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Your Journey to Plant Parenthood

Empowering all people to be plant people — a collection of articles from Geoponics’s team of Plant Experts across a variety of plant care topics to inspire confidence in the next generation of plant parents. Welcome to Plant Parenthood™.


How to Bring Your Plants Indoors for the Fall and Winter

Once the sunny days of summer are behind us and we begin to adjust to lower light all around (goodbye, daylight saving time), it’s time to bring our outdoor plants inside. If you brought your sun-loving plants outside, you already know that there are factors to keep in mind to successfully transition your plants’ environment. When bringing your plants back inside, there are a few steps to make sure your plants stay happy and healthy, and that you protect your already happy indoor plants. Inspection Before bringing any houseplants back indoors, be sure to thoroughly inspect them. When plants are left outdoors, they become more susceptible to pests and disease, so you want to make sure to remove the risk of spreading those to the rest of your plants! Check the stems, the tops and undersides of the leaves, as well as the nooks and crevices of certain plants, since that’s where pests like to hide. Prune and Treat If you do find that your plant has pests, remove any heavily infested material, and treat the plant as needed based on the pest at hand. To determine which pest you have and follow specific treatment plans for each type, head to our pests identification blog. If you notice a fungal infection, we recommend removing any infected leaves to prevent it from spreading, and sterilize any tools that come into contact with the plants. Any lackluster or damaged foliage that has succumbed to heavy wind drag or unfavorable conditions can be pruned off the plant to enhance the appearance, and help the plant focus energy on new growth. Leaf cleaning will also be beneficial if there are hard mineral deposits, dust, or debris on the foliage, which block the chlorophyll from absorbing light. Quarantine Once your plants are inspected, pruned, and groomed, you can integrate them back into your home. We recommend quarantining them for a period of 1-2 weeks inside and away from the rest of your collection because pests can be very small (sometimes even microscopic), so at times even after treatment then can pop up again shortly after treatment. Even if you don’t notice pests initially, their eggs could be dormant in the soil and hatch indoors. Inspect Again After the plants have quarantined and acclimated to your home, you should inspect the plants one last time to ensure pests or disease haven’t resurfaced. Prune and treat again if needed. For plants that are good to go, consider refreshing the soil and upgrade in container size if needed. Assimilate Plants Once your plants are cleared from quarantine and are looking refreshed, you can assimilate them into the rest of your indoor jungle! Be sure to follow up with the proper care, including its preferred sunlight and watering conditions. |


by Plant Club | 20 November, 2020 |

Arabian Coffee Tree Indoors (Coffea arabica)

Plant Details Basic Care Instructions Detailed Care Instructions Features The Arabian coffee tree is the world’s primary source of coffee beans. This tree is native to Ethiopia but the popularity of coffee, and demand for beans, has resulted in growing operations throughout the world. Coffee trees produce big, glossy, beautiful foliage and make excellent houseplants for bright locations. Plants are not likely to bloom and produce beans when grown as a houseplant. They can also be grown in the ground or large patio planters outdoors in temperate climates. Uses A great potted plant for a sunny spot indoors or on a lightly shaded deck, patio, or porch during warm weather. A lovely landscape plant for warm, frost-free climates. Plant Feed Once every month during growing season. Watering Keep soil evenly moist. Soil All-purpose potting mix. Basic Care Summary Thrives in a warm location with bright, indirect light. Keep soil consistently moist. Can be pruned freely to maintain desired size. Planting Instructions Start with a good quality, commercial potting soil. These are usually lighter in weight than topsoil, sterile and pest-free. Many are available with a mild starter fertilizer in the mix.Select a container with a drainage hole or be prepared to drill holes for drainage if there are none.Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 2” (5cm) from the rim of the planter. Remove the plant from its pot.Make a small hole in the soil slightly larger than the root ball either by hand or using a trowel. Insert the plant into the hole and press soil firmly around the roots and just covering the root ball. When all the plants are potted, water thoroughly to settle the soil and give plants a good start. Place plant in a reliably sunny location.Repot every 2 years in the same container or in a container slightly larger than the diameter of the roots. Watering Instructions Prefers moist but well-drained soil. Check the soil moisture with your finger. If the top 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, or plants are wilted, it is time to water.Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the foliage. Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet. Fertilizing Instructions Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed for foliage plants.Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants.Slow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants. A single application can often provide plants with the proper level of nutrition all season long. Pruning Instructions Most container plants can be pruned freely to maintain the desired size and shape. Keeping the foliage trimmed also keeps the plants looking neat and tidy, encourages the plant to develop more side-shoots and flowers, and reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space. Plant Details Category: Houseplants Available Colors: Grown for foliage Bloom Time: Grown for foliage Height Range: 1-6' (0.3-1.8m) Space Range: 2-3' (0.6-0.9m) Lowest Temperature: 40° to 80°F (4° to 27°C) Plant Light: Bright Light Companion Plants: Dracaena, Dieffenbachia, Aglaonema USDA Zone: 10-11 |


by web developer | 06 July, 2020 |

Why you need plants in your life

Succulents - Perennial

Plant Details Basic Care Instructions Detailed Care Instructions Features Succulents are the perfect choice for rock gardens, troughs and other low water plantings. These fleshy, water-conserving plants come in a range of foliage colors, leaf forms and growth habits; allowing for easy mixing and matching. Full sun and well-draining soil or potting mix are key to healthy succulents. Uses Classic plants for rock gardens! Makes a dependable mixed border plant. Combines beautifully with small ornamental grasses. Terrific plant for butterfly gardens. Plant Feed Not necessary. Watering Allow soil to dry between thorough waterings. Soil Light, well-drained soil. Basic Care Summary Tolerates poor soil, heat, and drought. Does best in light, well-drained soil. Allow soil to dry between thorough waterings. Protect from excessive winter moisture. Planting Instructions Perennials can be planted anytime from spring through fall.Prepare the garden by breaking up the existing soil (use a hoe, spade, or power tiller) to a depth of 12-16” (30-40cm). Add organic matter such as manure, peat moss or garden compost until the soil is loose and easy to work. Organic ingredients improve drainage, add nutrients, and encourage earthworms and other organisms that help keep soil healthy. Give plants an extra boost by adding a granulated starter fertilizer or all-purpose feed that encourages blooming (for example fertilizers labeled 5-10-5).Check the plant label for suggested spacing and the mature height of the plant. Position plants so that taller plants are in the center or background of the landscape design and shorter plants in the foreground. To remove the plant from the container, gently brace the base of the plant, tip it sideways and tap the outside of the pot to loosen. Rotate the container and continue to tap, loosening the soil until the plant pulls smoothly from the pot.Dig the hole up to two times larger than the root ball and deep enough that the plant will be at the same level in the ground as the soil level in the container. Grasping the plant at the top of the root ball, use your finger to lightly rake the roots apart. This is especially important if the roots are dense and have filled up the container. Set the plant in the hole.Push the soil gently around the roots filling in empty space around the root ball. Firm the soil down around the plant by hand, tamping with the flat side of a small trowel, or even by pressing down on the soil by foot. The soil covering the planting hole should be even with the surrounding soil, or up to one inch higher than the top of the root ball. New plantings should be watered daily for a couple of weeks to get them well established.Plan ahead, for plants that get tall and require staking or support cages. It’s best to install cages early in the spring, or at planting time, before the foliage gets bushy. Vining plants require vertical space to grow, so provide a trellis, fence, wall or other structure that allows the plant to grow freely and spread.Finish up with a 2” (5cm) layer of mulch such as shredded bark or compost to make the garden look tidy, reduce weeds, and retain soil moisture. Watering Instructions New plantings should be watered daily for a couple of weeks. After that, depending on the weather and soil type, watering may be adjusted to every two or three days. Clay soils hold moisture longer than sandy soils, so expect to water more frequently in sandy settings.Different plants have different water needs. Some plants prefer staying on the dry side, others, like to be consistently moist. Refer to the plant label to check a plant’s specific requirements.Ideally water should only be applied to the root zone - an area roughly 6-12” (15-30cm) from the base of the plant, not the entire plant. A soaker hose is a great investment for keeping plants healthy and reducing water lost through evaporation. Hand watering using a watering wand with a sprinkler head attached is also a good way to control watering. If the garden area is large, and a sprinkler is necessary, try to water in the morning so that plant foliage has time to dry through the day. Moist foliage encourages disease and mold that can weaken or damage plants.Thoroughly soaking the ground up to 8” (20 cm) every few days is better than watering a little bit daily. Deep watering encourages roots to grow further into the ground resulting in a sturdier plant with more drought tolerance.To check for soil moisture, use your finger or a small trowel to dig in and examine the soil. If the first 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, it is time to water. Fertilizing Instructions Incorporate fertilizer into the soil when preparing beds for new plants. Established plants should be fed in early spring, then again halfway through the growing season. Avoid applying fertilizer late in the growing season. This stimulates new growth that can be easily damaged by early frosts.Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed to encourage blooming (such as 5-10-5).Reduce the need to fertilize in general by applying a 1-2” (3-5cm) layer of mulch or compost annually. As mulch breaks down it supplies nutrients to the plants and improves the overall soil condition at the same time. Pruning Instructions Depending on the flowering habit, snip off faded blooms individually, or wait until the blooming period is over and remove entire flower stalk down to the base of the plant. Removing old flower stems keeps the plant’s energy focused on vigorous growth instead of seed production. Foliage can be pruned freely through the season to remove damaged or discolored leaves, or to maintain plant size.Do not prune plants after September 1st. Pruning stimulates tender new growth that will damage easily when the first frosts arrive. Perennial plants need time to prepare for winter, or “harden off”. Once plants have died to the ground they are easy to clean up by simply cutting back to about 4” (10cm) above the ground.The flowering plumes and foliage of ornamental grasses create a beautiful feature in the winter landscape. Leave the entire plant for the winter and cut it back to the ground in early spring, just before new growth starts.Perennials should be dug up and divided every 3-4 years. This stimulates healthy new growth, encourages future blooming, and provides new plants to expand the garden or share with gardening friends. Plant Details Category: Perennial Available Colors: Grown for foliage Bloom Time: Grown for foliage Height Range: 2-36" (5-91cm) Space Range: 6-18" (15-46cm) Lowest Temperature: 10° to 0°F (-23° to -18°C) Plant Light: Full Sun Companion Plants: Ornamental Grass, Daylily. Coreopsis USDA Zone: 6-9

by web developer | 02 July, 2020 |

Cacti and Succulents Indoors

Plant Details Basic Care Instructions Detailed Care Instructions Features Cacti and succulent plants are perfect for bringing the warmth, color and texture of plants indoors with a minimum of attention needed. They can often go for weeks on a single watering and regular supply of bright light. Plants are available in an array of unusual forms, textures and colors. They are ideal starter plants for anyone inexperienced with houseplants. Uses Makes a nice windowsill plant. Perfect for all kinds of containers. May be displayed outdoors in warmer weather. Plant Feed Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer when plant is in active growth. Watering Allow soil to dry between thorough waterings. Soil Light, well-drained soil. Basic Care Summary Does best in light, well-drained soil. Allow soil to dry between thorough waterings. Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly during active growth. Planting Instructions Start with a good quality, commercial potting soil for Cacti and Succulents. That will ensure that the soil is sterile and pest-free. Many are available with a mild starter fertilizer in the mix. If you choose to make your own soil mix, combine equal parts sand and general purpose potting soil.Select a container with a drainage hole or be prepared to drill holes for drainage if there are none.Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 2” (5cm) from the rim of the planter. Make a hole in the center of the soil large enough to hold the root ball of the plant.If the plant is spiny be sure to wear gloves for protection. Rubber gloves should be fine if handling small-spined plants but if the plant has long or sharp needles, leather gloves offer more protection.Small plants may be safely moved using kitchen tongs. For moving larger plants, a good method is to wrap the plant with paper towel or tissue paper. For exceptionally large or spiny plants follow with a layer of newspaper or wrapping paper for extra protection. Wrap gently, not too tight, so as not to crush the spines. Tape the outer layer of paper closed at several points to hold snug. Once the plant is moved to its new pot and secure, then the wrappings can be carefully removed.Remove the plant from its pot. Place it in the planting hole and press soil firmly around the roots, just covering the root ball. For spiny plants, use a stick, spatula, or other utensil to move the soil and to keep distance between your hands and the spines.Repot every 2 years. Unless the roots are pot-bound the same container can be used. If a larger pot is needed choose one not more than 1-2” (3-5cm) larger in diameter than the existing pot. Watering Instructions Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the plant. Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet. Discard any excess water that has accumulated in the pot’s saucer.Don’t water again until the top 1-2” (3-5cm) of soil is completely dry. Check the soil moisture with your finger. Plant may require less water during the winter months when it’s growing more slowly because of lower light levels. Some species may even go dormant for a few months in winter. Fertilizing Instructions Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed for cactus and succulent plants.Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants.Slow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants. A single application can often provide plants with the proper level of nutrition all season long.A general-purpose fertilizer for house plants can be used for feeding cacti or succulents but it must be diluted to one quarter the strength of the normal rate. Pruning Instructions Cactus and succulent plants can be pruned to remove dead or damaged parts or to maintain a specific size or shape. Pruning encourages new growth, branching, and provides plant pieces that can be used for propagating more plants. Keeping the plant trimmed also encourages more side-shoots and reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space.Depending on the growth habit of the plant: long succulent leaves can be cut back to the base of the plant. Side stems can be cut back to the main trunk. If trimming to shape, cut off smaller segments just above a joint.Baby cacti that grow on the main plant are known as “pups”. They can get very thick on some types of cacti. Pups can be cut off with a sharp knife at a 45-degree angle. Allow the cut area on the pups to air dry until a callous forms and they can be set in moist sand to root and eventually form new plants.Some cacti and succulents produce “offsets”. These are plants that grow next to the mother plant by short rhizomes. These can be cut off at the rhizome and used to start new plants just like pups. Plant Details Category: Houseplants Available Colors: Grown for foliage Bloom Time: Grown for foliage Height Range: 2-60" (5-152cm) Space Range: 6-36" (15-91cm) Lowest Temperature: 50° to 80°F (10° to 27°C) Plant Light: Bright Light Companion Plants: Kalanchoe, Bougainvillea, Miniature Rose USDA Zone: 11-12

by web developer | 01 July, 2020 |

Succulents Indoors

Plant Details Basic Care Instructions Detailed Care Instructions Features Succulent plants are available in an incredible array of unusual forms, textures and colors. They are virtually carefree and great starter plants for anyone inexperienced with houseplants or who enjoys the refreshing presence of plants indoors without a lot of maintenance. Uses The perfect plant for a hot, sunny windowsill. Plant a mix of small succulents in a large dish to create a rich and colorful display. Succulents can be placed outdoors in warm months or frost-free regions. Plant Feed Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly during periods of active growth. Watering Allow soil to dry between thorough waterings. Water approximately once a week if plant is in a bright location. Soil Potting mix designed for cacti and succulents. Basic Care Summary Plant in well drained soil, fertilize regularly.Tolerates drought, but looks best with regular watering. Planting Instructions Start with a good quality, commercial potting soil for Cacti and Succulents. That will ensure that the soil is sterile and pest-free. Many are available with a mild starter fertilizer in the mix. If you choose to make your own soil mix, combine equal parts sand and general purpose potting soil.Select a container with a drainage hole or be prepared to drill holes for drainage if there are none.Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 2” (5cm) from the rim of the planter. Make a hole in the center of the soil large enough to hold the root ball of the plant.If the plant is spiny be sure to wear gloves for protection. Rubber gloves should be fine if handling small-spined plants but if the plant has long or sharp needles, leather gloves offer more protection.Small plants may be safely moved using kitchen tongs. For moving larger plants, a good method is to wrap the plant with paper towel or tissue paper. For exceptionally large or spiny plants follow with a layer of newspaper or wrapping paper for extra protection. Wrap gently, not too tight, so as not to crush the spines. Tape the outer layer of paper closed at several points to hold snug. Once the plant is moved to its new pot and secure, then the wrappings can be carefully removed.Remove the plant from its pot. Place it in the planting hole and press soil firmly around the roots, just covering the root ball. For spiny plants, use a stick, spatula, or other utensil to move the soil and to keep distance between your hands and the spines.Repot every 2 years. Unless the roots are pot-bound the same container can be used. If a larger pot is needed choose one not more than 1-2” (3-5cm) larger in diameter than the existing pot. Watering Instructions Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the plant. Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet. Discard any excess water that has accumulated in the pot’s saucer.Don’t water again until the top 1-2” (3-5cm) of soil is completely dry. Check the soil moisture with your finger. Plant may require less water during the winter months when it’s growing more slowly because of lower light levels. Some species may even go dormant for a few months in winter. Fertilizing Instructions Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed for cactus and succulent plants.Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants.Slow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants. A single application can often provide plants with the proper level of nutrition all season long.A general-purpose fertilizer for house plants can be used for feeding cacti or succulents but it must be diluted to one quarter the strength of the normal rate. Pruning Instructions Cactus and succulent plants can be pruned to remove dead or damaged parts or to maintain a specific size or shape. Pruning encourages new growth, branching, and provides plant pieces that can be used for propagating more plants. Keeping the plant trimmed also encourages more side-shoots and reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space.Depending on the growth habit of the plant: long succulent leaves can be cut back to the base of the plant. Side stems can be cut back to the main trunk. If trimming to shape, cut off smaller segments just above a joint.Baby cacti that grow on the main plant are known as “pups”. They can get very thick on some types of cacti. Pups can be cut off with a sharp knife at a 45-degree angle. Allow the cut area on the pups to air dry until a callous forms and they can be set in moist sand to root and eventually form new plants.Some cacti and succulents produce “offsets”. These are plants that grow next to the mother plant by short rhizomes. These can be cut off at the rhizome and used to start new plants just like pups. Plant Details Category: Houseplants Available Colors: Grown for foliage Bloom Time: Grown for foliage Height Range: 3-36" (8-91cm) Space Range: 6-24" (15-61cm) Lowest Temperature: 60° to 80°F (16° to 27°C) Plant Light: Bright Light Companion Plants: Cactus, Kalanchoe, Desert Rose USDA Zone: 11-12

by web developer | 01 July, 2020 |

Crispy Wave Fern (Japanese Asplenium Nidus)

A crispy wave fern is one of the most unique plants you can grow in your home. It’s also known as the birds nest fern. The plant is classed as “easy to grow” but when I first got one in my home, there were a few teething problems. So I’ve put together everything I learnt in this guide so you don’t make the same mistakes. But first, let’s get some of the very basics covered. So, how do you care for a crispy wave plant? Crispy Wave Plants need well-draining soil, but it needs to be constantly moist. Keep it out of direct sunlight, it prefers low-light. Also ensure that the temperature doesn’t fluctuate, keep it in the range of  70-80 °F. Fertilize it once a month during the growing season but only use liquid fertilizer. Getting these basics right will ensure that you have a healthy plant. Your crispy fern will live for many years to come if you treat it right. Whilst getting the basics is simple, a deeper understanding requires a greater attention to detail. However, it can easily be accomplished by beginners or experts alike. Taking appropriate care of your crispy wave plant is not difficult as long as you have the right knowledge to hand. Here in this guide, I’ve covered everything that I learned during my time with the plant. So you can be successful in caring for yours.

by web developer | 01 July, 2020 |

Bird of Paradise, Crane Flower (Strelitzia reginae)

Plant Details Basic Care Instructions Detailed Care Instructions Features One of the most familiar and beautiful tropical plants around. Bird of Paradise gets its common name from its flowers which are said to resemble the feathers of the tropical bird of that same name. The plant has a strong vertical habit with gorgeous banana-tree-like leaves. The dark, glossy leaves are attractive even when flowers are not present. Adds height and drama to mixed plantings, indoors or out. Uses Perfect for large containers or tropical themed borders. Works well for screening unwanted views or defining boundaries. Unbeatable for planting along pool sides and in large containers. Flowers are excellent for cutting. Planting Instructions Choose a location that will allow roots to spread and branches to grow freely. Space plants far enough from building foundations, walls, and decks so that the growing foliage won't crowd the structure.If planting in the ground:To prepare the planting area dig a hole as deep as the root ball and three times as wide. After removing the soil, mix it with some compost or peat moss. This enriches the soil and loosens the existing dirt so that new roots can spread easily.Remove the plant from its nursery container and set the plant in the hole.Return the soil to the planting area packing it firmly around the root ball. Fill the hole until the soil line is just at the base of the plant, where the roots begin to flare out from the main stem.Water the plant well then add a 2” (5cm) layer of mulch, such as shredded bark, around the planting area. Keep the mulch at least 4” (10cm) away from the trunk of the plant as this can keep the bark too moist and cause it to decay.If planting in a patio planter or other container:Start with a good quality, commercial potting soil. These are usually lighter in weight than topsoil, sterile and pest-free. Many are available with a mild starter fertilizer in the mix.Select a container with a drainage hole or be prepared to drill holes for drainage if there are none.Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 2” (5cm) from the rim of the planter leaving some space in the middle for placing the plant. Remove the plant from its nursery pot.Insert the plant into the hole and press soil firmly around the roots. Add soil if necessary to cover the root ball. Water thoroughly to settle the soil and give plants a good start.Plan ahead for vining plants that might require a trellis or support cage. It's best to install supports at planting time, before the foliage gets bushy. Watering Instructions Depending on rainfall, new plants need to be watered weekly through the first growing season. During hot spells thoroughly soaking the ground up to 8” (20 cm) every few days is better than watering a little bit daily.Plants in containers can dry out quickly, depending on the weather, and may need water more frequently than plants in the garden bed. Check the soil moisture with your finger. If the top 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, or plants are wilted, it is time to water.Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the foliage. Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet.Deep watering encourages roots to grow further into the ground resulting in a sturdier plant with more drought tolerance.To check for soil moisture use your finger or a hand trowel to dig a small hole and examine the soil. If the first 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, it is time to water. Fertilizing Instructions Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed to encourage blooming (such as 5-10-5).Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants.Slow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants. A single application can often provide plants with the proper level of nutrition all season long. Pruning Instructions Pruning may be needed to remove dead branches, encourage bushier growth, promote more flowers, or maintain a specific size or shape.Most container plants can be pruned freely to maintain the desired size and shape. Keeping the foliage trimmed also keeps the plants looking neat and tidy, encourages the plant to develop more side-shoots and flowers, and reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space.Many shrubs can be regularly sheared to keep them shaped as a hedge, edging or formal foundation planting.When pruning to control a plant's size or shape, cuts should be made just above a leaf bud and at a slight angle. This bud will be where the new growth sprouts.Remove old flowers to keep plant looking healthy and prevent seed production that drains the plant's energy at the expense of forming new flowers.Always use sharp, clean tools when pruning. There are many tools available depending on the job. Hand shears, pruners, and loppers are ideal for most shrubs. Pole pruners and tree saws are better for large, mature shrubs or trees. If a tree is so large that it can't be safely pruned with a pole pruner, it is best to call in a professional tree service. Planting Instructions Start with a good quality, commercial potting soil. These are usually lighter in weight than topsoil, sterile and pest-free. Many are available with a mild starter fertilizer in the mix.Select a container with a drainage hole or be prepared to drill holes for drainage if there are none.Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 2” (5cm) from the rim of the planter. Remove the plant from its pot.Make a small hole in the soil slightly larger than the root ball either by hand or using a trowel. Insert the plant into the hole and press soil firmly around the roots and just covering the root ball. When all the plants are potted, water thoroughly to settle the soil and give plants a good start. Place plant in a reliably sunny location.Repot every 2 years in the same container or in a container slightly larger than the diameter of the roots. Watering Instructions Prefers moist but well-drained soil. Check the soil moisture with your finger. If the top 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, or plants are wilted, it is time to water.Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the foliage. Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet. Fertilizing Instructions Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed for foliage plants.Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants.Slow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants. A single application can often provide plants with the proper level of nutrition all season long. Pruning Instructions Most container plants can be pruned freely to maintain the desired size and shape. Keeping the foliage trimmed also keeps the plants looking neat and tidy, encourages the plant to develop more side-shoots and flowers, and reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space. Plant Details Category: Tropical Available Colors: Orange Bloom Time: All year Height Range: 3-5' (0.9-1.5m) Space Range: 1-3' (0.3-0.9m) Lowest Temperature: 50° to 80°F (10° to 27°C) Plant Light: Part Shade Companion Plants: Ixora, Ginger, Stromanthe USDA Zone: 11-12

by web developer | 01 July, 2020 |

Prayer Plant, Rose-Painted Calathea (Calathea roseopicta)

Plant Details Basic Care Instructions Detailed Care Instructions Features Calatheas come in a remarkable assortment of color blends ranging from green tones to burgundy and silver shades. The plant gets its common name "Prayer Plant" because the leaves on most selections fold closed at night similar to a pair of praying hands. A wonderful foliage plant that offers color and brightness for any room! Uses Perfect for all kinds of containers. Very decorative on a small table or in a hanging basket. May be displayed outdoors in warmer weather. Plant Feed Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly. Watering Water every 5 to 7 days depending on light and temperature. Keep soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Soil All-purpose commercial potting mix. Basic Care Summary Rotate plants often to maintain uniform growth. Keep soil evenly moist. Trim plant if needed to maintain desired size and shape. p>Rotate plants often to maintain uniform growth. Keep soil evenly moist. Trim plant if needed to maintain desired size and shape. Planting Instructions Start with a good quality, commercial potting soil. These are usually lighter in weight than topsoil, sterile and pest-free. Many are available with a mild starter fertilizer in the mix.Select a container with a drainage hole or be prepared to drill holes for drainage if there are none.Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 2” (5cm) from the rim of the planter. Remove the plant from its pot.Make a small hole in the soil slightly larger than the root ball either by hand or using a trowel. Insert the plant into the hole and press soil firmly around the roots and just covering the root ball. When all the plants are potted, water thoroughly to settle the soil and give plants a good start. Place plant in a reliably sunny location.Repot every 2 years in the same container or in a container slightly larger than the diameter of the roots. Watering Instructions Prefers moist but well-drained soil. Check the soil moisture with your finger. If the top 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, or plants are wilted, it is time to water.Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the foliage. Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet. Fertilizing Instructions Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed for foliage plants.Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants.Slow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants. A single application can often provide plants with the proper level of nutrition all season long. Pruning Instructions Most container plants can be pruned freely to maintain the desired size and shape. Keeping the foliage trimmed also keeps the plants looking neat and tidy, encourages the plant to develop more side-shoots and flowers, and reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space. Plant Details Category: Houseplants Available Colors: Grown for foliage Bloom Time: Grown for foliage Height Range: 12-18" (30-46cm) Space Range: 9-12" (23-30cm) Lowest Temperature: 50° to 80°F (10° to 27°C) Plant Light: Medium Light Companion Plants: Orchid, Aglaonema, Bromeliad USDA Zone: 11-15

by web developer | 01 July, 2020 |

Peacock Plant (Calathea makoyana)

Plant Details Basic Care Instructions Detailed Care Instructions Features This plant’s common name reflects its bold leaf markings that resemble the feathers of a peacock’s tail. Adds a stunning decorator touch indoors in a bright location or outside during warm weather on a shaded patio, porch or deck. Uses Perfect for all kinds of containers. Very decorative on a small table or in a hanging basket. Plant Feed Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly. Watering Water every 5 to 7 days depending on light and temperature. Keep soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Soil All-purpose commercial potting mix. Basic Care Summary Rotate plants often to maintain uniform growth. Keep soil evenly moist. Trim plant if needed to maintain desired size and shape. Planting Instructions Start with a good quality, commercial potting soil. These are usually lighter in weight than topsoil, sterile and pest-free. Many are available with a mild starter fertilizer in the mix.Select a container with a drainage hole or be prepared to drill holes for drainage if there are none.Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 2” (5cm) from the rim of the planter. Remove the plant from its pot.Make a small hole in the soil slightly larger than the root ball either by hand or using a trowel. Insert the plant into the hole and press soil firmly around the roots and just covering the root ball. When all the plants are potted, water thoroughly to settle the soil and give plants a good start. Place plant in a reliably sunny location.Repot every 2 years in the same container or in a container slightly larger than the diameter of the roots. Watering Instructions Prefers moist but well-drained soil. Check the soil moisture with your finger. If the top 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, or plants are wilted, it is time to water.Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the foliage. Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet. Fertilizing Instructions Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed for foliage plants.Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants.Slow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants. A single application can often provide plants with the proper level of nutrition all season long. Pruning Instructions Most container plants can be pruned freely to maintain the desired size and shape. Keeping the foliage trimmed also keeps the plants looking neat and tidy, encourages the plant to develop more side-shoots and flowers, and reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space. Plant Details Category: Houseplants Available Colors: Grown for foliage Bloom Time: Grown for foliage Height Range: 12-18" (30-46cm) Space Range: 9-12" (23-30cm) Lowest Temperature: 50° to 80°F (10° to 27°C) Plant Light: Bright Light Companion Plants: Orchid, Aglaonema, Bromeliad USDA Zone: 11-12

by web developer | 01 July, 2020 |

Calathea, Rattlesnake Plant, Prayer Plant, Peacock Plant (Calathea species)

Plant Details Basic Care Instructions Detailed Care Instructions Features Calatheas come in a remarkable assortment of color blends ranging from green tones to burgundy and silver shades. The plant gets its common name "Prayer Plant" because the leaves on most species fold closed at night similar to a pair of praying hands. A wonderful foliage plant that offers color and brightness for any room! Uses Perfect for all kinds of containers. Very decorative on a small table or in a hanging basket. Plant Feed Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly. Watering Water every 5 to 7 days depending on light and temperature. Keep soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Soil All-purpose commercial potting mix. Basic Care Summary Rotate plants often to maintain uniform growth. Keep soil evenly moist. Trim plant if needed to maintain desired size and shape. Planting Instructions Start with a good quality, commercial potting soil. These are usually lighter in weight than topsoil, sterile and pest-free. Many are available with a mild starter fertilizer in the mix.Select a container with a drainage hole or be prepared to drill holes for drainage if there are none.Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 2” (5cm) from the rim of the planter. Remove the plant from its pot.Make a small hole in the soil slightly larger than the root ball either by hand or using a trowel. Insert the plant into the hole and press soil firmly around the roots and just covering the root ball. When all the plants are potted, water thoroughly to settle the soil and give plants a good start. Place plant in a reliably sunny location.Repot every 2 years in the same container or in a container slightly larger than the diameter of the roots. Watering Instructions Prefers moist but well-drained soil. Check the soil moisture with your finger. If the top 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, or plants are wilted, it is time to water.Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the foliage. Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet. Fertilizing Instructions Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed for foliage plants.Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants.Slow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants. A single application can often provide plants with the proper level of nutrition all season long. Pruning Instructions Most container plants can be pruned freely to maintain the desired size and shape. Keeping the foliage trimmed also keeps the plants looking neat and tidy, encourages the plant to develop more side-shoots and flowers, and reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space. Plant Details Category: Houseplants Available Colors: Grown for foliage Bloom Time: Grown for foliage Height Range: 12-18" (30-46cm) Space Range: 9-12" (23-30cm) Lowest Temperature: 50° to 80°F (10° to 27°C) Plant Light: Bright Light Companion Plants: Orchid, Aglaonema, Bromeliad USDA Zone: 11-12

by web developer | 01 July, 2020 |

Coral Cactus (Euphorbia lactea cristata)

Plant Details Basic Care Instructions Detailed Care Instructions Features Whorls of fleshy, wavy leaves much like underwater coral, make this cactus an eye-catching houseplant. Arrange it with containers of other low care Cacti, in various shapes, for a fun and stress-free display. Avoid contact with sap from this cacti as it is dangerous to the eyes, skin and mucous membranes. Uses Makes a nice windowsill plant. Perfect for all kinds of containers. May be displayed outdoors in warmer weather. Plant Feed Once every month during growing season. Watering Allow soil to dry between thorough waterings. Soil Light, well-drained soil. Basic Care Summary Performs best in gritty well-drained soil. Allow soil to dry out between waterings. Avoid overwatering your cactus and limit water during winter months. Prefers warmer temperatures. Planting Instructions Start with a good quality, commercial potting soil for Cacti and Succulents. That will ensure that the soil is sterile and pest-free. Many are available with a mild starter fertilizer in the mix. If you choose to make your own soil mix, combine equal parts sand and general purpose potting soil.Select a container with a drainage hole or be prepared to drill holes for drainage if there are none.Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 2” (5cm) from the rim of the planter. Make a hole in the center of the soil large enough to hold the root ball of the plant.If the plant is spiny be sure to wear gloves for protection. Rubber gloves should be fine if handling small-spined plants but if the plant has long or sharp needles, leather gloves offer more protection.Small plants may be safely moved using kitchen tongs. For moving larger plants, a good method is to wrap the plant with paper towel or tissue paper. For exceptionally large or spiny plants follow with a layer of newspaper or wrapping paper for extra protection. Wrap gently, not too tight, so as not to crush the spines. Tape the outer layer of paper closed at several points to hold snug. Once the plant is moved to its new pot and secure, then the wrappings can be carefully removed.Remove the plant from its pot. Place it in the planting hole and press soil firmly around the roots, just covering the root ball. For spiny plants, use a stick, spatula, or other utensil to move the soil and to keep distance between your hands and the spines.Repot every 2 years. Unless the roots are pot-bound the same container can be used. If a larger pot is needed choose one not more than 1-2” (3-5cm) larger in diameter than the existing pot. Watering Instructions Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the plant. Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet. Discard any excess water that has accumulated in the pot’s saucer.Don’t water again until the top 1-2” (3-5cm) of soil is completely dry. Check the soil moisture with your finger. Plant may require less water during the winter months when it’s growing more slowly because of lower light levels. Some species may even go dormant for a few months in winter. Fertilizing Instructions Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed for cactus and succulent plants.Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants.Slow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants. A single application can often provide plants with the proper level of nutrition all season long.A general-purpose fertilizer for house plants can be used for feeding cacti or succulents but it must be diluted to one quarter the strength of the normal rate. Pruning Instructions Cactus and succulent plants can be pruned to remove dead or damaged parts or to maintain a specific size or shape. Pruning encourages new growth, branching, and provides plant pieces that can be used for propagating more plants. Keeping the plant trimmed also encourages more side-shoots and reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space.Depending on the growth habit of the plant: long succulent leaves can be cut back to the base of the plant. Side stems can be cut back to the main trunk. If trimming to shape, cut off smaller segments just above a joint.Baby cacti that grow on the main plant are known as “pups”. They can get very thick on some types of cacti. Pups can be cut off with a sharp knife at a 45-degree angle. Allow the cut area on the pups to air dry until a callous forms and they can be set in moist sand to root and eventually form new plants.Some cacti and succulents produce “offsets”. These are plants that grow next to the mother plant by short rhizomes. These can be cut off at the rhizome and used to start new plants just like pups. Plant Details Category: Houseplants Available Colors: Grown for foliage Bloom Time: Grown for foliage Height Range: 1-3' (0.3-0.9m) Space Range: 1-2' (0.3-0.6m) Lowest Temperature: 60° to 80°F (16° to 27°C) Plant Light: Bright Light Companion Plants: Kalanchoe, Paddle Plant, Cactus USDA Zone: 11-12

by web developer | 01 July, 2020 |

Cactus Outdoors

Plant Details Basic Care Instructions Detailed Care Instructions Features The distinctive shapes and textures of cacti provide unique, architectural structure in the landscape. A great solution for arid situations in locations that don't get severe frosts. The broad palette of heights and colors offers lots of creative options for filling in spots where minimal water and intense sun exposure are challenges. Under ideal conditions cacti will go through a flowering period; adding yet another dimension to these fascinating plants. Uses Wonderful for containers and xeriscaping. Terrific accent plants that adds interesting shape to the garden or grown in patio containers. Plant Feed Apply liquid fertilizer 2 or 3 times during growing season. Watering Water every two weeks during dry weather. Soil Well-drained soil is essential. Basic Care Summary Drought tolerant and virtually carefree. During extremely dry periods water thoroughly once a week for best performance. Planting Instructions Plant in spring or early fall to give plants the best start.Choose a location that will allow roots to spread and branches to grow freely. Space plants far enough from building foundations, walls, and decks so that the growing foliage won't crowd the structure. Consider whether tall trees or shrubs will block windows or interfere with the roof or power lines.To prepare the planting area dig a hole as deep as the root ball and three times as wide. After removing the soil, mix it with some compost or peat moss. This enriches the soil and loosens the existing dirt so that new roots can spread easily.To remove the plant from the container, gently brace the base of the plant, tip it sideways and tap the outside of the pot to loosen. Rotate the container and continue to tap, loosening the soil until the plant pulls smoothly from the pot. The container can also be removed by carefully cutting it down the side.Set the plant in the hole. If the root ball is wrapped in burlap fabric this must now be removed along with any string or wire securing the burlap. If roots are tightly packed gently rake them apart with your fingers.Return the soil to the planting area packing it firmly around the root ball. Fill the hole until the soil line is just at the base of the plant, where the roots begin to flare out from the main stem.Water the plant well then add a 2” (5cm) layer of mulch, such as shredded bark, around the planting area. Keep the mulch at least 4” (10cm) away from the trunk of the plant as this can keep the bark too moist and cause it to decay. Watering Instructions Depending on rainfall, new plants need to be watered weekly through the first growing season. A slow, one-hour trickle of water should do the job. During hot spells thoroughly soaking the ground up to 8” (20 cm) every few days is better than watering a little bit daily. Deep watering encourages roots to grow further into the ground resulting in a sturdier plant with more drought tolerance.To check for soil moisture use your finger or a hand trowel to dig a small hole and examine the soil. If the first 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, it is time to water.Monitor new plants through the first two years to make sure they are getting the moisture they need. After that they should be sturdy enough to survive on their own. Fertilizing Instructions Established trees should be fertilized every 2-3 years. Feed in early spring when plants start growing.Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product designed for trees and shrubs, or go with a nutritionally balanced, general-purpose formula such as 10-10-10.Always follow the fertilizer package directions for application rates and scheduling. Over-fertilizing plants or applying at the wrong time during the growing season can result in plant injury. Pruning Instructions Pruning may be needed to remove dead branches, encourage bushier growth, promote more flowers, or maintain a specific size or shape. Plant Details Category: Nursery Available Colors: Flowers in shades of pink, yellow, orange, red, purple, and white Bloom Time: Summer Height Range: 3-25' (0.9-7.6m) Space Range: 2-10' (0.6-3m) Lowest Temperature: 30° to 40°F (-1° to 4°C) Plant Light: Full Sun Companion Plants: Kalanchoe, Texas Sage, Ice Plant USDA Zone: 10-12

by web developer | 01 July, 2020 |

Cactus Indoors

Plant Details Basic Care Instructions Detailed Care Instructions Features Cacti are perfect for bringing the warmth, color and texture of plants indoors with a minimum of attention needed. They can often go for weeks on a single watering and regular supply of bright light. Mix a variety of the different shapes such as barrel, rosette, spike and paddle for an interesting and stress-free display. Uses Makes a nice windowsill plant. Perfect for all kinds of containers. May be displayed outdoors in warmer weather. Plant Feed Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer when plant is in active growth. Watering Allow soil to dry between thorough waterings. Soil Light, well-drained soil. Basic Care Summary Does best in light, well-drained soil. Allow soil to dry between thorough waterings. Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly during active growth. Planting Instructions Start with a good quality, commercial potting soil for Cacti and Succulents. That will ensure that the soil is sterile and pest-free. Many are available with a mild starter fertilizer in the mix. If you choose to make your own soil mix, combine equal parts sand and general purpose potting soil.Select a container with a drainage hole or be prepared to drill holes for drainage if there are none.Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 2” (5cm) from the rim of the planter. Make a hole in the center of the soil large enough to hold the root ball of the plant.If the plant is spiny be sure to wear gloves for protection. Rubber gloves should be fine if handling small-spined plants but if the plant has long or sharp needles, leather gloves offer more protection.Small plants may be safely moved using kitchen tongs. For moving larger plants, a good method is to wrap the plant with paper towel or tissue paper. For exceptionally large or spiny plants follow with a layer of newspaper or wrapping paper for extra protection. Wrap gently, not too tight, so as not to crush the spines. Tape the outer layer of paper closed at several points to hold snug. Once the plant is moved to its new pot and secure, then the wrappings can be carefully removed.Remove the plant from its pot. Place it in the planting hole and press soil firmly around the roots, just covering the root ball. For spiny plants, use a stick, spatula, or other utensil to move the soil and to keep distance between your hands and the spines.Repot every 2 years. Unless the roots are pot-bound the same container can be used. If a larger pot is needed choose one not more than 1-2” (3-5cm) larger in diameter than the existing pot. Watering Instructions Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the plant. Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet. Discard any excess water that has accumulated in the pot’s saucer.Don’t water again until the top 1-2” (3-5cm) of soil is completely dry. Check the soil moisture with your finger. Plant may require less water during the winter months when it’s growing more slowly because of lower light levels. Some species may even go dormant for a few months in winter. Fertilizing Instructions Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed for cactus and succulent plants.Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants.Slow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants. A single application can often provide plants with the proper level of nutrition all season long.A general-purpose fertilizer for house plants can be used for feeding cacti or succulents but it must be diluted to one quarter the strength of the normal rate. Pruning Instructions Cactus and succulent plants can be pruned to remove dead or damaged parts or to maintain a specific size or shape. Pruning encourages new growth, branching, and provides plant pieces that can be used for propagating more plants. Keeping the plant trimmed also encourages more side-shoots and reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space.Depending on the growth habit of the plant: long succulent leaves can be cut back to the base of the plant. Side stems can be cut back to the main trunk. If trimming to shape, cut off smaller segments just above a joint.Baby cacti that grow on the main plant are known as “pups”. They can get very thick on some types of cacti. Pups can be cut off with a sharp knife at a 45-degree angle. Allow the cut area on the pups to air dry until a callous forms and they can be set in moist sand to root and eventually form new plants.Some cacti and succulents produce “offsets”. These are plants that grow next to the mother plant by short rhizomes. These can be cut off at the rhizome and used to start new plants just like pups. Plant Details Category: Houseplants Available Colors: Grown for foliage Bloom Time: Grown for foliage Height Range: 2-60" (5-152cm) Space Range: 6-36" (15-91cm) Lowest Temperature: 50° to 80°F (10° to 27°C) Plant Light: Bright Light Companion Plants: Kalanchoe, Aloe, Paddle Plant USDA Zone: 11-12

by web developer | 01 July, 2020 |

Banana Tree (Musa species)

Plant Details Basic Care Instructions Detailed Care Instructions Features Banana trees bring a tropical feel to any planting with their large leaves and interesting fruit and flowers. Most are grown purely as ornamentals, but some varieties do produce tasty fruit, in favorable climates. Keep sheltered from wind to protect the leaves from being shredded. Can be grown as houseplants as well. Uses Makes a breathtaking specimen plant. Excellent for planting along fences and walls. Nice for larger patio containers. Provides instant form and structure to the landscape. Plant Feed Fertilize regularly for best display. Watering Keep soil evenly moist. Soil Fertile, humus-rich soil. Basic Care Summary Grow in fertile, humus-rich soil. Keep soil moist, watering freely in dry weather. Provide shelter from strong winds. Fertilize regularly for best display. Planting Instructions Plant in spring or early fall to give plants the best start.Choose a location that will allow roots to spread and branches to grow freely. Space plants far enough from building foundations, walls, and decks so that the growing foliage won't crowd the structure. Consider whether tall trees or shrubs will block windows or interfere with the roof or power lines.To prepare the planting area dig a hole as deep as the root ball and three times as wide. After removing the soil, mix it with some compost or peat moss. This enriches the soil and loosens the existing dirt so that new roots can spread easily.To remove the plant from the container, gently brace the base of the plant, tip it sideways and tap the outside of the pot to loosen. Rotate the container and continue to tap, loosening the soil until the plant pulls smoothly from the pot. The container can also be removed by carefully cutting it down the side.Set the plant in the hole. If the root ball is wrapped in burlap fabric this must now be removed along with any string or wire securing the burlap. If roots are tightly packed gently rake them apart with your fingers.Return the soil to the planting area packing it firmly around the root ball. Fill the hole until the soil line is just at the base of the plant, where the roots begin to flare out from the main stem.Water the plant well then add a 2” (5cm) layer of mulch, such as shredded bark, around the planting area. Keep the mulch at least 4” (10cm) away from the trunk of the plant as this can keep the bark too moist and cause it to decay. Watering Instructions Depending on rainfall, new plants need to be watered weekly through the first growing season. A slow, one-hour trickle of water should do the job. During hot spells thoroughly soaking the ground up to 8” (20 cm) every few days is better than watering a little bit daily. Deep watering encourages roots to grow further into the ground resulting in a sturdier plant with more drought tolerance.To check for soil moisture use your finger or a hand trowel to dig a small hole and examine the soil. If the first 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, it is time to water.Monitor new plants through the first two years to make sure they are getting the moisture they need. After that they should be sturdy enough to survive on their own. Fertilizing Instructions Established trees should be fertilized every 2-3 years. Feed in early spring when plants start growing.Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product designed for trees and shrubs, or go with a nutritionally balanced, general-purpose formula such as 10-10-10.Always follow the fertilizer package directions for application rates and scheduling. Over-fertilizing plants or applying at the wrong time during the growing season can result in plant injury. Pruning Instructions Pruning may be needed to remove dead branches, encourage bushier growth, promote more flowers, or maintain a specific size or shape.Dead branches should be removed close to the trunk, flush with the bark. When pruning to control a plant's size or shape, cuts should be made just above a leaf bud and at a slight angle. This bud will be where the new growth sprouts.Many shrubs can be regularly sheared to keep them shaped as a hedge, edging or formal foundation planting.Always use sharp, clean tools when pruning. There are many tools available depending on the job. Hand shears, pruners, and loppers are ideal for most shrubs. Pole pruners and tree saws are better for large, mature shrubs or trees. If a tree is so large that it can't be safely pruned with a pole pruner, it is best to call in a professional tree service. Plant Details Category: Nursery Available Colors: Yellow, Purple, Red, Orange Bloom Time: Summer Height Range: 10-15' (3-4.6m) Space Range: 6-12' (1.8-3.7m) Lowest Temperature: 10° to 20°F (-12° to -7°C) Plant Light: Full Sun Companion Plants: California Lilac, False Cypress, Russian Sage USDA Zone: 8-12

by web developer | 01 July, 2020 |

Echeveria Indoors (Echeveria)

Plant Details Basic Care Instructions Detailed Care Instructions Features These unique plants are sure to attract attention! Striking rosettes of succulent leaves reflect the beauty of nature's geometry. Available in a range of foliage colors with a variety of leaf shapes. Create a tapestry of multiple Echeveria varieties or mix them with other drought loving cacti and succulents. Uses Perfect for a sunny window or counter top. A plant that can tolerate some neglect making this a thoughtful gift plant for anyone inexperienced with houseplants. Plant Feed Fertilize monthly for best display. Watering Allow soil to dry between thorough waterings. Soil All-purpose commercial potting mix. Basic Care Summary Plant in organic-rich, well-drained soil. Keep soil moist throughout growth and bloom season. Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly. Planting Instructions If the plant was purchased in a pot, then it is probably already in a quality potting soil and requires little more than watering and grooming for a while.If potting a flowering plant to bring indoors or to give as a gift plant, start with a good quality, commercial potting soil. These are usually lighter in weight than topsoil, sterile and pest-free. Many are available with a mild starter fertilizer in the mix.Select a container with a drainage hole or be prepared to drill holes for drainage if there are none.Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 2” (5cm) from the rim of the planter. Make a small hole in the soil slightly larger than the root ball either by hand or using a trowel. Insert the plant into the hole and press soil firmly around the roots and just covering the root ball. When all the plants are potted, water thoroughly to settle the soil and give plants a good start. Place plant in bright location for best performance.Repot every 2 years in the same container or in a container slightly larger than the diameter of the roots. Watering Instructions Most potted flowering plants prefer consistently moist but well-drained soil. If the soil gets too dry the blooms can wilt and they may not recover. Check the soil moisture with your finger. If the top 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, or plants are wilted, it is time to water.Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the foliage. Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet. Fertilizing Instructions Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed for foliage plants.Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants.Slow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants. Follow the product directions for proper timing and application rates. Pruning Instructions Remove the flowers as they fade. This keeps the plant looking tidy and may encourage more blooms depending on the type of plant. After flowering many blooming plants make attractive houseplants. Be sure to trim the foliage to maintain the desired size and shape. Occasional trimming encourages the plant to develop more side-shoots and flowers, and reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space.Some plants will re-bloom on their own, but others may have very specific day-length or temperature requirements to flower again. A bit of research may be necessary to determine what is needed to encourage future blooming. Some plants, such as bulbs or perennials, can be turned into wonderful garden additions after the flowers have been enjoyed indoors. Plant Details Category: Flowering Houseplant Available Colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Pink Bloom Time: Summer Height Range: 3-12" (8-30cm) Space Range: 3-12" (8-30cm) Lowest Temperature: 50° to 60°F (10° to 16°C) Plant Light: Bright Light Companion Plants: Jade, Kalanchoe, Zygocactus USDA Zone: 10-12

by Plant Club | 01 July, 2020 |

Areca Palm, Golden Feather Palm Indoors (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)

Plant Details Basic Care Instructions Detailed Care Instructions Features Rows of slender leaves form the fronds of this airy palm, which is native to Madagascar. Perfect for bringing a feel of trees and tropics to any room without overwhelming it. Multiple stems give this palm a broad habitsuited to softly filling empty corners or providing a lush backdrop to a mix of other houseplants. Uses The soft, movable texture makes Areca palm a good choice for high traffic areas. Great for adding a relaxed feel to interiors or an airy screen on patios and decks during warm weather. Plant Feed Apply mild liquid fertilizer monthly. Watering Keep soil evenly moist during active growth. Can allow plant to dry between thorough waterings in the winter. Soil All-purpose commercial potting mix. Basic Care Summary Protect from frost. Rotate periodically to promote uniform growth. Prune to shape or contain growth. Planting Instructions Start with a good quality, commercial potting soil. These are usually lighter in weight than topsoil, sterile and pest-free. Many are available with a mild starter fertilizer in the mix.Select a container with a drainage hole or be prepared to drill holes for drainage if there are none.Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 2” (5cm) from the rim of the planter. Remove the plant from its pot.Make a small hole in the soil slightly larger than the root ball either by hand or using a trowel. Insert the plant into the hole and press soil firmly around the roots and just covering the root ball. When all the plants are potted, water thoroughly to settle the soil and give plants a good start. Place plant in a reliably sunny location.Repot every 2 years in the same container or in a container slightly larger than the diameter of the roots. Watering Instructions Prefers moist but well-drained soil. Check the soil moisture with your finger. If the top 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, or plants are wilted, it is time to water.Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the foliage. Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet. Fertilizing Instructions Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed for foliage plants.Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants.Slow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants. A single application can often provide plants with the proper level of nutrition all season long. Pruning Instructions Most container plants can be pruned freely to maintain the desired size and shape. Keeping the foliage trimmed also keeps the plants looking neat and tidy, encourages the plant to develop more side-shoots and flowers, and reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space. Plant Details Category: Houseplants Available Colors: Grown for foliage Bloom Time: Grown for foliage Height Range: 3-10' (0.9-3m) Space Range: 2-6' (0.6-1.8m) Lowest Temperature: 50° to 80°F (10° to 27°C) Plant Light: Bright Light Companion Plants: Dracaena, Dieffenbachia, Yucca USDA Zone: 11-12

by Plant Club | 01 July, 2020 |

Anthurium, Flamingo Flower (Anthurium species)

Plant Details Basic Care Instructions Detailed Care Instructions Features Easily identified by its unique flower structure, this is a plant that adds an instant touch of the exotic to any location. The colorful, leaf-like structure, called a “spathe” is often confused for the flower. The spathe is actually a modified leaf attached to the narrow spike that produces the tiny real flowers. Uses Anthurium enjoys warm temperatures and grows best in a bright indoor location or partly-shaded location outdoors during warm months. Perfect for all kinds of containers. Very decorative on a small table or in a hanging basket. Plant Feed Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly. Watering Keep soil evenly moist. Soil All-purpose mix. Basic Care Summary Water thoroughly but allow soil to dry slightly between waterings. Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly during active growth. Planting Instructions Prepare the garden by breaking up the existing soil (use a hoe, spade, or power tiller). Add organic matter such as manure, peat moss or garden compost until the soil is loose and easy to work. Organic ingredients improve drainage, add nutrients and encourage earthworms and other organisms that help keep soil healthy. Give plants an extra boost by adding a granulated starter fertilizer or a balanced all-purpose feed (for example fertilizers labeled 12-12-12).Check the plant label for suggested spacing. Crowding plants can result in fewer blooms and weak growth as the plants compete for light. Exceptions to this might be regions with a short growing season, shade plantings which tend to grow slower and fill in less quickly, or a need to fill an area with color quickly such as for a special event or if planning to entertain guests outdoors.Remove the plant from the container. If plants are in a pack, gently squeeze the outside of the individual plant cell while tipping container to the side. If plant doesn't loosen, continue pressing on the outside of the container while gently grasping the base of the plant and tugging carefully so as not to crush or break the stem until the plant is released. If the plant is in a pot, brace the base of the plant, tip it sideways and tap the outside of the pot to loosen. Rotate the container and continue to tap, loosening the soil until the plant pulls smoothly from the pot.Dig the hole up to two times larger than the root ball and deep enough that the plant will be at the same level in the ground as the soil level in the container. Grasping the plant at the top of the root ball, use your finger to lightly rake the roots apart. This is especially important if the roots are dense and have filled up the container. Set the plant in the hole.Push the soil gently around the roots filling in empty space around the root ball. Firm the soil down around the plant by hand, tamping with the flat side of a small trowel, or even by pressing down on the soil by foot. The soil covering the planting hole should be even with the surrounding soil, or up to one inch higher than the top of the root ball. New plantings should be watered daily for a couple of weeks to get them well established.Vining annuals require vertical space to grow, so provide a trellis, fence, wall or other structure that allows the plant to grow freely and spread. Watering Instructions New plantings should be watered daily for a couple of weeks. After that, depending on the weather and soil type, watering can be adjusted to every two or three days. Clay soils hold moisture longer than sandy soils, so expect to water more frequently in sandy settings.Different plants have different water needs. Some plants prefer staying on the dry side, others like to be consistently moist. Refer to the plant label to check a plant’s specific requirements.Ideally water should only be applied to the root zone - an area roughly 6-12” (15-30cm) from the base of the plant, not the entire plant. A soaker hose is a great investment for keeping plants healthy and reducing water lost through evaporation. Hand watering using a watering wand with a sprinkler head attached is also a good way to control watering. If the garden area is large, and a sprinkler is necessary, try to water in the morning so that plant foliage has time to dry through the day. Moist foliage encourages disease and mold that can weaken or damage plants.To check for soil moisture use your finger or a small trowel to dig in and examine the soil. If the first 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, it is time to water. Fertilizing Instructions Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed to encourage blooming (such as 5-10-5).Too much fertilizer can actually damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants. Pruning Instructions Prune plants freely to maintain the desired size and shape. Pinching plants back stimulates dense, bushy new growth and encourages more flowers.Remove old flowers to keep plant looking healthy and prevent seed production that drains the plant’s energy at the expense of forming new flowers.Some plants are grown only for their attractive foliage (such as coleus, dusty miller and flowering kale). Their flowers are not very showy and any buds should be pinched off to keep the foliage looking its best. Plant Details Category: Annual Available Colors: Red, Pink Bloom Time: All year Height Range: 18-24" (46-61cm) Space Range: 12-24" (30-61cm) Lowest Temperature: 50° to 80°F (10° to 27°C) Plant Light: Bright Light Companion Plants: Pothos, Spathiphyllum, Dracaena USDA Zone: 11-12

by Plant Club | 01 July, 2020 |

English Ivy 'Eva' (Hedera helix)

Bootstrap Example Plant Details Basic Care Instructions Detailed Care Instructions Features Attractive, dark blue-green foliage marked with creamy white. One of the best choices for a fast-growing screen or groundcover. Easy to grow and very rewarding. Uses Commonly used to climb fences or walls. A reliable groundcover for any location. Great for erosion control on steep banks and rough slopes.   Plant Feed Slow release feed in spring. Watering Keep soil evenly moist. Soil Fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Basic Care Summary Adapts to most soil types. Best in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Keep soil moist, watering freely in dry weather. Trim back as needed to keep neat and compact.   Planting Instructions Perennials can be planted anytime from spring through fall.Prepare the garden by breaking up the existing soil (use a hoe, spade, or power tiller) to a depth of 12-16” (30-40cm). Add organic matter such as manure, peat moss or garden compost until the soil is loose and easy to work. Organic ingredients improve drainage, add nutrients, and encourage earthworms and other organisms that help keep soil healthy. Give plants an extra boost by adding a granulated starter fertilizer or all-purpose feed that encourages blooming (for example fertilizers labeled 5-10-5).Check the plant label for suggested spacing and the mature height of the plant. Position plants so that taller plants are in the center or background of the landscape design and shorter plants in the foreground. To remove the plant from the container, gently brace the base of the plant, tip it sideways and tap the outside of the pot to loosen. Rotate the container and continue to tap, loosening the soil until the plant pulls smoothly from the pot.Dig the hole up to two times larger than the root ball and deep enough that the plant will be at the same level in the ground as the soil level in the container. Grasping the plant at the top of the root ball, use your finger to lightly rake the roots apart. This is especially important if the roots are dense and have filled up the container. Set the plant in the hole.Push the soil gently around the roots filling in empty space around the root ball. Firm the soil down around the plant by hand, tamping with the flat side of a small trowel, or even by pressing down on the soil by foot. The soil covering the planting hole should be even with the surrounding soil, or up to one inch higher than the top of the root ball. New plantings should be watered daily for a couple of weeks to get them well established.Plan ahead, for plants that get tall and require staking or support cages. It’s best to install cages early in the spring, or at planting time, before the foliage gets bushy. Vining plants require vertical space to grow, so provide a trellis, fence, wall or other structure that allows the plant to grow freely and spread.Finish up with a 2” (5cm) layer of mulch such as shredded bark or compost to make the garden look tidy, reduce weeds, and retain soil moisture. Watering Instructions New plantings should be watered daily for a couple of weeks. After that, depending on the weather and soil type, watering may be adjusted to every two or three days. Clay soils hold moisture longer than sandy soils, so expect to water more frequently in sandy settings.Different plants have different water needs. Some plants prefer staying on the dry side, others, like to be consistently moist. Refer to the plant label to check a plant’s specific requirements.Ideally water should only be applied to the root zone - an area roughly 6-12” (15-30cm) from the base of the plant, not the entire plant. A soaker hose is a great investment for keeping plants healthy and reducing water lost through evaporation. Hand watering using a watering wand with a sprinkler head attached is also a good way to control watering. If the garden area is large, and a sprinkler is necessary, try to water in the morning so that plant foliage has time to dry through the day. Moist foliage encourages disease and mold that can weaken or damage plants.Thoroughly soaking the ground up to 8” (20 cm) every few days is better than watering a little bit daily. Deep watering encourages roots to grow further into the ground resulting in a sturdier plant with more drought tolerance.To check for soil moisture, use your finger or a small trowel to dig in and examine the soil. If the first 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, it is time to water. Fertilizing Instructions Incorporate fertilizer into the soil when preparing beds for new plants. Established plants should be fed in early spring, then again halfway through the growing season. Avoid applying fertilizer late in the growing season. This stimulates new growth that can be easily damaged by early frosts.Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed to encourage blooming (such as 5-10-5).Reduce the need to fertilize in general by applying a 1-2” (3-5cm) layer of mulch or compost annually. As mulch breaks down it supplies nutrients to the plants and improves the overall soil condition at the same time. Pruning Instructions Depending on the flowering habit, snip off faded blooms individually, or wait until the blooming period is over and remove entire flower stalk down to the base of the plant. Removing old flower stems keeps the plant’s energy focused on vigorous growth instead of seed production. Foliage can be pruned freely through the season to remove damaged or discolored leaves, or to maintain plant size.Do not prune plants after September 1st. Pruning stimulates tender new growth that will damage easily when the first frosts arrive. Perennial plants need time to prepare for winter, or “harden off”. Once plants have died to the ground they are easy to clean up by simply cutting back to about 4” (10cm) above the ground.The flowering plumes and foliage of ornamental grasses create a beautiful feature in the winter landscape. Leave the entire plant for the winter and cut it back to the ground in early spring, just before new growth starts.Perennials should be dug up and divided every 3-4 years. This stimulates healthy new growth, encourages future blooming, and provides new plants to expand the garden or share with gardening friends. Plant Details Category: Perennial Available Colors: Grown for foliage Bloom Time: Grown for foliage Height Range: 6-12" (15-30cm) Space Range: 12-18" (30-46cm) Lowest Temperature: -20° to -10°F (-29° to -23°C) Plant Light: Sun to Shade Companion Plants: Ajuga, Liriope, Periwinkle USDA Zone: 5-10

by Geoponics Admin | 24 June, 2020 |

Pothos 'Marble Queen' (Epipremnum aureum)

Plant Details Basic Care Instructions Detailed Care Instructions Features An electrifying color variation on the standard Pothos. ‘Neon’ has all of the tough, reliable features houseplant lovers have come to expect from Pothos, but with glowing, neon-green foliage. Place where the vines can fall freely or trail along a shelf for the best effect. Uses Looks great grown in containers and hanging baskets. A terrific plant for tall plant stands where the trailing foliage will create a cascade of foliage over time. Plant Feed Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly. Watering Water every 5 to 7 days depending on light and temperature. Keep soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Soil All-purpose potting mix. Basic Care Summary Very easy to grow. Best in fertile, well-drained soil kept evenly moist.Trim plant freely to maintain desired size and shape. Planting Instructions Start with a good quality, commercial potting soil. These are usually lighter in weight than topsoil, sterile and pest-free. Many are available with a mild starter fertilizer in the mix.Select a container with a drainage hole or be prepared to drill holes for drainage if there are none.Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 2” (5cm) from the rim of the planter. Remove the plant from its pot.Make a small hole in the soil slightly larger than the root ball either by hand or using a trowel. Insert the plant into the hole and press soil firmly around the roots and just covering the root ball. When all the plants are potted, water thoroughly to settle the soil and give plants a good start. Place plant in a reliably sunny location.Repot every 2 years in the same container or in a container slightly larger than the diameter of the roots. Watering Instructions Prefers moist but well-drained soil. Check the soil moisture with your finger. If the top 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, or plants are wilted, it is time to water.Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the foliage. Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet. Fertilizing Instructions Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed for foliage plants.Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants.Slow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants. A single application can often provide plants with the proper level of nutrition all season long. Pruning Instructions Most container plants can be pruned freely to maintain the desired size and shape. Keeping the foliage trimmed also keeps the plants looking neat and tidy, encourages the plant to develop more side-shoots and flowers, and reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space. Plant Details Category: Houseplants Available Colors: Grown for foliage Bloom Time: Grown for foliage Height Range: 12-15" (30-38cm) Space Range: 12-24" (30-61cm) Lowest Temperature: 60° to 80°F (16° to 27°C) Plant Light: Medium Light Companion Plants: Aglaonema, Orchid, Fern USDA Zone: 11-12

by Geoponics Admin | 24 June, 2020 |

Areca Palm, Golden Cane Palm Indoors (Dypsis lutescens)

Bootstrap Example Plant Details Basic Care Instructions Detailed Care Instructions Features Rows of slender leaves form the fronds of this airy palm, which is native to Madagascar. Perfect for bringing a feel of trees and tropics to any room without overwhelming it. Multiple stems give this palm a broad habit suited to softly filling empty corners or providing a lush backdrop to a mix of other houseplants. Uses Large containers, solo or grouped with other tropicals.   Plant Feed Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly. Watering Water every 5 to 7 days depending on light and temperature. Keep soil evenly moist but do not overwater. Soil All-purpose mix. Basic Care Summary Water thoroughly but allow soil to dry slightly between waterings. Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly during active growth.   Planting Instructions Start with a good quality, commercial potting soil. These are usually lighter in weight than topsoil, sterile and pest-free. Many are available with a mild starter fertilizer in the mix.Select a container with a drainage hole or be prepared to drill holes for drainage if there are none.Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 2” (5cm) from the rim of the planter. Remove the plant from its pot.Make a small hole in the soil slightly larger than the root ball either by hand or using a trowel. Insert the plant into the hole and press soil firmly around the roots and just covering the root ball. When all the plants are potted, water thoroughly to settle the soil and give plants a good start. Place plant in a reliably sunny location.Repot every 2 years in the same container or in a container slightly larger than the diameter of the roots. Watering Instructions Prefers moist but well-drained soil. Check the soil moisture with your finger. If the top 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, or plants are wilted, it is time to water.Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the foliage. Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet. Fertilizing Instructions Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed for foliage plants.Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plantsSlow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants. A single application can often provide plants with the proper level of nutrition all season long. Pruning Instructions Most container plants can be pruned freely to maintain the desired size and shape. Keeping the foliage trimmed also keeps the plants looking neat and tidy, encourages the plant to develop more side-shoots and flowers, and reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space. Plant Details Category: Houseplants Available Colors: Grown for foliage Bloom Time: Grown for foliage Height Range: 2-6' (0.6-1.8m) Space Range: 2-3' (0.6-0.9m) Lowest Temperature: 50° to 80°F (10° to 27°C) Plant Light: Bright Light Companion Plants: Dieffenbachia, Dracaena, Ficus USDA Zone: 11-12

by Geoponics Admin | 24 June, 2020 |

Monstera, Split Leaf Philodendron (Monstera deliciosa)

Plant Details Basic Care Instructions Detailed Care Instructions Features Although Monstera is technically not a Philodendron, it shares the same easy-care features. The deeply cut foliage has an artistic, sculptural appeal that adds a decorator-touch to any room. Monstera is native to the tropical rainforests of Central and South America where it climbs by aerial roots into the trees. In a container it requires some type of support, such as a trellis or fiber totem. Ultimate height will depend on the size of the support provided. Uses A spectacular potted plant for large indoor spaces with bright windows. Can also be grown outdoors in a patio planter during the summer and brought indoors for the winter.   Plant Feed Once every month during growing season. Watering Water every 5 to 7 days depending on light and temperature. Keep soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Soil Light, well-drained soil. Basic Care Summary Plant in organic-rich, well-drained soil. Keep soil moist during periods of active growth. Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly. Dust leaves occasionally to keep plant looking its best. Prune to maintain desired size.   Planting Instructions Start with a good quality, commercial potting soil. These are usually lighter in weight than topsoil, sterile and pest-free. Many are available with a mild starter fertilizer in the mix.Select a container with a drainage hole or be prepared to drill holes for drainage if there are none.Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 2” (5cm) from the rim of the planter. Remove the plant from its pot.Make a small hole in the soil slightly larger than the root ball either by hand or using a trowel. Insert the plant into the hole and press soil firmly around the roots and just covering the root ball. When all the plants are potted, water thoroughly to settle the soil and give plants a good start. Place plant in a reliably sunny location.Repot every 2 years in the same container or in a container slightly larger than the diameter of the roots. Watering Instructions Prefers moist but well-drained soil. Check the soil moisture with your finger. If the top 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, or plants are wilted, it is time to water.Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the foliage. Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet. Fertilizing Instructions Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed for foliage plants.Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants.Slow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants. A single application can often provide plants with the proper level of nutrition all season long. Pruning Instructions Most container plants can be pruned freely to maintain the desired size and shape. Keeping the foliage trimmed also keeps the plants looking neat and tidy, encourages the plant to develop more side-shoots and flowers, and reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space. Plant Details Category: Houseplants Available Colors: Grown for foliage Bloom Time: Grown for foliage Height Range: 2-6' (0.6-1.8m) Space Range: 2-3' (0.6-0.9m) Lowest Temperature: 50° to 80°F (10° to 27°C) Plant Light: Bright Light Companion Plants: Kalanchoe, Somona, Calandiva USDA Zone: 11-12

by Geoponics Admin | 24 June, 2020 |

Mother-in-law's Tongue, Snake Plant Indoors (Sansevieria species)

Plant Details Basic Care Instructions Detailed Care Instructions Features Sansevieria are wonderfully stress-free houseplants that seem to thrive on neglect! They do well in low light and with minimal watering and feed. Their stiffly vertical, variegated leaves bring a bit of natural art and architecture to any room. Wonderful for defining entryways or accenting empty corners. Uses Adds life and a decorative touch to dull, low-light locations indoors. Easy to grow in just about any kind of container. Slow growing and easy to maintain.   Plant Feed Once every month during growing season. Watering Allow soil to dry between thorough waterings. Soil All-purpose mix. Basic Care Summary Water thoroughly but allow soil to dry slightly between waterings. Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer every 2-3 months during active growth. Dust or wipe off leaves for best display.   Planting Instructions Start with a good quality, commercial potting soil. These are usually lighter in weight than topsoil, sterile and pest-free. Many are available with a mild starter fertilizer in the mix.Select a container with a drainage hole or be prepared to drill holes for drainage if there are none.Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 2” (5cm) from the rim of the planter. Remove the plant from its pot.Make a small hole in the soil slightly larger than the root ball either by hand or using a trowel. Insert the plant into the hole and press soil firmly around the roots and just covering the root ball. When all the plants are potted, water thoroughly to settle the soil and give plants a good start. Place plant in a reliably sunny location.Repot every 2 years in the same container or in a container slightly larger than the diameter of the roots. Watering Instructions Check the soil moisture with your finger. If the top 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, or plants are wilted, it is time to water.Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the foliage. Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet. Fertilizing Instructions Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed for foliage plants.Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants.Slow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants. A single application can often provide plants with the proper level of nutrition all season long. Pruning Instructions Most container plants can be pruned freely to maintain the desired size and shape. Keeping the foliage trimmed also keeps the plants looking neat and tidy, encourages the plant to develop more side-shoots and flowers, and reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space. Plant Details Category: Houseplants Available Colors: Grown for foliage Bloom Time: Grown for foliage Height Range: 18-36" (46-91cm) Space Range: 2-3' (0.6-0.9m) Lowest Temperature: 50° to 80°F (10° to 27°C) Plant Light: Medium Light Companion Plants: African Violet, Wandering Jew, Arrowhead Plant USDA Zone: 11-12

by Geoponics Admin | 24 June, 2020 |

Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus pandurata)

Plant Details Basic Care Instructions Detailed Care Instructions Features As the common name implies, the glossy leaves of this easy care houseplant have a distinctive fiddle shape. This West African native works well for bringing height and definition to a collection of houseplants or as a solo specimen. A good choice for dividing living spaces, filling corners or accenting entries. Uses Perfect for all kinds of containers. Makes a breathtaking potted specimen plant. May be displayed outdoors in warmer weather.   Plant Feed Plant Feed Once every month during growing season. Watering Water every 5 to 7 days depending on light and temperature. Keep soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Soil All-purpose mix. Basic Care Summary Keep soil evenly moist. Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly during active growth. Dust or wipe off leaves for best display. Prune branches to maintain desired size.   Planting Instructions Start with a good quality, commercial potting soil. These are usually lighter in weight than topsoil, sterile and pest-free. Many are available with a mild starter fertilizer in the mix.Select a container with a drainage hole or be prepared to drill holes for drainage if there are none.Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 2” (5cm) from the rim of the planter. Remove the plant from its pot.Make a small hole in the soil slightly larger than the root ball either by hand or using a trowel. Insert the plant into the hole and press soil firmly around the roots and just covering the root ball. When all the plants are potted, water thoroughly to settle the soil and give plants a good start. Place plant in a reliably sunny location.Repot every 2 years in the same container or in a container slightly larger than the diameter of the roots. Watering Instructions Prefers moist but well-drained soil. Check the soil moisture with your finger. If the top 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, or plants are wilted, it is time to water.Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the foliage. Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet. Fertilizing Instructions Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed for foliage plants.Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants.Slow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants. A single application can often provide plants with the proper level of nutrition all season long. Pruning Instructions Most container plants can be pruned freely to maintain the desired size and shape. Keeping the foliage trimmed also keeps the plants looking neat and tidy, encourages the plant to develop more side-shoots and flowers, and reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space.   Plant Details Category: Houseplants Available Colors: Grown for foliage Bloom Time: Grown for foliage Height Range: 4-6' (1.2-1.8m) Space Range: 3-4' (0.9-1.2m) Lowest Temperature: 60° to 80°F (16° to 27°C) Plant Light: Medium Light Companion Plants: Palms, Dieffenbachia, Schefflera USDA Zone: 11-12

by Geoponics Admin | 24 June, 2020 |