Houseplants in Las Cruces
Following are houseplants that do well in Las Cruces or almost anywhere in the world for that matter. Plants indoors are in a controlled environment thus, you can grow and maintain almost any plant indoors. Providing you have the right conditions and temperatures indoors.
Tips on caring for these plants indoors.
Most houseplants will need water at least once per day, especially during the hot summer months. Except for succulents.
Deep watering 2-3 times per week is better than light watering once per day. You can cut back on watering during the winter months and little to no fertilizing during the cold weather months.
Inspect your plants on a regular basis. They are more susceptible to mealybugs, aphids and fungus gnats indoors. The earlier you find and treat them the better chance of complete removal.
If the plant is heavily infested with insects isolate it from other plants. It is recommended to dispose of the plant rather than trying to save it. Fertilize your houseplants about once per month. A good 20-20-20 analysis will work well. Try BR61’s blooming fertilizer to force blooms on plants the analysis is 9-58-8.
Below are some common houseplants that folks use for indoor home decorating.
The Schefflera plant above – Commonly called the umbrella plant. It likes moderate to bright light the more light without direct sun the better. Let the plant dry out before watering again. Place your finger in the soil about 1/2in. in down…if it is dry it needs water. Fertilize about once per month during spring, summer and fall.
The Marantha plant – Also called prayer Plant likes moderate water and light. Leaves will close in darkness. This plants is grown for it foliage apperance. Keep it away from outdoor entrance doors during cold seasons.
Spider Plant – Likes bright indirect sunlight. Can be taken outdoors during the spring, summer and fall months. Likes moist soil but not sopping wet. The stems reaching out on the spider plant resembles… well….a spider! Fertilize in spring and summer only. Easy care and fast growing houseplant. Trim off a stem and plant in good soil for propagation.
Pothos Plant – Easy care plant. Great for hanging baskets can take bright indirect sunlight the more light the faster it grows. Likes well drained soil let it dry out before watering again.
Peace Lilly – Or Spathiphyllum. Easy care plant likes low light perfect for that dark corner. Produces a white leaf-like bloom can shoot straight up grows 4ft tall and 4ft wide. Should be watered almost daily throughout the summer months. African Violets – Needs good light but away from direct sun. Keep soil moist and avoid getting leaves wet. Pinch off faded blooms.
Indoor Hibiscus – Needs good window with lots of light. To encourage blooms use BR-61 or super bloom bi-weekly. Flowers last only one day but more will follow.
Monstera plant – An old time favorite. Moderate brightness and moisture. Fertilize every two weeks with a balanced use 20-20-20 or 15-30-15. We recommend Miracle-Gro All Purpose Liquid Plant Food (100150) 6 each.
Cyclamen – Makes a beautiful gift. They like temperatures around 55-60 Fahrenheit. Keep moist but not soggy. This plant is a tuber and will go into dormancy for a few months.
Guzmania – Beautiful bromeliad grown for their showy flower heads. Some will also have stripped or banded foliage, likes to be watered from the top. Occasional misting will help.
Croton Plant – Is grown for its leaf color. Usually red, green and yellow curled leaves. Likes humidity should be kept well watered. Will do better with lots of indirect sunlight.
Jade – Succulent type leaves, low water. Too much water can harm the plant. They do well in containers and dry conditions. Will bloom small light pink flower, the more indirect sunlight the more blooms.
Anthurium – They have attractive foliage and beautiful red, pink and lavendar blooms at top. They like lots of indirect sun light, do not overwater. Let the soil dry out before watering again. Use BR-61 for more and longer lasting blooms. More info on Anthurium plants.
Dieffenbachia – Sometimes called the dumbcane plant. Leaves are toxic to pets and children. They like bright indirect sunlight. Let soil dry out before watering again.
Azaleas – and Rhododendrons, these houseplants like moist, well drained, acidic soil. Strictly a houseplant in the southwest. Indirect sunlight is best keep moist.
Begonia – Bright light away from full sunshine. Soil should stay moist but not soggy. Keep Leaves dry. bougainvillea plantBougainvillea – Containerized plants can be placed outdoors in late spring thru early fall. Does not like temperatures below 38-32degrees fahrenheit. Photo of More Info
Marginata plant – They are perfect for indoor home use. Long narrow palm like leaves. Indirect sunlight and let soil dry out before watering again. Easy care plant the can go long periods without water.
Bonsai Plants – Thousands of shapes sizes and varieties. The indoor type like to be repotted every 2-5 years. Put in bright spot indoors and water regulary. There is also the outdoor type. Typically they are junipers, or dwarf plants.
Aloe Vera – Aloe Vera Plants photo Yes this plant does heal minor cuts. It is actually a succulent and likes the soil to be dried out before watering again.
Mother-In-Law’s Tongue – Mother in Law’s Tongue It is sometimes called the snake plant. It is used only as an indoor plant in the southwest. It is very easy to grow and rarely needs any attention at all. Check your plants at least once per week, look for pests, insects etc… Brown tip leaves could indicate overwatering. Be sure to isolate the plant whenever insects are present. Use a good all purpose insect spray. Be sure the product is specifically labeled for both the pest and plant species.
Here are more general Houseplant Gardening Tips.
When talking about house plants, there is no need to worry. There are just a few things you need to consider.
1. Are you overwatering?
Overwatering kills most houseplants. Looks can be deceptive, so check to see if your soil is dry enough to water, try the finger test. Insert your index finger up to the first joint into the soil. If the soil is damp, don’t water it. Simple, inexpensive and works every time!
Foliage plants usually have high nitrogen needs, while flowering plants, K2O is needed. Slow release fertilizers can be mixed with the compost. However, certain plants like cacti and orchids need special fertilizer. Feed plants during their most active growth period.
3. The Lighting
Plants like Sanseveria, Spathiphyllum and Aspidistra require no sun. They can be placed away from a window. Spider plants need semi-shade. You can put plants like these near a window that does or does not get sunlight. Check the label to see what your plant needs.
Houseplants can survive in cool or warm temperatures, but drastic fluctuations of temperature may not be good for them. One thing that most plants cannot survive is gas heating. If you have a plant that likes warm conditions, don’t put it near an air conditioner in the summer.
Many houseplants require more humidity than others. To maximize humidity you can put the pot inside a larger pot and fill in the gaps with stones or compost to keep in the moisture. Grouping plants together often create a microclimate that they will benefit from. You can also spray them with water once or twice a day depending on the temperature.
Some plants require re-potting for optimum growth but there are others that resent having their roots disturbed. Or their roots system may be small enough that they don’t require re-potting. One way to check if your plant needs re-potting is to turn it upside down. Tap the pot to release the plant and check its roots. If roots are all you see, then re-pot. Sometimes the roots will come out of the pot. You should either cut them off or re-pot the plant.
Color Your World Nurseries will usually carry these type of houseplants. Be sure to ask for them at your local retail/wholesale nursery.
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