February: Check for Damaged Trees and Shrubs

Now is a good time to tour your property on a sunny day looking for damaged or dead wood. Prune out the shrubs and easily reached trees as you walk around; schedule an appointment with a trained arborist for major…

February: Drainage

Indoor plants need to be grown in pots with good drainage.  The drainage hole should be covered to avoid the growing medium from washing out.  Paper coffee filters and sections of old pantyhose are excellent choices for covering the drainage…

February: Plastic Versus Terra Cotta Pots

Growing medium in terra cotta pots will dry out more quickly than in plastic pots.  If you want to use terra cotta pots, soak the pots in water for several hours before using.  If you are re-using a pot, be…

February: Growing Medium for Indoor Plants

Indoor plants should be grown in a growing medium that is formulated for potted plants.  Put the growing medium in a bucket and mix it with water.  The medium should be moist to the point that it will stay together…

February: Watering Your Houseplants

Check the soil before you water your indoor plants.  Stick your finger into the soil to a depth of about 2 cm.  If it feels dry, water it.  It is better to give your indoor plant a thorough soaking once…

February: Know Your Indoor Plant’s Needs

Plants are individuals and all have their specific needs.  Take time to research what your plant’s cultural requirements are.  Some indoor plants like to dry out before they are watered.  Others require that their soil remain consistently moist.   Growing indoor…

February: Early Start Seeds

Some annuals such as snapdragon, petunia, portulaca,  ageratum, and bacopa all need to be started from seed indoors 8 to 10 weeks before the last frost date.  Add on an extra week to allow time to harden off the plants…

February: Is Your Houseplant Pot-Bound?

Your plant will give you clues if it is feeling pot-bound.  Roots will be growing out of the bottom of the pot and growth will be very slow despite good light and regular feeding.  Turn the pot upside down and…