...Tropical Houseplants...

    

Tropical Houseplants can go a long way to beautify your home or office. At Belgian we have a wide selection of different types of tropicals, including hanging baskets, small pots, cacti, orchids and bonsai. From tiny potted plants up to huge magestic palms, we have plants for nearly every corner of your home.

Belgian carries houseplants all year long! We bring tropicals in on a weekly basis and, in late-August, we receive a large delivery (half a trailer load!) of plants from Florida. Houseplants can provide your living area with clean air and lush green life even in coldest months of the year. Come defrost in the warmth in our Tropical Greenhouse this winter and take a piece of our tropical paradise home with you!

Did you know that houseplants can improve the air quality in your home? Plants naturally remove airborn toxins and add oxygen to the air, contributing to your family's overall health and vitality. Many people find the meditative practice of plant care to be an excellent stress reliever, as well. For a listing of the best plants for cleaning the air in your home, please see below.

Some plants are a little more demanding than others. If you're just discovering an interest in houseplants, we're more that happy to help you find an easy care plant that's right for both your lighting conditions and lifestyle. Some good introductory choices include Pothos, Snake Plants, Peace Lilies and Chinese Evergreens. These forgiving and low-maintenance plants can adapt to a wide range of conditions, and are excellent for novice plant lovers to build their confidence and learn the basics of plant care. For more experienced green-thumbs, we have a wide and ever-changing selection of colourful exotics to add to your collection, including Bougainvillea, Hibiscus, Oleander, Ficus, Mandevilla and Jasmine. We even have a great selection of Citrus plants! Imagine fresh lemons, limes, and oranges ripe for the picking, right in your kitchen! Please see our Tips and Advice section below for more information on caring for high-maintenance tropicals. And please keep in mind that availability changes constantly.





The whole month of March at Belgian Nursery!
Experience a tropical get-away! Warm up from the winter cold by walking through our tropical and orchid greenhouses. During this month select tropical plants and orchids are on sale.




-open/close- -open/close-Success with Tropical Houseplants – General Care & Tips

Plants, like people, thrive and stay healthy in ideal locations but can also adapt to less than ideal situations. Growing requirements for your plants such as light, water, temperature, soil, nutrients and humidity must be kept in balance to keep your plant happy and thriving.

Stress for a plant can be one thing, or a combination of many things. A move to a new location, being repotted, watering too often (kept too wet), drying out too much between waterings, not enought water to moisten all the soil when watered (kept too dry), sitting in water, not enough light, temperature fluctuations (warm days and cool nights), lack of humidity, etc. When plants are under stress they can drop leaves and are susceptible to insects and diseases.

In low light conditions plants drop their leaves to balance with the amount of light available. Plants usually require less water when grown in lower light locations, or during winter months when light levels are reduced.

Sometimes plants do well in environments that are “not recommended.” If your plant is happy where it is, it is usually best to leave it alone. However, if you are having concerns or problems with your plant, it is advised to make some changes.

All plants have a lifespan; even with the proper care, light, water and plant food, a plant can still die.

Tips:

· Avoid hot or cold drafts, such as an unheated sunroom in winter, near heat registers and open doors.
· When misting, mist in the morning to ensure leaves are dry overnight.
· Do not use machine-softened water to water plants. This will leave a buildup of salts and will slowly kill your plants.
· When using insecticides or fungicides, avoid spraying when the sun is out as this may cause damage to your plants.
· Turning plants that are against a wall or in a corner is beneficial and ensures even light distribution to the whole plant.
· When transplanting, it is always best to choose a pot that has drainage. This will help keep the plant from sitting in water.

Light:

Low Light: Indirect light. Usually North, Northeast windows. Also a room interior or any window with closed sheers.

Medium Light: A bright location with indirect light. East window with morning sun, West window with evening sun or slightly away from a South window.

Direct Light: Bright, sunny direct light. Close to a window facing South or West. Three hours or more of sun daily. In summer these areas receive hot and intense sun.

Houseplants require different amounts of light depending on the variety. High light plants will require as much light as possible during the shorter days in winter. Plants that can grow in low light can also be excellent choices for medium to bright light if introduced slowly into brighter conditions; however, plants that require direct light generally do not do well in lower light locations. When placing your plants, keep in mind that curtains or sheers greatly reduce the amount of light for that area - the use of sheers turns a high light location into a low light area.

Watering:

It is important to understand the watering needs of your plants.

Evenly Moist: Keep soil moist. Never let dry out completely. Do not let sit in water.

Water Well: Allow soil to dry slightly then water well until some water runs though the bottom.

Dry Well: Water only every 10 to 20 days or once a month, depending on pot size.

Always drain excess water away. Plants left to sit in water can develop root rot. Incorrect watering practices are the #1 reason for most plant problems. During the summer months plants may need to be watered more frequently; in winter months plants do not dry out as fast and need less frequent watering.

The best way to water is from the top of the pot, letting the water soak through to the bottom and then draining the excess away.

Never use machine-softened water to water plants. This will leave a buildup of salt and will slowly kill your plants.

Misting:

Some plants prefer a slightly higher humidity than found in most homes: Ferns, Orchids, Ficus, Citrus and Hibiscus are some that enjoy the extra humidity. Mist plants with water once or twice a day to help increase the humidity. Avoid misting plants with fuzzy leaves such as African Violets and Begonias, as well as dry loving plants like Cacti and Succulents.

Fertilizer:

It is best to fertilize most houseplants once a month year-round, excluding Cacti and Succulents. Use an all-purpose food for foliage plants; to help promote flowers, use a flowering plant food instead. Some plants may not flower during the fall and winter months due to lower light conditions.

Pruning:

Some plants such as Hibiscus, Ficus and Ivies require occasional pruning to maintain a full, nicely shaped plant. Pruning is best done in spring and late fall, when the plants are adjusting to a new season’s arrival; your new branches will grow from wherever the stem is cut. Dracaena (all types), Dieffenbachia and Chinese Evergreen can all be cut back if they are too tall, though they may take some time to send out their new branches. Regular cleaning and removal of old dying leaves on all plants is very beneficial.

Repotting:

Most houseplants prefer to be root bound, with lots of roots in the pot. Use a good quality indoor potting soil when repotting your plants; for Cacti and Succulents, use a cactus soil mix.

When your plant needs to be repotted there should be many roots and not much soil visible when taken out of the pot. When you transplant, move up only one pot size at a time: a 4” pot to a 5” pot, or a 10” pot to a 12” pot. Add a little soil to the bottom of the new pot if needed, then add soil around the sides to keep soil levels even.

If you put your plant in too big of a pot it will not dry out fast enough and will most likely rot your plant. It is always best to choose a pot that has drainage.

-open/close- -open/close-Quick Reference Chart for Light & Water Needs

Below is a listing of popular houseplants and their basic cultural requirements. Most of these plants can be found at Belgian Nursery year-round, however our availability changes constantly. Please see above in our "Success with Tropical Houseplants" tip for more detailed information on light, water and selecting a location that is best for your houseplants.


Chart Legend

Low Light: Diffused indirect light
Medium Light: A bright location with indirect light
Direct Light: Bright, sunny direct light

Dry: Water only after drying well
Moderate: Allow soil to dry slightly then water well
Moist: Keep soil evenly moist. Never let dry out completely


  Plant Name

Light

Water

  Alocasia

 

 

  Aloe Vera

 

 

  Aluminum Plant

 

 

  Anthurium

 

  Baby Tears

 

 

  Banana Plant

 

  Begonia, Angel Wing

 

 

  Begonia, Rex

 

 

  Bird of Paradise

 

  Bonsai

 

 

  Bougainvillea

 

 

  Bromeliads

 

 

  Cacti & Succulents

 

 

  China Doll

 

 

  Chinese Evergreen

  Citrus Trees

 

 

  Clivia

 

  Coffee Plant

 

  Croton

 

  Crown of Thorns

 

  Cycad (Sago Palm)

 

  Dieffenbachia

 

 

  Dracaena, Anita

  Dracaena, Corn Plant

  Dracaena, Janet Craig

  Dracaena, Marginata

  Dracaena, Warneckii

  False Aralia

 

 

  Fern, Assorted

 

 

  Fern, Boston

 

 

  Ficus, Banana Leaf

 

  Ficus, Benjamina

 

  Fiddle Leaf Fig

 

  Fig, Edible

 

  Fittonia

 

 

  Gardenia

 

 

  Goldfish Vine

 

 

  Hibiscus

 

 

  Hoya

 

 

  Ivy (Grape, Oak Leaf)

 

 

  Ivy (English, Mongomery)

 

 

  Jade

 

 

  Jasmine

 

  Lipstick Vine

 

 

  Majesty Palm

 

  Mandevilla

 

 

  Ming Aralia

 

 

  Money Tree

 

 

  Norfolk Island Pine

 

 

  Oleander

 

 

  Orchids

 

 

  Palm (Areca, Neanthebella)

 

  Palm (Bamboo, Madagascar)

 

  Passion Flower

 

 

  Peace Lily

  Peperomia

 

 

  Philodendron

  Pitcher Plant

 

 

  Plumbago

 

  Podocarpus

 

  Polka Dot Plant

 

 

  Pony Tail Palm

 

  Pothos, assorted

  Prayer Plant

 

 

  Rubber Tree Ficus

 

  Scheffleras

 

  Snake Plant

  Spider Plant

  Stephanotis

 

 

  Tahitian Bridal Veil

 

 

Tillandsia (Air Plants)

 

 

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  Venus Fly Trap

 

 

  Wandering Jew

 

 

  White Butterfly

  Yucca Cane

 

  Zebra Plant

 

  ZZ Plant



-open/close- -open/close-Care and Tips for Common Houseplants by Variety with Pictures



Medium Light
Let dry slightly then water well
African Violet
Saintpaulia

Beautiful easy care flowering plant. Flowers on and off all year. African Violets are petite plants that add great colour to dish gardens and terrariums. Remove old leaves as needed. Avoid getting water on their fuzzy leaves as it can mark them. Feed a flowering plant fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Mist or plunge in water 2-3 times a week
Air Plant
Tillandsia

A fascinating epiphyte that absorbs water and nutrients through its leaves. Can be glued to shells or driftwood. Do not plant in soil. Once small bright flowers bloom from their centers, Air Plants grow baby plants on their sides which can be removed & will eventually flower. Never let sit in water. Add all-purpose fertilizer to water monthly.




Medium Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Alocasia
Alocasia

Very exotic looking! Slow growing with very waxy, heavily veined leaves. To keep an Alocasia happy, provide it with a warm, humid location and plenty of bright, indirect light. Keep evenly moist, but not wet. Mist for extra humidity. Remove old leaves as needed to keep plant looking good. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Direct Light
Water only after drying well
Aloe Vera
Aloe vera

A common home remedy for minor burns and scrapes, Aloe Vera has been used in herbal medicine for over two thousand years. Remove old leaves as needed. A slow growing succulent, Aloes like to dry well between waterings and require lots of light. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer every few months.




Medium Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Aluminum Plant
Pilea cadierei

Silver striped and spotted leaves are striking and make a great contrast among other plants. Pileas appreciate humidity and are a good choice for dish gardens and terrariums. A fairly fast grower. Remove old leaves as needed, trim growing tips to keep full and bushy. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Angelwing Begonia
Begonia 'Angelwing'

Angelwing Begonias are large upright growers. Beautiful wing-shaped leaves are richly coloured and patterned with clusters of small flowers peeking out from beneath them. As new leaves grow, old leaves will fall off; remove old leaves as needed. Trim to shape if desired. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium to Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Anthurium
Anthurium

Easy to grow! Slow growing glossy leaves that will occasionally produce waxy flowers lasting for many weeks or even months. Provide lots of light for better flowering but avoid long periods of hot direct summer sun. Remove old leaves as needed. Mist for extra humidity. Feed a flowering plant fertilizer monthly.




Medium to Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Areca Palm
Dypsis lutescens

One of the most common palms, making it a good choice for the home or bright office. Often used as a room dividing plant with a maximum height of 4 to 5 feet. Provide a humid location with good light. Mist for increased humidity. Remove old leaves as needed. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Keep evenly moist, but not wet
Asparagus Fern
Asparagus sprengeri

Likes a bright but indirect light location where it will be kept at a moderate temperature. Avoid extreme hot or cold drafts. Never let dry completely. Mist for increased humidity. Ferns will lose lower leaves as new leaves grow; remove these yellowing leaves on a regular basis to keep plant clean. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Keep evenly moist, but not wet
Baby Tears
Helxine soleirolii

Mounding delicate leaves and stems drape over the pot's edge and form a fresh vibrant green or silvery carpet. Trim to shape to keep plant looking full. Never allow to dry out completely. A fairly fast and low growing plant that is good for terrariums and hanging baskets. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium to Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Bamboo Palm
Chamaedorea

A slow, upright growing palm with leaf fronds reaching out from the stem. A common palm making it a good choice for the home or office. Can be used as a room dividing plant. Remove old leaves as needed. Does best in a humid location with bright light. Mist for extra humidity. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium to Direct
LightLet dry slightly then water well
Banana Leaf Ficus
Ficus alii

Less temperamental than the Ficus Benjamina. Can shed leaves if kept too wet, too dry or if not receiving enough light. Expect some leaf droppage during the first few weeks while your Ficus adjusts to its new location. Can be trimmed to shape, prune growth as needed. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Keep evenly moist, but not wet
Bird Nest Fern
Asplenium nidus

Beautiful rosette of large leaves! Slow growing, new leaves unroll from center of plant. A clean fern, does not drop leaves like other varieties. Mist for extra humidity. Likes a bright but indirect light location where it will be kept at a moderate temperature. Avoid extreme hot or cold drafts. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium to Direct Light
Water only after drying well
Bird of Paradise
Strelitzia

Upright growing with arching leaves. Easy care. In lower light locations plants usually need less water than in higher light. As new leaves grow, old bottom leaves will fall off; remove old leaves as needed. A hardy, slow growing plant. Also known as White Bird of Paradise, but unlikely to flower. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer every other month.




Medium Light
Keep evenly moist, but not wet
Boston Fern
Nephrolepis exaltata

Mist for increased humidity. Likes a bright but indirect light location where it will be kept at a moderate temperature. Avoid extreme hot or cold drafts. Boston Ferns will lose lower leaves as new leaves grow. Remove yellowing leaves on a regular basis to keep plant clean. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Bougainvillea, Paper Flower
Bougainvillea

Remove old leaves as needed. After flowering, trim stems back as Bougainvilleas flower on new growth. To encourage your Bougainvillea to flower more profusely, trim branches often. Flowers mainly in spring and summer. Can be grown in a hanging basket or use a stake or trellis and train to grow upright. Feed a flowering plant fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Bromeliad
Bromeliad

A touch of the tropics! Large colourful flower bracts last a long time, usually months! After flowering, Bromeliads will grow baby plants on its side which can be removed and repotted. Bromeliads have small root systems; never let them sit in water. Feed a flowering plant fertilizer monthly.




Medium to Direct Light
Water only after drying well
Cardboard Palm
Cycad

An unusual, hardy and slow growing plant, great for a sunny location! Easy care. Make sure these plants dry well between waterings. A small stump will form over years at the base of the plant. Grows new leaves on occasion out of its top. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer every other month.




Medium Light
Let dry slightly then water well
China Doll
Radermachera

Beautiful dainty fern-like leaves! Remove old leaves as needed. Slow growing, trim to keep full and bushy. Mist for extra humidity. Never let dry completely. Likes a bright but indirect light location where it will be kept at a moderate temperature. Avoid extreme hot or cold drafts. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Low to Direct Light
Water only after drying well
Chinese Evergreen
Aglaonema

Slow growing and easy care! A great clean air plant that can thrive in nearly any location in your home or office. Remove old leaves as needed. In low light locations plants usually need less water than in high light. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer every other month.




Medium Light
Keep evenly moist, but not wet
Chocolate Soldier
Episcia

Gorgeous thick leaves in a rainbow of pinks, purples, bronzes, greens and silvers. Produces vibrant flowers on occasion. Trim to keep full and bushy. Provide a humid location, but do not mist leaves or get them wet. Needs special attention but is well worth the effort! Trailing habit is great for hanging baskets. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Citrus
Citrus

If you can provide it with enough light, it will eventually flower and bear two or three fruit per year! Remove old leaves as needed. Trim to shape and mist for extra humidity. If leaves are pale green, feed with a high nitrogen fertilizer to bring back their green colouring. Check often as citrus need extra attention! Feed a flowering plant fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Keep evenly moist, but not wet
Club Moss
Selaginella

An ancient predecessor of ferns, Club Mosses have been around for almost 400 million years! Provide a humid location and be careful to keep evenly moist. Trim around edges of pot as needed to keep full and bushy. Mist for extra humidity. Low growing. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium to Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Coffee Plant
Coffea arabica

A great gift idea for the coffee drinker! An attractive plant with dark glossy leaves. White flowers are followed by rosy berries, each containing one precious coffee bean. Remove old leaves as needed. Mist for extra humidity. Trim to keep full and bushy. If leaves pale, feed with a high nitrogen fertilizer. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Low to Direct Light
Water only after drying well
Corn Plant
Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana'

Slow growing and easy care. In lower light locations plants usually need less water than in higher light. As new leaves grow old bottom leaves will fall off, leaving a stalk on the bottom of the plant. Remove old leaves as needed. A hardy, slow growing clean air plant great for nearly any location in your home or office! Feed an all-purpose fertilizer every other month.




Medium Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Creeping Jenny
Lysimachia nummularia

A vigorous grower! Mounding glossy leaves and stems similar to Baby Tears; sometimes called English Baby Tears. Occasionally produces tiny yellow flowers. Trim to shape. A low growing trailing plant that is suitable for hanging baskets as well as terrariums. Feed an-all purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium to Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Croton
Croton

Large tropical coloured leaves will show more colour in higher light. Avoid low light locations as this can lead to leaf droppage. Mist leaves to provide extra humidity. Slow growing bushy plant. Remove old leaves as needed. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.





Medium to Direct Light
Water only after drying well
Crown of Thorns
Euphorbia milii

Slow growing and easy care, flowers very regularly especially in direct sun locations. Allow to dry well between waterings, but avoid letting the soil stay dry for a long period of time as this can cause leaf droppage. Prune to shape and to keep full and bushy. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer every other month.





Medium Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Dieffenbachia, Dumbcane
Dieffenbachia

Slow growing bushy plant with large bright leaves. As new leaves grow, old leaves will fall off; remove old leaves as needed. Do not allow children or animals to chew on Dieffenbachia as they are toxic! Feed an all-purpose fertilizer every other month.





Low to Direct Light
Water only after drying well
Dracaena Anita
Dracaena reflexa 'Anita'

Slow growing and easy care! Make sure these plants dry well between waterings. In low light locations plants usually need less water than in higher light. As new leaves grow old bottom leaves will fall off, leaving a stalk on the bottom of the plant. Remove old leaves as needed. Can be trimmed to shape. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer every other month.




Low to Direct Light
Water only after drying well
Dracaena Janet Craig
Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig'

Slow growing and easy care! Make sure these plants dry well between waterings. In low light locations plants usually need less water than in high light. As new leaves grow old bottom leaves will fall off, leaving a stalk on the bottom of the plant. A great clean air plant that can thrive in nearly any location. Feed an all purpose fertilizer every other month.




Low to Direct Light
Water only after drying well
Dracaena Marginata
Dracaena marginata

Slow growing and easy care! In low light locations plants usually need less water than in higher light. As new leaves grow old bottom leaves will fall off, leaving a stalk on the bottom of the plant. Remove old leaves as needed. A great clean air plant that can thrive in nearly any location in your home or office. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer every other month.




Low to Direct Light
Water only after drying well
Dracaena Warneckii
Dracaena deremensis 'Warneckii'

Slow growing and easy care! In low light locations plants usually need less water than in high light. As new leaves grow old bottom leaves will fall off, leaving a stalk on the bottom of the plant. Remove old leaves as needed. A great clean air plant that can thrive in nearly any location in your home or office. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer every other month.



Medium to Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Dwarf Banana
Musa

A great novelty plant that loves lots of sun! Remove old leaves as needed to keep your banana tree looking great. Mist for extra humidity. Will not produce fruit but makes a unique and exotic houseplant, a great conversation piece. Parent plant eventually dies back so baby shoots from the soil can grow. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.



Medium to Direct Light
Water only after drying well
Earth Star Bromeliad
Cryptanthus

A small Bromeliad with amazing colourful foliage including pinks, reds and browns with bold striping. Tiny flowers on occasion. Plants will grow baby plants on their sides creating a spreading/mounding effect. Provide lots of light and a small pot. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer every other month.



Medium Light
Let dry slightly then water well
English Ivy
Hedera helix

English Ivy is one of the most common vines for indoors. Can be easily trimmed to shape. Use in a hanging basket or grow up a trellis or support. Remove old leaves as needed. Mist for extra humidity and provide a very well lit area for best results. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.





Medium Light
Let dry slightly then water well
False Aralia
Plerandra elegantissima

Aralias like a more humid location, so misting the foliage for extra humidity is beneficial. Never allow to dry out completely. Provide a bright location out of hot direct sun. Remove old leaves as needed. Can be trimmed to shape, prune growth as needed. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium to Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Ficus Benjamina, Weeping Fig
Ficus benjamina

Benjaminas, also known as Benjis or Weeping Figs, can be temperamental plants. They can shed their leaves if kept too wet or too dry & if they are not in a bright location. Expect some leaf droppage during the first few weeks while your Ficus adjusts to its new location. Mist for increased humidity. Can be trimmed to shape. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium to Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Fiddle Leaf Fig
Ficus lyrata

Large, glossy leaves! Less temperamental than the Ficus Benjamina. Can shed leaves if kept too wet or too dry or if not receiving enough light. Can be trimmed to shape, prune growth as needed. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.





Medium Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Fittonia
Fittonia albivensis

Colourful veined leaves make a great contrast among other plants. White, pink and red veined varieties are available. Will trail and spill over a pot's edge. Remove old leaves as needed. Trim to keep full and bushy. Appreciates humidity. Low growing and good for terrariums. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Flowering Maple
Abutilon

Colourful cupped flowers dangle from arching branches. Can grow up to 5 feet tall indoors. Not a true Maple, but rather a relative of Hibiscus and other Mallows. Trim to keep full and bushy. Remove old leaves as needed. Flowers mostly in spring and summer. Provide lots of light for better flowering. Feed a flowering plant fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Goldfish Vine
Columnea

Goldfish flowers on and off all year long! Many stems with small leaves and goldfish shaped flowers create a full mounding plant. Stems rarely grow more than 12” in length. Often grown in a hanging basket, they can also be placed on a table or stand. Remove old leaves as needed. Feed a flowering plant fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Grape Ivy
Cissus rhombifolia

Grape Ivy can be easily trimmed to shape. Use in a hanging basket or grow up a trellis or support. Remove old leaves as needed. Mist for extra humidity and provide a very well lit area for best results. Grape Ivy are a great alternative to regular English Ivy. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Hibiscus
Hibiscus

Very colourful exotic flowers, each lasting one day. Flowers mostly in the spring and summer when we have long sunny days. Provide lots of light for better flowering. Remove old leaves as needed. Can be trimmed to keep full and bushy. Check for water often as Hibiscus can dry quickly in warm, sunny locations. Feed a flowering plant fertilizer monthly.




Direct Light
Water only after drying well
Hoya, Wax Flower
Hoya

A slow growing, trailing plant with thick waxy leaves that come in many interesting shapes. Some varieties are heavily variegated. Unique clustered flowers! Hoyas require a small pot in order to flower. Usually trained to grow on a trellis or support. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer every other month.




Direct Light
Water only after drying well
Jade
Crassula

Easy care! Prune stems occasionally to encourage plants to fill out and keep full and bushy. Remove old leaves as needed to keep plant looking nice. Jades are a common, low maintenance, slow growing, sun loving succulent. When repotting use Cactus Soil for better drainage. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer every other month.




Medium to Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Jasmine
Jasminum polyanthum

Fragrant white, star-shaped flowers that bloom mostly in the spring and summer. Provide lots of light for better flowering. Can be trimmed to shape. Remove old leaves as needed. Mist for extra humidity. Check for water regularly as Jasmine can dry quickly, especially in warm, sunny locations. Feed a flowering plant fertilizer monthly.




Medium to Direct Light
Keep evenly moist, but not wet
Kimberly Queen Fern
Nephrolepis obliterata

Kimberly Queen Ferns are often used outdoors for the summer. Mist for increased humidity. Likes a bright location where it will be kept at a moderate temperature. Avoid extreme hot or cold drafts. As new leaves grow, older stems can be removed as needed. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Keep evenly moist, but not wet
Lemon Button Fern
Nephrolepis cordifolia

A more upright growing fern forming a rounded mound of stems with small rounded leaves. Remove old leaves and stems as needed. Mist for extra humidity. Never let dry completely. Likes a bright but indirect light location where it will be kept at a moderate temperature. Avoid extreme hot or cold drafts. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Lipstick Vine
Aeschynanthus

A lush dense vine with thick glossy leaves. Tubular flowers ranging from orange to red emerge from a calyx, resembling lipstick in a tube. Trim stems occasionally to promote new growth and to keep full and bushy. Perfect for hanging baskets. Appreciates humidity. Avoid getting cold water on its leaves. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Keep evenly moist, but not wet
Maidenhair Fern
Adiantum

Very fine dainty leaves on delicate stems form a loose rounded mound. Maidenhair Ferns have a soft and lacy appearance. Remove old leaves as needed. Provide a humid location and be careful to keep evenly moist. Mist for extra humidity and protect from direct sunlight. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium to Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Majesty Palm
Ravenea rivularis

A slow, upright growing palm with large leaf fronds reaching up and out. Remove old leaves as needed. Provide a humid location with good light. Mist for extra humidity. A common palm making it a good choice for the home or office. Can be used as a room dividing plant. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Mandevilla
Mandevilla

Very colourful exotic flowers. Train to grow up a trellis or obelisk. Remove old leaves as needed. Flowers mostly in the spring and summer. Provide lots of light for better flowering. Check for water regularly as they can dry quickly, especially in warm, sunny locations. Can be placed outdoors in summer. Feed a flowering plant fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Ming Aralia
Polyscias fruticosa

Beautiful dainty fern-like leaves. Slow growing, trim to keep full and bushy. Remove old leaves as needed. Likes a bright but indirect light location where it will be kept at a moderate temperature. Never let soil dry out completely and mist for extra humidity. Avoid extreme hot or cold drafts. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Money Tree
Pachira

Money Trees are said to bring to bring good luck and fortune! Money Trees can shed their leaves if kept too wet or too dry and if they are not in a bright location. Mist for increased humidity. Can be trimmed to shape, prune growth as needed to keep a pleasing shape. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Montgomery Ivy, Algerian Ivy
Hedera helix 'Montgomery'

Montgomery Ivy, also known as Algerian Ivy, is a very large-leafed variety of English Ivy. Can be easily trimmed to shape. Use in a hanging basket or grow up a trellis or support. Remove old leaves as needed. Mist for extra humidity and provide a very well lit area for best results. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium to Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Neanthe Bella Palm, Parlor Palm
Chamaedorea elegans

Creates a tropical atmosphere! Small growing full palm, usually grows only 2 to 3’ in height. Remove old leaves as needed to keep your palm looking good. Likes bright light and extra humidity; misting is beneficial. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.





Medium Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Norfolk Island Pine
Araucaria

Slow growing, upright tropical plant that resembles a pine. Several plants are often grown together to create a fuller plant; it is not recommended to separate these plants. As Norfolk Island Pines slowly grow taller, the bottom leaves will fall off creating a more tree-like look. Mist for increased humidity. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Oak Leaf Ivy
Cissus rhombifolia

Attractive three-part leaves on trailing stems. Oak Leaf Ivy can be easily trimmed to shape. Use in a hanging basket or grow up a trellis or support. Remove old leaves as needed. Mist for extra humidity and provide a very well lit area for best results. Oak Ivy are a great alternative to regular English Ivy. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Oleander
Nerium oleander

Very colourful clusters of flowers on stem tips. Flowers mostly in the spring and summer when we have long sunny days. Provide lots of light for better flowering. Check for water often as they can dry quickly in warm, sunny locations. Do not allow children or animals to chew on Oleanders as they are toxic! Feed a flowering plant fertilizer monthly.




Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Passion Flower
Passiflora

Very colourful exotic flowers. Train to grow up a trellis or obelisk. Flowers mostly in the spring and summer. Provide lots of light for better flowering. Remove old leaves as needed. Trim to shape and to keep full and bushy. Check for water regularly as they can dry quickly, especially in warm, sunny locations. Feed a flowering plant fertilizer monthly.




Low to Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Peace Lily
Spathiphyllum

An easy care, clean air plant. Beautiful white flowers from time to time. In low light locations plants usually need less water than in high light. Remove old leaves and flowers as needed. Peace Lilies can thrive in nearly any location in your home or office. Feed an all-purpose or flowering plant fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Peperomia
Peperomia

Many varieties with striking waxy foliage. Trim tall growing Peps to keep full and bushy. Peps have small root systems and like to dry well. Good for dish gardens and terrariums. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Low to Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Philodendron
Philodendron

An easy care plant. Use in a hanging basket or grow up a trellis or support. Remove old leaves as needed. Do not overwater; in low light locations plants usually need less water than in high light. Philodendrons are great clean air plants that can thrive in nearly any location. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Polka Dot Plant
Hypoestes phyllostachya

Very colourful speckled leaves make a great contrast among other plants. Available in bold shades of red, pink and white. Remove old leaves as needed. Trim to keep full and bushy. Polka Dot Plants can be short-lived. Good for dish gardens and terrariums. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium to Direct Light
Water only after drying well
Pony Tail Palm, Elephant's Foot
Beaucarnea recurvata

Slow growing and easy to care for! Pony Tail Palms have small shallow root systems and are best kept root bound. Allow soil to dry well between watering. Remove old leaves as needed. A stump will slowly form at the soil level, giving this plant its nickname, 'Elephant Foot'. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer every other month.




Low to Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Pothos
Epipremnum aureum

One of the most popular houseplants due to its easy care and hardiness! Trim to keep full and bushy. In low light locations plants usually need less water than in higher light. Remove old leaves as needed. Pothos are great clean air plants that can thrive in nearly any location in your home or office. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium to Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Plumbago
Plumbago auriculata

Clusters of true blue or white flowers. Blooms mostly in the spring and summer. Provide lots of light for better flowering. Remove old leaves as needed. Can be trimmed to keep full and bushy. Check for water often as plumbago can dry quickly in warm, sunny locations. Feed a flowering plant fertilizer monthly.




Direct Light
Water only after drying well
Plumeria
Frangipani

Exotic fragrant flowers that bloom mainly in summer in direct sun locations. Allow to dry well between waterings but avoid leaving soil dry for long periods as this can cause leaf droppage. Plumeria will go semi-dormant in the winter and will drop most of its leaves in the fall. Reduce watering in the winter. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer every other month.




Medium to Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Podocarpus
Podocarpus

Podocarpus are a great alternative to Ficus and Scheffleras. Can be trimmed to shape. Can shed their leaves if kept too wet or too dry or if they are not in a bright location. Expect some leaf droppage during the first few weeks while your plant adjusts to its new location. Mist for increased humidity. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Prayer Plant
Maranta leuconeura

Prayer Plant's boldly patterned leaves fold closed at night. Avoid direct sunlight and provide some humidity. Small tubular white flowers may appear on occasion. Remove old leaves as needed. Its trailing habit makes it great for hanging baskets, as well as dish gardens and terrariums. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Purple Waffle
Hemigraphis exotica

Amazing colour! Shiny and deeply textured purple leaves. Trim to shape to keep full and bushy. Remove old leaves as needed. Good contrast plant for terrariums and mixed pots. Can dry out quickly in warm sunny spots, so check frequently. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Keep evenly moist, but not wet
Rabbit's Foot Fern
Davallia fejeensis

A smaller fern with lovely feathery leaves on fine stems. Stems grow from distictive furry foot-like roots that will hang over the pot's edge, giving this plant its name. Remove old leaves as needed. Keep evenly moist and mist for extra humidity. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Rex Begonia
Begonia rex

Rex Begonias come in many different colours and leaf shapes. Small flowers on occasion, but are commonly grown for the colourful foliage. Low growing bushy plant. As new leaves grow, old leaves will fall off; remove old leaves as needed. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium to Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Rubber Tree
Ficus elastica

Thick, large waxy leaves make this an attractive plant for the home or office. Slow growing stems can be pruned to maintain its size. Provide good lighting as dark locations may cause leaf droppage. Remove old leaves as needed. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.





Medium to Direct Light
Water only after drying well
Sago Palm
Cycas revoluta

Very slow growing and easy care. Make sure these plants dry well between waterings. A stump will form at the base of the plant over the years. Grows new leaves on occasion out of the top. A hardy, very slow growing plant, great for a sunny location! Feed an all-purpose fertilizer every other month.




Medium to Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Schefflera
Schefflera

Upright growing with clusters of large leaves. Provide a well lit location and extra humidity for best results. As plant grows taller, bottom leaves will fall off; prune growth and remove old leaves as needed. Stem can be trimmed if it grows too tall. Great for a big, bright room! Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Low to Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Selloum
Philodendron bipinnatifidum

An easy care, clean air plant with large leaves and a large spread. Do not overwater; in low light locations plants usually need less water than in high light. In low light the Selloums will have less foliage than in a high light location. Remove old leaves as needed. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Keep evenly moist, but not wet
Sensitive Plant
Mimosa pudica

A wonder of the plant world! A fascinating novelty plant that closes its delicate leaves when touched or disturbed. Great for kids! Remove old leaves as needed. Trim to keep full and bushy. This plant is usually short-lived. Provide lots of light in the winter months to prolong its life. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium to Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Shrimp Plant
Justicia brandegeeana

Very colourful exotic flowers. Prune growth as needed to keep a pleasing shape. Remove spent flowers and old leaves as needed. Flowers on and off year-round, mostly in the spring and summer when we have long sunny days. Provide lots of light for better flowering. Feed a flowering plant fertilizer monthly.




Low to Direct Light
Water only after drying well
Snake Plant, Mother-In-Law's Tongue
Sansevieria

Slow growing and easy care. Make sure these plants dry well between waterings to prevent root damage. In low light locations plants usually need less water than in higher light. Snake Plants (also known as Mother-In-Law's Tongue) are excellent clean air plants that can thrive in nearly any location. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer every other month.




Medium Light
Keep evenly moist, but not wet
Snow Bush
Breynia nivosa

A very colourful dainty houseplant. White and green mottled leaves with an occassional pink blush to new growth. Provide a humid location and be careful to keep evenly moist as leaves will drop if it gets too dry. Mist for extra humidity. Trim to shape if desired. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Low to Direct Light
Water only after drying well
Spider Plant
Chlorophytum comosum

A great clean air plant that can thrive in nearly any location. Commonly used in a hanging basket. In low light locations plants usually need less water than in high light. Spider Plants can be sensitive to chlorine and other additives in water. Avoid treated water to prevent excessive browning of leaves. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Keep evenly moist, but not wet
Staghorn Fern
Platycerium

An interesting large-leafed fern. Can grow quite large with time. Water carefully! Distinctive brownish leaves cover soil making it difficult to fill the pot with water. Likes to grow in Sphagnum Moss and can be mounted on wood or bark. Remove old leaves as needed. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Stephanotis, Madagascar Jasmine
Stephanotis floribunda

Fragrant exotic white flowers. Train to grow up a trellis or obelisk. Remove old leaves as needed. Flowers mostly in the spring and summer. Provide lots of light for better flowering. Check for water regularly as they can dry quickly, especially in warm, sunny locations. Can be placed outdoors in summer. Feed a flowering plant fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Streptocarpus
Streptocarpus

Beautiful flowers in a wide range of colour and rich velvety leaves. Hard to find! Not always available. Remove old leaves and flowers as needed. Avoid getting water on the leaves as this can mark them, as will direct sun. Flowers on and off all year. Related to African Violets with similar needs. Feed a flowering plant fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Keep evenly moist, but not wet
Venus Fly Trap
Dionaea muscipula

A great conversation piece! Venus Fly Traps are a slow-growing novelty plant. Great gifts for curious kids! Will trap and digest tiny insects. Grown in Sphagnum Moss. Provide humidity with a pebble tray or terrarium. Worth the challenge! Feed an all-purpose fertilizer at half strength every month.




Medium Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Wandering Jew
Tradescantia

Vines with colourful leaves in tones of purple, green and silver. Will trail over pot's edge. Remove old leaves as needed. Trim stems occasionally to promote new growth and to keep full and bushy. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Low to Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
White Butterfly
Nephthytis

A great plant for beginners! Easy to care for, fast-growing and versatile. Can produce long vines that can be grown up a support or trimmed off to maintain its bushy appearance. Remove old leaves as needed. Clean air plant. Good for dish gardens and terrariums. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium Light
Keep evenly moist, but not wet
Wire Ivy
Meulenbeckia

Do not let dry completely; keep evenly moist or leaves may drop. Will trail beautifully over the pot's edge, or can be trained to grow on a topiary or trellis. Trim to keep full and bushy. Low growing. Good for use in terrariums. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Medium to Direct Light
Water only after drying well
Yucca Cane
Yucca elephantipes

Slow growing and easy care. Make sure these plants dry well between waterings. In lower light locations plants usually need less water than in higher light. As new leaves grow, old bottom leaves will fall off leaving a stalk on the bottom of the plant. Remove old leaves as needed. A hardy, slow growing clean air plant. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer every other month.




Medium to Direct Light
Let dry slightly then water well
Zebra Plant
Aphelandra squarrosa

Exotic glossy green foliage with dramatic white veins. Yellow flowers that last for many weeks bloom occasionally out of the top of the plant. Higher light will encourage flowering but watch out for leaf burn. Can be pruned to shape; remove old leaves as needed. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer monthly.




Low to Direct Light
Water only after drying well
ZZ Plant
Zamioculcas

Very slow growing and easy care! Usually only grows new leaves once or twice a year. Make sure these plants dry very well between waterings. In low light locations plants usually need less water than in higher light. Versatile plant that can grow in very low light or very high light! Feed an all-purpose fertilizer every other month.







-open/close- -open/close- Plant Problems, Insects & Diseases

Plant Problems

Over Watering / Root Rot:

Description: Rotting roots, usually from too frequent watering or plant left to sit in water.

Symptoms:

· Plants wilting even though soil is wet.
· Leaves turning yellow and dropping.
· Leaves turning black or brown.
· Plant stems and roots becoming brown and decayed.

Cure:
Place it in a warm dry area to dry out faster. Do not water if wet; instead mist the foliage. Some plants will never revive depending on the severity.


Under Watering / Root Dehydration:

Description: Dried roots, usually from infrequent watering or insufficient volume of water.

Symptoms: 
Plants will wilt and hang limp and soil will be dry.

Cure:
Soak the soil very well to revive and drain excess water away. 
Some plants may never come back.
 

Insects

Mealy Bug:

Description: Small cotton masses which conceal insects and eggs.

Symptoms:
Causes yellowing on leaves and wilting. Insects usually spotted under leaves or at stem joints.

Cure:
Use rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball or  q-tip and swab off the insect, then spray with an indoor insecticide. Repeat 2 to 3 times at 7 day intervals. Monitor weekly for up to a month after.

Scale Insects:

Description: Brown or gray shells that look similar to bark. 

Symptoms:
Can appear on any part of the plant including woody stems. Often sticky patches are found and plant may turn yellow.

Cure:
Use rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball or  q-tip and swab off the insect. Spray with an indoor insecticide. Repeat 2 to 3 times at 7 day intervals. Monitor weekly for a month after.

Spider Mites:

Description: Very tiny mites that live under the leaves. Spins fine webs at joints and under foliage.

Symptoms:
Yellow leaves that drop. Small yellow spots on leaves. Very tiny eggs and mites found on the underside of the leaves.

Cure:
Spray with indoor insecticide or insecticidal soap, making sure to get the underside of the leaves. Repeat 3 to 4 times at 7 day intervals. If badly infested discard plant.

Aphids:

Description: Soft bodied insects that suck juices from the plant. Usually are green in colour, but sometime appear black or red. Found on buds and new growth.

Symptoms:
Area often sticky. Causes buds to drop and can destroy new growth.

Cure:
Spray with insecticide or insecticidal soap especially on new growth. Repeat 2 to 3 times at 7 day intervals. If badly infested, discard plant.

Whitefly:

Description: Tiny white fruit fly-like insects. Found on the underside of leaves, fly away when plant is disturbed.

Symptoms:
Causes yellow leaves and leaf drop. Tiny white eggs found on underside of leaves or flying insects spotted when plant disturbed.

Cure:
Spray underside of leaves with insecticide or insecticidal soap. Do this 2 to 5 times at 5 to 7 day intervals.

Fungus Gnats:

Description: Adults are like fruit flies (small black flies). Larvae can be found in the soil.  These insects cause little to no harm to the plant and are considered more of a nuisance.

Symptoms:
When watering, tiny flies come from the soil. Larvae live in the soil feeding on decaying roots and algae.

Cure:
Check roots and, if rotting, change watering habits. Yellow sticky cards can help to catch these flies.


Diseases

Powdery Mildew:


Description: Fine white powder on leaves.

Symptoms:
Mildew will cover leaves on the whole plant and it will die if untreated.

Cure:
Improve air circulation. Use an indoor fungicide labeled for mildew control.


-open/close- -open/close-High Maintenance Plants
Bougainvillea, Hibiscus, Citrus, Oleander, Ficus, Dipladenia, Mandevilla, Jasmine

Bougainvillea, Hibiscus, Oleander, Ficus, Dipladenia, Mandevillea, Jasmine and Citrus require a little more attention than other plants. When these plants receive the extra care, they repay you with bright beautiful tropical flowers. 

Usually the best availability is during the spring and summer for these plants.


Extra Care Information:

Light:

During the winter give these plant as much light as possible since days are shorter and the light level is lower.

Misting:

Most high maintenance plants require extra humidity. To create this, mist with water on a daily basis. It is best to mist in the morning so that the leaves will be dry overnight.

Fertilizer:

Most high maintenance plants have blooms. Using a water soluble flowering plant food monthly will help to encourage flowering and gives the rest of the plant some nutrients. You can also use an all-purpose fertilizer.

Pruning:

When pruning is done on a regular basis, the plant with retain a nice, full shape and stay healthy. It is best when done in early spring and late fall, when the plants are adjusting to a new season’s arrival.


Plant Specific Care:

Bougainvillea:

Light: Bright sunny direct light, at least 3 to 4 hours daily.
Water: Let dry slightly then water well, making sure water runs through the pot. Drain excess water away; do not let sit in water.
Fertilizer: Feed once a month with a flowering plant food. 
Tips: Only flowers on new growth; must be cut back to promote flowering. Mist for extra humidity. Flowers mainly in spring and summer.

Hibiscus:

Light: Bright sunny direct light, at least 3 to 4 hours daily.
Water: Let dry slightly then water well, making sure water runs through the pot. Drain excess water away; do not let sit in water.
Fertilizer: Feed once a month with a flowering plant food. 
Tips: Trim to keep shape and encourage flowering. Tends to flower on new growth. Mist for extra humidity. Flowers mainly during the spring and summer.

Citrus:

Light: Bright sunny direct light, at least 3 to 4 hours daily.
Water: Let dry slightly then water well, making sure water runs through the pot. Drain excess water away; do not let sit in water.
Fertilizer: Feed once a month with a flowering plant food. 
Tips: Misting is required for extra humidity. Cannot support all flowers to fruit so some will be aborted. Trim to shape after flowering and fruiting. In addition to regular feeding, it is beneficial to use a high nitrogen fertilizer 2 to 3 times a year when not flowering.

Oleander:

Light: Bright sunny direct light, at least 3 to 4 hours daily.
Water: Let dry slightly then water well, making sure water runs through the pot. Drain excess water away; do not let sit in water.
Fertilizer: Feed once a month with a flowering plant food. 
Tips: Poisonous. Mainly flowers in spring and summer. Cut back after flowering to promote new growth and flowers.

Ficus:

Light: Bright indirect light, at least 3 to 4 hours daily.
Water: Let dry slightly then water well, making sure water runs through the pot. Drain excess water away; do not let sit in water.
Fertilizer: Feed once a month with an all-purpose food. 
Tips: Temperamental plant, expect leaves to drop when relocating. Likes extra humidity. Misting daily is advised to help reduce leaves from dropping. Trim on a regular basis to keep its shape.

Dipladenia, Mandevilla, Jasmine:

Light: Bright sunny direct light, at least 3 to 4 hours daily.
Water: Let dry slightly then water well, making sure water runs through the pot. Drain excess water away; do not let sit in water.
Fertilizer: Feed once a month with a flowering plant food. 
Tips: These vine-like plants require some support. Trim to keep plant looking full and bushy. Only flowers in the spring and summer.


-open/close- -open/close-Taking Houseplants Outdoors for Summer

If you choose to place your houseplants outdoors for the summer, it is only safe for them when the overnight temperature is above 10°C (50°F). This is normally around June 15th until September 1st.

When placing your plants outdoors be sure to slowly adjust them to the sun or they may get sunburnt. Place them in a shady spot and slowly increase the amount of sun they receive over a 1-2 week period.

Extra outdoor care is required. Plants will dry out faster and need water more frequently. However, root rot can occur if we have a rainy season.

Plants will adjust again when they are brought indoors, usually by dropping their leaves. Pruning will help with the adjustment and give your plants a nice full shape; misting the leaves during these stressful times will help as well. Many choose to keep their houseplants indoors and enjoy their beauty every day.


-open/close- -open/close-Clean Air Plants

Houseplants are a great way to beautify a room. Not only do they provide a natural living component to your home and office spaces, but they also help clean the air. Having good indoor air quality is very important, especially in the colder winter months when many of us spend much of our time inside.

NASA first demonstrated air cleaning plants in a two-year study during the late 1980s. At the time they were looking for houseplants to help clean the air in space stations. 

At Belgian we recommend the following easy care plants to help clean the air in your homes and offices. Have fun and breathe well with these wonderful plants!


Spider plant
Golden pothos
Peace lily
Chinese evergreen
Snake plant
Philodendron
Dracaena Marginata
Corn Plant
Janet Craig
Dracaena Warneckii




For more detailed information on these specialty types of Houseplants
please use the links below:




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