Dieffenbachia plant pronounced (deef-en-BOK-ee-uh) known also as the “Dumb Cane” makes an excellent tropical houseplant. “Dieffs” tolerance of shade makes them a good plant to begin learning the basics of indoor houseplant care.In this article, we share care tips on common indoor Dieffenbachia care along with, answers to some of the most common questions on “dumb cane” regarding:How poisonous are Dieffenbachia plants to cats, dogs, and children?
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Question: When winter rolls around this question starts coming in.“It got cold last night and I forgot my usually hardy tropical plant – Ficus or Dracaena – sat outside in the cold temperatures. Now the leaves have turned brown and are starting to fall off. Is the plant dead? Can it be saved?”Answer: Plants drop leaves for a reason, it could be seasonal, protection, stress or it’s flat out dying.
Nephrolepis obliterata also known as the Australian sword fern or Kimberly queen fern is one of the easier ferns to grow.Originating from Australia, this is considered to be one of the most beautiful among all ferns. Although I do like staghorns in the right setting. It has large fronds going up from the soil and beautiful upright bushy and sword-shaped leaves.
I constantly get email asking “Where is the best place to buy indoor plants? or “Where to buy house plants?”One of the great frustrations commercial plant growers face comes from the fact that once the plants leave the nursery, all control and care is out of their hands.The care, handling, treatment, displaying and care info has been passed on to someone else.
Indoor plant acclimation is more popular with homeowners when a new houseplant is brought home.Another time is when summer ends and indoor houseplant lovers who carried their plants outdoors in the spring begin moving them indoors.Recently, I was reminded again of acclimation, and how quick things can change.
The family of Araceae provide for us many of the indoor plants enjoyed today. It is a large and diverse family of plants. Among these indoor air cleaning favorites are:Spathiphyllum – “Peace Lilly”Dieffenbachia or “dumb cane”PhilodendronAglaonema – “Chinese Evergreen”Anthurium – “Flamigo Flower”The genus Anthurium plants represent the largest group of species in this family.
Homalomena plants are interesting tropical foliage plants that come in various leaf shapes, colors, and patterns.One of the cultivars of homalomena is Homalomena ‘Selby,’ that is top on the list of many unique house plants.‘Selby’ is characterized by medium green oval foliage with dark green spots. Its thick and durable leaves are blotched with white to pale yellow colorations.
To get started caring for a Calamondin we need to first learn a little about the plant.Citrus mitis (SIT-rus MIT-iss) hails from China. It is a cross between kumquat trees and mandarin orange trees.The Calamondin tree, along with another citrus (aka Meyer lemon trees), is a group of plants able to handle cooler temperatures but also move indoors and outdoors.
The Araucaria plant (Norfolk Island Pine) – a seasonal indoor pine tree – care to guess if it’s really a pine tree?Many people think of only the poinsettia as the primary “Christmas season” plant.The Araucaria (Araucaria heterophylla), is known more commonly as the Norfolk Island pine tree.But Norfolk Island Pines are not a pine at all, but a member of a small family called Araucariaceae.
The avocado is a great fruit. When they are in season avocados can be frozen for future use.One question we get asked often is how to grow an avocado plant from a seed. Even though you may never get any avocados to make guacamole, it is still a fun exercise to improve your growing skills. Read on to learn more.
Summary: African Violet propagation from leaf cuttings is an easy way to expand your collection. Propagation can be done by placing leaf cuttings in water or soil. Learn the propagation techniques in this article and videos.Growing African violets – botanically Saintpaulia ionantha is very simple. Their care is pretty easy and they propagate readily through division or leaf cuttings.
Rhapis excelsa, the Lady Palm, is grown in the garden and used indoors in a house or condo and offices around the world.Rhapis adapts to a wide range of climates, soils, and environments, making the “Lady Palm” popular for many applications.Rhapis excelsa is the most well-known and widely cultivated species, easily adapting to most interiors, and used in both tropical and subtropical landscapes throughout the world.
Zamioculcas zamiifolia or the ZZ plant is a remarkably easy-care plant similar to cacti, succulents, or orchids when it comes to care. Except when the 4 word description is “ZZ plant yellow leaves.”ZZ plants like a light, airy, breathable growing medium and they cannot tolerate wet feet.Unlike orchids, succulents, and cacti, the ZZ plant thrives in low light settings.
Indoor plants make our lives better in various ways. One does not have to be a psychologist to understand the mental boost and stress relief that these beauties can provide, but there are more advantages to them than what their presence can offer, and most of them will improve sleeping quality. 1 – Plants Can Improve Air QualityScientists generally agree that plants can indeed improve air quality in your home, and they achieve this through a variety of ways.
When most of us hear of the “Bird of Paradise” we think of the commonly grown orange cut flower Strelitzia reginae not the White Bird of Paradise plant.Strelitzia nicolai – Pronounced: streh-LIT-see-uh NICK-oh-lyeAlthough it is not as well known as the more popular orange bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae).
Tetrastigma Voinierianum – (aka Chestnut Vine, Lizard Plant, Giant Grape Ivy or Wild Grape) is an impressive plant displaying very large, five-lobed leaves that look similar to those of chestnut leaves from family vitaceae.Details on Growing Grape Ivy Care – Cissus RhombifoliaThough these tropical plants present a bit of a challenge, when you successfully grow Tetrastigma voinierianum in your home, you can enjoy a lush, tropical ambiance year round.
The Aluminum Plant – Pilea cadierei py-LEE-uh kad-ee-AIR-eye is a bushy little plant with distinct markings on the leaves.Due to its compact size, it fits perfectly in almost any space.It’s also known as the:Watermelon pileaAluminum plantIt belongs to the nettle family Urticaceae (like Pellionia pulchra – Polynesian ivy) and is native to China and Vietnam.
The polka dot plant, Hypoestes phyllostachya hy-poh-ES-teez, fy-lo-STAY-kee-uh is a flowering plant species native to Madagascar. Other species in the genus come from South Africa and Southeast Asia.Naturalized in the coastal areas of eastern Australia and Hawaii.The plant is so widely distributed in southeastern parts of Queensland and is considered a weed there and also classifies as one of the top 200 invasive plants.
Best known by the common name Bolivian Wandering Jew, Callisia repens (kal-LIZ-ee-uh REE-penz) is a member of the spiderwort (Commelinaceae) family.Native throughout South America, the Caribbean, and Central America.However, it has gained some popularity in the United States as a perennial ground cover in the southernmost regions and as an annual or indoor plant in cooler areas.
The “Ponytail Palm tree” is really not a palm at all. It’s a member of the Lilaceae (lily family,) and known by several names.It earned the name “elephant’s foot plant” due to its bulbous base, throw in the thin trunk and some call it a “bottle palm”.Native to the desert of Mexico along with the Yucca tree it makes somewhat of a curious landscaping plant outdoors in direct sunlight, on the patio, as an indoor houseplant.
The Swedish Ivy plant – Plectranthus australis (plek-TRAN-thus aw-STRAL-iss) is one of our most common house plants and popular hanging basket plants. It is one of the easiest to grow and eventually form a dense green ball of foliage.The luxuriant scalloped edges of the leaves of Swedish ivy plants grow densely along the stems to form a large green ball.