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Scale insects – house plant diseases

March 19, 2016 at 9:04 am

Armoured scale insects, Diaspididae

Armoured scale insects and soft scale insects are pests that very often prey on indoor plants. They are recognized as small immobile scales which are visible on leaves or stems of an infested plant.

Photosynthesis or why light matters

February 27, 2016 at 3:44 pm

Process of photosynthesis

Heart-leaf philodendron, philodendron scandens

February 16, 2016 at 4:57 pm

Heart-leaf philodendron, philodendron scandens

Philodendron scandens with its attractive heart-shaped leaves is one of the least demanding ivies which you can grow indoors. It looks excellent when climbing up a support or hanging down from a basket attached to a ceiling. An ideal plant?

Spider mites – house plant diseases

February 4, 2016 at 5:27 pm

spider, tetranychus urticaeIf the leaves of your plant are drying out and you can see a fine spider’s web under them then the flower has probably been infested by the spider mite – the most common pest to prey on house plants.

Grape ivy, cissus rhombifolia

January 27, 2016 at 4:54 pm

Grape ivy, cissus rhombifolia

An attractive ivy resembling grapevines (hence the common name “grape ivy”), once very popular, today kind of forgotten. Cissus rhombifolia – an ideal plant for less bright rooms, which can hang down, climb up or expand horizontally. It is time to renew interest in it. 🙂

Weeping fig, ficus benjamina

January 23, 2016 at 2:46 pm

Weeping fig, ficus benjaminaThe weeping fig is one of the most popular trees to be grown indoors. It seems to me that the main reason for that is its appearance. Ficus benjamina is actually a real tree, with its hard trunk crowned with branches full of green leaves. Of all house plants this is the one which is the closest to our understanding of what a tree should look like.

Spider plant, Chlorophytum comosum

January 1, 2016 at 3:42 pm

Spider plant, Airplane plant, Chlorophytum comosumWhile I was thinking about how to begin my post about the spider plant and in particular about the characteristics that differentiate it from other house plants, the following thought came to my mind: “the spider plant, with its bushy green and white leaves and shoots of little new plants hanging down, makes every room that it grows in seem quieter and more homely”. Apart from being easy to grow, it is precisely this feature that explains why there is always at least one specimen of this popular plant in my home.

Madagascar dragon tree, Dracaena marginata

December 9, 2015 at 6:27 pm

Dracaena marginataAre you looking for a tree-shaped plant for your home or office? Preferably one which is durable and easy to grow? And which will clean the air of toxins at the same time? If this is the case then the ideal plant for you will be the Madagascar dragon tree (dracaena marginata) – the most popular and widely known of the dracaenas.

Snake plant, Sansevieria, Mother-in-law’s tongue

November 27, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Sansevieria Trifasciata

Sansevieria is the first house plant I am going to discuss. It occupies such a special position on this blog, because I find it such an exceptional plant. I have some important reasons for this, the most significant one being the extraordinary simplicity of growing it.

The basics of house plant care – water, light and temperature

November 21, 2015 at 11:56 am

House plant care

You have just brought home a newly acquired flower, you put it in a carefully chosen place and start to enjoy the sight of it. Unfortunately, after a few weeks this beautiful sight starts to transform into a less pleasant one. The leaves are yellowing and falling, the stem starts to bend. “Uhm”, you think, “it is probably too dry, plants like water.” You start to water it more frequently, but to no end, the flower continues to go downhill. You can vaguely remember reading somewhere that too much sun can cause the leaves to scorch and even the plant to dry out. It is summer, the sun is beating down – so you move the flower somewhere a little darker. Another week or two go by… and you end up throwing the plant’s remains into the bin.