Friday, May 31, 2019

About the Aralia balfouriana 'Roseleaf'



This graceful Aralia Balfouriana 'Roseleaf' is over 40 years old! As it has grown its branches have taken on curves and twists giving it an asymmetrical and intriguing shape. I think of it as a living sculpture. 

It is potted in a 14" diameter pot. Its been in that same size pot since 1991! Every few years I prune off some of the roots and foliage and add some fresh potting soil. Aralias truly don't mind staying pot-bound, as you can see. They are a wonderfully easy houseplant to keep. I believe the most important thing to keeping them thriving is to water them thoroughly when the top of the soil is dry. They appreciate a good soak.

Its botanical name is Polyscias paniculata 'Variegata''. Most Polyscias species are sold as Aralias, their horticultural name. This Aralia Balfouriana 'Roseleaf" is native to Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean.  


Care Instructions---
  • Bright indirect light to some direct sun. Full afternoon sun may prove to be too strong.   Directly in front of a north or east facing window will work out well.
  • For all Aralias:  Water when the top of the soil is dry. They like a good soak but not to sit in water for long.
  • in a 6" (15 cm) diameter pot, water with 1 pint of water (almost 1/2 liter)
  • in a 10"(25 cm) diameter pot will use about 2 quarts of water (or 2 liters) when necessary
  • in a 14" (35 cm) diameter pot, use 1 gallon of water (almost 4 liters)
  • Fertilize regularly for best growth.
  • Misting daily with water would be appreciated but is not necessary. 
  • Once in awhile clean the leaves in the shower or outdoors with a hose on gentle spray. You can mix up about a tsp. of mild dishwashing soap in a pint bottle and soap up the leaves first.  
 
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Watch this plant on YouTube as it is repotted in 1991:

Repotting a Large Plant (this Aralia!)

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©2019

 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

A Blooming Snake Plant

Sanseivieria trifasciata

It's rare to see this indoors, but a wonderful surprise, when it does! Sansevierias are members of the lily family, Liliaceae. This bloom has a fragrance very similar to an Easter Lily!

Take good care of your snake plant and you may see one of these spring up one day. 

Care Instructions-
  • Low light to some direct sun. Full afternoon sun is too strong. 
  • In 4-6"(10-15 cm) diameter pots: Water thoroughly when dry about 1/2" (about 1.25 cm) below the soil surface for plants
  • For 8"(20cm) diameter pots or larger: Water thoroughly when the soil is dry about 1"or so (2-1/2 cm) below the soil surface
  •  Fertilize regularly.
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**To see a video clip on the Snake plant from "The Indoor Garden TV Show", click here:

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©2018


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Growing a Wax Begonia Indoors during Wintertime


How wonderful it is to have a plant blooming indoors during winter! This one was in a small pot and lived outside from spring to summer. I re-potted it into a 6" diameter pot and it has grown and continued to bloom ever since I brought it inside. It has been quite content sitting in this south-facing kitchen window since early fall.  

The wax begonia is probably the easiest begonia to keep alive indoors. And they can bloom almost constantly. There are many plants that will bloom indoors during the winter and they really do help keep a place cheerier, which is always a good thing!  

If you'd like to use them as houseplants throughout the winter, your outdoor wax begonias or impatiens should adapt well. If you have larger plants that won't work inside, take cuttings from them, about 4-6" in length at the end of the summer or early fall before a frost. They root easily in water.


Care Instructions:
  • Some direct sun; at least a few hours per day
  • Water thoroughly as soon as the top of the soil is dry..
  • Plants in a 4" diameter pot (10 cm) should use about 1/2 cup of water when ready. In a 6" (15cm) pot, use about 1 pint (almost 1/2 liter) of water. 
  • Fertilize regularly for best growth and blooming.
  • A daily mist of water would be helpful. 
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***To watch short video clips from my 1990's TV series, click below:

©2018


Friday, November 24, 2017

About the Parsley Aralia

Polyscias fruticosa 'Elegans'

This Parsley Aralia was just picture-perfect and awaiting its new owner that will walk into this florist, sooner or later. This graceful, easy to grow plant is at a stage of growth where it would be best as a table plant but it can become a showy and elegant floor plants as it grows up. 

This one is great for a narrow space and does not grow nearly as wide as many other floor plants. I own a few Aralias, one is over forty years old now, and rarely have had trouble with them. The secret to keeping them going is to give them a good soak when they need water and find a bright indirect or fairly sunny spot for them.

If you ever visit the Polynesian Islands you may come upon one that is living there, naturally.

You can send houseplants and flowers from this delightful florist, anywhere in the world:


Care Instructions---
  • Bright indirect light to some direct sun. Full afternoon sun may prove to be too strong.   Directly in front of a north or east facing window will work out well.
  • For all Aralias:  Water when the top of the soil is dry. They like a good soak but not to sit in water for long.
  • -- in a 6" (15 cm) diameter pot, water with 1 pint of water (almost 1/2 liter)
  • --in a 10"(25 cm) diameter pot will use about 2 quarts of water (or 2 liters) when necessary
  • -- in a 14" (35 cm) diameter pot, use 1 gallon of water (almost 4 liters)
  • Fertilize regularly for best growth.
  • Misting daily with water would be appreciated but is not necessary. 
  • Once in awhile clean the leaves in the shower or outdoors with a hose on gentle spray. You can mix up about a tsp. of mild dishwashing soap in a pint bottle and soap up the leaves first.   
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**To see more plants on this blog, click here:   The Indoor Garden blog
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©2017

Thursday, October 26, 2017

About the Birdnest Fern


As I walked into the florist, this splendid Birdnest fern was sitting on the the penny floor right next to the front door. If growing ferns interests you, the Birdnest fern is one of the easiest ferns to keep indoors. I'd really recommend this for a beginner.

It's called a Birdnest fern because its center crown looks very much like it could be a home for birds, although in miniature. It has stiffly spreading fresh green leaves that emanate from its center. The fronds can eventually grow 3 feet (or 90cm) long so make sure you'll have the space for it. !t will take a few years, at least, for this one to grow that large. 

Its botanical name is Asplenium nidus and if you are walking through Queensland, Australia or parts of Japan you just may happen upon on one growing naturally there. 

~~You can send plants or floral arrangements as a gift, almost anywhere in the world from this great florist:  Flowers and Plants Etc.
           

Care Instructions--
  • Bright indirect light or some morning sun is perfect. Sitting in a north-facing window is ideal. 
  • Ferns must stay on the moist side so give them some water as soon as the top is dry. A plant in a 6" (15cm) pot should take about 1 pint (almost 1/2 liter) of water when necessary. In an 8" diameter pot (20cm), use about 1 quart of water to thoroughly moisten it.
  • Provide humidity for your fern. A daily misting is recommended. 
  • You can also put pebbles in their saucer and keep water in the saucer so that the bottom of the pot sits just above water, not in it. The evaporating water does provide some humidity. The Birdnest fern is tolerant of less humidity than some other ferns.
  • Normal indoor temperatures should suit them just fine.
  • Fertilize regularly for best growth
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***For a variety of  video clips on houseplant care from my 90's TV series, click below:

Friday, July 28, 2017

How to keep your Phalaenopsis Orchid Blooming for Months

I took a picture of these two Phalaenopsis orchids just the other day. They have bloomed from January to July this year. If they are given regular care those flowers will last! As long as the orchid bark does not dry out completely and they are in bright light but not full sun, you will be able to enjoy their blooms for many months.These are the instructions I use: 

 
               Care Instructions:
  • Because of the bark media that they grow in, I've found the best way to water orchids is to,first, put them in the sink. A good thorough soak will make sure they are evenly watered. Let the water drain for a few minutes. Watering this way makes a big difference.
  • You can also spray their leaves when you do this, keeping them clean and giving them some instant humidity. It's best to let them dry out about 1/2" from the top of the media before watering. I do prefer using touch rather than time to decide when plants are ready to be watered. 
  • If you keep the temperature in your house below 70°F (or 21°C) in the winter, you shouldn't have to be concerned about the humidity levels, although a daily mist would always be appreciated. If your house temperature is over 70°F (or 21°C )in the winter, and if you keep your air conditioning below 75°F (or 24°C), you may want to place your orchid on a tray with pebbles in it and keep water in the tray just to the top of the pebbles so that the plant is not sitting in water. The evaporating water and a daily mist will definitely help.
  • Fertilize them regularly, except when they are blooming. You can use a specific orchid fertilizer or a general houseplant food, which works well, too.
  • Please click on comments, if you need any more information or have any questions about orchid care.  
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The Indoor Garden TV show

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Mighty Majesty Palm aka Ravenea rivularis

Ravenea rivularis
Someone let me know today that they were having trouble with their Majesty Palm so I thought I'd write out the correct care for it here. I did a short segment on this palm in one of the episodes of the TV series, "The Indoor Garden" in the 90's. 

This is a tall and lovely palm that can bring some peacefulness to your home. It's not as wide as most of the other palms with large fronds and you may find you have just right the place for it even in a smaller room or a narrow space..There is something about palms that is so soothing. With just the right care the Majesty palm can grace a space for years.

Palms can be dust collectors so it would be wise to own a feather duster to gently use on it once in awhile. A gentle shower with a garden hose or in the shower, from time to time, would be helpful too.  


Care Instructions--
  • Bright indirect light or some direct sun. Full afternoon sun is too much.
  • I've only seen these sold in a 10" (25 cm) diameter sized pot. In that size, it should be watered when it is quite dry on the soil surface, however long that takes. 
  • Water with up to 2 quarts ( 2 liters) of water when necessary. (in a 10" or 25cm container.) Up to 1 gallon (almost 4 liters) in a 14" 0(35cm) diameter pot.
  • Soil moisture meters are helpful for some and available at many garden centers and online
  • Fertilize regularly.
  • Dust the leaves when necessary
  • Some extra humidity would be appreciated. A daily misting would be helpful.
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To see the clip on YouTube from "The Indoor Garden" TV about the Majesty Palm click here:


©2017