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Best Choices for Houseplants

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Snake plant

Snake plant

Indoor gardening is easy and exciting just like planting outside – the only difference is you are in a controlled and limited space. You will enjoy plants more because you get to see them almost all the time. Indoor gardening doesn’t have to be costly, it depends on how you manage and design them so you won’t end up spending too much.

In growing plants inside your home, there are lots of things to consider for them to grow well. Since you are going to come up with an artificial environment for them, you need to make sure that you give them extra attention.

Best Choices for Houseplants

In making an indoor garden, choosing the right houseplants to grow is crucial.

  • Dracaena – this plant resembles a corn stalk without ears. It has green-yellow-striped leaves that grow upright. You will love its decorative feature that is perfect for home corners.

  • Snake Plant – this can thrive well indoors because it can tolerate neglect very much. So if it happens that you feel unlucky growing houseplants, try this one.

  • Spider Plant – this is a classic plant. Its popularity started decades ago but until now, it never goes out of trend.

  • Boston Fern – though this plant usually thrives outdoors, it can perfectly add beauty to your home as hanging plants. If you keep it moist, you can grow it for a long time.

  • Croton – this shrub looks fantastic with its glossy colorful marked foliage. This is ideal to add vibrance to your place.

What to Consider

Just like any other plants that grow in your garden, though they are well trained to grow indoors, they still have needs that you should give.

  • Humidity – there are species that need a little moist every day. So learn which plants need this and mist them with hand-held spray.

  • Pruning – some indoor plants need to be pruned as often as you can because they grow easily. For them to produce nice little flowers, eliminate dry and damaged leaves.

  • Cleaning – like crotons that easily collect dust and need maintenance to remain its shiny leaves, always check their foliage as they are inside to add appeal on your home.

  • Sunlight – it is normal for plants to look for sunlight so as much as possible, keep them in areas near windows or put them outside for a few hours.

  • Watering – though these indoor plants are usually neglect and water tolerant, they still need it to grow healthy. Just give them enough water to drink that will last for a few days.

  • Nutrients – yes, plants need fertilizers to be healthy but it doesn’t solve everything. These houseplants just need enough of it, don’t put too much or else you’ll end up killing it. Proper water, light and soil are still essential for its overall growth.

  • Keep them away from Pests – though there are no weeds to worry, there are potential pests that will attack your plants. Also, if you have pets in the house, make sure to keep them away because it’s either that your plants will die or your pet will (as some plants are poisonous). So, keep your eyes on them.

Advantages of Growing Houseplants

Spider plant

Spider plant

  • Air Purifier – it removes toxins in the air and releases oxygen.

  • Improving Health – according to studies patients recover fast with plants near them. It also decreases chances of catching a cold, headache and suffering from fatigue.

  • Cooler Environment – plants are releasing moisture in the air which increases humidity.

  • Adds Beauty – these houseplants are the best ornaments inside your home. It gives colors to a bare wall and life to a dull corner.

Growing these houseplants is not hard as long as you know what you’re doing. They offer lots of benefits and need little maintenance. If you are not yet successful in growing them, then maybe after reading this article you will learn something new and apply it to your new venture. This can also be an experiment for you before creating your dream garden outside.

Cymbidium Orchids

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cymorchidCymbidium Orchids are a group of evergreen orchids numbering over fifty different species and are likely the most popular Orchid and one of the easiest to grow.

So easy in fact that you can take it from inside the house to outside from May to September (depending on the region you live in) and enjoy its beauty outdoors!

The Cymbidium Orchid will bring profuse blooms year after year with very little care and maintenance.

Cymbidium Orchid History

Cymbidium Orchids are generally found naturally growing in tropical and subtropical regions such as Asia and parts of Australia.

Cymbidium Orchids, also called Boat Orchids, are a common houseplant in many homes throughout the world and are often moved outdoors during the summer months once the risk of frost has passed. Cymbidium Orchids, along with many other orchid species, are used in many floral arrangements and displays including bridal bouquets and boutonnieres.

In addition to their floral uses, Cymbidium Orchids are also used by many chefs for their culinary value in various dishes including curries.

Growing Cymbidium Orchids

Growing Cymbidium Orchids as a houseplant has gained popularity over the past number of years.

Cymbidium Orchids tend to be more cold tolerant then some of the other Orchid species (the Cymbidium Orchid actually requires a period of cold in order to bloom!) and tolerates variations in temperatures from freezing nights (not to be confused with frost, frost WILL KILL a Cymbidium Orchid!) to the heat of summer, and therefore are more appealing to many houseplant enthusiasts.

Cymbidium Orchids come in a wide variety of colors as well as a variety of sizes. The spikes of waxy blooms are long lasting and big in number.  A number of miniature varieties have been recently introduced that are quite popular as they are smaller and easier to maintain than the larger species.

These particular Orchids, as previously mentioned, require a period of cooler temperatures in order to start the blooming process. As such, Cymbidium Orchids will generally bloom during the winter months producing sprays of blooms that rise above the leaves each season.

Cymbidium Orchids prefer a location with dappled light, and should never be placed in a location that receives full sun. Try an easterly facing window for best results.

You will know you have the right mix of sunlight when your leaves are a nice bright green, dark green leaves are symbolic of an orchid needing more sunlight.

Cymbidium Orchids like to be well watered, especially during the growing months. It is important to ensure that the water does not contain high levels of salt(s) however as this will contribute to “leaf tip dieback” (i.e. those with water conditioners or in areas with high levels of salt in the water should consider allowing the water to flush thoroughly before watering or using bottled water).

When the Orchid is in bloom, less water is required however the plant should never be allowed to dry out completely and the soil should always be damp. Fertilizer should be applied bimonthly using a formulation that is not overly high in nitrogen as this will cause the foliage to grow rather than the blooms to form.


Tips for Keeping Cymbidium Orchids Outdoors

If you are growing your Cymbidium Orchid outdoors, then you will want to ensure that you take the following into consideration:

a)      In a region that has temperatures that are within the 18F to 110F range

b)      That you plant your orchids under the shade of a tree, this will prevent sun scorching

c)       The soil is well drained. Raised beds work particularly well for Cymbidium Orchids when planted outdoors

d)      Adding rock or gravel under your orchids when planting can help with drainage as well as help to keep the roots cool in the winter months. This technique is used by many orchid growers

e)      Consider potting your orchids in the winter – thus making it easier to transfer them indoors if the threat of frost or a freeze arises

More Information

Two excellent resources for further information and study are: North of England Orchid Society as well as Plantdex – Cymbidium Orchid

Image(s) courtesy of: Henryr10, OutdoorPDK