Combining Plants

When organizing and designing a garden or landscaped space, a combination of plants may be more appealing to the eye. However, there are several things that should be considered when determining what types of plants should be combined and how to plan things out.

8030882091_d2e1fa8abd_zYour combination of plants will become a living flower arrangement that will need to go together in a few ways. It is important to determine what type of look you wish to achieve with the different types you will be selecting. What kind of theme are you going for? Consider the different textures, sizes, proportions and more. You can also go with the same species in a variety of colors as well.

You also must choose plants that are compatible together. This is important for maintaining healthy roots and foliage of all of the different plants in the space. All types should have the appropriate access to water, sunlight and healthy soil and nutrients. Make sure to pick plants that thrive in the same growing conditions.

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Sources include:

http://www.hgtv.com/landscaping/combining-plants/pictures/index.html

http://urbanext.illinois.edu/containergardening/combining.cfm

Houseplants and Air Quality

Houseplants not only benefit an indoor space visually. Research now shows that they have the capability if purifying air and improving its quality. Through processes such as photosynthesis, the houseplants absorb gases into their pores and out of the air.

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Not only do the houseplants absorb carbon dioxide during photosynthesis but they also take in volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs have been linked to many acute conditions and even diseases like cancer or respiratory illnesses. Phytoremediation, which is the use of plants (indoor or out) to help with the pollution of soil, water or air.

Houseplants absorbs these gases through their roots and leaves and the microorganisms in the soil also help neutralizes any VOCs that may be present.

Some houseplants that are said to absorb these VOCs better than others include:

  • English ivy
  • Warneck dracaena
  • Chinese evergreen
  • Bamboo palms
  • Peace lilies
  • Aloe vera
  • Spider plants
  • Snake plants
  • Golden pothos
  • Boston ferns

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Sources Include:

http://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/photos/15-houseplants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality/english-ivy-hedera

http://www.livescience.com/38445-indoor-plants-clean-air.html

Houseplants

In any home, office or indoor space, it may be visually appealing to add some indoor houseplants. They can be sold in many different places and it important to select quality plants when making a purchase.

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After buying the plants, it is advised to keep them away from other plants for the first two to three weeks to prevent them from any disease or pests you may have not originally noticed. In this period of time the new houseplants will also be acclimating to the new environment which may include the losing of leaves or color changing. Keep the plant cooler to reduce water loss and make sure it is watered regularly. Do not add any fertilizer at this time.

Once the plants are adjusted, you can begin using fertilizer. Most houseplants will not need  to be fertilized more than once every one to three months only during when it is actively growing. It is important not to over fertilize them.

With watering plants, you cannot over or under water them. Check your plants and soil regularly and any signs of wilting will indicate a lack of water.

Any drastic change of environment, cold drafts, lack of fertilizer, insect or any disease attack can cause problems for your house plant.

Some houseplants rendered easier to grow include the following: Norfolk Island Pine, Peperomia, Chinese Evergreen, Grape Ivy, Dracaena, Fiddleleaf Fig, Dieffenbachia, Snake Plant, Philodendron, English Ivy, Zeezee Plant, Spider Plant, Arrowhead Vine, Hoya, Rubber Tree, Green Dracaena, Boston Fern, Pothos, Cast-Iron Plant, Croton, Jade Plant, Ponytail Palm and Schefflera.

 

Sources Include:

http://urbanext.illinois.edu/houseplants/

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/houseplants/no-fuss/easiest-houseplants-you-can-grow/