Taking care of your large house plants from buying until they're many years old, is easy when you know how, we'll let you know what to look below.
In our earlier article we covered the most popular varieties of large house plants or 'Indoor Trees' if you missed that article CLICK HERE to read all that useful information
In order to know how best to look after your indoor tree first look at the colour of the indoor tree’s leaves. As with all house plants the more variegated the plant, the lighter its position needs to be. Let us explain if the leaf is all green it has more of an area to produce chlorophyll, this is the what makes a leaf green and produces the energy a plant needs to grow and be healthy. So if the leaves are all green it can cope with less light, where as if the plant is varigated if it has the white parts in the leaves, they adds to the beauty of the plant but these white, cream or yellow parts do not produce the chlorophyll - so they need to be in a sunnier spot so the green parts have enough light to produce all the energy needed for the whole plant.
Foliage plants should never be placed in direct sunlight otherwise the leaves will scorch, this does rather depend on the time of year and how strong the sun, but consider how you'd feel if you were in the position your plant is consantly would you scorch?
The larger and thicker the trunk, the easier the plant is to look after. As with any tree the trunk stores water - too much moisture can even lead to the trunk rotting. Generally speaking the plant should be watered regularly with water at room temperature, and standing water should be avoided. A shower in the form of some rain is an option in spring and summer by placing the plant outdoors briefly. After all, that’s what happens in nature.
Leave any yellow or ugly leaves to dry out and then remove. If an indoor tree has become too tall or less attractive, it can be pruned, preferably during the months when there is less sunlight. They can sometimes also flower, particularly if they are subjected to some ‘loving neglect’ it's your plants way of saying look at me, i'm beautiul give me attention and don't let me die, this can be used to your advantage with some plant - such as getting orchids to reflower after a stage of dormancy, however with your houseplants that aren't grown for their flowering it's a 'tap on the shoulder' to reconsider their care routine before it's too late.
Houseplant food once a month is recommended to help indoor trees last a long time.
Just to be totally clear, indoor trees are purely decorative and not for consumption.
Most ‘greenery on a trunk’ is produced in Central America in countries like Guatemala and Costa Rica; some also comes from China. The trunks are shipped to the Netherlands in sea containers, after which they are ‘finished’ at a nursery. Often there are virtually no roots on the plant when it arrives. Within a few months the plants will have grown roots and produced a fabulous array of foliage at the top in many colours, shapes and sizes, depending on the species and cultivar.
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