Tropical Indoor plants

Tropicals in their native setting in the Amazon

You have heard the expression "One man's ceiling is another man's floor" I am sure. It fits into many different scenarios we can think of. One of which is indoor plants.

I had just finished planting a lovely bed of begonias by an entrance at work and told my lunch mates so. A friend of mine who had lived in Southern California got a puzzled look on his face and said, "Why in heavens name would you plant begonias? In California where I lived, they grew like weeds, the size of hedges, and we had to sheer them back every year!" So you see, what to me was a delightful flower, to him was a weed.

The truth of the matter is, that almost all of our indoor plants are actually someone's weeds. We call them tropical indoor plants, but I fear we do not really think of the meaning of that name. The "tropical" part at least.

Most all indoor plants come from parts of the world that are tropical in nature. Heavy rains. Sunshine, and lots of it, year round. High temperatures. All this makes up the word tropical. To the people of their indigenous environment, they are in fact weeds.

Does this look like your home, full of plants?

Peace lilies, wandering jew, ferns of all types, airplane plant, philodendron of many many types. All tropicals, and all basically weeds in their native lands. We love to grow them in our homes, our places of business, and our houses of worship. The sad truth is however many of these plants do not look their best.

Have you ever noticed the tips of certain indoor plants, like peace lilies, with the margins of their leaves, or the tip of their leaves turned black and curled under? All our indoor plants are subjected to this condition if you water straight out of the tap. Why? Because like almost all municipalities, my city adds chlorine (once used as a poison gas during World War I, it is now used as a disinfectant!) and also adds fluoride (to help keep our teeth strong, even if we would rather not have that added to our water) to the water supply. Straight from the tap, the concentrations are high enough that tropical plants do not like it so much, and the result is the burning of the margins and tips of their leaves. Much like an acid burn on human skin.

So, to keep the plants happy, all you have to do is pour your water in a pitcher, and wait. The chlorine and fluoride are volatile in the open air, and soon start evaporating from open bodies of water. Twenty-four hours is best, but you can squeak that down to about four in a pinch. So, if you have problems with your indoor plants, try letting the water sit a bit with an open lid or surface area before using it to water your plant friends.


The whole thing is bizarre!

2012-10-28 21:24:27 by -

Its the huge space like the inside of a church or gigantic barn. You have very stream lined expensive leather looking furniture, a cheap ass rug you would use in a car wash, some sort of indoor garden full of tropical plants and the color of the floors is odd, there is no grain in the wood and it should be darker. ANd what is on the ottoman?


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2007-01-08 17:12:05 by plantservice

Horticulture Technician needed for Interior Plantscape company in SLC, Utah.
Must have knowledge of tropical plants and have ideally worked for a Plantscape company before or have great references.
Call John @ 582-3212
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