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As summer arrives, an abundance of tropical greenhouse plants like caladiums will begin to multiply. These plants are brightly colored and extremely vigorous. And as the weather continues to warm up, these ornamental lilies will be able to grow a bit faster than the regular garden variety.
I agree with Mary Gray’s recommendation in “How to Grow Roots and Colors Indoors” (iUniverse, October 7, 2009). She suggests that you should never plant winter loving annuals (plants that have been in the ground very recently) inside. These plants will just add to the dust and cause other plants to die. They are better in your garden in the winter to keep them alive and fresh in the ground. This is a good time to plant tropical plant tops. They will readily propagate from “stump,” without harming the plants of the house.
Fall is a good time to plant these (fuzzy and fluffy) flowers and they need a few weeks of root development. The perennial vellum will continue to grow and bloom during the winter and is a good alternative for all indoor plants. The plant needs to be rotated every 3 weeks to avoid blooming leaves that grow over the roots.
Spring blooming annuals will need to be watered to keep the plants healthy throughout the growing season. Indoor plants should be made comfortable with their climate and watering needs. If they do not receive the rain, it will cause damage to the growth. Even a little moisture is better than none at all. Indoor plants do not receive regular water during hot weather. It’s best to provide enough water when indoor plants are chosen. Make sure that the same type of water is used in the same container twice a day. It is also good to prevent the pots from touching the roof by covering the top of the container with paper towel. The color of the water should reflect off the edges of the plastic sheet covering the water.
Even though indoor plants require soil, that is not needed. Make sure that you plant the plants in their leaves, or in one of the larger pieces of pebble-sized soil pieces, such as peat moss or pea straw. The soil will form if it is mixed into the leaves and roots and will never dry out. Put peat moss and pea straw, or any other types of soil you like in a glass container and place it in the appropriate hole. Allow the soil to properly drain for the first week.
After the first week, the soil will thicken. However, that will not stop you from adding more soil and watering regularly. The downside to this type of soil is that the plants do not get more water during the summer and you will find the leaves fading in places. If you are the type that likes to have the roots of the plants constant moisture, this option is not an option. You will find that the water is drawn into the bottom soil roots of the plants but it will not stay there forever. Eventually, the leaves will dry out. The houseplant will dry out completely within 6-9 weeks.
Use your fingers to dry the leaves if they have become dried out completely. Dry the stem too. If it starts to soften, the root system will dry out, not the leaves.
Flowering (planted) plants (growing outdoors) can be some of the most neglected plants. It is difficult to tell if the plants have not watered. The leaves should not have lost color. There should be some green around the center of the leaf and, if none is visible, the entire plant can go brown. This is a problem if the plant needs to stay on the patio during the summer.
If your outdoor plant has dried out completely, it can be killed by heat or ice. This is the type of plant that should only be watered a couple of times per week. If the root system is broken (risks rotting or dying), the plant is more likely to come to some kind of problem, possibly if it is sitting in a cool dark place.