If you’ve ever grown (or killed) a maidenhair fern, you’ll know that these delicate, lacy beauties are quite picky when it comes to their growing conditions. We’ve featured plenty of tough-as-nails plants (spider plants, Chinese evergreens, cast-iron plants, and dracaena) that can tolerate a wide range of conditions, but maidenhair ferns are the opposite. As long as you know that there’s no fooling around when it comes to meeting its needs, though, this fern will reward you with gorgeous foliage. Here is what you need to know to keep a maidenhair fern thriving.
watering, once a week, depending on the season. On hot summer days they might need a bit more water than on colder days. What’s important is to not keep the soil wet, but let it dry out a bit in between waterings, but also don’t let it dry out completely, either. The plants in terracotta pots might need watering more often because the terracotta absorbs part of the water.
All my Pileas love a spot in front of a window where they get a lot of light, but almost no direct sunlight. This is where they grow best. In a spot where there’s more shade, they will do fine too, but the leaves might turn a darker green. Too much direct sunlight might scorch the leaves. I do rotate my plants a few times a week because the leaves grow in the direction o
Whether indoors or out, geranium care is pretty basic. In addition to watering, which should be done deeply and once the soil begins to feel dry indoors or at least weekly outdoors (though potted plants may need daily watering in hot weather), fertilizing is usually necessary. Use a water-soluble houseplant fertilizer or a 5-10-5 fertilizer with additional organic matter every four to six weeks throughout their active growing season. Indoor or potted plants may require repotting once they become overgrown, usually noted by wilting between waterings. Regular deadheading of spent blooms will also help encourage additional blooming. When watering outdoor plants, it’s best to avoid overhead irrigation, as this can lead to pests or disease issues. Geranium plants root easily from cuttings and can be propagated in fall for overwintering of outdoor plants. They can also be dug up and brought inside.
- Use a fast draining soil, such as a cacti and succulent potting mix. If you have potting soil, sand, and perlite already on hand, you can create your own desert soil mixture: Simply mix 1 part potting soil, 1 part perlite, and 1 part sand.
- Select a pot that has a hole in the bottom, so that excess water can be drained off. Ponytail palms do not like to sit in moist soil for very long.
- Use a clay pot if possible; the porous material will absorb some of the water, drying out the soil more quickly (a good thing for cacti and succulents).
- Ponytail palms prefer to have as much light as possible, so place the plant in a bright location.
Moses in the Cradle is a popular house plant, related to the Wandering Jew plant. You’ll find that it’s just as easy to grow.
Dark-green, lance-shaped leaves with purplish-red undersides make this a beautiful house plant year-round. You can keep your plant indoors. But if you move it outdoors for the summer, keep it shaded from direct sun. Also, check the soil every couple days so that it doesn’t dry out.
Pot it in a small decorative container for a stunning table accent. A newer variety, Rhoea discolor ‘Variegata’ is even more spectacular, with striped foliage in burgundy, pink, green and cream.
It blooms any time of year. Small, white, 3-petaled flowers grow in the leaf axils, nestled in the boat-shaped leaves, giving this plant its common names, Moses in the Cradle, Moses in a Boat and Boat Lily.
Let the sun shine in. Grow your plant in bright light year-round for good foliage color and flowers. It will tolerate lower light, but the leaves will be more green than purple.
The lucky bamboo grown in it’s native country (West Africa) can grow up to 5ft tall (or much more), and as a house plant up to approximately 2 or 3 feet. There are various cultivars of this plant and some of the most interesting are the twisted stalk types which are trained by specialist growers.
The name lucky seems to have been given by the Chinese that practice feng shui and believe in this plant brings good fortune into a home or workplace.
Chinese Fan Palm is a BIG plant with sprawling fanlike fronds that grow up to 2 ft (60 cm) across.
When mature, this palm is a picture of elegance. Its broad, fan-shaped foliage is carried on tall stems, making it a graceful ornamental for the home. Treat it right and you’ll enjoy your Chinese Fan Palm for many years.
Put it in a bright spot, but out of direct sunlight. You’ll find that this palm is adaptable to average home temperatures and is easy to please.
Older fronds may turn brown. Cut off old fronds near the trunk, using sharp pruners.
Brown leaf tips are fairly common on indoor palms,
Ficus microcarpa is native in the range from Sri Lanka to India, Taiwan, the Malay Archipelago, the Ryukyu Islands, Australia, and New Caledonia. It is a rapidly-growing, rounded, broad-headed, evergreen shrub or tree that can reach 15m (49 feet) or more in height with an equal spread. The smooth, light grey trunk is quite striking, can grow to around 1m (3.3 feet) in diameter, and it firmly supports the massively spreading canopy.
The glossy, dark green, leathery leaves are densely clothed on large, somewhat weeping branches. New growth, produced all year long, is a light rose to chartreuse color, giving the tree a lovely two-toned effect.