The Philodendron group is compsed of many varieties which are native to Mexico, Brazil, Central America and islands in the Caribbean Sea and West Indies. Some Philodendrons are hybrids developed in Florida. Plant leaves are leathery and may be arrow-head, fiddle, lance or heart shaped. Leaves are generally from 3 to 12 inches long for most Philodendrons, but some may develop leaves to 3 feet long. Leaf color varies from bright to dark green. Some varieties have greenish purple or copper green leaves. Leaves may be spaced far apart or tightly around, or non trunk-like stems.
Some Philodendrons have irregular slits or holes in their leaves. Philodendrons may grow to 4 feet or taller.
Medium or high light levels are best for growth. Some Philodendtorns may be grown under low light, but plant leaves may lose character. Velvet leaf vines lose vigor if the are not grown under high light and selloum’s leafstalk becomes elongated in lower light levels.
Keep soil moist, but not constantly wet. Over watered plants are subject to root rot. Usually, soil should not be allowed to dry exessively between watering.
Small Philodendrons can be trained as totems or on bark slabs. They can also be used in dish gardens or as hanging planters. Large Philodendrons make striking floor plants.
Many fern are native to tropical areas throughout the world, among them, Asia and Florida. Fern may have medium-green or solver-white fronds that are wide at the base and narrow at the tip.
Frond lengths vary by fern variety, from 4 inches to several feet long. From the center of some fern, longer, upright fronds occasionally appear which contain brown spores on leaf undersides. These spores are often mistaken for leaf spot or tip burn but are not damaging. Fern that don’t produce spore are produced by runners. The most popular fern are fluffy ruffles and silver table fern.
Medium or high light is preferable for fern. Most plants can be maintained under low light, but some, like silver table fern, will survive for only a few months in low light areas. Avoid full sun locations.
Keep soil moist, although dry or saturated soil can be tolerated for short periods if plants are not over fertilized. If fern are too dry, the leaves will turn a dull grey-green. Apply fertilizer every 4 months in medium light.
Fern make excellent table or desk plants. They can also be used in hanging baskets. They do best in high humidity areas like kitchens and bathrooms.
Dumbcanes are robust plants, which are native to several areas including Columbia and Costa Rica, Brazil and nurseries in Florida (tropic snow). Some dumbcanes are mutations of naturally occuring Dieffenbachia.
Plant leaves vary in size and color by variety. Leaves are usually glossy, rubbery and from 1 to 2 feet long. Plant leaves may be dark green, standard or light green, yellow or soft white. Some dumbcanes have leaves with cream, yellow or white bands, markings or blotching.
Plant heights vary from 3 to 8 feet, depending on the variety. Dumbcanes have parts containing an irritating juice that causes swelling in the mouth and throat if eaten.
Plant care tips
Medium or high illumination areas are required for finest leaf color and it appearance. Keep away from full sun locations to avoid burned leaves. Some dumbcane like Tropic snow can be used in low light areas for brief periods.
Small dumbcane make attractive table or desk plants.
Japanese Pittosporum is an attractive, coarse twigged, woody shrub with dark, glossy green spatula-like leaves arranged alternately near the ends of the twigs. The wide spreading branches of this plant produce a cushion-like form. A variegated form is also available with similar leaf shape and color patterns ranging from creamy white to light green. Japanese Pittosporum grows slowly indoors, often new shoot development ceases altogether.
Apply a fertilizer every three months for plants in high light, every four months for those in medium light. The wide, spreading branches of Japanese Pittosporum make it an interesting specimen for table tops of floor level planters.
When it comes to organic farming you just need to see this process as a way to raise your plants and livestock with a soil and an ecosystem that are freed from any chemical interference. You should know that for a food to be certified as organic, the methods used into growing and producing it must be organic. This can be mainly obtained if you make use of healthy organic compost. This will eliminate the use of chemical fertilizers and will also eliminate the use of pesticides and benefit instead of the nature’s methods to get rid of pests and bad insects.
With the organic materials and natural fertilizers the earthworms are encouraged to grow naturally and the organic matter of the soil will keep the moisture within the soil to feed the seeds and the plants. Fertilizers can be obtained as organic ones only after the matter is decomposed and thus turning into nutrients for the organic farming. So, the process of obtaining a good compost will take a while until you obtain the right amount of nutrients, but at least you know that in this way your compost is healthy and safe for both your health and the plants and animals health.
The norms related to obtaining organic foods will require for the production system to be processed without the use of synthetic fungicides when it comes to maintain the good health of the plants and animals. As such you will be prohibited in using pesticides, synthetic substances that can determine your plants and animals to be diseases resistant.
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Alternate or natural medicines are quickly replacing conventional medicines as people are becoming aware of the various side effects of conventional medications. Everyone at some time in life has reaped benefits of the ever famous grandmother’s quick remedies.
Herbal medicines are now back with a bang with multitudes of people opting for a more natural way to get rid of stuffy noses, queasiness and other common ailments. Researchers have time and again come up with some interesting facts that point out that though herbal treatment takes a longer time to show its effects it is undoubtedly known to attach the root cause and cure most medical conditions. They do not alleviate symptoms and are known to cause less or no side effects.
- If you are a health enthusiast and believe in staying fit, you will certainly understand the various benefits of having a small herb garden to cater to your basic culinary and health needs. With a little amount of research you can grow the herbs that you will need in your very back yard and will not have to wait for days for a herbal medicine to be shipped to your doorstep.
- It is said that engaging in gardening helps you slow down the hustle of your daily life and helps you relax which is very essential to beat stress and reduce anxiety. Consuming certain herbs on a daily basis is said to increase immunity, and help ward away many possible sicknesses.
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All plants have few basic needs for growing. They are light, water, food and warmth. It is very necessary that these are provided in right amount to your plants to ensure they grow well. Light is one of the important elements that is very essential for your plant’s well being. However this is something that we have no control on. When it is sunny your plants are showered with the light they need and when it gets cloudy they are starved. Since we do not have control on the sunlight that our plants receive we can opt for other alternatives that will give the plans the much needed solar energy.
While there are many expensive ways of incorporating solar power in the garden there are also few small projects that you can take up which will not burn a hole in your pocket and also help you tap on the natural form of solar energy. Many people opt to install solar panels and heating systems in their houses that provide solar energy for their house and the same maybe utilised for the plants. However these solar panels are very expensive.
Latest technologies now enable us to use the same solar power that we use at home for our plants.
We all like lights decorating our houses, don’t we? And what a sight it would be to look out of your window to see your garden illuminated. Yes this is possible with the wide varieties of garden solar lights that are now available in the market. These lights run on solar batteries and absorb solar energy through the day when the sun is shining bright and turn on when the sun ceases to shine. These lights can act as lights running around the boundary of your property as well as a good source of solar energy for your dear garden.
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If you consider buying an orchid then you should know that there are some things to consider especially if you are a novice in this matter. Taking for instance the case of growing an orchid in a pot, you should know that this one is prone to last more than a freshly cut orchid bloom. Throughout this article we will show you how to buy an orchid to make sure that you are up to the challenges that a novice in this matter can confront with.
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- There are hundreds of various types of orchids. Many of them grow naturally across the world, but you should know that not all of them are of that expected amazing beauty and delicacy. It is true that there are a few exemplars growing out there in the world that are rather unpleasant to the eye, but it is also very true that in their majority orchids come in stunning shapes, colors and diversity ranges.
- While you can get yourself lost in this immensity it is useful to focus on the most common types that are commercialized knowing as such how to buy and what the best to buy is there. There are several types that have been released on the market as a result of hybridization and breeding to present orchid blooms of a rare beauty not to mention that they are as well very easy when being cultivated and grown.
- When finding tips on how to buy an orchid in a successful way, you will be guided first and foremost to a reputable seller. Do not rush into any of the commercial greenhouse or store selling orchids. Most of the times, these plants are purchased by them in bulk from overseas growers which do not reflect better conditions of storing until they reach the destination.
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A water feature in your garden can turn it into a spectacular sight. You can add a funky water design that will make your garden a visual treat. Do not be disappointed that you have a small garden, as you can, not just maintain it better but can use your creativity and make it look very attractive. One of the best ways of adding beauty to your garden is to add a water feature. Who does not love the sound of water? Now you can have your very own water feature and enjoy the soothing sounds of nature in your backyard.
Artistic bird bath
One of the easiest ways to accessorize your garden is by adding an artistic bird bath. This will be a pleasant addition to a small garden that you can flaunt about. A bird bath can bring life to a dull garden and transform it overnight. Installing a birdbath in your garden is quite inexpensive and yet will animate your garden by attracting seasonal birds. The birdbath will bring to your garden the beauty of nature at its best. You may want to add a motor to the bird bath and make a small running water feature which will add zest to your bath. You need not go any further than your garden to rest in peace and tranquillity.
Fish pond in a pot
Another interesting way of adding a small water feature in a garden or patio that has space constraint is transforming a huge pot in a pond like structure. Your options are limitless to decorating this pot and floating small water plants in it. This is not time consuming and yet adds an aura to your garden. You can also add pair of gold fish that will make the pot look more attractive. If you wish you may paint a couple of big pots in metallic shades and place them together. Add some soil and fill them to the brim with water and plant few water lilies. With the fish swimming and water lilies blooming, you will achieve a rustic miniature koi pond effect.
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