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Aglonema Plant
A Chinese Evergreen Plant is one of the easiest and best-looking houseplants to have in your home or office. Aglaonemas, the scientific name for Chinese Evergreen Plants, are a hardy hybrid from the Aroid family and originally came from the subtropics of Southeast Asia. Chinese Evergreen Plants can be used as upright table plants or, as they get larger, bushy floor plants. All of the many Chinese Evergreen Plant varieties have long shiny leathery leaves with unique patterns of green, gray, and cream. NASA lists the Chinese Evergreen Plant as one of its top ten plants to clean the air of harmful toxins. LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS: Low to medium shadowless, indirect light is best for Aglaonema, and placing them in a north or east-facing window is ideal. As with most indoor plants, the variegated varieties of aglaonema need more light than the darker green species. CARE INSTRUCTIONS WATER: Allow the top 25-30% of the soil of a Chinese Evergreen houseplant to dry out before watering. When the soil of a Chinese Evergreen Plant stays too wet for a long period of time, the stalks rot and die. If the soil of a Chinese Evergreen Plant gets too dry or too wet, yellow leaves develop. FERTILIZER: Chinese Evergreen houseplants do not need much fertilizer. Feed a Chinese Evergreen Plant every other month with a basic houseplant food at 1/4 the recommended strength when the plant is actively growing. TEMPERATURE: Temperatures below 50 degrees can damage the leaves of Chinese Evergreen houseplants. Keep Chinese Evergreen Plants out of cold winter drafts and away from air conditioners. HUMIDITY: Chinese Evergreen plants prefer regular household humidity or higher if possible. FLOWERING: If your Chinese Evergreen houseplant produces flowers, immediately cut them off. The flowers are not very attractive and use energy that the plant needs to produce its beautiful leaves. PESTS: A Chinese Evergreen plant is susceptible to the plant pests Mealy Bugs, scale, and Aphids. DISEASES: In high humidity, the large leaves of a Chinese Evergreen plant may develop bacterial diseases such as Leaf Spot. SOIL: The best soil for Chinese Evergreen houseplants is a basic, well-aerated houseplant potting soil that drains quickly.
Aluminum Plant (Pilea)
The Aluminum Plant, or Pilea cadierei, is an attractive hanging or table plant native to China and Viet Nam. This particular variety of Pilea is grown for its attractive leaves rather than its very small flowers. The dark green oval foliage, which looks a little puffy or quilt-like, has distinct shiny silver markings between the veins on the upper side of the leaf. Aluminum Plants are small soft- stemmed plants, usually reaching a height of no more than 12-18 inches (30-45 cm). These plants need to be trimmed on a consistent basis in order to stay attractive and not become leggy. Aluminum Plants should be placed where the top of the leaves are easily visible since this is where their beauty lies. LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS: An Aluminum Plant needs bright indirect light. Direct sun burns the leaves and not enough light causes the plant to become leggy. CARE INSTRUCTIONS WATER: The soil of an Aluminum Plant should be slightly moist, but not soggy at all times. In the cooler months or when your Aluminum Plant is not producing new leaves, allow the top 2-3 inches of soil to dry out before watering.  FERTILIZER: Feed an Aluminum Plant every two weeks when it is actively growing with a basic houseplant fertilizer at 1/2 the recommended strength. TEMPERATURE: The best temperature for an Aluminum Plant is between 60-75 degrees. HUMIDITY: Aluminum Plants require very high humidity. If your home is dry, place the plant on a tray of pebbles filled with water. Be sure the Aluminum Plant is sitting on the pebbles and not in the water. FLOWERING: An Aluminum Plant produces very small white flowers that are over shadowed by it distinctive leaves. PESTS: Spider mites, Aphids, Fungus Gnats, scale, thrip can all be a problem for an Aluminum Plant. DISEASES: Because of the high humidity an Aluminum Plant requires, both bacterial and fungal leaf spot are a problem. Help prevent this disease by keeping the leaves dry and providing good air circulation around the plant. A commercial Fungicide can be used to treat the problem. SOIL: Use a good basic houseplant mix that is airy and drains quickly. Add some peat moss or other organic matter to help plants develop a good root structure.
Alocasia Plant
An Alocasia Plant, native to Asia, is also called an Elephant Ear Plant or African Mask Plant. Alocasia Plants have large, dark-green, glossy, heart-shaped leaves with wavy edges. These stunning veined leaves come in red, bronze, blue-green, and purple. If you are searching for a dramatic, very different looking plant that can be as small as 6″ or as tall as a tree, an Alocasia Plant is a great choice. These plants do require extra care and attention. Alocasia Plants are very poisonous plants and should be kept away from children and pets. LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS: An Alocasia Plant requires very bright indirect light. Direct sun burns the leaves of an Alocasia Plant. CARE INSTRUCTIONS FERTILIZER: Fertilize an Alocasia Plant every two weeks from late March through September with a basic houseplant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Never fertilize an Alocasia Plant during the winter. Too much fertilizer causes salts to build up in the soil and burn the leaves of an Alocasia Plant. TEMPERATURE: Alocasia Plants prefer warm temperatures between 60-80 degrees. Alocasia Plants becomes dormant with prolonged exposure to temperatures below 60 degrees, and may drop all of their leaves. Be sure to keep an Alocasia Plant away from air conditioners and cold drafts. During warm summer months, an Alocasia Plant can produce a new leaf every week and each new leaf may be twice the size of the previous leaf. HUMIDITY: Alocasia Plants grow best in high humidity. To increase the humidity around a house plant, place the plant on a tray filled with pebbles and water. Be sure the plant is sitting on the pebbles and not in the water. You can also increase the humidity around an Alocasia Plant by placing a small humidifier near the plant or grouping plants together. FLOWERING: The flowers of an Alocasia Plant are very small and inconsequential. PESTS: Spraying an Alocasia Plant with warm soapy water every few weeks helps prevent Mealy Bugs, scale, Aphids, and spider mite problems. It also keeps the large leaves of the plant dust-free. If an Alocasia Plant does become infested, spray with an ultra fine commercial insecticidal oil. This kills both the pests and their eggs. DISEASES: When Alocasia Plants are over- watered or when the leaves get wet, they develop a variety of diseases such as crown, stem, and root rot, Leaf Spot, and Xanthamonas. These diseases usually appear as dark brown or black spots on the Alocasia leaves, surrounded by a yellowish rim. The best way to prevent plant diseases in an Alocasia is to avoid over-watering, keep the leaves dry, and provide good air circulation around the plant. Once an Alocasia plant is infected, quickly remove the damaged leaves and any leaves that have fallen off, isolate the plant from your other plants, and treat with a commercial Fungicide. SOIL: Use an organic well-aerated loose houseplant soil that contains a good amount of peat moss for an Alocasia Plant. If the soil in an Alocasia Plant seems a little heavy, add some builder's sand or perlite.
Amaryllis Plant (Barbosa Lily)
An Amaryllis Plant is native to the tropical regions of South America, and is a wonderful flowering houseplant to give as a gift for Christmas or Valentine’s Day. With the proper after- bloom care, an Amaryllis Plant will flower year after year between the months of December and June. Amaryllis Plant Bulbs can be purchased pre-planted, or you can buy the Amaryllis Plant Bulbs and do the planting yourself. The larger and fatter the Amaryllis Plant Bulbs, the more flowers an Amaryllis Plant produces. The brightly colored flowers of an Amaryllis Plant come in red, orange, white, pink, and salmon. Some new varieties of Amaryllis Plants may even have striped flowers. Both an Amaryllis Plant and an Amaryllis bulb are very poisonous, so please keep them away from children and pets. LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS: Amaryllis Plants need bright indirect light while growing. While a southern exposure is best for an Amaryllis Plant, western or eastern exposures are adequate. An Amaryllis Plant that only gets a northern exposure requires additional artificial light. CARE INSTRUCTIONS WATER: Keep the soil of an Amaryllis Plant slightly moist but never soggy while the plant is growing. Increase the water you give to an Amaryllis Plant slightly once it blooms. The increase in water prolongs the life of the Amaryllis flowers. FERTILIZER: Fertilize an Amaryllis Plant monthly with a plant food high in potassium and phosphorus and low in nitrogen (5-10-10 or 6-12-12). Always dilute the plant food used on an Amaryllis Plant to 1/2 the recommended strength. TEMPERATURE: An Amaryllis Plant is a tropical plant and enjoys temperatures between 68-75 degrees. Once an Amaryllis Plant blooms, move it to a cooler area (65 degrees) so the Amaryllis flowers last longer. HUMIDITY: Basic household humidity or even less keeps an Amaryllis Plant healthy and free of fungal disease. FLOWERING: Plant Amaryllis Plant Bulbs any time from late fall to mid-spring using a good commercial soil. The bigger and fatter the Amaryllis Plant Bulbs are, the larger the flowers will be. Be sure to soak the base & roots of the Amaryllis Plant Bulbs in water for a few hours before planting them. PESTS: Thrip and spider mite infestations on Amaryllis Plants can be treated with the green solution (see Glossary) or you can use a commercial systemic insecticide approved for flowering plants. DISEASES: Amaryllis Plants develop blotchy leaves from various fungal and bacterial diseases. There is no good remedy for these plant infections, so isolate your Amaryllis Plant to prevent the diseases from spreading to your other plants. Plant diseases occur when houseplants are too kept close to each other or the leaves of the plants stay wet. To prevent plant diseases provide good air circulation and keep the plant leaves dry. SOIL: Plant Amaryllis Plant Bulbs in a good commercial bulb soil. If this type of soil is not available, plant your Amaryllis Plant Bulbs in a regular quick-draining, well-aerated, houseplant potting mixture. When using a basic potting soil for your Amaryllis Plant Bulbs, add some sand and humus to prevent the soil from becoming too heavy when wet.
Aralia Plant (Polyscias)
Aralia is an evergreen plant native to Africa, Asia, Australia, parts of North and Central America, and South America. Aralias are not a good houseplants for beginners since they are easy to over- water resulting in root rot. Aralia Plants quickly drop leaves if not cared for properly. LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS: Aralia Plants can survive in low light conditions, but grow faster and produce more leaves in medium to bright indirect light. CARE INSTRUCTIONS WATER: Too much water, resulting in root rot, is the main reason Aralia Plants die. Allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering an Aralia Plant. In low light conditions, an Aralia Plant may need water as little as every 2-3 weeks. FERTILIZER: An Aralia Plant requires very little fertilizer. Plants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small. Feed an Aralia Plant every other month when it’s actively growing with a plant food high in nitrogen at 1/2 the recommended strength. TEMPERATURE: Aralia Plants prefer temperatures between 60-85 degrees. HUMIDITY: High humidity helps Aralia Plants grow. Dry air, due to low humidity, is one of the reasons Aralia Plants drop leaves. FLOWERING: Although an Aralia Plant doesn't flower, Aralias can be trained to be a lovely bonsai Plant. PESTS: Aralia Plants are more pest resistant than many other indoor plants, but they still are bothered by houseplant pests such as Aphids, scale, Mealy Bugs, and spider mites. Spray an Aralia Plants frequently with a biodegradable soapy water. DISEASES: Aside from root-rot caused by over-watering, Aralia Plants are fairly resistant to most houseplant diseases. SOIL: Aralia Plants need a peat-based, well-aerated, light soil. This type of quick draining potting medium prevents water from accumulating in the soil and causing the roots of an Aralia Plant to disintegrate.
Areca Palm (Dypsis Lutescens)
The Areca Palm, native to Madagascar, is one of the most popular indoor houseplants sold today. Indoors it is a medium sized exotic looking plant that usually reaches a height of 6-8 feet; outdoors it may be as tall as 25 feet. The Areca Palm gets its nickname, the Butterfly Palm, because its long feathery fronds (leaves) arch upwards off of multiple reed like stems. Each frond has between 40-60 leaflets on it. When first bought, Areca Palms are a delight; they are inexpensive good-sized plants with beautiful green upright fronds. However, over time, no matter how attentive you are to the plant’s needs, the overall appearance of an Areca Palm often diminishes; the older bottom fronds turn yellow and the larger fronds droop and bend. LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS: Areca Palms require bright indirect light. Too much light or direct sun burns the fronds and causes them to turn yellow. CARE INSTRUCTIONS WATER: Allow the top 1-2” of soil to dry out before watering an Areca Palm. Never allow an Areca to sit in water as this causes root rot. The fronds of an Areca wilt when they need water but quickly perk up once the soil is drenched. Like all palms, Arecas do not like chemicals or salt so avoid water that has passed through a softener or contains fluoride or chlorine. Both chemicals and salt cause freckle-like spots on the leaves. FERTILIZER: Feed an Areca Palm monthly when it is actively growing with a balanced liquid fertilizer at 1/2 the recommended strength. Too much salty fertilizer spots the leaves. TEMPERATURE: Areca Palms prefer temperatures between 65-75 degrees during the day and around 55 degrees at night. This plant is very sensitive to low temperatures so if you place it outside during the summer be sure to bring it in before temperatures dip below 50 degrees. HUMIDITY: High humidity is essential in keeping an Areca Palm looking good. FLOWERING: The flowers of an Areca are very small and inconspicuous. PESTS: Spider mites and Mealy Bugs can be a problem on an Areca Palm. Check frequently for pests by examining the backs of the fronds and new growth. If an Areca becomes infected, spray with warm soapy water or an insecticidal soap at 1/2 the recommended strength. Spraying with a product containing alcohol may damage the fronds. DISEASES: Because Areca Palms require high humidity, they are susceptible to the fungus Pink Rot and Ganoderma. Pink rot develops in moist soil and causes the fronds in the crown (top) of the Palm to turn brown and droop. Ganoderma, which is spread through the soil and on pruning tools, causes the lower fronds to droop and turn yellow, then gradually works its way up the plant. Neither of these diseases is treatable but both are preventable by keeping the soil drier. SOIL: Plant an Areca in a rich acidic soil that drains well. Add builder's sand if the soil is too heavy and clay like.
Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium)
Arrowhead Plants, Syngonium, or Nepthytis, whichever name you choose, make excellent indoor plants. Originally grown as a solid green plant, Arrowhead Houseplants, close relatives of the Philodendron, now have leaves that are almost white, green & white, and various shades of pink or burgundy. No matter the color, the leaf of any Arrowhead variety will always have an arrow shape. Keep the long runners and growth tips pruned on Arrowhead Plants and you can use them on tables or stand them on the floor. When left untrimmed, Arrowhead Houseplants make beautiful hanging plants. LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS: An Arrowhead Plant with green leaves can live in low to medium light. Arrowhead Plant varieties with white, pink, or burgundy leaves need medium to high light. The leaves of an Arrowhead Plant become “Bleached” and turn an ugly gray-green color when placed in the direct sun. CARE INSTRUCTIONS WATER: Water an Arrowhead Houseplant well and then allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering again. An Arrowhead Plant droops when it needs water, but perks up quickly. When over- watered, an Arrowhead Plant develops root rot and may die. FERTILIZER: Fertilize an Arrowhead Houseplant every two weeks in the spring and summer when it is actively growing with a basic liquid houseplant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Feed an Arrowhead Plant monthly in the fall and winter. TEMPERATURE: An Arrowhead Houseplant does well in temperatures between 60-75 degrees. HUMIDITY: Arrowhead Plants prefer high humidity but still grow well in basic household humidity. Keep Arrowhead Houseplants, and most other indoor plants, away from hot air vents, air conditioners, and fireplaces. PESTS: Arrowhead Houseplants are susceptible to the plant pests scale and Mealy Bugs, but it is spider mites that do the most damage to Arrowhead plants. Spider mites are plant pests that suck the color from the leaves and make a houseplant look pale and anemic. DISEASES: Bacterial Root Rot due to over-watering and Bacterial Leaf Spot due to high humidity are the main Arrowhead Plant diseases. SOIL: Arrowhead plants like a rich organic soil that drains well. An African Violet mix is a good choice.
Baby Tears Plant
A Baby's Tears Plant is a delicate looking house plant that resembles a mat or carpet of tiny green leaves as it spreads over the sides of its pot. Baby’s Tears plants, which originally came from Corsica and Sardinia, have tiny round or bean- shaped leaves that grow on thin fragile stems. Baby's Tears houseplants can be used as table plants or as a small hanging plant. This very little plant requires a lot of attention. LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS: Baby’s Tears houseplants like bright indirect light but no direct sun. CARE INSTRUCTIONS WATER: Always keep the soil of a Baby Tear's Plant moist but never soggy. If the soil of a Baby's Tears House Plant stays too wet, the stems quickly rot. FERTILIZER: Feed every two weeks in the spring and summer when a Baby's Tears Plant is actively growing. Use a basic houseplant fertilizer at 1/2 the recommended strength when feeding a Baby Tear's Plant. TEMPERATURE: Normal household temperatures or even a little cooler are best for a Baby Tear's Houseplant. 60-75 degrees is an ideal temperature for a Baby's Tears Plant. HUMIDITY: High humidity and good air circulation encourages a Baby's Tears Plant to grow well and not turn brown. FLOWERING: A Baby's Tears Plant gets tiny white star-shaped flowers in the late spring. The flowers on a Baby's Tears houseplant are fairly inconsequential. PESTS: Baby's Tears Plants are susceptible to whitefly, scale, and Aphids. You can read about these plant pests in the Glossary of the website. DISEASES: Root -rot due to over-watering is the main disease to that affects Baby's Tears Plants. SOIL: Baby's Tears Plants require a well-aerated quick draining potting soil that contains a good amount of peat moss.
Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
The beautiful compact Bamboo Palm, native to Mexico and Central America, is perfect for low light areas. Indoors, a Bamboo or Reed Palm, can reach a height of 5-7ft. and a width of 3-5ft. with multiple reed-like stems growing in clumps. There are about 10-15 fronds on each stem of a Bamboo Palm and each frond has 10-14 pinnate (feathery) dark green leaflets. The base of each stem of a Bamboo Palm is covered in a tan colored fiber that resembles bamboo. The graceful Bamboo Palm is much hardier than an Areca Palm and much less expensive than a Kentia Palm. NASA lists a Bamboo Palm as a clean air plant. LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS: Although a Bamboo Palm grows faster in bright indirect light, it will do well in medium light and even low light if you're careful not to over-water. CARE INSTRUCTIONS WATER: Always allow the top 1/3 of the soil of a Bamboo Palm to dry out before watering. Never allow a Bamboo Palm to sit in water. Do not use water that has passed through a softener on a Bamboo Palm because it has a high salt content and it will damage the leaves of a Bamboo Palm. Leaf tips turn pale and green leaves fall off of a Bamboo Palm because of over-watering. New growth and leaf tips on a Bamboo Palm turn brown from under-watering. FERTILIZER: Feed a Bamboo Palm monthly in the spring and summer with a fertilizer high in nitrogen at 1/2 the recommended strength. Don't use plant food if a Bamboo Palm is not actively growing or if the soil is very dry. TEMPERATURE: A Bamboo Palm does well in temperatures between 65-80 degrees. HUMIDITY: All palms, including the Bamboo Palms, like high humidity. PESTS: Bamboo Palms are very susceptible to spider mites, scale, and Mealy Bugs. Keep a Bamboo Palm clean by spraying it often with a mixture of biodegradable liquid soap and water. If the pests persist, spray the plant with an insecticidal soap. SOIL: Bamboo Palms need a basic well-aerated potting soil that drains quickly but still retains water.
Bird of Paradise Plant (Strelizia Nicolai)
A Bird of Paradise Plant is a slow growing plant with large paddle- shaped leaves that resemble those of a Banana Plant. Even indoors, a Bird of Paradise Plant can easily reach a height of 6ft.-7ft. This plant has no stem and the leaves, sometimes 3ft or more in length, emerge from a central frond. After about 4 or 5 years, a Bird of Paradise Plant(Strelitzia Reginae) may, on rare occasions, produce an exotic orange/red flower that resembles the head of a crane. The Strelizia Nicolai or White Bird of Paradise will produce a blue/white version of this flower. Flower production is much more frequent when a Bird of Paradise Plant is used as an outdoor plant. The beautiful, thick, waxy leaves of a Bird of Paradise Plant, with their matte finish, are poisonous so please keep a Bird of Paradise away from children and pets. LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS: A Bird of Paradise Plant requires very bright light. This plant can even be placed in the direct sun if you do it gradually and allow the leaves to slowly adapt. You may have to move a Bird of Paradise Plant to different areas of your home as the seasons change in order to give it adequate light. Placing a Bird of Paradise Plant close to a south- facing window is always best.  CARE INSTRUCTIONS WATER: In the spring and summer the soil of a Bird of Paradise Plant should be moist but never soggy. This plant needs less water in the fall and winter. Water a Bird of Paradise Plant from the bottom so the soil does not become too compact and remains well aerated. Water that has a high salt content burns the leaves of a Bird of Paradise Plant.  FERTILIZER: Feed a Bird of Paradise Plant monthly in the spring and summer when it is actively growing with a good basic houseplant fertilizer at 1/2 the recommended strength. Never fertilize a Bird of Paradise Plant in the fall and winter if the plant is not actively growing. Excess food in the soil deposits salts that burn the leaves of a Bird of Paradise plant. TEMPERATURE: A Bird of Paradise Plant grows best when the temperature is between 65-75 degrees during the spring, summer, and fall. In the winter, when a Bird of Paradise Plant is "resting," keep the temperature 10 degrees cooler. If the temperature goes below 50 degrees the leaves of a Bird of Paradise Plant curl and turn black. HUMIDITY: A Bird of Paradise Plant does well in basic household humidity. FLOWERING: Unlike the out door varieties, an indoor Bird of Paradise Plant rarely blooms. PESTS: A Bird of Paradise Plant is susceptible to scale, Mealy Bugs, and spider mites. Fortunately these plant pests are quickly detected on the large broad leaves of a Bird of Paradise Plant and are easily wiped off with a soft cloth or warm soapy water. Alcohol, leaf shine, or any spray pesticide should never be used on the leaves of a Bird of Paradise, they harm the matte finish on the leaves. DISEASES: The large leaves of a Bird of Paradise Plant are susceptible to a plant disease called Leaf Spot which can be caused by either a fungus or a bacteria. Remove infected leaves from the Bird of Paradise Plant quickly, clean out any leaf pieces in the soil, and avoid getting water on the leaves. If using a commercial Fungicide, test it first on a small section of a Bird of Paradise Plant leaf to be sure it won't ruin its appearance. SOIL: Use a basic potting soil for a Bird of Paradise Plant that retains water but still drains well.
Calathea Lineata Plant (Calathea)
Calathea Lineata Plants are native to Africa, the West Indies, and Central and South America. All Calathea Plants are treasured for their large, oval, distinctly patterned, and vibrantly colored leaves. The beautiful striped leaves of a Calathea Lineata Plant grow at the end of long stems and require quite a bit of care to stay looking good. Indoors, a Calathea Lineata Plant rarely grows larger than about 2ft. wide and 2ft. tall. A Calathea Lineata Plant requires high humidity to keep its leaves from getting brown edges and is not an easy-care plant, but like many unusual houseplants, well worth the effort. LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS: A Calathea Plant likes bright indirect light; so placing it in front of an east, west, or north window is ideal. Too much direct sun burns the leaves of a Calathea Plant and causes the beautiful leaf colors to fade. CARE INSTRUCTIONS WATER: Calathea Plants are very sensitive to the water you use. Hard water, soft water, fluoridated water, or water of poor quality causes the leaves of a Calathea Plant to turn brown from leaf burn. The best way to water a Calathea Plant is to use distilled water, rain water, or allow your tap water to sit out over night before using it. Keep the soil of a Calathea Plant moist but never soggy. Allow the top 2-3” to dry out before watering. Never let a Calathea Plant sit in water. FERTILIZER: Feed a Calathea Plant monthly in the spring, summer, and fall with a basic houseplant food at ½ the recommended strength. Don't fertilize a Calathea Plant if it is not growing. TEMPERATURE: Calathea Plants like temperatures between 65-80 degrees, and do not like cold drafts or temperatures below 55-60 degrees. Hot temperatures cause the leaves of a Calathea Plant to curl. HUMIDITY: High humidity is a must for a Calathea Plant. A Calathea Plant gets brown leaf edges when the air is too dry. Humidity can be increased by placing your Calathea Plant on a tray of wet pebbles (be sure the pot is on the pebbles and not in the water), setting a humidifier close by, or by grouping plants together to create a greenhouse effect. FLOWERING: The leaves of a Calathea Plant are more beautiful than many of the flowers on other indoor plants. With over 300 types of Calathea Plants, some varieties, such as Calathea Crocata, White Ice, and Brazilian have lovely flowers as well as spectacular leaves. PESTS: Spider mites, scale, Mealy Bugs and Aphids are houseplant pests that can be a problem for Calathea Plants. DISEASES: The high humidity that a Calathea Plant needs, encourages bacterial and fungal diseases which usually manifest themselves as leaf lesions. SOIL: Use a good light porous indoor potting soil that retains water but still drains quickly for Calathea Plants. African Violet soil works well for Calatheas.
Calla Lily Plant (Zantedeschia aethiopica)
The Calla Lily is a beautiful plant, whether grown outdoors or indoors in a decorative pot by a sunny window. This elegant plant, native to the marshes of South Africa, is not really a lily at all but a member of the Araceae family. The extraordinary funnel or trumpet shaped waxy flowers of a Calla Lily, grow on tall thick stems and have a yellow spadix emerging from their center. The long tapered green leaves of the plant may be streaked with faint white or yellow spots. Today, thanks to the many new hybrids developed by breeders throughout the world, Calla Lilies can be found not only in white, but also pink, orange, fuchsia, red, yellow, and cream. The long lasting flowers are popular in wedding bouquets where they are a symbol of purity and beauty. LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS: Calla Lilies require at six hours a day of very bright indirect light. Direct sun during the middle of the day may burn the leaves and flowers. CARE INSTRUCTIONS WATER: These plants like moist soil at all times. Calla Lilies are not drought resistant and should never be allowed to totally dry out; but will not do well if the soil is too soggy or they are allowed to sit in water. FERTILIZER: Fertilize an indoor Calla Lily every two weeks when the plant is flowering with a liquid plant food low in Nitrogen. When the plant is producing only leaves and no flowers, fertilize monthly. Always dilute the plant food to ½ the recommended strength. If your Calla Lily is planted outside, use a granular plant food instead of a liquid fertilizer. TEMPERATURE: Room temperatures should be between 50-75°F, 10-24°C for optimal growth. Keep Calla Lilies away from heating and air conditioning vents. If planted outdoors, be sure to dig up the Calla Lily bulbs and bring them inside before temperatures dip below freezing. HUMIDITY: Calla Lilies do well in average humidity. FLOWERING: The flowers of a Calla Lily are really spaths similar to those of a Peace Lily but much more impressive. The plant usually blooms for about six weeks during the late spring and early summer. Keeping the plant potbound encourages more blooms. Calla Lilies may be forced into bloom at any time indoors; it all depends on when the bulbs become available and when they are planted. The long lasting cut flowers are perfect in bouquets and flower arrangements. PESTS: Examine a Calla Lily frequently for signs of scale or Aphids. DISEASES: Calla Lilies are susceptible to various viruses and bacterial infections, especially rhizome rot and gray mold. These problems become evident when leaves and stems start to turn yellow before the plant is normally entering its dormant phase. SOIL: Use a good peat moss based potting soil that is well aerated and drains quickly. You can add builder’s sand or perlite if the soil seems too heavy and clay-like.