Houseplants

For prettier potted plants, try a lush creeping groundcover such as moss, thyme or baby's tears.

Consolidate plants of many sizes and textures by planting them in a roomy indoor window box.

To generate some of the extra humidity that houseplants love, spread a two-inch layer of pea gravel in a watertight tray with raised sides, then add an inch of water. Arrange plants on the gravel in separate pots to allow for different water needs.

Spider Plant Help

Spider plants tend to brown at the tips for one or more reasons, most commonly moisture stress. As the plant grows it requires more frequent watering because the plant is root-bound. If your plant has grown a great deal, it may need to be repotted into a larger pot or divided and part of it replanted in the same pot. Also, winter heating can create a very dry atmosphere, and indoor plants suffer from the lack of humidity, especially if located near a heat vent or radiator. Moving the plant away from such heat sources, running a humidifier, grouping plants together or keeping them in a humid area (such as over the kitchen sink or in a bathroom where people shower) can help.

Another common reason for browning of leaf ends is the gradual build-up of minerals or salts from fertilizer. To leach out these salts periodically, water the plant to the point of runoff and repeat several times.

Heavily chlorinated water or water that's been run through a water softener can be additional reasons for browning tips. If you suspect this, try using collected rainwater or water from another source.

Finally, the tips will not regrow, so trim them off neatly. Hope this helps you troubleshoot!

Source: http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/gl_containers_indoor/article/0,1785,HGTV_3559_5229174,00.html

Custom soil mixes for healthy, happy plants

AFRICAN VIOLETS

  • 2 parts peat moss
  • 1 part heavy potting soil
  • 1 part vermiculite
  • Add 1 tbsp. (15 mL)¬†bonemeal per each¬†1 quart (1 L) of soil mix
OTHER HOUSEPLANTS
  • 2 parts heavy potting soil
  • 1 part peat moss
  • 1 part perlite

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