The complete houseplant survival manual : essential know-how by Barbara Pleasant

By Barbara Pleasant

Welcome to a complete new global of houseplants! The whole Houseplant Survival Manual offers sensible, hands-on suggestion for a way to take care of one hundred sixty appealing houseplants, together with many new choices that experience develop into to be had within the final ten years. Pleasant bargains uncomplicated details on the right way to establish vegetation, in addition to the place to put them and the way to maintain them fit. In-depth plant profiles supply instructions that you should fast determine the factors of and treatments for universal difficulties. information regarding the right way to repot, propagate, and demonstrate each one plant, in addition to suggestion at the best possible types, makes this an crucial reference for each houseplant lover.

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Plant grows best when there is little difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures. Fertilizer: From spring through late summer, feed plants monthly with a high-phosphorus plant food. In fall and winter, feed every 6 weeks with a balanced fertilizer. Newly purchased plants often have time-release fertilizer in the pot and need no feeding until plant is repotted. Water: In spring and summer, water frequently to keep soil lightly moist. Leach pots once or twice in summer as described on page 263.

Temperature: Average to warm (65–80°F/18–27°C). Plant grows best when there is little difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures. Fertilizer: From spring through late summer, feed plants monthly with a high-phosphorus plant food. In fall and winter, feed every 6 weeks with a balanced fertilizer. Newly purchased plants often have time-release fertilizer in the pot and need no feeding until plant is repotted. Water: In spring and summer, water frequently to keep soil lightly moist. Leach pots once or twice in summer as described on page 263.

The bracts of many bromeliads, such as this scarlet star (Guzmania lingulata), color up as the plants prepare to bloom. All bromeliads bloom, usually when the plants are 3 to 5 years old. The blooms are actually clusters of colorful bracts, from which small, often vividly colored flowers emerge. The bracts persist for several weeks. After a bromeliad blooms, it slowly dies. But before it expires, the parent plant produces several offsets, or pups, which grow from the leaf crevices of the outermost leaves.

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