When it’s too cold to work outside, the Garden Club of Long Beach Islandsays its time for green thumbs toturn their gardening talentsinside to houseplant culture.
“Dracaenas, bromeliads, snake (mother-in-law tongue) plant and jade plantsare just a few of the many available locallythat will bring a fresh and living feature to a home and possibly, though not proven, clean the air,”wrote club members Jackie Ostberg and Gillian Rozicer. “Perhaps the one mistake a new houseplant owner makes is to put the plant where it will be prettiest.The better advice is to put the plant where it wants to be.”
For the living room,cactus is best for areas providing full sun.For moderate light (away from the windows), they suggestbegonia and philodendron.Citrus – oranges, lemons and limes- are best for areas with indirect light.
In the kitchen,coleus, fuschia andimpatiens are appropriate, whilecaladiums and ferns arebest for the bathroom. Because bedrooms aresemi-dark and dry, the group suggests ficus.
When it comes to watering, only water when the top one inch of soil feels dry. Give them a good soak andavoid “topping off” every day.
“Let tap water stand for a day to rid it of chlorine or better yet, boil some eggs and use the water, rich with minerals,” they wrote. “Scoop up some fresh snow and let it melt. Use for watering because there are wonderful minerals in snow. Don’t throw away your fizzless club soda. You’ll add vigor and color to your plants. A small, portable vaporizer will add moisture in the wintertime.”
They suggest to notreach for the insecticide at the first sight of something creeping.
“Plenty of good ventilation, cleaning leaves when necessaryand avoiding overwatering should ward off pests,” they said. “There are organic pesticides for any problems that arise.”
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