Deb Babcock: 7 tips for growing plants indoors
November 17, 2010
This list compiled by Master Gardener Diana Eilers contains suggested houseplants for Routt County homes:
■ Peace lily or white flag — A beautiful flowering plant that starts drooping the minute it needs water and perks up immediately upon receiving a drink. (Leaves can be toxic to pets.)
■ Weeping fig or Benjamin ficus — This tree is such a joy to watch grow, plus it tolerates low humidity well. Rotate it when you water or fertilize, as it prefers bright indirect or filtered light. (As the tree grows, do not add any competing plants into its base even though it may add to its exterior decor.)
■ Pothos (all varieties — golden, jade, marble, queen, neon) — Superbly easy to grow and replant; just cut off large vines, trim to smaller ones, place in water (or vermiculite) until roots appear and then plant.
■ Medicine plant/aloe vera — This succulent (among others) requires little water and even less attention. Place in a sunny southern location and take advantage of the soothing, healing juice in its leaves. (Leaves are toxic if eaten, so keep away from children and pets.)
■ Umbrella tree — This long-living, hearty plant enjoys direct sunlight, dry spells between watering and frequent misting. The branches display nicely, and its large leaves produce lots of pollution-cleaning oxygen.
■ English ivy — This is a prolific water-loving houseplant that adds dimension to a container of Pathos. As the vines grow, trim (along with the Pathos) and replant.
■ Other possibilities: Philodendron, dracaena, snake plant, jade plant, zebra plant, spider plant, lipstick plant, wax plant
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