Best indoor plants winter

Cyclamen are a popular winter

Huge, arrow-shaped leaves, ridged edges and bright white veins give the elephant ear an air of the spectacular. Because it’s a truly tropical plant, it must be fooled into thinking it’s still in the jungle. Follow these five tips:

• Keep at 70° Fahrenheit in summer and at least 65° Fahrenheit in winter.

• Mist leaves often to create jungle-like humidity.

• Keep in bright, indirect light in winter and semi-shade in summer. Do not expose to direct sunlight!

• Water sparingly in winter and more often in summer. Rule of thumb: feel a few inches into the soil to make sure the root system is moist.

Repot the plant every spring. Tip: Keep your elephant ear moist but not wet. If the tips of the leaves curl up and turn brown, that’s a sign of over-watering.

Twice_shy's garden tip: Check indoor plants

2008-01-17 03:49:38 by twice_shy_nlli

Now is the time of the year when indoor plants have been stressed by short days and cold weather and are most at risk for insect problems. Especially be on the lookout for mealy bugs and spider mite infestations. The earlier you catch them, the more likely you can save the plant.
Mealy bugs are white tiny furry looking critters, move very slow, & easy to spot but you have to look carefully on the underside of the leaves and in the notches where the leaves meet the stem. If you see one, you've got a problem. Remove it with a q-tip dipped in a little rubbing alcohol. Examine the rest of the plant carefully as there will likely be others

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