The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual: Essential Know-How by Barbara Pleasant

By Barbara Pleasant

Welcome to a complete new global of houseplants! The entire Houseplant Survival Manual offers useful, hands-on recommendation for the way to take care of one hundred sixty appealing houseplants, together with many new decisions that experience turn into to be had within the final ten years. Pleasant deals simple details on tips to determine vegetation, in addition to the place to put them and the way to maintain them fit. In-depth plant profiles supply directions for you to speedy determine the motives of and treatments for universal difficulties. information regarding tips on how to repot, propagate, and show each one plant, in addition to suggestion at the absolute best kinds, makes this an essential reference for each houseplant lover.

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Fertilizer: Bromeliads are not heavy feeders, but they grow better when fed regularly in summer. Most grow best with an all-purpose liquid plant food diluted to half the normal strength. With most bromeliads, it is best to spray the fertilizer solution on the leaves and into the tank, while also dribbling a small amount into the soil. See the plant profiles for specific feeding recommendations for each species. As bromeliads reach maturity, which usually takes 3 years or more, you can encourage the formation of flowers by feeding them a small pinch of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate).

Repotting: Begonias often are sorted according to their root types, which can be fibrous or tuberous or include a thick rhizome that spreads over the surface of the soil. Root type influences container size and shape. Angel-wing begonias have fibrous roots and grow best when slightly rootbound in smallish pots. Most fancy-leafed selections develop rhizomes that grow near the soil’s surface, so the best containers for them are broad and shallow. Winter-blooming begonias usually need no repotting unless you want to shift them to a more decorative container.

Pinching off buds and blossoms helps to maintain large, healthy leaves. To provide the high humidity these begonias crave, cover plants with a plastic tent at night, which works like a humidity chamber. Fancy-leafed begonias sometimes shed their leaves and become dormant in winter. When this happens, clip off the withered leaves, allow the soil to become almost dry, and enclose the pot in a plastic bag. Keep it at 60°F/16°C until new growth appears, 6 to 10 weeks later. Rex begonia (Begonia rex) and iron cross begonia (B.

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