HUM Magazine February 2013

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planting manual. Your orchids will do well in moderate light, but your jade plants will thrive only in full and bright light. Experiment with the position of the plant. It will communicate to you by the way it looks. If its leaves start shriveling up and turning yellow, it is getting too much sun. Move it to a moderately shaded area. Water First things first, establish a weekly watering regimen. After you water the plant, the soil shouldn’t be drenched with water, just moist. Plants are also finicky about the quality of water they get. Most of us assume that tap water is good enough for houseplants. Not in Houston or Katy. Our water is too alkaline Hillcroft: for most plants. If the water is too alkaline, the plant won’t be 5959 Hillcroft, Houston, able to absorb the nutrients from the water. Simple remedy? 77036 - 713-334-5555 Add tablespoon of vinegar to half aTX gallon of water when watering. It will make the water more acidic and plants will better absorb the needed nutrients. If you want really brilliant and well-fed plants, add a tablespoon of nitrogen-rich liquid organic material to a half-gallon of your water, such as Hasta Gro Plant Food. Soil If you want to revive a dying plant or give a little pep to your plants in the spring, spent coffee grounds will do the job. Coffee shops keep them just for gardeners who know the secret – coffee grounds amend the soil. Take a spoonful or two of coffee grounds and sprinkle them onto the soil of your houseplant. If you are repotting, add a few spoonsful to the root system and water the plant with lukewarm water to help release the nutrients into the soil. Voila – watch your plant get a coffee buzz. Containers A beautiful container enhances the look of your plant as it grows and provides a home for its roots. With spring in the air, there are many colorful plant containers already stocked in


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