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There are many Dracaena plants. This distinctive version is distinguished by the purple-red edges on its ribbon-like green leaves. This plant grows slowly, but is capable of reaching heights of 8-15ft.
Dracaenas grow best in bright, indirect light. Although this plant can tolerate a wide range of conditions, it will grow best in a well lit, warm, humid space - like the kitchen!
Fiddle Leaf Fig
Don't let this tropical plant fool you... it is a tough plant that adapts easily to its environment. This houseplant grows quickly and can grow up to 6 feet tall! Maintenance is minimal - pruning and watering are simple, just keep your Fiddle Leaf Fig in bright, indirect light and you will be the owner of a happy plant.
This week's feature is the Chlorophytum comosum, also known as the Spider Plant. These plants rarely present problems and are very adaptable, making them great for new gardeners or anyone looking for some low maintenance greenery. These plants are also fantastic air cleaners! Put one in your child's bedroom, bathroom, or any room that could stand to be freshened up.
With light watering and indirect sunlight, your spider plant will produce flowers, which dangle from the mother plant. These flowers will eventually develop into babies or “spiderettes,” creating a spider-web-like appearance, hence the name!
The best way to grow “spiderettes” into their own plant is to allow them to remain attached to the mother plant and plant in soil in a neighbouring pot. Once the “spiderette” has rooted in its own pot you are free to cut it away from the mother plant.
The Peace Lily is a resilient household plant with amazing air cleaning capabilities, so much so, that it has secured a spot on NASA’s list of “Top 10 Household Air Cleaning Plants.” Peace Lilies clean all 5 of the most common household toxins in the air!
Dubbed a “Reminder Plant”, Peace Lilies let you know when they require water by sagging slightly. This visual queue not only makes them easy to care for, but can also be used as a reminder for other tasks. It is this “reminding” quality that makes them a great plant for students or that forgetful friend of yours.
Be aware that the leaves are poisonous for both humans and animals, so keep them away from children and pets.
This week's Hole's Houseplant is none other than the Fig Tree! Fig Trees are the classic indoor plants and come in several different varieties including Weeping, Bonsai, Saber Leaf, Fiddle Leaf, Variegated, and Braided—to name a few!
Fig Trees come in sizes both big and small and can tolerate a fairly wide range of light conditions—from full-light to filtered-light. They need a bit of time to adjust to a new room; however, once they become adjusted to a space, they are able to reach equilibrium and thrive.
As an easy to care for plant, with natural health properties, Aloe Vera has become an incredibly popular houseplant.
Aloe Vera likes dry soil, so I recommend using cactus potting soil mix. Give your Aloe Vera a bit of space, because the mother plant will offset the “babies” from the outer base. One of the most common issues new plant owners run into when trying to care for Aloe Vera is that they overwater the plant.
To harvest leaves from your Aloe Vera, start by selecting mature leaves from the outermost section of the plant. Cut them from as close to the base as possible, but be mindful not to disturb the roots.
Pothos is a great home air purifier. It is a long, leafy vine that can reach 40 ft in tropical jungles, but typically taper off at about 6-10 ft when grown in containers.
Although it is a vine, Pothos does not cling or climb surfaces. However, it can be gently twined around hooks or trellises to give a clinging appearance and create bold home décor.
Pothos are arguably the best indoor plant for busy environments like offices or dorms, where they may be overlooked from time to time. Although not recommended - they do have a reputation for tolerating poor light conditions and erratic watering! Keep your Pothos healthy and strong by placing in bright indirect light and watering when the soil has dried.