Category: General Care Guide

Supporting/Staking Houseplants

Climbing houseplants need to be supported and there are various ways in which this can be done. Ivies, for instance, can be tied to thin canes whilst the rather bushy vines, Rhoicissus and Cissus look better if they are supported…

Houseplant : selecting pot size

Most pot plants grow best if they are potted into containers which are only slightly larger than the existing root system. Consequently it is only a matter of time before the roots have penetrated the compost and reached the inside…

Houseplant Care – Watering

Adequate supplies of water are essential for plant health, wilting of the foliage being the first sign of water shortage. The obvious reaction to this situation therefore is to water the plant. Unfortunately, wilting can be brought about not only…

Houseplant Care – Temperature

Temperature is an important factor in the growth of plants, but their individual requirements vary widely. This is particularly true of houseplants because of their diverse natural habitats. Many foliage plants, for instance, are natives of the tropics whilst others…

Houseplant Care – Growing Media/Soil

Even the most fertile garden soil is unsuitable for use in plant pots because in these artificial conditions it soon becomes tightly compacted. Consequently the vital air supply to the plant roots is reduced and their growth impeded. Furthermore, soil…

Houseplant Care – Light

Light is essential for plant life since it provides the energy needed for growth. The light requirements of different plants, however, vary widely. Some types will only flourish in bright sunlight whilst others tolerate shadier conditions. The levels of light…

Houseplant Care – Humidity

Although it is well known that central heating dries out the atmosphere of a room it is not always appreciated that plants generally prefer more humid conditions. Houseplants whose natural habitat is a steamy tropical jungle are most affected, but…

Houseplant Care – Feeding/Fertilizer

All potting composts contain a supply of essential plant foods, so newly purchased houseplants will continue to grow quite happily for some time provided that they are regularly watered. The amount of nitrogen, phosphate and potash in the growing compost,…