Choosing the Best Houseplant for your Home

Whether you just moved to a new area or have been waiting for the perfect home to buy a gift or just have a couple spare cash in the boot, finding a houseplant is challenging.

Fortunately there are a few places you can buy houseplants in the USA. Home Depot can be found in any suburban or urban area.

You will find lots of houseplants for sale, but for variety and quality what you need is a reputable company like Pottery Barn. Other reputable sources for houseplants are Plant Paradise, whose speciality is caring for tropical-type plants.

Comparing a selection of prices

There are prices for houseplants different depending on what you buy and where you buy. Popular annual houseplants such as Lucifer, Megalike Snake, Rat Snake and Lantana are highly appropriate for a garden or interior setting. For houseplants that are smaller and require professional care the likes of Skytree Pear Tree, Butterfly Tree, Penstemon, Grape Apple, Sungay Tree and Palmate Tree are ideal.

Flowering houseplants like Forget-Me-Not, Incense Tree, Chrysanthemum, Cup Cheeky Pippin, Geranium and Early Miracle Tree are good buys and will need a little care, especially when young. Watering and potting should be done once per week and foliage should be picked up when the branches are dry.

Plants that require more attention will be spruced up with proper soil amendments, root stimulator and special fertilizers. Gardeners know that some things work best. Some materials such as porcelain soil and thick sand will provide the best desired result, but soil which is tested or certified by a registered laboratory is best.

For thick soil, heavy-fill potting mix is the best solution but you need to have adequate spacing. Naturally occurring materials such as marble or wood chip can be used instead of potting mix. This is because it is thicker and harder and doesn’t dry out quickly. Deep soil is best for houseplants and it needs to be moist at all times.

There are ways of keeping plants alive beyond the usual watering. We all know that indoor plants require sunlight. They also need large amounts of air flow and a healthy environment to function best. So, that means large windows that are opened up but closed shut at night, ventilation and skylights.

Blanket gardening

Some Americans have a problem keeping their plants alive in the winter months. They have to fend for themselves. Instead of shoving a few plants into beds or tree saplings, a more in-depth gardening technique is needed. Blanket gardening is a method where you divide your surroundings into small sections. You can use everything from a shearling blanket to a square cloth when you create this shelter. Once the space has been filled, plants should be placed inside them.

What to do

Establish a watering schedule with a plant and also make sure there are no harmful chemicals on your plants. These are the questions you want to ask, especially for species that do not need protection. A good way to find out what kind of wildlife will be around your house is to look at the area you’re trying to establish a plant niche. If there are not a lot of visitors, you won’t have much space to grow your new plant. It’s also wise to plant your houseplant in the warmest spot possible. Avoid plants that need multiple blankets, which will only become cold and rigid over time. You will find that roots often feel cold.

The plant you choose will tell you whether your houseplants will be happy or not. The shades of yellow, pink and white are good for hanging baskets, cut flowers and common houseplants. If the plant is really hot or is in shade, the correct water level is required.

A good quality houseplant is essential to a welcoming home. It is a reminder of the happiness of family and friends when the lights come up in the morning and the children walk through the front door. Growing a tropical houseplant from seeds or by adding a new plant to a pot each year is much more affordable and less commitment than buying a large plant. A tetraspinifera, like the Bangalang, will even last 10 years in your back garden. All you need is some bare soil to start and space in the garden to grow something beautiful.

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