Houseplant Care Tips

Various Houseplant Care Tips Including Watering and Lighting Requirements.

Houseplant Care Tips

Friday, December 26, 2008

Cast Iron Plant Care

Common Name: Cast Iron Plant
Scientific Name: Aspidistra elatior
Lighting: Low to Moderate
Watering: Low to Moderate

The Cast Iron Plant is an easy to grow houseplant, tolerating just about anything, thus its name. Characterized by glossy, dark green foliage extending upward somewhat resembling corn leaves, Cast Iron Plants make an attractive house plant for any type of decor.

Aim to dust the foliage to prevent the pores from clogging however as said before, Cast Iron Plants are very hardy and will tolerate dust filled leaves. This houseplant is also known to be a slow grower do I would not expect large growth.

Cast Iron Plants prefer low to moderate light levels therefore aim to keep it out of direct sunlight. This houseplant will do best in moderate light areas, but out of direct sunlight. Corners or table tops are a great homes for this plant.

Cast Iron Plants prefer lower water levels. I have found it to do well when the soil is kept semi moist. Occasional dryness in between waterings however typically has no effect on the plant. Give the plant a monthly dose of houseplant food for extra nutrients as well. A daily or every other misting will also help this house plant look its best.

Cast Iron Plants generally tolerate a large range of temperature. As long as you stay between 45 and 80 degrees the house plant should grow fine. Typically this house plant is also pest free. Occasional spider mites may appear.

Overall, Cast Iron Plants are a great house plant for beginners. It really will tolerate almost any type of neglect you may give it. Forgotten watering, low light, drastic temperature changes, all seem to have little effect. However, for best appearance aim to provide it with proper care. It does tolerate neglect but not over and over.


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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Asparagus Fern Care

Common Name: Asparagus Fern
Scientific Name: Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri'
Lighting: Bright Light
Watering: Moderate

The Asparagus Fern is characterized by bushy, delicate lacy like foliage that looks very similar to asparagus, thus the name. It has trailing / climbing like stems radiating from the center. The Asparagus Fern is actually not a fern at all. It is an asparagus, therefore unlike other ferns; the Asparagus Fern prefers bright light and occasional dryness. This fern will look its best when used in a cascading appearance or hanging basket.

The Asparagus Fern prefers bright light however will tolerate lower light levels. Keep in mind that in lower light environments, this fern will not grow as well so new growth will be limited. Aim to keep near a window providing bright light, but it can be filtered light.

The Asparagus Fern prefers low to moderate water levels. If your fern begins to drop needles, it may not be receiving enough water. Yellowing of the foliage can signal under watering as well. Aim to keep the soil semi moist allowing to somewhat dry in-between watering, but not completely. Keep in mind, that even after you have corrected the watering schedule, the yellowing foliage will not turn green again, so you may prune those fronds out.

This fern is also poisonous if eaten, so please use caution around children and pets.

This house plant can be split however you may need an axe. The root ball of this house plant can be a woody ball, therefore tough to break. You will need to trim / prune this plant in order to keep it under control and looking its best.

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