Fresh Flower Care Tips

So, you just had flowers delivered to you, now what?

Fresh Cut Flowers

  • Keep fresh flowers away from drafts and extreme temperatures, which can quickly dry out the flowers and cause wilting.
  • If your flowers came in plastic, remove this as soon as possible.
  • Do not place your arrangement near fruit or in the path of cigarette smoke. The ethylene gas is detrimental to many flower types.
  • Avoid placing flower arrangements in windowsills and other areas with full sun where flowers can wilt due to overheating.
  • Most flowers will last longer under cool conditions.

How To Keep Your Flowers Looking Fresh

  • Keep your vase filled with water! All flower and foliage stems should be submerged. Flowers stay fresher, longer when they can get a drink!
  • If your flowers came in a basket or other container with foam, add fresh water every day.
  • Immediately remove dead or wilting leaves and stems from fresh flower arrangements.
  • Watch your water. When it gets cloudy it’s time to change it out.

Changing The Water In Your Flower Arrangement

  • First remove any dead or dying flowers from the arrangement.
  • After carefully removing the good flowers, clean the vase thoroughly with soapy water to remove any bacteria that could cause the fresh flowers to deteriorate even quicker. Be sure to rinse thoroughly.
  • Replace the water and mix in the flower preservative provided by your florist, according to the instructions on the packet.
  • For best results, cut stems with a sharp knife at an angle about one to two inches from the bottom. This allows them to better absorb water. Do not use scissors to cut your flowers because they can crush the stems and prevent water absorption.
  • Place loose stems or wrapped bouquets of fresh flowers in your water mixture as soon as possible.

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House Plant Toxicity List

Houseplants are an easy way to add warmth and happiness to our lives. However, some houseplants require extra precautions when placed around children or pets. This handy list is a great reference when choosing a houseplant for your home. This particular list focuses on toxicity towards cats and dogs.

You may also refer to the House Plant Care & Information page for helpful instructions on how to care for your new family addition.

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Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)Toxicity Symptoms – If ingested, can cause vomiting, depression, diarrhea, anorexia, tremors, change in urine color.
Toxicity Level – Mild
Type of Plant – House Plant
Amaryllis (Hippeastrum)Toxicity Symptoms – Can cause vomiting, depression, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hyper-salivation, anorexia, tremors.
Toxicity Level – Mild
Type of Plant – Blooming House Plant
Asparagus Fern (Asparagus sprengeri)Toxicity Symptoms – Dermatitis, digestive upset, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea.
Toxicity Level – Mild
Type of Plant – House Plant
Azalea (Rhododendron spp.)Toxicity Symptoms – Nausea and vomiting, depression, difficult breathing, prostration, coma.
Toxicity Level – Mild
Poisonous Part – All parts of the azalea are toxic.
Type of Plant – Blooming House Plant
B
Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa)Toxicity Symptoms – May be poisonous in very large amounts.
Toxicity Level – Mild
Poisonous Part – Foliage & Roots
Type of Plant – Blooming House Plant
Boston Ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata)Toxicity Level – Moderate
Poisonous Part – All Parts
Type of Plant – Blooming House Plant
C
Caladium (Caladium hortulanum)Toxicity Symptoms – Oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of the mouth, lips, tongue, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty in swallowing.
Toxicity Level – High
Poisonous Part – All Parts
Type of Plant – House Plant
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopiea)Toxicity Symptoms – Oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of the mouth, lips, tongue, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty in swallowing.
Toxicity Level – High
Poisonous Part – All Parts
Type of Plant – Blooming Plant

Castor Bean, Rosary Pea (Ricinus communis)

Toxicity Symptoms – Nausea, abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, tenesmus, dehydration, shortness of breath, excessive thirst, weakness, muscle twitching, convulsions, coma. Fatal in even very small doses (one or two seeds).
Toxicity Level – High
Poisonous Part – Seeds
Type of Plant – Blooming Plant

Cherry (Prunus virginiana)

Toxicity Symptoms – Gasping, excitement, prostration among others. Chemical compound releases cyanide when eaten. Potentially fatal.
Toxicity Level – High
Poisonous Part – Twigs & Foliage
Type of Plant – Blooming Plant

Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema modestrum)

Toxicity Symptoms – Oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of the mouth, lips, tongue, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty in swallowing.
Toxicity Level – Moderate
Type of Plant – House Plant

Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum spp.)

Toxicity Symptoms – Skin and eye irritation, dermatitis.
Toxicity Level – Mild
Type of Plant – Blooming Plant

Common Privet (Ligustrum vulgare)Toxicity Level – Mild
Poisonous Part – Leaves & Berries
Type of Plant – House PlantCordatum (Philodendron oxycardium)Toxicity SymptomsOral irritation, intense burning and irritation of the mouth, lips, tongue, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty in swallowing.
Toxicity Level – High
Poisonous Part – All Parts
Type of Plant – House Plant

Corn Plant (Dracaena spp.)

Toxicity Symptoms – Vomiting (occasionally with blood), depression, anorexia, hyper-salivation, dilated pupils in cats.
Toxicity Level – Moderate
Poisonous Part – All Parts
Type of Plant – House Plant

Creeping Charlie (Glecoma hederacea L.)

Toxicity SymptomsSweating and drooling.
Toxicity Level – Mild
Poisonous Part – All Parts

Croton (Codiaeum variegatum)

Toxicity Level – Mild
Type of Plant – House Plant

Cycads (Cycas spp., Zamia spp.)

Toxicity SymptomsVomiting, melena, icterus, increased thirst, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, bruising, coagulopathy, liver damage, liver failure, death.
Toxicity Level – Mild
Type of Plant – House Plant

Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum)

Toxicity Symptoms – Salivation, vomiting, diarrhea. Large ingestion of tubers may cause heart rhythm abonormalities, seizures, and can be potentially fatal.
Toxicity Level – Moderate
Poisonous Part – All Parts
Type of Plant – Blooming House Plant

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Daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus)Toxicity Symptoms – Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. May be fatal.
Toxicity Level – Moderate
Poisonous Part – Bulbs
Type of Plant – Blooming House Plant
Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)Toxicity Symptoms – Oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of the mouth, lips, tongue, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty in swallowing.
Toxicity Level – Moderate
Type of Plant – House Plant, Ivy
Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia spp.)Toxicity Symptoms – Irritation of the mouth, tongue, and any parts in contact with calcium oxalate crystals.
Toxicity Level – High
Poisonous Part – All Parts
Type of Plant – House Plant
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Elephant Ear (Caladium hortulanum)Toxicity Symptoms – Irritation of the mouth, tongue, and any parts in contact with calcium oxalate crystals.
Toxicity Level – High
Poisonous Part – All Parts
Type of Plant – House Plant
Emerald Feather Fern (Asparagus densiflorus)Toxicity Symptoms – Dermatitis, digestive upset, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea.
Toxicity Level – Moderate
Poisonous Part – All Parts
Type of Plant – House Plant
English Ivy (Hedera helix)Toxicity Symptoms – Stomach irritation, diarrhea, troubled breathing, coma. Potentially fatal.
Toxicity Level – Moderate
Poisonous Part – Leaves & Berries
Type of Plant – House Plant
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Flamingo Flower (Anthurium spp.)Toxicity Symptoms – Stomach irritation, diarrhea, troubled breathing, coma. Potentially fatal.
Toxicity Level – Moderate
Type of Plant – Blooming House Plant
Florida Beauty (Dracaena godseffiana)Toxicity Symptoms – Cats: dilated pupils, breathing difficulty, abdominal pain, increased heart rate and drooling. Cats and Dogs: vomiting, depression, inappetence, drooling, incoordination, and weakness.
Toxicity Level – Moderate
Type of Plant – House Plant
H
Holly (Ilex opaca)Toxicity Symptoms – Intense vomiting and diarrhea, depression.
Toxicity Level – Moderate
Poisonous Part – Berries
Type of Plant – House Plant
Hyacinth (Hyacinth orientalis)Toxicity Symptoms – Nausea, colic, vomiting, diarrhea. May be fatal.
Toxicity Level – Moderate
Poisonous Part – Bulbs, leaves, flowers
Type of Plant – Blooming House Plant
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Jack-In-The-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)Toxicity Symptoms – Irritation of the mouth, tongue, and any parts in contact with calcium oxalate crystals.
Toxicity Level – High
Poisonous Part – All parts, especially the roots.
Type of Plant – House Plant
Jerusalem Cherry (Arisaema triphyllum)Toxicity Symptoms – Irritation of the mouth, tongue, and any parts in contact with calcium oxalate crystals.
Toxicity Level – High
Poisonous Part – All parts, unripened fruit
Type of Plant – House Plant
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Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe spp)Toxicity Symptoms – Vomiting, diarrhea; bufadienalides in the glucose are cardiotoxic.
Toxicity Level – Moderate
Type of Plant – House Plant
L
Lace Fern (Asparagus setaceus)Toxicity Symptoms – Dermatitis, digestive irritation, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea.
Toxicity Level – High
Type of Plant – House PlantLantana/Red Sage (Lantana camara)Toxicity Symptoms – Bloody diarrhea, weakness, sluggishness. Affects lungs, kidneys, heart and nervous system. Potentially fatal.
Toxicity Level – High
Poisonous Part – Leaves and berries
Type of Plant – House Plant
Lucky Bamboo/Ribbon Plant (Dracaena sanderiana)Toxicity Symptoms – Vomiting (occasionally with blood), depression, anorexia, hypersalivation, dilated pupils in cats.
Toxicity Level – Mild
Poisonous Part – All Parts
Type of Plant – House Plant
M
Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum)Toxicity Symptoms – At least 16 toxic principles, roots are particularly damaging.
Toxicity Level – High
Poisonous Part – Apple, foliage, rootsMilkweed (Podophyllum peltatum)Toxicity SymptomsDigestive upset, nervous excitement. Potentially fatal.
Toxicity Level – Mild

Mistletoe (Asclepias syriaca, Asclepias spp.)

Toxicity SymptomsGastrointestinal disorders, cardiovascular collapse, dyspnea, bradycardia, erratic behavior, (hallucinogenic in humans). Potentially fatal.
Toxicity Level – High
Poisonous Part – Berries

Monkshood (Aconitum napellus)Toxicity Symptoms – Digestive upset, nervous excitement. Potentially fatal.
Toxicity Level – High
Poisonous Part – All parts, especially roots and seeds
Type of Plant – Flowering PlantMother-in-Law’s Tongue/Snake Plant(Sansevieria trifasciata)Toxicity Symptoms – Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
Toxicity Level – Moderate
Poisonous Part – All Parts
Type of Plant – House Plant
N
Nephthytis/Arrowhead Vine (Syngonium podopyllum)Toxicity Symptoms – Oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of the mouth, lips, tongue, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty in swallowing.
Toxicity Level – Moderate
Poisonous Part – All Parts
Type of Plant – House Plant
Nightshade (Solanum spp.)Toxicity Symptoms – Severe digestive upset, nervous symptoms. Potentially fatal.
Toxicity Level – High
Poisonous Part – All Parts, especially unripened berry
Type of Plant – Flowering Plant
P
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)Toxicity Symptoms – Oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of the mouth, lips, tongue, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty in swallowing.
Toxicity Level – High
Poisonous Part – All Parts
Type of Plant – Flowering House Plant
Philodendron (Philodendron cordatum)Toxicity Symptoms – Oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of the mouth, lips, tongue, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty in swallowing.
Toxicity Level – High
Poisonous Part – All Parts
Type of Plant – House Plant

Plumosa Fern (Asparagus plumosus)

Toxicity Symptoms – Dermatitis, digestive upset, vomiting, abdominal paint, diarrhea.
Toxicity Level – Moderate
Poisonous Part – All Parts
Type of Plant – House Plant

Poinsettia (Euphobia pulcherrima)Toxicity Symptoms – Skin, mouth, eye, stomach irritation. The toxicity of this plant is often over-exaggerated.
Toxicity Level – Mild
Poisonous Part – Leaves and flowers
Type of Plant – Flowering House PlantPothos (Epipremnum aureum)Toxicity SymptomsOral irritation, intense burning and irritation of the mouth, lips, tongue, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty in swallowing.
Toxicity Level – Moderate
Poisonous Part – All Parts
Type of Plant – House Plant
R
Rubber Tree (Ficus elastica)Toxicity Level – Moderate
Poisonous Part – All Parts
Type of Plant – House Plant
S
Sago Palm (Cycas spp., Zamia spp.)Toxicity Symptoms – Vomiting, melena, icterus, increased thirst, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, bruising, coagulopathy, liver damage, liver failure, death..
Toxicity Level – High
Poisonous Part – All Parts, especially seeds
Type of Plant – House PlantSchefflera (Schefflera actinophylla, Brassia actinophylla)Toxicity Symptoms – Oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of the mouth, lips, tongue, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty in swallowing.
Toxicity Level – High
Poisonous Part – All Parts
Type of Plant – House Plant
Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum)Toxicity Symptoms – Vomiting, nervous excitement. Potentially fatal.
Toxicity Level – High
Poisonous Part – All Parts, especially bulbs
Type of Plant – House PlantSwiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa, Philodendron pertusum)Toxicity Symptoms – Oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of the mouth, lips, tongue, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty in swallowing.
Toxicity Level – High
Type of Plant – House Plant
T
Taro Vine (Scindapsus aureus)Toxicity Symptoms – Oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of the mouth, lips, tongue, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty in swallowing.
Toxicity Level – High
Poisonous Part – All Parts
Type of Plant – House Plant, Ivy
U
Umbrella Tree (Brassia actinophylla)Toxicity Symptoms – Skin irritation, dermatitis, irritation of the eyes and mucus membranes.
Toxicity Level – Mild
Poisonous Part – All Parts
Type of Plant – House Plant, Ivy
W
Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)Toxicity Level – High
Poisonous Part – All Parts
Type of Plant – House Plant

House Plant Care & Information

Here you can find plant care information for the house plants shown below. Each plant care guide delivers information on:

  • Basic houseplant care
  • House plant light requirements
  • House plant water requirements
  • House plant fertilizer requirements
  • House plant pests and diseases
  • House plant propagation and potting
  • Pruning a house plant

You may also find our house plant toxicity list useful.


All plant care pages are listed in alphabetical order by common name, but scientific name is provided in parenthesis as well.

African Violets (Saintpaulia)

Benjamin Fig (Ficus Benjamin)

Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus)

Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema vittata)

Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans massangeana)

Croton (Codiaeum variegatum pictum)

Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum)

Daffodils (Narcissus)

Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia picta)

Dwarf Schefflera (Schefflera arboricola)

Easter Lily (Lilium longiflorum)

English Ivy (Hedera helix)

Golden Pothos (Scindapsus aureus)

Green Nephthytis (Syngonium podophyllum)

Green Schefflera

Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron scandens oxycardium)

Hydrangeas

Kalanchoe

Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)

Mother-In-Law’s Tongue/Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata laurentii)

Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla)

Parlor Palm (Chamaedora elegans)

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Red Princess Philodendron

Red Margined Dracaena

Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)

Tree Philodendron (Philodendron selloum)

Tropical Bromeliad (Guzmania lingulata major)

Warnecki Dracaena (Dracaena deremensis)

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Warnecki Dracaena Houseplant Care

Warnecki Dracaena (Dracaena deremensis) Basic Plant Care

Warnecki Dracaena (Dracaena deremensis) is a popular small house and office plant that produces dark gray-green leaves that are long with narrow lighter streaks, dark green margins and longitudinal white stripes. Caring for Dracaena deremensis is easy enough for beginners. Requiring only moderate watering and occasional fertilization, Dracaena deremensis plants are an excellent addition to any home.

Warnecki Dracaena (Dracaena deremensis) Light Requirements

Dracaena deremensis plants thrive in bright filtered to low light conditions. Standard room temperatures provide the best atmosphere for Dracaena deremensis, also known as striped Dracaena. Do not position Dracaena houseplants near windows or doors that are frequently opened. Avoid drafty areas or positions near air vents.

Warnecki Dracaena (Dracaena deremensis) Water Requirements

Dracaena deremensis care involves keeping the soil of plants evenly moist. Maintain an environment of medium humidity. Take care not to overwater Dracaena houseplants which can lead to root rot and other fungal problems or various performance problems such as browning leaves. Frequently misting the plants with warm water will help maintain a humid atmosphere without overwatering the soil surrounding the roots. If using tap water, let stand until room temperature to reduce the presence of chlorine and other heavy chemicals. Also avoid watering or misting with water that contains large amounts of lime as this may cause leaf stain.

Warnecki Dracaena (Dracaena deremensis) Fertilizer Requirements

Young Dracaena deremensis plants should be fertilized twice monthly with a balanced (20-20-20) liquid fertilizer. Another option is to reduce the fertilizer to half strength for twice weekly watering or quarter strength for watering every 7-10 days. Increase the fertilization of older plants to once weekly during the spring and summer growth seasons.

Warnecki Dracaena (Dracaena deremensis) Pests & Diseases

Common pests affecting Dracaena deremensis are spider mites, mealy bugs, scale insects, and thrips. Pathogen (fungal and bacterial) problems such as root rot are not as common. These typically result from watering issues such as root rot when overwatered or browning leaves accompanying low moisture and low humidity.

Warnecki Dracaena (Dracaena deremensis) Propagation & Potting

Propagate striped Dracaena with stem cuttings or air layering in the spring through summer. Grow in standard soil or potting mix that allows for adequate drainage as well as proper moisture retention. Pot on in the spring. Allow the Dracaena deremensis plant to settle into the soil and the pot before continuing standard fertilization routines.

Warnecki Dracaena (Dracaena deremensis) Interesting Facts

Dracaena deremensis has been approved by the NASA Clean Air Study as a plant air cleaner. The study shows that Dracaena deremensis plants remove formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, xylene, and trichloroethylene from the air for healthier breathing.

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Tropical Bromeliad Basic Houseplant Care

Tropical Bromeliad Houseplant Care:

Also known as “Orange Star,” Tropical Bromeliad (Guzmania lingulata major) plants add zest and color to homes, gardens, patios and offices. Tropical Bromeliad plant care requires moderate attention and may be difficult for beginners. For a quick burst of color and life, add a tropical bromeliad houseplant to any room.

Tropical Bromeliad Houseplant Care: Light Requirements 

Tropical Bromeliad plants thrive in areas of bright filtered or indirect light. However, bromeliad houseplants also perform well in shaded areas with indirect exposure to light such as near a window that has a adjustable shade treatments. Tropical Bromeliad are also suitable to offices that may be shady or have only fluorescent light. However, the cool temperature of most offices tends to dry these plants more quickly causing a need for more attention to watering.

Tropical Bromeliad Houseplant Care: Water Requirements

Tropical Bromeliad (Guzmania lingulata major) prefer moderate to high humidity. The soil of bromeliad plants must remain moist but not wet which can lead to fungal and bacterial problems commonly seen in overwatered plants. Do not let the soil become too dry or completely dry between watering. When watering, allow tap water to sit uncovered for a few hours so that many of the chemicals can evaporate that may be harmful to the bromeliad plant such as lime and chlorine.

Mist Tropical Bromeliad plants daily during growth. Bromeliad plants are usually more receptive to misting in the early morning. Mist Tropical Bromeliad plants by hand with a small water bottle set to dispense a fine mist spray or some may prefer an electric room humidifier. When misting, use lime-free water which will help to prevent leaf stain and chemical burns.

During the winter, keep the soil of bromeliad plants just moist but not excessively dry or wet. There is no need to mist during the winter.

Tropical Bromeliad Houseplant Care: Fertilizer Requirements

Apply a balanced (20-20-20) fertilizer to the soil of Tropical Bromeliad (Guzmania lingulata major) plants every 2-4 weeks. Mature plants should be fertilized less often than younger plants but care should be taken not to overfertilize any houseplant as this can lead to leaf burn which is potentially lethal for the plant. Tropical Bromeliad plants should be fertilized with a water-soluble fertilizer that is free of lime to prevent leaf stain.

Standard potting mix will suffice for Tropical Bromeliad houseplants. However, many nurseries and garden supply stores carry epiphytic bromeliad potting mixes which will greatly benefit the growth of the plant. Any soil used should allow for even distribution of moisture. As with most houseplants, the soil around Tropical Bromeliad plants should have good drainage but also retain moisture well while containing essential nutrients for a healthy plant.

Tropical Bromeliad Houseplant Care: Pests & Diseases

Tropical Bromeliad plants are susceptible to few pests. However, mealybugs and fungal leaf spots may occur on some plants.

Tropical Bromeliad Houseplant Care: Propagation & Potting

Sow bromeliad seeds at 81F (27C) or remove offsets in spring. Bromeliad plants do not require frequent pruning. However, bromeliad plants should be repotted every spring to encourage new and prominent growth. If a larger pot is not necessary, it is acceptable to replace only the top soil of the plant and proceed with normal fertilization routines. As with most houseplants, discontinue fertilization routines in recently repotted plants until the bromeliad plant has fully adjusted to the new soil and pot.

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Tree Philodendron Basic Houseplant Care

Tree Philodendron Plant Care:

Tree Philodendron (Philodendron selloum) are very popular indoor and outdoor plants as they are attractive and require only moderate attention to care. Tree Philodendron exhibit much versatility. These plants can be seen thriving in a range of locations such as near swimming pools or livening up a large room.

Tree Philodendron Plant Care: Light Requirements

Tree Philodendron flourish best in bright filtered or indirect light. However, the Tree Philodendron is an excellent houseplant that is able to thrive in the partial shade of the indoors.

Tree Philodendron Plant Care: Water Requirements

The Tree Philodendron (Philodendron selloum) is commonly a tropical plant, which enjoys a moist environment. The soil surrounding the Tree Philodendron must be kept moist but without over-saturating or drying out. Water the plant freely during the growing season; spraying or wiping the leaves often with a damp cloth. During the summer, mist the Tree Philodendron leaves twice daily but water sparingly during the winter. Misting can be done with a spray water bottle or even an electric room humidifier.

Tree Philodendron Plant Care: Fertilizer Requirements

The Tree Philodendron does well with a well-balanced fertilizer. Grow the philodendron in a soilless potting mix, adding a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly. Even for larger trees, take care not to over-fertilize your plant as this can lead to leaf burn.

Tree Philodendron Plant Care: Pests and Diseases

Though pests are not normally problematic for the Tree Philodendron, common pests include insects and fungal problems. Typical fungal problems may include dasheen mosaic virus, scale, root rot, and fungal and bacterial leaf spots. Insects may include mealy bugs, scale insects, and spider mites.

Tree Philodendron Plant Care: Propagation and Potting

The Tree Philodendron should be layered or air layered in spring. Also in the spring, sow the seed at 66-75­F. Stem root or leaf bud cuttings should be taking during the summer.

Take care to plant your Tree Philodendron in an area that allows much room for growth. Even small specimen will become quite large if given proper care.

Tree Philodendron Plant Care: Interesting Facts

Ingestion of any part of the Tree Philodendron (Philodendron selloum) may cause severe discomfort. Contact with sap may cause skin irritation.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) list of poisonous houseplants, most philodendron including Tree Philodendron are poisonous to many domestic animals such as cats.

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Rubber Plant Houseplant Care — Ficus elastica

Rubber Plant Basic Plant Care:

Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica) is among the most common Ficus plants used as houseplants. Rubber plant care is a task that requires moderate attention. Rubber Plant requires a very moist but well-drained environment, a good balance of light and shade, and a varying fertilizer regimen over the course of its life.

Rubber Plant Houseplant Care: Light Requirements:

Rubber Plant thrives in areas with full sun to partial shade. Take care not to house plants in rooms that receive direct sunlight the entire day. A good measure for the proper brilliance of a room is to keep the plant in a room where one’s shadow can be easily seen on the wall behind the plant throughout the course of the day.

Leaf loss is a very common occurrence in Rubber Plant kept in areas that are too dark or too drafty. When growing Rubber Plant indoors, avoid drafty areas near large windows, air vents, and opening doors. When outdoors, avoid cool and shady areas that receive little full sun. If leaf drop occurs, discontinue fertilization until the leaf drop stops and move the plant into a warmer, more well lit area.

Rubber Plant Houseplant Care: Water Requirements:

Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica) requires a very humid, moist environment. Spray Rubber Plants regularly especially if the plant is surrounded by heated air. During the growing season, water moderately with lukewarm water. Let cold tap water to stand until room temperature as this allows chlorine to evaporate and reduces the shock that cold water can cause to plant roots. Reduce watering during the winter, keeping the soil moist but careful not to over water as plants require less water during their natural resting season.

Yellow leaves are a typical indication of excessive watering. A common misconception among those who nurture Rubber Plants is that yellow leaves are a sign of too little watering. If leaves begin to yellow, wilt, or fall, cease watering and fertilization until the soil becomes properly moist again and the problems discontinue.

Rubber Plant Houseplant Care: Fertilizer Requirements:

For the young roots of Rubber Plant, apply a high phosphorus fertilizer to stimulate root development. As the plant matures to producing much foliage, apply a high nitrogen fertilizer every four (4) weeks during growth as this stimulates full and healthy foliage development.

Rubber Plant Houseplant Care: Pests & Diseases:

Rubber Plant is susceptible to many common pests such as mealybugs, scale insects, spider mites, root knot nematodes and thrips. Pathogen (fungal and bacterial) problems may also occur in the form of leaf spots, crown gall, twig dieback and Southern Blight.

Rubber Plant Houseplant Care: Propagation & Potting:

Rubber Plant needs to be periodically transplanted into larger pots. Failing to transplants pots as growth occurs can cause root damage that will stunt the growth of the plants. Some binding is necessary for stability and maintaining a tight root ball for later transplanting. For this reason, transplant Rubber Plant into pots that are no more than one (1) inch larger in diameter each time. Be sure to use fresh soil for each new potting.

Root semi-ripe cuttings or leaf-bud cuttings in spring or summer using bottom heat. Seed should be sown in the spring at 59-70oF. Rubber plants can also be air layered in the spring or late summer.

Rubber Plant Houseplant Care: Pruning

Rubber plants (Ficus elastica) do not require much pruning. Mulch annually and remove dead and/or dying leaves.

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Care For Red-Margined Dracaena Houseplants

Dracaena marginata Basic Plant Care

Red-Margined Dracaena (Dracaena marginata) is a common houseplant popular as slow-growing shrubs or small trees. Red-Margined Dracaena houseplant care is easy and requires only a consistent room temperature, moderate watering, and bright filtered to low light. Also known as Madagascar Dragon Tree, Dracaena marginata may also be trained to curve for a unique appearance. Several stalks may be placed together for a full tree appeal in a corner, hallway, or small office building.

Dracaena marginata Care: Light Requirements

Red-Margined Dracaena plants are popular office and houseplants due to their tolerance of low lighting conditions and room-temperature preference. While Red-Margined Dracaena thrive best in bright and full light, the heat from direct sunlight can often be overwhelming and cause poor performance problems for the plants. Bright-filtered indirect light is perfect for houseplants while plants will also perform well in the cool and constant light conditions of an office.

Dracaena marginata Care: Water Requirements

Caring for Red-Margined Dracaena plants is easy in terms of watering. These plants can tolerate periods of infrequent watering but are sensitive to excessive watering. Root rot, browning leafs and leaf drop and other performance problems may occur from excessive watering or soil that does not allow proper drainage. Take care when watering Red-Margined Dracaena plants with tap water as they are highly sensitive to nutrition inadequacies. Excessive amounts of fluoride can lead to yellowing leaf tips. Boron and calcium deficiencies may also cause performance problems.

Dracaena marginata Care: Fertilizer Requirements

Red-Margined Dracaena houseplants do not need to be fertilized often. A balanced (20-20-20) liquid fertilizer monthly will suffice. Another option is to reduce the fertilizer to quarter strength and apply when watering. In the same way that a yard can be burned from too much fertilizer, Dracaena marginata can also be burned from overfertilization.

Dracaena marginata Care: Pests & Diseases

Few pests and pathogen problems are common during Red-Margined Dracaena care. Spider mites, scale insects, and mealy bugs may occur. Dracaena marginata also attracts bees, birds, and butterflies. Pathogen problems such as root rot typically only occur from excessive watering or allowing the plant to sit in water.

Dracaena marginata Care: Propagation & Potting

Red-Margined Dracaena plants may be propagated using several methods. Divide the root ball of more mature plants. Stem cuttings are also an option and should be taken in spring. Air layering is another option during the spring. Red-Margined Dracaena may also be propagated by seed. This should be performed indoors before the last frost of the year.

Standard potting mix works well with Red-Margined Dracaena. Select a soil that allows for moisture retention for a healthy plant and adequate drainage to prevent over watering.

Dracaena marginata Interesting Flower Facts

Dracaena marginata has been selected by the NASA Clean Air Study as a plant air cleaner. Dracaena marginata has been shown to reduce the levels of formaldehyde in the air.

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Red Princess Philodendron Basic Houseplant Care

Red Princess Philodendron Plant Care:

The Red Princess philodendron is a great started plant for houseplant beginners due to the ease of care. Red Princess philodendrons are beautiful hybrid plants with large, slightly arched and full leaves that stand out in every room making them great plants for the home, office or cool garden. The Red Princess philodendron is an evergreen vine that thrives in partial shade at moderate temperatures. While blooms on this fast-growing climber may appear at any time during the year, most plants in confinement never bloom.

Red Princess Philodendron Plant Care: Light Requirements

Red Princess philodendron flourish best in bright filtered or indirect light. However, the Red Princess philodendron is an excellent houseplant that is able to thrive in the partial shade of the indoors.

Red Princess Philodendron Plant Care: Water Requirements

The Red Princess philodendron is commonly a tropical plant, which enjoys a moist environment. The soil surrounding the Red Princess philodendron must be kept moist but without over-saturating or drying out. Water the plant freely during the growing season; spraying or wiping the leaves often with a damp cloth. During the summer, mist the Red Princess philodendron leaves twice daily but water sparingly during the winter.

Red Princess Philodendron Plant Care: Fertilizer Requirements

The Red Princess philodendron does well with a well-balanced fertilizer. Grow the philodendron in a soilless potting mix, adding a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly.

Red Princess Philodendron Plant Care: Pests and Diseases

Though pests are not normally problematic for the Red Princess philodendron, common pests include insects and fungal problems. Typical fungal problems may include dasheen mosaic virus, scale, root rot, and fungal and bacterial leaf spots. Insects may include mealy bugs, scale insects, and spider mites.

Red Princess Philodendron Plant Care: Propagation and Potting

The Red Princess philodendron should be layered or air layered in spring. Also in the spring, sow the seed at 66-75­F. Stem-tip or leaf bud cuttings should be taking during the summer.

Red Princess Philodendron Plant Care: Interesting Facts

Ingestion of any part of the Red Princess philodendron may cause severe discomfort. Contact with sap may cause skin irritation.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) list of poisonous houseplants, most philodendron including Red Princess philodendron are poisonous to many domestic animals such as cats.

The small epiphytic Red Princess philodendron are suitable for a large hanging basket. Support the climbing stems with a moss pole.

Because the Red Princess philodendron is a hybrid, it is often difficult to find a scientific classification for the species of this houseplant. When buying Red Princess plants, most sources will be familiar with the term Philodendron ‘Red Princess’.

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Peace Lily Plant Care

The peace lily (Spathiphyllum) is one of the most commonly known houseplants. Peace lilies are shiny green leafed plants that bloom normally spring through summer. In warmer climates some species of Spathiphyllum are suitable for humid shade borders.

Peace Lily Care: Light Requirements

Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum) prefers bright filtered natural light. However, the peace lily is tolerant of low light levels making it an excellent houseplant. It can be used outdoors in warm humid areas with filtered light or partial shade. Exposure to direct light may cause yellowing leaves with a burnt appearance.

Peace Lily Care: Water Requirements

Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum) prefers an evenly moist environment. For plants grown in soil, drainage is important; your peace lily pot should have drain holes. Watering your peace lily once a week is usually sufficient. However, when the plant is grown in low light levels or cooler temperatures water requirements may be less. Water requirements may increase with brighter light levels or warmer temperatures and during periods of rapid growth; use tepid water when watering or misting.

Testing the soil before watering by sticking finger in soil up to first knuckle can help you determine the need for water – if soil is moist don’t water. Placing the peace lily in high humidity or creating a humid environment is beneficial to the plant. Peace Lilies are good candidates for hydroponics. Peace lilies are susceptible to chlorine damage; let chlorine evaporate from tap water before using or use distilled water. Over-watering may cause leaves to turn yellow and under-watering may cause plants to wilt and the leaf edges to turn yellow or brown.

Peace Lily Care: Fertilizer Requirements

Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum) do best if fertilized on a regular basis. Applying a well-balanced (20-20-20) liquid soluble fertilizer monthly works well for peace lilies. A diluted version of the monthly fertilizer used weekly is also acceptable. Leaves with brown spots may be the result of over-fertilization (concentration could be too high).

Peace Lily Care: Pests and Diseases

Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum) are susceptible to a few insects such as aphids, spider mites, and mealy bugs. However, insect problems are very minimal with peace lilies. Insect problems can be taken care of with insecticides, insecticidal soap or by washing the plant. Root rot, leaf spot and bacterial soft rot do occur in peace lilies, but are usually the result of improper care. Diseases can be taken care with fungicides or proper care methods including good drainage and re-potting.

Peace Lily Care: Propagation and Potting

Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum) should be re-potted when the root growth has overfilled the container. Use a humus rich potting soil to repot the peace lily. To help the roots to retain soil and prevent the root tearing, re-pot the plant when the soil is somewhat moist. For determining pot size follow this rule of thumb; use a pot that is 1 ½ times the size of the previous pot. When placing the peace lily in it’s new pot, keep the plant level the same as it was in the old pot (fill the pot so that the top of the root-ball is at the same level as before). After re-potting, water slightly to remove any air bubbles that might have occurred and wait a couple of weeks before fertilizing.

You can create new peace lily plants by dividing them. Propagate by removing the peace lily from it’s container; then take a sharp knife and cut the plant from the roots to the top of the plant – this will ensure that each plants has an ample amount of roots. Take the divide pieces and follow the re-potting instructions – container will need to be same size as original container.

Peace Lily Care: Pruning

Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum) require very little pruning. Unattractive leaves can be removed on an as needed basis; follow the leaf stem to the base of the plant and cut off. Once a peace lily bloom is spent remove the same way you would a leaf. Removing the bloom helps to encourage more blooms.

Interesting Peace Lily Facts

Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum) help improve air quality. A peace lily removes formaldehyde, benzine and carbon monoxide from the air.

Ingestion of any part of the peace lily may cause mild stomach upset and contact with the sap can cause skin irritation.

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