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Grow healthy beautiful houseplants
Easy care houseplant tips

by: Article provided by Guzman's greenhouse, published the: 2004-08-02

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Are you having difficulity growing the following houseplants: Aralia, Hibiscus, Cyclamen, Anthurium, Bromeliad, Croton, Bougainvillea, Orchids, Ficus, Assorted Ferns and many others?

Most houseplants like "indirect" sunlight. Use them in front of a window covered by venitian blinds, or underneath a skylight. Choose plants that like low light such as Pothos, philodendrons, and Boston ferns. Always purchase healtly vigorous plants from a reputable Nursery. (Avoid Big Store Nurseries)

Be sure to fertilize your houseplants with a good "houseplant" fertilizer. Apply fertilizer every month during spring and summer. Very little fertilizing during the winter months. Do NOT fertilize dormant plants. A good 20-20-20 all purpose plant food will work. We recommend "Peters all purpose plant food".

Watering depends on the type of houseplant you want, but as a general rule keep the top of container moist. Do NOT overwater. Make sure all containers drain well. For Super Blooms try "Green Lights" 12-55-6. Be sure to read instruction carefully.

Check your plants at least once per week, look for pests, insects etc... Brown tip leaves could indicate overwatering. Be sure to isolate the plant whenever insects are present. Use a good all purpose insect spray. We recommend "Schultz Expert Gardener Insect Spray". Be sure the product is specifically labeled for both the pest and plant species.

Clean your plant reguarly, remove dead or dying leaves. Dumping of an over infested plant may be the best solution.

All houseplants require some natural lighting and sunlight is the best method. Remember most houseplants that bloom require MORE sunlight. Try to use south facing windows for houseplants.

Overwatering is just as bad as little or no water! Place your finger in the soil. If it is moist it probably does not need water.

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