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Houseplant Foliage

 


Get to know your houseplants. The key to growing healthy houseplants is understanding the amount of light they like, how thirsty they may get, and individual characteristics that work best in your space. Once you’ve selected a good match, the rest is easy!

 

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Foliage

Chinese Evergreen, Aglaonema varieties


Low, medium and high. While all plants appreciate high levels of light, some tolerate low light. Green leaf varieties do well in low light, and the colorful leaf types require more light to keep the foliage bright.
Low and medium. Green/silver leaf types prefer drier soil; colorful varieties need slightly more moisture. Plants will use water less efficiently in less light, check moisture level before watering.
Minimal care: they tolerate a wide range of humidity, soils types. Fertilize once a month for faster growth. Re-pot if they dry out too fast or are too large for the container. Remove older leaves as they fade.
Toxic to pets, great for office environments.

Peacock Plant, Calathea varieties


High, medium. Calathea will turn towards the light if it is coming from one direction, rotate plants for even growth.
High, medium. Keep barely moist (like a well wrung-out sponge). Larger leaf types will not recover well from getting too dry, smaller leaf types are more flexible.
Moderate to high humidity helps to keep them moist. Use a rich potting soil such as African Violet Mix when re-potting. Fertilize once a month for bushier plants.
Safe for pets.

Dracaena varieties


Low, medium and high. All plants appreciate bright, indirect light, and some Dracaena varieties do well in low to moderate light. Those with bright yellow, white stripes or wide leaves require high light to keep coloration. Narrow leaf types, with darker leaves tolerate low to moderate light.
Low water use. Allow to dry out completely; they do not like to sit in water longer than an hour or two after watering. Plants use water less efficiently in less light.
Low to moderate humidity. Use Cactus Potting Mix when repotting to avoid roots staying too wet. Fertilize once a month. Remove older foliage, and those leaf tips can be trimmed.
Air purifying. Brown leaf tips are a symptom of the plant staying too wet for too long. Dracaena marginata is also known as “Dragon Tree”.

Pothos, Epipremnum varieties


Low, medium and high. While all plants appreciate high light some tolerate low light. Pothos is one of the top low-light tolerant plants. Coloration on varieties such as ‘Neon’ and ‘Marble Queen’ fade over time in low light conditions
Low and medium. Allow to dry evenly before watering. Water less often in low light conditions.
Fertilize monthly for best foliage. Prune some of the stems as the plant ages to keep it from being stringy.
Air purifying, and easy to grow.

Fiddle Leaf Fig, Weeping Fig, Rubber Plant, Ficus varieties


High. All tropical Ficus require bright indirect light and tolerate direct cool light such as sun though the window in early morning or late evening.
Medium. Tropical figs do not like consistently wet soil, leaf spotting and leaf drop are symptoms of plants staying too wet. Allowing figs to get too dry results in foliage damage.
Figs are best and bushiest in moderate to high humidity. Use Potting Soil when re-potting. Fertilize monthly for best growth. Easy to prune for size control.
Fiddle Leaf – Ficus lyrata; Weeping Fig –Ficus benjamina; Rubber Plant –Ficus elastica. We carry other species and multiple varieties of tropical figs when they’re available.

Money Plant, Pachyra aquatica


Medium and high. Money plant grows best with bright, indirect light and tolerate direct cool light such as sun though the window in early morning or late evening. Plants turn towards the light, rotate plants for even growth.
Low and medium. Allow plants to dry completely before watering, then water thoroughly. Avoid watering the stem.
Moderate to high humidity is best for Money Plants. Fertilize monthly for the greenest foliage.
Yellowing leaves are a symptom of the plant staying too moist, for too long. Place where they are protected from bruising. The leaves are delicate and easily torn. Money Trees like to remain “cozy” in their pot, do not repot in a substantially larger container.

Snake Plant, Sansevieria varieties


Low, medium and high. Snake plants are very flexible when it comes to light conditions.
Low. Allow plants to dry out completely before watering. Water sparingly and less often in lower light conditions.
Use Cactus Potting Mix when re-potting, and allow plants to ‘crowd’ the pot before transplanting. Fertilize once a month for faster growth.
Air purifying. There are many varieties of Sansevieria with different leaf shapes and variations of green, stripes and cream or yellow variegation. One of the easiest houseplants to keep happy.

Peace Lily, Spathiphyllum wallisii


Medium and high. Peace Lily blooms best with bright, indirect light.
High. Keep slightly moist. Large, thin leaves and the ability to flower continually, is the result of these plants using water very efficiently. Peace Lily are forgiving if allowed to wilt, they re-hydrate with little foliage damage. But repeated wilting will show damage and inhibit blossoming.
High humidity helps to keep these plants hydrated. Fertilize once month for best foliage and consistent flowering. Use a fertilizer with even numbers on the label such as 10-10-10.
Air purifying, and easy to grow.

Natal Mahogany, Trichilia emitica


Low, medium and high. Natal Mahogany tolerates low light.
High. Natal Mahogany prefer soil to be consistently moist. They’ll be okay if allowed to sit in very shallow water when the air is dry and warm.
High humidity keeps this plant bushier. Use Potting Soil when re-potting. Fertilize once a month or less often if plant grows too fast. Prune for size control.
The earliest new growth on this plant is slightly fuzzy and brown, avoid removing new growth from tips. Very easy to keep happy.

ZZ Plant, Zamioculcas zamiifolia


Medium to high. Keep these succulent-type plants where they have enough light to use water efficiently.
Low. Avoid allowing them to stay wet for long periods of time.
Use Cactus Potting Mix when re-potting, and allow the plants to ‘crowd’ the pot before transplanting. Fertilize sparingly to avoid top-heavy growth.
Easy to grow. Can reach a height of 6’.