I’ve just moved into a condo with south and west facing windows. What house plants would enjoy all the direct sunlight?
- Cactus, yuccas, and succulents would thrive in the heat and the sun
- An arrangement of Barrel Cactus, Jade Plant, Agave, Euphorbia, Aloe Vera, Echeveria, and Crown of Thorns would be striking
- You can even have succulent hanging baskets of Burro’s Tails and String of Pearls. They don’t require much watering (follow instruction tags), rarely need to be re-potted, and can be fertilized with Schultz Cactus Plus Liquid Plant Food 2-7-7 when they’re actively growing
- If you prefer flowering house plants, there are standard Hibiscus trees, Oleander, Flowering Maple, and Calamondin Orange
- If you can provide support for a flowering vine, try Plumbago, Passion Vine, Bougainvillea, Hoya, Jasmine, or Stephanotis
- Try a Croton, it's one of the brightest foliage plants in shades of yellow, orange, red, and green
- Try a Colourama Dracaena which has bright pink to red striped foliage
- Lemon Lime Dracaena is also very bold and colourful
I’d like to grow some house plants in my sunny kitchen and I wonder what I need besides the house plants themselves?
- Watering cans come in many sizes and when filled with water can be quite heavy so choose accordingly
- A long spout on the watering can is very practical for hard to reach places
- Make sure there’s a saucer under each pot to catch excess water
- Parkwood® 20-20-20 All Purpose Plant Food keeps plants healthy and strong every time you water
Because my house plants are in high light they seem to grow really fast. I know I need to do some re-potting but when should I do it and how do I determine what size pot each needs to go into? Also, what kind of soil should I use?
- The best time to re-pot is whenever the house plant is actively growing
- If it appears to be resting due to lower light levels in winter, for example, let it rest
- Disturbing any plant’s root system when it’s semi-dormant can cause stress and possible transplant shock
- Choose a container 2.5-5 cm (1-2”) larger than the one it’s presently in and make sure the pot has a drainage hole at the bottom
- For most house plants, use a tropical plant soil mix or Parkwood® Enriched Potting Mix for indoor plants. They are ready-to-use (nothing needs to be added) and sterilized
- For all cactus and succulents, choose a cactus soil mix
- If you’re repotting African Violets, there’s a specially formulated mix just for them
- Lastly, to minimize transplant shock, mix Parkwood® Transplanter 5-15-5 with water and soak the soil