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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.

 

Container getting crowded? Sansevieria babies solved

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

One of our customers recently emailed us about repotting the sanseveria babies that are growing from her plant. Since the sansevieria plant does grow quite fast, we wanted to share the plant care tips with you!

Barb: 

Hi, I have had one of your 5″ pots for quite some time now, and the plant is actually thriving (I do NOT have a green thumb, so that’s something!)  The tag says “succulent” and it looks quite a bit like the “sansevieria” shown on your website, except that the stripes go from the roots to the tip of the leaves.  Anyway, I am so pleased that there are now three good-sized “babies” in addition to the original plant, and I am wondering if I should split them up into separate containers?  If so, can you please give me detailed instructions as I am pretty inept when it comes to plants!

Just wanting to make sure that the whole little family stays healthy!  Thanks for your help!

HortyGirl: 

Hi Barb!

 You made a wise choice for a plant!  It does sound like you have a Sansevieria and they are pretty forgiving of those without green thumbs.
 The babies can certainly come off and be potted up without too much trouble.  You will likely upset the look of your container when you do this though.
 You could leave it until it looks like it is bursting.  If you pull it apart late Summer then divide up the plants into other containers, they should root nicely over Fall and winter as long as you do not overwater them.  Best to keep them on the dry side while rooting especially.

 When you pull the plants apart – try to get a little bit of root with each shoot.  

sansevieria rooting

See the roots on the baby sanseveria

You can put the main plant back in to your glass container but you may not end up with the same clean look. You can always dump out the contents of the container completely, wash the container and the rocks (you can use a kitchen strainer for the rocks) then put just the plant and the rocks back in (and add a few stones to the top to fill up the container).
Congratulations on your success!  We are always pleased to hear of stories such as yours.
Still have questions?! Check out the sanseveria plant care instructions here or send us an email to 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.