Products – House Plants
- Lucky Bamboo
- African Violets
- Houseplant Tips
- Houseplant Pests
- Healthy Houseplants
|“Bonsai” is the reproduction of natural tree forms in miniature. Literally translated the word bonsai means “Tree In A Pot”. Contrary to popular belief, it was the Chinese who actually originated the art of Bonsai. However, the Japanese have perfected it into the highly developed art form that it is today.
The first thing to learn about Bonsai trees is how to properly care for them. Although there are some species of plants that are adaptable to indoor conditions, most Bonsai plants must be kept outdoors. Bonsai plants can occasionally be displayed indoors, but only for a short period of time. Display your Bonsai inside on special occasions, but do not keep them inside more than two or three days per month.
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|The Chinese say that Lucky Bamboo will bring good fortune to your home or business. In Asia, it is given as a gift to those starting a new business, or to someone moving into a new home, or to anyone at any time of celebration. Since Lucky Bamboo requires no natural light it is especially nice in a home or office; in an area where no other plants can grow. It is very easy to grow and will live for many years.|
|African Violets are one of the favorite blooming houseplants and one of the easiest to grow. With good bright light and regular feedings, they will be blooming all year long. African Violets|
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- Winter Care
- African Violets
Poinsettias are easy to grow and can add a wide variety of color to your home. Poinsettias are available with white, pink, red, yellow, speckled, and even multi-colored bracts. More poinsettias are commercially grown in the world than any other houseplant or flower. Two-thirds of all poinsettias grown in the world are sold in the United States. Almost everyone in the United States buys one or two poinsettia plants every year, many people buy even more.
Contrary to popular belief, poinsettias are not poisonous plants. The milky sap is usually harmless but in rare cases it may irritate someone’s skin. Fortunately the sap doesn’t taste good and it may irritate the stomach, but it will not poison anyone. Even though poinsettias are easy to grow they are not “foolproof”. Many people have problems with them dropping their leaves prematurely or losing their bracts. The length of blooming time depends on how well you take care of your plant.
- The most common poinsettia problem is leaves dropping off prematurely. Leaf drop can be caused by:
1. Not enough light.
2. Too much or too little water.
3. Hot or cold drafts.
4. Lack of fertilizer.
- To keep you poinsettias looking their best.
1. Put your poinsettia in a place where it gets plenty of light.
2. Keep the temperature constant, between 60 and 70 degrees.
3. Water consistently and fertilize regularly.
4. Keep your plant out of drafts.
| Nothing helps take the dreariness out of the winter days than fresh, blooming flowers. No flower is more spectacular than the Amaryllis. Amaryllis normally bloom in the spring, but when the bulbs are stored in cool temperatures of 55 degrees Fahrenheit for several weeks, the genetic timetable of the amaryllis bulb is set ahead and it can be in full bloom during the winter. Some varieties of Amaryllis will bloom earlier than others.
Amaryllis bulbs are sometimes unpredictable. The bulbs may start growing and blooming immediately after planting but some bulbs may wait several weeks to start growing. Once the bulb starts growing it usually takes six to eight weeks for the blossoms to appear. After your blossoms have faded don’t be too surprised if another blossom stem appears later in the spring or summer.
Houseplants are susceptible to attack by many dieases, insects and mite pests. Some of these houseplant pests can cause extensive damage to the appearance and health of the plant while others are simply a nuisance. Plants that are not vigorously growing, or are under stress, may be particularly susceptible to disease, insect and mite injuries. Healthy houseplants are much more pest free than plants that are being neglected, or that are receiving too much TLC.
Common Houseplant Pests
Many Houseplants are healthy to have inside your home. Some clean the air, some improve the visual appearance of your home, and others just make you feel better by looking at them.