Saturday, January 26, 2008

Houseplants

Plant are grown indoors either for their foliage or for their flowers, Some plants – such as fern and begonias – provide year-round decoration, other – such as Either lilies, and tulips –are excellent for seasonal display. More than 1000 plant species thrive indoors when grown under the proper conditions. Such condition – the amount of light, heat, humidity, water, and soil – vary for different types of plants. For instance, cacti must have full sun exposure, but African violets thrive best in diffuse light, asparagus fern can tolerate a cool room, but orchids require a warm, humid environment.

Although most plants are acquired already potted, they also can be grown from seeds or from leaf cuttings from another plant. Plants that have already been potted do not need to be disturbed until their roots have out grown the container or the minerals and nutrients have been depleted from the soil.

Various plants thrive only in certain types of soil, for instance, the sandy mixture suited to a succulent will cause an orchid – which requires a great amount of plant fiber or peat moss – to die. Plants supply their own food by means of photosynthesis but grow better when fertilized, which serve to replenish the mineral content of the soil.

Although indoor plant do not suffer as much from insects as do outdoor plants, pests can be carried into the house on a newly acquired plant. Insect that damage houseplants include aphids, spiders mites, mealy bugs, whiteflies and scales.


The amount of water that protect plant receives is important. Cacti, for instance, require very little water, a Boston fern, on the other hand, needs a great amount. Plants that are dormant require minimal watering, but these same plants need regular care when growing or flowering. The need of sun light also depend on the plant kind itself, Many plants thrive in full sunlight, including aloe, geranium, and kalanchoe, and some plants, such as aspidistra and cyclamen, can tolerate dim light.

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