Caring For Your Indoor Plants

Lately at the nursery we’ve been getting a lot of questions about your indoor plants, so I thought I would go over some of the most common problems.

  • If the leaves are browning on the end chances are it’s being over watered. . The level of watering is dependent on the type of plant, where it is and the season; there is no hard and fast rule.  The best way to see if your indoor plant needs watering is to push your finger into the soil to the second knuckle, if its dry water it, if it feels moist don’t.

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  • You may see small flies around your indoor plant pots, these are actually fungal gnats. They are attracted to moist potting mix and decaying plant material at the base of houseplants.  A short term fix is to spray the adult fungus gnat, but a better approach is to target the larval stage in the moist soil.  Reduce the moisture levels by allowing the soil to dry out between watering.  Avoid overwatering indoor plants and make sure that there is good drainage.  Don’t let the pots sit in saucers of water.

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  • Scale and Mealy bug are two of the most common pests of indoor plants particularly if the plant is under stress. Scale are brown or white lumps on the leaves and stems, they can be controlled by scraping them off or spraying with Eco pest oil.

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  • Mealy bug are tiny soft bodied insects surrounded by a fuzzy white mess around the stems and leaves. If you see these on your plants you can control them with a spray of Eco Pest Oil.

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I hope that this has helped you with some of the problems you’re having with your indoor plants, if you need more advice please don’t hesitate to contact us or come into the nursery for a chat with one of our trained horticulturists.

HOUSE PLANT APPRECIATION DAY

Whoever thought up this day is a genius!

On the 10th January we will appreciate all the benefits that our Indoor plants give us and give them a little love as well.

  • Stand next to your plant and breath in the fresh Oxygen that it is making just for you...
  • Enjoy the improved air quality in your home as your plant removes any toxins and releases moisture and clean air...
  • Appreciate the fact that this roommate is quiet, easy to care for and fun to look at...

Give your plants a little something extra in their water, maybe some Flourish for foliage, wipe the dust from their leaves, and tell them how much you appreciate all they do for you.

Celebrate by bringing a new green leafy friend home.

New Indoor plants in stock:

Epipremnum Pinnatum (Dragon's Tail Plant)

Dragon's Tail Plant

Calathea - White Fusion

White Fusion

Happy Gardening!