Setting the scene for gardening indoors

Ultimately, the pleasure of having potted plants conies from displaying them at home. They bring freshness and individuality to any room. Through the four seasons, a collection of house plants has many faces. The idea is to put the best of these forward in an always changing array of plant decorations. If you search good app about plants care for your ios or android, my advise – Plant Spot.

ALL PLANTS NEED LIGHT In any given situation, the amount of light available is the first consideration in growing healthy plants. Even the few kinds which are seemingly indifferent to the intensity of light respond to ideal lighting. For example, the Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema modestum) will exist on pebbles and water in a dark corner, or in front of a sunny window. However, when it is grown in humusy, moist soil and filtered light, the result is a longer lived, more handsome plant.

Flowering house plants need more light than those grown exclusively for foliage. Indoor gardens of flowering plants should be situated where they will receive direct sunlight part of each day in the winter. Except in the South, windows facing east, southeast, and south are preferred locations. Growers in the southern parts of Florida, Texas, Arizona, and other sunshiny states may find southern and eastern exposures too bright for flowering plants, except cacti and most other succulents. For these fortunate people, day-long light from northern windows or partially shaded south-facing locations give satisfactory results with many flowering house plants.

During the darkest days of winter, there is little chance of having indoor plants harmed by too much sun. A possible exception to this occurs where winter snow comes early and stays late. One friend, a most successful window gardener in Minneapolis, Minnesota, says that rays of the sun on snow bounce back through her house windows, admitting up to 30 percent additional light. When snow cover is constant, this grower finds it possible to flower wax begonias and African violets in a picture window on the northern side of her home. By this same token, gardeners whose north windows face white-painted buildings or an expanse of unshaded land find they can grow African violets, begonias, and some other flowering tropicals in this exposure.

HOUSE PLANTS THAT PREFER A SEMI-SUNNY LOCATION Semi-sunny indicates a situation that receives two to Jive hours of direct sunlight in the winter. Most windows, except those facing directly south or north, Jit into this classification. In the spring and summer these plants do well in bright light with little or no direct sun. They can be grown in a sunny location if protected by a curtain, or a screen of sun-loving plants.