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house plants
House plants can brighten and beautify almost any room.
greengate can help you select the right plant for the specific conditions of your home or office, and offer you expert advice on care. There are two main classifications of houseplants - foliage plants, which include both standing and hanging plants, and flowering plants. Foliage plants are grown, obviously, for their leaf shape, colour, and often variegation. These plants may flower, but they are generally grown for their foliage, as their flowering is not consistent. Flowering houseplants will flower year after year if given the proper conditions.
Plants need good quality light, necessary for photosynthesis. Well-lit rooms suit the largest variety of houseplants. Rooms with south and west facing windows often provide the most light, with east and north facing windows providing the least. During the winter months plants may benefit from moving to a brighter location until the sun’s intensity increases in the spring. Generally, plant growth slows during winter’s short days and most plants don’t flower as well or at all. Growth and flowering resume in the spring, as the days lengthen.
More houseplants die from over watering than anything else. All plants need water to grow, but
the amount of water required depends on the plant species, the season, and the indoor conditions present. Many plants will require their soil be kept moist during the summer growing period, but will require less water during the winter months when the plant is dormant. Plants have different watering requirements. Some plants require constant moisture, while some benefit from drying out completely, and others are somewhere in between. Check to see if the soil has reached the point where the specific plant needs watering by sticking your finger into the soil and feeling for moisture. When required, water plants liberally until a little water escapes through the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. Do not let plants sit in water in a saucer or outer pot.
Plants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing, which for most plants is spring until fall. Winter blooming plants, however, should be fertilized in the winter. Most plants require only a standard (20-20-20, or 15-30-15) fertilizer, but there are specialized fertilizers available to fill the specific requirements of many plants.
If you have any questions regarding your plant’s requirements or care please do not hesitate to ask our helpful greengate staff.

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