plants indoors has been a source of enjoyment and beauty for people for many
centuries. Indoor plants are not only used in the home, but also in malls,
restaurants, office buildings, and hotels. When carefully chosen and
strategically placed, plants add ambiance
and warmth to any room in your home.
most important thing to remember is that the plants you select must be
the environment you provide.
plants whose foliage is rich green and uniform in color.
the plant for pests, such as mealy bugs, spider mites and worms.
the label for the mature height of the plant. Make sure that it is not too tall
location in your home.
for signs of plant damage, such as broken stems or torn leaves.
for healthy new growth.
greater success make sure that the suggested light conditions of the plant match
found in your home.
temperature, water, and nutrition are the main factors affecting plant growth.
possible, select plants that are known to be successful for interior use.
sure your plants have sufficient light. Growing plants indoors can be a
light intensity is often very low.
using artificial light, plan to provide light for 12 - 16 hours. This number is
likely to be higher
for flowering plants.
sunny southern exposure will provide extra light for plants that need high
levels of light.
on the lookout for phototropism (the tendency for plants to grow in the
direction of the
highest light) rotate your plants
periodically to avoid a lopsided look.
indoor plants grow well under typical conditions in the office and home. The
temperature is about an average of 70
drafty areas such as doorways and air conditioner vents.
that are too high can cause plants to wilt quickly.
is a common problem with interior plants - when in doubt do not water!
is easier for a plant to recover from under-watering than it is for it to
your finger or a soil probe to check your plants' need for water. Probe into the
far as possible.
good rule-of-thumb is to water until the water comes out the bottom of the
balanced slow release fertilizer (14-14-14) works best for your interior plants.
Look for one
that lasts three or four months.
a quick green up try a 20-20-20 analysis liquid fertilizer mixed at half
for your plants
your plants free of pests and keeping the plants in good condition are
factors in interior plant care.
most common insects that attack plants indoors are mealy bugs, scale, and mites.
the your plant's leaves regularly for
forget to check the underside of the leaves, as this is a favorite spot for
insects to hide.
Using a soapy solution to clean the plant
leaves regularly is beneficial.
spray of soap and water about three-tbsp. soap to one gallon of water can
rots and other soil diseases are caused by over-watering. Periodically check the
roots to ensure that they are a healthy
white color, not brown and mushy.
yellow leaves improves the appearance of your plants greatly.
occasional trim will cause the plant to fill in and remain uniform in shape.
the leaves with soapy water will remove the dust buildup and give the leaves a
shiny, healthy appearance.
you place your plant in a room creates an impact upon the atmosphere and
of the area.
potted plants can create a quiet reading corner or add privacy to an office
plants can provide a screen for a bathroom or bedroom window.
orchid may add tropical appeal to a patio or other living space.
placing plants in heavy traffic areas or small spaces - they may just add
clutter to these spaces.
sure that plants placed on tables or in other conversation spots are not too
hindering the conversation.
decorative pot will increase the beauty of any plant that you add to your
of the decorative appeal, a container with good drainage is a must for an
a saucer underneath the container to catch the run off water before it reaches
peanuts will keep the container light in weight, increase your drainage,
decrease the soil needed to fill the pot.
stepping up plants to the next size do not increase size of the container more
sizes greater than the current one.
and other decorator pots are readily available at home improvement and
decorating stores and are easy to change
with the seasons and your moods.