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Monday, June 18, 2007

Commonsense Principles for Growing Healthy House Plants

by Michael Clark, Tropic of Capricorn
  • Purchase a plant that is healthy to begin with, including roots.
  • On average, houseplants need temperatures ranging from 65 to 80 degrees during the day and 55 to 65 degrees at night. Temperature needs vary by plant.
  • Avoid overwatering plants. Roots need air as well as water. When you overwater you drown the roots and the plant suffocates.
  • Plants need proper drainage. If the soil is too wet, the roots will rot and diseases can occur. Avoid planting in too large a pot.
  • Houseplants need light to survive. Placement in your home is critical. Be aware of how much light your plant needs. Be careful with direct sunlight at our altitude.
  • As a general rule, potting mix containing organic matter is best for growing beautiful houseplants.
  • Fertilize weekly with a weak solution. Weakly weekly.