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: Clean Your Houseplants

Dust and oils can build up on the leaves of your plants, blocking light, making it difficult for them to “breathe” and increasing the risk of disease. For large, smooth-leaved plants, a wipe-down with a moist cloth works wonders. Plants…

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: 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: 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: Growing Medium for Starting Seeds Indoors

When starting seeds indoors, always select a growing medium that has been especially mixed for starting seeds.  It should not contain a slow-release fertilizer.  If you want to mix your own growing medium, combine 4 parts of very fine, screened…

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…