Archive for December, 2009

Wintering houseplants Monday, December 28th, 2009

Do not fertilize.
Water minimally without letting them dry out completely.
Water from the bottom up by sticking their pot in a bowl or sink of water.
Keep them away from drafts and vents.
Forced air is a big culprit for plants demise during the winter.
If you have a more humid-loving plant, try placing them on a larger, shallow tray filled with pebbles and water. This creates a higher-humidity level immediately around the plant.
Clustering plants together also creates a micro-climate.
Terrariums also will work.
Some dropping of leaves will occur.

Oh Christmas tree Saturday, December 26th, 2009

Reuse that REAL Christmas tree. Branches make great mulch for outdoor plants, also good for houseplants. Use the trunk for later as a brace or part of a branch teepee for vining plants during the next growing season.