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Anthurium Plant Care and Tips

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

HortyGirl Anthurium plant care

Anthuriums are a low maintenance plant for your home or office.   Also known as  Flamingo Flower, Lady Jane and Cotton Candy, Anthuriums have dark shiny green leaves with heart shaped flowered blooms in red, white or pink variations.

Anthuirum prefers bright indirect sunlight and require infrequent waterings. You may mist the plant with water on a weekly basis to keep up humidity levels but let the soil dry out between watering. Blooming Tip: Place your plant in the Southern light during the winter and East or Western light in the Spring and Summer and your plant should bloom all year long.

If you received a HortyGirl Anthurium in the tall rimmed glass, this plant can be watered with a minimal amount on a weekly basis as the roots of the plant are living in the top one third of the vase. It is best to water a small amount every week than a heavier infrequent amount.

Watering your HortyGirl Anthurium

One tell-tale sign your HortyGirl plant needs to be watered is that the leaves will start to drop down and lay flat.  To water your Anthurium, use a personal water bottle and pour a small amount of water directly at the base of the plant stems.

If you have a HortyGirl Smart Stick or a bamboo skewer, you can can use the HortyGirl SmartStick Method to check the soil moisture content.  This plant is considered to be in the LOW Maintenance category, please refer to the HortyGirl Plant Care Guide for exact water amounts.

Still have questions? Please contact us by email at plantcare@hortygirl.com.

 

Guide to your Ginseng Ficus Tree Plant Care

Friday, January 27th, 2012
HortyGirl Ginseng ficus plant care

This bonsai ficus retusa is perfect for the home, office or gift

This past Chinese new year, we introduced the Ginseng Ficus in a cute round glass container to our product line. The Ginseng ficus tree, also known as the Ficus retusa or Ficus microcarpa, have a distinctive bulbous root that resemble ginseng (Hint the name ;)). These trees have also been called Cuban laurels or Indian laurel figs.

Given its tropical origins, the FIcus retusa enjoys warm, direct sunlight, but can grow in full sun to partial shade.  Because of its bonsai nature, this ginseng ficus can still grow in low-light levels. Remember to avoid placing the plant in areas where it is close to the henter vents or drafty windows.

Bonsai Ginseng Ficus plant maintenance

Due to the bonsai nature of the ficus tree, pruning will be required as it grows.  It is said to prune at both ends (the roots and the leaves). Pruning the leaves will help maintain the shape and structure of the tree.  Should you repot the Ginseng Ficus,  pruning at the roots will need to be done as well. The Ginseng Ficus tree may get spider mites or gnats, but it will not affect the actual health of the plant.  If you notice these pesky bugs, just spray with a mixture of soapy water twice a day for 2 weeks.

Watering your Ginseng Ficus

To water a Ginseng ficus tree, the soil should be dry between each watering period.  Water every  2 – 3 weeks in the Spring and Summer months, and then space out your watering in the Fall and Winter months. This plant can survive drought light conditions, as it does store and soak up water through its roots – so it is better to under water than overwater. Grab a 1/3 of a cup of water, and pour slowly at the base of the plant.  Pour slowly to ensure you don’t overwater.  Sometimes the soil may need less than 1/3 of a cup.  The water shouldn’t “pooled” at the bottom of the glass and should soak up reasonably quickly. Signs of overwatering? The tree will develop root rot.

A FOOLPROOF WAY TO WATER YOUR GINSENG FICUS – Use the Smart Stick Method! Simply insert the Horty Girl Smart Stick found with every plant, into the base of the plant and pull out the stake.  Feel/Notice if it feels wet, moist or dry and water accordingly.  In this case, if the soil comes out dry – its time to water.  If it comes out wet, you should check back in a week or so.

 

 

Good Luck and Good Fortune: Pachira Money Tree Plant Care Tips

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
Horty Girl Pachira aquatica money tree

Perfect for Chinese New Year, weddings, house warming and those just because moments...

The Pachira is also known as the Money Tree or Pachira aquatica.  It has a thin trunk that is often braided to add to its unique look, with 5 bright green leaflets.  According to feng shui, the pachira money tree is said to bring good luck and good fortune.  The hardy Pachira can be grown indoors or outdoors, and will range in size depending on environment.

The Money tree likes bright indirect light, with a combination of both hours of shade and sunlight.  Careful not to expose to direct sunlight as the leaves may begin to burn.  For watering your pachira money tree plant, you should let the soil dry between waterings.  The plant would fall into the low maintenance plant category, very similar to a Marginata plant care – you can follow those directions here.

A FOOLPROOF METHOD TO WATER PACHIRA MONEY TREE PLANTS, using a Horty Girl Smart Stick, place the Smart Stick into the soil and pull it out. Feel/notice if it feels dry, wet or moist – If the stick feels DRY, it’s time to water it.  You can also use a bamboo stick for the same effect. 

Do you have any pets? Pachira is non toxic to pets, but if it is ingested, pets may experience symptoms of diarrhea or mild vomiting.  This is similar to when pets eat grass.

Still have questions or concerns? Send us an email at plantcare@hortygirl.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can 🙂