Houseplants of the month

A forced hyacinth brings fragrance and color to the winter-weary gardener I‘ve bought yet another plant after saying I was tired of my houseplants. I pounced on this forced hyacinth in bud while grocery shopping. I didn’t force any hyacinths myself this year because I was short of funds and many of the bulbs I tried to force last year went moldy on me. But right now I am enjoying the fragrance of this one, and I have another hyacinth glass for my collection in the bargain.

We have been having a roller-coaster kind of winter with sub-zero Fahrenheit temperatures and inches of snow, followed by spring-likes thaws and rain. Back and forth, back and forth, like some kind of sick pendulum.

There is nothing to be done except to expose oneself to as many living plants as possible, preferably thriving plants.HGC Jacob hellebore ing down. The ‘HGC Jacob’ hellebore that was my previous yield to temptation is putting out lots of flowers, but the leaves keep turning yellow on me.

As a matter of fact, I already gave it one trim about ten days ago.Believe me, after bring back Josef Lemper from the brink of death, I am being very careful not to overwater. As a matter of fact, I am starting to wonder if I should be watering a bit more often. It is in a south facing window in a cool room. I don’t know what else to do for it. Any suggestions?
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We use coffee and the old grounds on our plants

2008-05-02 19:07:41 by indoorsandout

The acid in the grounds works well to give a boost to many plants. If you have a compost pile, putting your leftover grounds into it will add much needed nutrients.
Houseplants love a good dose of the same stuff that outdoor plants enjoy.
I wouldn't do it weekly, but maybe a time or 2 a month for the houseplants.

You can get rid of them...

2008-01-31 11:11:12 by ThisiswhatIdid

I had these guys in all of my houseplants (about 25). I first noticed them one day when I watered and saw little larvae wriggling on the top of the water. I had noticed for about three weeks previous a lot of what I thought were fruit flies in the house - except I don't keep fruit or veggies out or around long enough to attract them. I did some research and asked a lot of questions and realized I was overwatering. I put all of my plants in an upstairs room we don't use, shut the door and pretty much ignored them for almost a month and a half. The larvae need overly moist soil to live - and while a couple of my plants got pretty sad looking - they've all come back and the flies and their offspring died off

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