Air Purifying House Plants Part 4
This low-maintenance indoor plant is interesting and versatile. It is available in a range of colors, and the attractive foliage changes in shape as the individual leaves mature.
This hardy evergreen vine is an enthusiastic climber, but it can be pruned to create a compact plant.
These plants do well in low-to-medium light settings and thrive in bright, indirect light. If you are only able to provide low-to-medium light conditions, you may do better with one of the deeper green varieties. These tend to do better in shaded conditions.
The soil should be kept lightly moist during spring and summer and slightly drier during the fall and winter months. Don’t let it become completely dry. The plant is undemanding when it comes to watering, but does prefer high humidity, so it’s a good idea to place container plants on a bed of wet pebbles. Mist hanging baskets frequently.
As a semi-tropical plant, this vine prefers warm, humid conditions. Try not to allow the temperature to drop below 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Use a rich potting mix that offers superior draining and aerating capabilities.
Use a balanced liquid houseplant food on a regular basis during the spring and summer.
In their natural habitat, these plants are vigorous climbers that start out as under-story forest plants and grow up into the leaves and branches of the tropical forest to get more sun and fresh air.
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The schefflera houseplant is a popular plant and comes in many varieties. The most well known are the umbrella tree and the dwarf umbrella tree. One of the reasons the plant is popular is because schefflera plant care is so easy, but, while schefflera care is easy, the plant does need to be cared for. Keep reading to learn more about growing schefflera and keeping it healthy and lush.
Schefflera plants are medium light plants, which means that they need bright but indirect light. A common complaint about schefflera plants is that they get leggy and floppy. This problem is caused by too little light. Making sure that you are growing schefflera in the right kind of light will help prevent leggy growth.
To water correctly, wait until the soil in the pot dries out and then thoroughly soak the soil when you water.
You do not need to fertilize your schefflera, but if you would like to, you can give it a half solution water soluble fertilizer once a year.
Umbrella plants do not require a lot of humidity, so typically the humidity level that is already present indoor is acceptable.
Keep the temperature between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The all-green leaf variations typically prefer the cooler end of that range, while the types that have more decorative leaves prefer slightly warmer temperatures.
Remove dead flowers after flowering period. To encourage flowering, feed instead with high potassium fertilizer during warmer months. Generally pest free, but mealy bugs and scale can cause some damage.
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Lacy Tree Philodendron
bipinnatifidum is also known as split leaf philodendron. It is actually an upright vine, but with a four inch diameter trunk and long, rope-like roots, you can see where it gets its name. The enormous half-lobed leaves are its main attraction. They blossom in their natural habitat, but this rarely occurs indoors.
Philodendrons grow best in medium light and bright indirect sunlight. Older leaves turn yellow naturally. However, if you notice several yellow leaves at once, it could be an indicator that the plant is getting too much sun. They will tolerate low light, but if the stems become leggy with several inches between the leaves, you may need to move the plant to a brighter location.
Water when the top inch of soil dries out. Take care not to overwater, since philodendron will rot if kept soggy. If the leaves are brown and falling off, the plant is likely not getting enough water. Droopy leaves can mean the plant is getting either too much or not enough water, but they should revive once you correct the issue.
The ideal temperature for a philodendron is between 65 – 78°F during the day, and around 60°F at night.
Fittonia Never Plant
Nerve plant (also known as Fittonia albivenis) is a wonderful tropical houseplant for tabletops, hanging baskets, and terrariums.
It adds a distinctive touch to indoor decor because nerve plant’s rich green leaves are touched with bright pink, red, or white veins. It looks outstanding in pots that play off the colors of the veins, but contrasting colors also make an outstanding impression.
Low to medium light. Avoid direct sunlight, which may cause shriveled leaves. Grows well under fluorescent light.
Keep soil constantly moist. Plant will collapse if it dries out. Yellow leaves on this plant indicate too much water or poor drainage. Fittonia needs moisture at all times, but it won’t tolerate soggy soil. Cut off yellow leaves and allow soil to dry slightly between waterings.
High humidity (around 60-70% relative humidity). Grows well in the humid environment of a wardian case or a terrarium. Dry air will cause shriveled leaves.
Average room temperatures 65-75°F/18-24°C. Fittonia will tolerate a minimum of 60°F/16°C.
Peat-based mix that holds moisture well, such as African violet potting mix.
Feed every 2-3 months spring through fall with a balanced liquid fertilizer.
Pinch off stem tips regularly to keep plant bushy and full. Also pinch off any small flower spikes that may appear, because they are insignificant and will weaken the show of leaves.
This tropical beauty loves to be misted. Give it a fine spray of tepid water every morning to provide the moist air it craves. Or place the pot on a tray of wet pebbles to raise the humidity around it.
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