‘phal’ in short and is sure to please anyone with its wonderful beauty. Under proper care and attention, these exotic colored indoor plants can be in full blossom for a long time. The propagating and pruning of Phalaenopsis Orchid is also comparatively easy compared to other orchids.

Phalaenopsis prefers a bright light with temperature from 65 to 85 degrees F. A 40% to 70% humid atmosphere with any typical potting mix is ideal for these plants. Phals have wing-shaped leaves that add more to the beauty of them. They should be placed near the window where they can receive soft sunlight.

Varieties of Phalaenopsis Orchid

Though there are approximately 60 or more species in the Phalaenopsis genus, only a few types are grown and cultivated. The common Phalaenopsis orchids are:

Phalaenopsis Amabilis

Native to Sumatra and Java, Phalaenopsis amabilis is a fine, vigorous and easy-to-care plant for the beginners. They grow best in moderately warm climates. Most of the hybrid Phalaenopsis are derived from this species.

Phalaenopsis Aphrodite

This plant is endemic to the northern Philippines and southeastern Taiwan. It blossoms in winter & autumn, and flowers are white with a purplish flush. Leaves are elliptic-oblong in shape and deep green on the top side. The leaves can be up to 15 inches long and 3.5 inches wide.

Phalaenopsis Sanderiana

Unlike other Phalaenopsis, this plant seems to grow in offseason, from mid-summer to late of it. Flowers are comparatively smaller than other ‘Phal’ species and blossom in white with diverging degrees of pink glaze at the edges of the petals and sepals.

Phalaenopsis Appendiculata

Native to Malaysia, Phalaenopsis appendiculata is a small sized plant that blooms colorfully patterned flowers. This plant has been recognized recently and can be easily grown in-house.

Steps to Ensure Proper Care for Phalaenopsis Orchid

  • Know your Plant

The basic step is to identify that you have a Phalaenopsis Orchid in your garden. There are a few features that this plant possess. Phals consist of with 3 to 6 leaves from where the flower blooms. Flower have 2-4 inches diameter and can grow in any color. So, make it confirm that you have this amazing orchid at your home. Because not all orchids are created equal, and people often confuse them due to the numerous types of orchid plants available in the market.

  • Avoid Over-Watering

The key cause of phals’ fading or death is over-watering. You should water them just once a week because Phalaenopsis are epiphytic plants which can survive easily in drought as well. Before watering them, check the soil with your finger and in case the soil feels wet, avoid watering. The best time to water is in the morning.  While watering, prevent water from getting on the leaves because it may kill the delicate leaves.

  • Keep in a humid place

This plant should be placed in any indoor humid place like washrooms as they are tropical plants. Use a tray of pebbles or small stones filled with water to raise humidity around your plants. Spray water around the aerial roots to keep them moist.

  • Light

Placing the Phalaenopsis Orchid plant under direct sunlight can burn their leaves.  They should be placed where they are never exposed to intense sunlight. They need mild light to grow properly. For example, early morning light is considered the best to grow its lively leaves and flowers.

  • Temperature

Phalaenopsis Orchid plants cannot grow well during too hot or too cold temperature. It requires a moderate temperature to flourish. So, a temperature between 70 to 80 degrees F is considered optimal for its growth. In fluctuating temperature, the buds ready-to-open could drop.

  • Nourishments

Like humans and other living beings, plants also require proper nourishing to grow into a blooming one. So, feed your Phalaenopsis Orchid plant with some tree food once a month. Use any balanced orchid fertilizer (typically 20-20-20 in fertilizer grade). Fertilizers that contain urea is harmful to Phalaenopsis.

  • The Best Kind of Phalaenopsis Orchid

When you go to buy Phalaenopsis Orchid for your home decor, try to buy only those with big and thick roots and glowing leaves. These ones will be the fresh and healthy ones and will be easy to bloom with proper care.

Useful Facts about Phalaenopsis Orchid

Phalaenopsis Orchid is used to develops different hybrid orchids related to same and different species but with specific genera.

  • A well-growing orchid blooms twice during a year. Make a wise decision while buying an orchid and select only that one which is at full bloom during the buying period.
  • The flowering period of Phalaenopsis Orchid persists as far as six to ten weeks.
  • In the case of re-potting Phalaenopsis Orchid, it may not bloom flowers till a year because it is disturbed from its original place. Phalaenopsis Orchid should be bought along with their pots than with a bare root because replanting them may take long to bloom flowers again. Or you should repot them just at the end of the flowering period.

Special Tips for Phalaenopsis Orchid Lovers

  • The beginning of the autumn season is very special for Phalaenopsis Orchid because that’s the time when an orchid plant unfolds its full beauty with blooming flowers. A secret tip to gain an orchid flower spike is a slight drop in the temperature during the night time. 62 to 64-degree temperature during night hours is considered the best temperature to make an orchid to develop a spike.
  • The best time to place the plant indoor is when the spike starts to bloom.
  • Cutting the bloomed orchid’s spikes will give birth to new flowers within 8 to 12 weeks.
  • Try to use transparent pot for planting Phalaenopsis Orchid because it will give you an accurate idea that when the plant’s roots require some water.

Conclusion

If you possess a Phalaenopsis Orchid, you have already stepped in the wonderful world of beautiful orchids! Phals are one of the finest and easiest orchid plants to grow in the home. If you just maintain a few basic guidelines, these plants will shower you with several months of beautiful blooms.

Poinsettia care

When Christmas season starts crawling in, you will see many people adoring their abodes with a red flower-like plant named Poinsettias. Surprisingly, Poinsettias don’t bloom any flower, the plant itself is vividly colored like flowers. Poinsettias are native to Central America and Mexico and they got their name from Dr. Joel R. Poinsett who was the first US ambassador to Mexico and introduced the plant in the USA. For some time, there was a concern that Poinsettias plant may be poisonous. But the recent research done on the plant has concluded it as non-poisonous.

Poinsettias Myth

Due to its exotic yet vibrant look, there are a few myths associated with Poinsettias plant. The most popular one is: a little girl named Pepita didn’t have anything to gift baby Jesus. So, she gathered a few weeds and started for the church. On her way, the weeds miraculously turned into bright colored flowers. As a result, the plant is called Flowers of the Holy Night or Flores de Noche Buena. The plant is known under different names in different South American countries. Aztecs called it “Cuetlaxochitl” and considered it a symbol of purity. In Peru & Chile, it’s known as the Crown of the Andes.

Poinsettias prefer indoor atmosphere but can be grown outdoors if necessary care is taken to control humidity and sun. It can brighten your interiors during the holidays. With proper care, the beautiful appearance of Poinsettias can be extended to many weeks after the Christmas season.

Varieties

Carousel Pink

Carousel Pink Poinsettias do not have well-defined borders. They are wavy, bubbly and decorated in shape. As with dark red Poinsettias, the buds start to show up in the late November and full grown in mid and late December. The bracts of this variety are a bit smaller than an average poinsettia. The branches are strong and broad, and they can be easily transported in the garden without the fear of breaking.

Ice Punch

This variety of poinsettias has white shade at the center of its red flowers. The white shade is considered to resemble lightning streaks or the frost that lands on the regular red poinsettias. From the time of blooming, the white streaks increase their radius and spread towards the outer periphery. 

Winter Blush

Winter Blush variety was recently introduced in the market.  It gives out foliage with pink and cream or yellow mix. Pink covers most of the area whereas yellow is present at the borders. This variety is more robust and can easily be grown indoors. 

Winter Rose

It is a ruffled variety that resembles an open rose. The color varies between deep red to mild red.  It adds a new spin to your holiday décor and is a fine alternative to the flat bracted red poinsettia. Having delicate branches, winter rose needs extra care. 

Cinnamon Star

Cinnamon star variety of poinsettias is gaining popularity as it is being used more than ever during Thanksgiving. There is a great liking for alternatives of traditional poinsettias, and Cinnamon star is a mild one. It flowers early, has dark leaves and upright bracts.

Orange Spice

Orange Spice Poinsettias are a rare variety. A few years back you could only wish for orange poinsettias. These are sleek, long and have dark foliage. The color resembles a burning orange sunset, and this perfectly suits Halloween decoration. However, it is also used, though less in numbers compared to another type, during Christmas and Thanksgiving.

Whitestar

This variety looks way different compared to traditional poinsettias. It has smooth, huge and flat bracts arranged in a symmetrical fashion. It comes with a light creamy-green color that perfectly suits the occasion of Thanksgiving.

Planting

The best way to propagate Poinsettia plants is by planting cuttings. The cuttings form new growth and develop flowers within a year during Christmas. You should take the cuttings of three to four inches during July or August and insert in pots filled with a mixture of sand, perlite and peat moss.

Care

Although Poinsettias are native to Central and North America, taking proper care of them is essential. These plants can get easily affected by changes in weather. And since they are short day plants, you need to cater for their specific needs to make them bloom at the right time. 

 

Watering

Poinsettias enjoy humid, semi-cool and bright indirect light. Mulching below the stem helps these plants retain moisture. But overwatering can lead to root rot. A typical poinsettia needs to be watered once in every 4 days. After the flowering season, decrease watering to let the plant dry out some leaves to form new ones. Relocate the poinsettia plant to cool dark area until around April. In dry rooms, using humidifiers might be necessary.  

Fertilizing

Any fine household fertilizer can be applied to poinsettias. The best time to fertilize the plants is after the holiday season. Apply fertilizer once or twice in 15 days. Once the fertilizer is applied and the plant has shed a few old leaves, you will notice new growth within the next 2 weeks. 

Pruning

Pruning of Poinsettias is done after holidays or during the spring season. The plant, during this period, should be relocated to a sunny area and its bottom most canes or branches should be cut until about 6 inches from the pot’s rim. To encourage new growth and branching, cut the tips once every month until August. In fall when nights become longer, the poinsettia can be brought indoors. Along with pruning, you might also repot the plant with a mixture of sand, perlite and peat moss. 

Temperature

Poinsettias need to be kept at an optimal temperature of 13-16 °C or 55-60 F on cooler nights and 18-21 °C or 65-70 F on a warmer day. This will help the plant be full-grown during the holiday season.  From September through November, if you keep your Poinsettias in long hours (at least 12 hours) of darkness during nights, it will encourage the blooming. 

If you can take proper care of your Poinsettias, ‘they don’t have to be holiday decor “throw-away” plants. You can keep these plants all year round to add to your interior beauty.

Arrowhead plants: how to grow and care for this plant in containers

Looking to enhance your indoor garden? Well, look no further than the beautiful Arrowhead Plant.

Arrowhead Plant is known by a variety of names and is known as Arrowhead Vine, Synovium, Nephthytis, Five Fingers, and American Evergreen. It has withstood the test of time and is considered as one of the best houseplants.  This plant grows out as a solid green plant and has green and white colored leaves with the distinct shades of green and pink. The leaves of this plant always come in the shape of an arrowhead.

These plants, when young are pretty full and make an attractive choice for side tables, coffee tables, bedside, and other surfaces. As this plant comes with the colored foliages, they add both edge and interest to your décor. For augmenting the appeal of your space, you can also let it grow alone or keep it mixed with other plants too.

Arrowhead is a great choice for décor and here is how to care and grow this plant in containers.

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Arrowhead Growing Guide

The arrowhead plant serves as a great container plant for indoor and balcony spaces or gardens that don’t get light directly from the sun. You should only allow southern exposure from the sunlight inside your surroundings as this plant can get bleached in the direct sun. This plant is winter hardy in Florida and grows very well as a houseplant in all other states which have the US hardiness zones 10 and 11.

You will have to water this plant as the surface starts to dry. But make sure that you only moist the plant and not wet it completely. Its proper care requires humid conditions. So, spray little droplets of water daily or place the container in a tray that is filled up with water and pebbles.

Fertilizing is not mandatory. However, you can always use a houseplant fertilizer in spring or summer season as it is not required to be fertilized in winters. Furthermore, you can prune it according to your convenience.

Arrowhead Plant Propagation

This plant propagates from its roots, cuttings, and air layering. The root structure of this plant is quite extensive and also becomes invasive, even in a container environment. It is recommended that you should cut off the foliage and steps as they develop.

If you want it to re-pot; just divide the root, and you are good to go.

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Arrowhead Care Instructions

The overall care of this plant is quite easy. But lack of essential nutrients in light, soil, and the entire growing process may retard the growth of the plant. Its growth also slows down in the winter months, but with these care instructions, you can let the plant grow effectively.

  • Light:

    Arrowhead plants need a medium to low lighting. If your plant starts yellowing, it is a sign that it is receiving too much light.

  • Temperature:

    This plant is known to grow best in the temperatures between 16 degrees Celsius and 24 degrees Celsius. The temperatures below 10 degree Celsius kill the plant.

  • Pot Size:

    These plants grow their best when they are bound to their roots. Do not rush them to the next size container and ensure that there are drop holes at the bottom.

  • Soil:

    These plants prefer rich organic soil that drains well. However, an African violet mix serves as a good choice.

  • Pests:

    Keep an eye on spider mites and mealy bugs. If you see any of them, you can treat them by spraying isopropyl alcohol.

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Arrowhead Flowering Conditions

It is unusual for these plans to produce flowers. But when flowers appear, they are the green and white blooms.

What Do You Need To Remember?

Keep the growth tips and long runners pruned so that you can use them on the indoor tables. If you leave these plants untrimmed, they make beautiful indoor plants and enhance the overall aura of your space. Moreover, the leaves of this plant change its shape as it matures.  It begins with an arrowhead shape and then grows into the three to five finger sections.

These plants are highly poisonous so it should be kept away from pets and children.

Tips to grow healthy and enchanting African Violets at home

African Violets

If bringing beauty to your indoor space is your goal, then African Violets are just what you are looking for. Clusters of violet, blue, purple, white and a myriad of other splendid colors bloom beautifully over a neat rosette of dark-green fuzzy leaves.

The flower is recognized worldwide to be one of the prettiest houseplants that come with the perk of blooming almost constantly. All you need is a bright window, and you’ll find your African Violets brightening up your space all year round. However, African Violets have earned quite the reputation of being a fuzzy plant to grow and care for.

The African violet does come with a few quirks since they are really demanding of the growing conditions. African Violets are peculiar about the water, light, temperature and soil requirements. But fret not! We are here to help you learn all about growing and nurturing the dainty houseplant.

Conditions for Culture

Light

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Adequate light is one of the pre-requisites for an African violet to stay healthy and produce abundant flowers. Insufficient light makes the leaves turn dark green and thin, while the leaf stems also become very long and weak.

On the other hand, too much sunlight can turn the leaves pale yellow-green, and you may also notice some bleached out burned or dead areas. However, you can diffuse bright sunlight with the help of a sheer curtain.

It’s important to ensure the right intensity and duration of light. Placing the plant in bright and indirect light should give good results. Generally, 3 feet from a south, east or west windows offer good exposure to the light. Maintain proper light exposure for eight hours every day, and try to make up for the insufficient lighting with the help of artificial fluorescent lights.

A little testing will easily help you determine if the light conditions at your home are suitable for the growth of violets. Also, you must note that the duration and intensity of light will vary according to the climate and weather.

Water

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African Violets grow most beautifully when properly watered. You can water the violets either from the top or from the bottom.

African violets are at risk of developing leaf spotting when splashed with cold water on the leaves. Hence, tepid water is recommended in case your water from the top but do not let the plant sit in standing water to avoid root damage. Keep watering until the water runs out from the bottom and be sure to drain the excess if you are using a tray or saucer below the pot to prevent problems from waterlogging.

In order to water the plant from the bottom, simply fill the tray below the pot with tepid water and it will be automatically drawn up to the soil with capillary action. You can pour off the excess water from the tray after about an hour.

Temperature

Common indoor temperatures that range around 65 degrees to 75 degrees Fahrenheit at night and 70° to 90°F during the day are fine for violets.

Humidity

Humidity is essential for the growth and flowering of African violets. The flower tends to grow in high humidity ranges, so you’ll be required to set the pot in watertight trays filled with pebbles or water and gravel. Ensuring shallow water level is essential. Also, you must not let the plant sit in water for too long

Potting

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Containers and Pots

African Violets like to be snug and hence grow best in small pots. But at the same time, they do require some space to grow. So, shallow pots that give them enough space to spread their roots are best for these beauties. It’s imperative to see that the root ball of the plant fits comfortably in the pot. The pot must have drainage holes at the bottom in order allow excess water to drain out and let the water seep into the soil when watering from the bottom.

Propagation

Violets are easy to propagate from the leaf cuttings of a well-developed and mature plant. The leaf must be removed from the main stalk with a clean break. Place the leaf into a glass of water and make sure that it isn’t completely covered with water. Gradually, roots will start forming near the base.
You may also take a leaf with plenty of stems and place the stem into a pot containing sterile potting soil. Keep the soil moist and it will eventually grow into a new plant.

Soil Mix

An ideal potting mix is the one that offers proper nutrition, moisture, aeration, and physical support to the plant so that it grows to its utmost capabilities. When it comes to African Violets, they grow best in soil that is loose and porous in structure, in addition to being well-draining and well-aerated. You can prepare a potting mix or opt to grow your plant in a soilless mix to meet your cultural requirements.

Caring

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Fertilizer

African violets can benefit from small amount of fertilizers, especially if you notice they haven’t bloomed or aren’t growing for several months. Use fertilizers that are specially made for African Violets and make sure to use the same in moderation. Mix the fertilizer at a one-quarter strength and use while watering the plant. Excessive or too little fertilizer may impact the growth of violets.

Repotting

African violets thrive in small pots as they like to be root bound. Eventually, a mature plant tends to produce an offspring that can be grown into a new plant. As soon as you witness the formation of new crowns in the pot, gently remove the plant from the pot and separate the new growth. Repot the plants in separate containers to keep up with their growth.

Garden with clean hands

African violet is vulnerable to attack from diseases, organisms, and insects and may develop mildew, blight or stem rot if not taken care of. Make sure you always wash your hands and use gloves while handling any organic matter. Also, clean your gardening tools before and after use to prevent the spread of diseases from one houseplant to another.

Remove dead blooms

African violet is a plant that grows close to the soil. As such, dead leaves or flowers may start causing excessive moisture near the stem, ultimately leading it to rot. Therefore, in order to keep the plant healthy, you must remove any dead or dying leaf immediately from the pot.

Enjoy gardening!

Aralia: uses for home interiors and maintenance tips

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Aralias make unique houseplants. They find varied uses in homes and gardens. Available in varied heights, the plants can fit into most interior spaces and sit in different positions indoors. The different plants under the genus mean there’s a specific plant form for every homeowner. The plant can also be used in various forms in the home setting.

Unlike most houseplants, Aralias are aesthetically beautiful and can create a focal point indoors in natural-themed interior spaces. The plants are increasingly being used indoors due to their successful application in high-end in home interiors. What’s more, they thrive in conditions unsuitable for most houseplants.

What are Aralia Plants?

Also known as Spikenard, Aralias belong to the Araliaceae family. It comprises about 70 plant species. They come in the form of evergreen and deciduous plants, trees and even shrubs. Some varieties are also herbaceous perennials with rhizomatous rooting systems.

The plants are native to the Americas, Asia, and regions with mountain woodlands. Varied in sizes, some Aralia cultivars grow up to 20 meters high while others barely hit half a meter in height.

Aralia Plants for Home Interiors

Most Aralia species are superior houseplants with great capability to adapt to conditions indoors. They have unmatched ‘staying power’ in home interiors even when grown in hot, dark places. The plants have been on and off gardeners’ list of favorite plants over the last many years.

International botanicals have grown Aralias for years to come up with the best cultivars for home interiors. They diversified the forms and sizes of the plants. The plants come in varied colors and leaf forms. Ming aralia feature elegant, lacy leaves while the chicken gizzard has spherical leaflets.

‘Dinner plate’ aralia feature large, aptly leaves while ‘spinach leaf’ aralia have dark, tightly-crinkled leaves. Aralia leaves, petioles and general foliage range in color from cream and gold to solid green and white. Others come in dark-green, almost black to burgundy hues.

Aralias sweeping, curving branches; massively woody trunks; and shaggy, heavily-dense foliage make them stand out in home interiors as houseplants. They find use indoors as large or small plants. The plants can be grown as ‘bonsai’ plants in 6-inch or 8-inch pots. Use them to accentuate reception counters in offices or table tops in homes with their attractive colors and shapes.

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Certain varieties that grow up to 4 feet tall can fit in 10-inch pots. Stump or bush plants that grow up to 3 to 6 feet in height can comfortably fit in 14-inch pots for indoor use. However, varieties that range in height from 7 to 12 feet fit 17-inch to 21-inch pots. The large Aralia plants are suitable for placement in entryways and other places indoors with lots of open spaces.

Aralia Growth Conditions and Maintenance Tips

The kind of care Aralia plants receive in nurseries determines their successful growth indoors. Aralias thrive in light, well-drained soils with proper drainage. The plants require sufficient watering for optimal growth. The amount of light the plants can access indoors determines the level and frequency of watering and applying fertilizers.

Although it’s recommended for soils to be kept moist, some gardeners report that the plants thrive in dry soils. If the amount of light available is low, water the plants at least once every three weeks. Avoid overwatering to prevent the development of plant diseases such as root rot. Opt for sub-irrigation or a controlled watering device for efficient Aralia watering.

With proper care and growth conditions, the plants can successfully grow indoors for a minimum of a decade. Unlike most houseplants, Aralias can be pruned to foster new foliage growth and maintain their lush look. Granular fertilizer rich in nitrogen is recommended.

Some Aralias can be costly during initial planting stages and growth. However, it rewards gardeners and homeowners with a long lifespan as long as they’re accorded proper care and placed in locations with all the growth requirements.

3 Popular Aralia Species for Home Interiors

  1. Aralia Fabian

Just like Feng Shui, a plant popular for its energy, love and calmness flow, Aralia Fabian offers similar benefits. Also known as Plum Aralia, it’s a shrub tree with maroon leaves that tend to be purplish on the undersides. The shiny leaves range in size from large to medium. The round leaves are deeply veined. Although the plant’s flower in the wild, cultivated cultivars rarely bloom.

Aralias grow upright as columnar plants in containers, making them ideal houseplants. Potted Aralia Fabians make perfect housewarming gifts.

  1. Celeryleaf Aralia

Also known as Aralia ‘Chicken Gizzard’, the plant has leaves similar in shape to chicken gizzards. It features branches with spherical leaflets with at least two lobes. Just like Aralia Fabian, it grows a columnar plant. Its leaves are uniquely-shaped, which, together with the plant’s distinct growth stature, are bound to improve an existing interior décor.

Unlike other houseplants, they’re more costly due to the time and care they require to grow. They’re worth each cent spent on them.

  1. Aralia Balfour

Aralia Balfouriana is a beautiful, potted floor plant. Some species boast large, shiny, dark-green leaves while others feature crinkled leaves with deep veins. The leaves are waxy on the surface and lobed. The container plant grows upright and less wide than the pot housing it.

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5 Common Aralia Problems

  1. Wilting from overwatering – leaves drop if the plant is excessively wet. Extremely hot or cold temperatures also result in dropping of leaves.
  2. Aralia Leaf Drop – Low humidity indoors or dry air conditions causes leaves to drop.
  3. Weak / Over-grown Limbs – Aralias require lots of light to grow. Insufficient lighting conditions lead to weak, stretched plant growth. Prune in spring to foster plant growth and fill spots without foliage.
  4. Leaves with Brown Edges – Excess fertilization and low humidity levels result in browning of leaf edges. Exposure to air dries the leaves, leading to the browning of their edges.
  5. Insect Pests – Aralias are prone to spider mites, aphids, and scale. Use natural pest control solutions such as neem oil to eliminate Aralia pests.

Aralia Cultivars

Other popular Aralia species for home interiors include the following:

  • Aralia spinosa
  • Aralia stipulata
  • Aralia Tibetan
  • Aralia racemosa
  • Aralia malabarica
  • Aralia nudicaulis
  • Aralia hispida

Conclusion

Aralia plants can be grown indoors or outdoors. With proper care and maintenance, the plants can grow successfully for many years. They require proper watering, fertilization, soil, and lighting conditions to grow optimally.

Do you want to grow Aralia in your home or office? Contact us to find out more on how to grow Aralia plants in pots or grow bags.

Anthurium care: how to care for your anthurium houseplant?

People grow Anthurium for its red, heart-shaped flowers. It is mostly found in Mexico, northern Argentina, and Uruguay. Some call it Flamingo Flower or Tail Flower, while some also name it as Painted Tongue.

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Anthurium houseplant is known for its vividly colorful flower spathes and decorative leaves borne on its long stalks. Though the color of leafy bracts is often pink, it may also be red, green, orange, yellow, or white.

Here is your quick guide to care and pamper your anthurium plant to keep it in good shape.

Best Position for Anthurium

Place your plant in a well-lighted area, but do not put it in direct sunlight. Keeping the plant in a dark place will give you fewer flowers. Anthuriums love the warmth and enjoy the temperature between 20°C and 22°C. The minimum temperature for pot plant and the cut flower is 16°C. Keep your flower plant away from a hot radiator. Anthuriums prefer high humidity so your bathroom could be an ideal place for positioning anthurium plants.

Anthurium plant Watering

Anthurium plants love receiving water daily. But, standing water is not ideal for this flowering plant. Also, exposure to air and moisture are critical for the growth of the anthurium plant. The key is water anthurium regularly while allowing their roots to receive enough air and moisture.

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Use proper potting soil to accomplish this. The soil you use for this plant should be fluffy, light, and has to drain well. You can use anything like bark, volcanic cinder, sand, or gravel as long as it meets the criteria. Once you’re done with the proper potting, ensure the complete water drainage out of the pot.

Don’t overlook the water drainage. Standing water is the deadliest mistake when caring for your anthurium plants. It allows roots of the plants to remain soaked in water which prevents the supply of oxygen to their roots. It gives room for growth of anaerobic microbes and fungus and causes roots rot, which eventually kills your plants.

In short, water your plant every day and take care of water drainage out of the pot. If you live in an area with low humidity, mist the leaves of your plant by spritzing them with water twice daily.

Fertilizing Anthurium Flowers

Fertilize Anthurium periodically, but avoid over-fertilizing them. Giving too little fertilizer may cause slow growth and produce fewer flowers. However, you can easily fix this by giving more fertilizer to the plant. On the other hand, if you give too much fertilizer, your anthurium plant can die.

Fertilize them once or twice a year depending on the length of the growing season in your region. The ideal ration for fertilizer is 5-10-5 to ensure a good balance of flowers and foliage. For the best blooms, pick a fertilizer with a higher or middle phosphorus number.

Choose a fertilizer with a slow release variety. This way, you’ll need to fertilize your plants once or twice a year, rather than once a week if you use a liquid fertilizer.

Anthurium Cut Flowers Care Tips

After you buy Anthurium flowers, cut 5 centimeters off the end of the stalk. Now, put the flower in a neat vase and pour clean tap water into the vase. This plant doesn’t require cut flower food.

Make sure you change the water in the vase and cut one centimeter off the stem once a week. If you follow this anthurium flowers caring ritual, your plant will stand easily for 2-3 weeks in the base.

Re-potting

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Has your anthurium grown too big for the pot? Re-pot it! Also, you should re-pot a rootbound anthurium as soon as possible. Look at the following signs of a rootbound plant:

  • Roots growing out of the drainage hole
  • Roots circling the surface of the potting mix
  • Bent or cracked container
  • Water running straight through the drainage hole
  • Wilting foliage, even after watering

Moreover, we recommend repotting in spring because the lighter days help stimulate the buds formation. Put the plant in a pot that at least 20% wider diameter than the previous one. Fill the pot with special anthurium soil or mix in a bit of anthurium feed to reserve for the plant’s growth.

It’s very easy to care for your anthurium plants properly. Just follow the instructions and avoid the mistakes discussed above. And, your lovely houseplant will always be in great shape and keep you happy and positive.

Alocasia: guide to planting, care and growing

Nothing brings a visual flair and drama to a luscious garden like Alocasia, a fabulous foliage plant with bold texture and charismatic appeal.

These tropical beauties flaunt giant green arrow or heart-shaped leaves and decorative veining that steals the heart of a gardener at first glance.

Native to Asia, the plant produces flowers on occasion, but its striking, large dramatic foliage is what makes it popular. It is also famed as elephant ears due to its resemblance to the flappy elephant ears.

If you are looking for a real eye catcher in your shady garden, large containers or warm greenhouse, Alocasia is a great choice. Increasingly gaining hype as a houseplant, it takes proper care and attention to grow this amazing plant indoor.

Here is the complete guide on how to plant, care and grow the tropical plant to make an eye-catching addition to your space.

Planting Alocasias

The tropical plant requires frost-free weather to grow. So, spring or early summer is ideal for planting Alocasias to help it acclimate and establish before winter.

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However, it is not difficult to grow the plant in winter with proper humidity and extra light. You can also plant them six weeks earlier in pots and then relocate it to the outdoors after frost. Plant it 2 to 3 inches deep in the loose, well-drained potting mix or the prepared site.

Make sure the soil is porous, and a mix of well aerated and well-drained soil, perlite, coarse potting sand and peat that remain moist works great for the plant.

Grooming

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The Alocasia houseplant can vary in size from as small as 6” to as tall as a tree. Usually, the houseplants can grow up to 4 feet with a leaf growing from the long stem on the ground.

They can also produce small and inconsequential flowers with a calla-like bloom without any fragrance. No real grooming except the removal of older leaves that die off normally is required for Alocasias.

Alocasia Care

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Fertilizers

Some Alocasias are heavy feeders. So frequent and small applications of granule fertilizer or liquid fertilizer feeding during the growth period can promote the growth of the plant.

Fertilize the plant with a basic houseplant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength in every two weeks from late March to September to see the active growth.

Light

Direct sunlight can burn the leaves of the Alocasia. So it is advised to keep it under exposure to bright, indirect sunlight.

Water

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This water-loving plant needs to stay moist all the year and grow the best in high humidity. It is better to let the 2″- 3″ of soil dry out before watering.

It should be evenly moist but make sure not to over water it as wet leaves, and soggy soil can make it vulnerable to a variety of serious fungal infections. Frequently analyze the soil to keep track of its watering needs.

Temperature

Its tolerance to temperature varies depending on the variety, but most of the plants can’t stand frost. Usually, the temperature between 60° to 80° is ideal for the plant.

However, the prolonged exposure to temperatures below 60° can harshly affect it and cause the plant to drop all of the leaves.  Keep it away from air conditioners and cold drafts.

Humidity

This tropical stunner is quite fussy, preferring the high humidity to grow best. However, frequent misting of the leaves can offer it the moisture it craves. To increase the humidity around the plant, keep it on a tray filled with pebbles and fill water.

Make sure the plant is sitting on the pebbles and fill water until it reaches to a level just below the pot. Or you can just place a small humidifier near the plant.

Protection from pests

Mealy Bugs, scale, Aphids, and spider mite are the common pests found in Alocasia plants. So, spraying warm soapy water every few weeks can prevent such pests and also keep the leaves dust-free.