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On Keeping Tough Houseplants Satisfied

By Jamie Keifer Subscribe to RSS | July 4th 2012 | Views:
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Outdoor plants in cities—bushes and shrubs growing between road cracks or from the tiniest speck of loamy soil—need no human help to grow and thrive in the wild. Extra human care is required by some plants, however. Indoor plants, in particular, call for continual attentiveness. Is there a means to look after indoor plants without the problem of tedious care? Lazy horticulturists may like to look into plants that are so tough that they can flourish without the demand for special attention, such as Chlorophytum comosum (spider plant), Sansevieria trifasciata (snake plant), and Schlumbergera (Christmas cactus). Of course, even though these tough buds require minimal care to grow, these toughies need nourishment and care, nevertheless. Know how these hard-to-kill shrubberies stay great for years to come.

If there's something that can eradicate them, it is extreme watering. Houseplants "breathe" by absorbing air through the roots. Wet soil prevents air from passing through the soil. This damages the roots, inducing a condition known as root rot. Do not dig up the plant from its pot to check its roots for rot. All you have to do is check its leaves for discoloration. If some have a pale shade of green compared others, root rot might have already set in.

However, if you live in a place with frequently high humidity, you should not bother with leaving your plants for days on end. In the winter, all you need to do is leave your hardy plants at a safe area to let them survive the cold months. To be sure, go to gardening websites and see if your houseplant is the type that calls for very little irrigation.

These hardy plants can even survive with only a trace of reflected sunlight. Sound gardening advice informs us that positioning the plants under direct sun rays can kill them, as the steady exposure to solar radiation can dry up their leaves.

If you're uncertain about precisely how much sunlight your plant requires, check for signs. Stems and leaves that are unusually paler than normal may experience the restorative benefit of sufficient sunlight. Budding leaves may also look smaller. If this is the case, relocate your plants near a windowsill or glass door to address the problem. Make sure you don't forget to return them into the shade after 2 hours of exposure to sunlight. Check out bbc.co.uk/gardening/basics/techniques for more gardening information on caring for your plants.

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