The Dracaena Deremensis, otherwise known as the Lemon Lime plant is characterized by its green and white sword-like leaves. This plant originated in Africa.
Botanical Name: Dracaena Deremensis
Nicknames: Lemon Lime plant
Size: The size of Dracaena Deremensis varies from 1 to 2 feet
Lighting: The lemon lime plant can adapt to low light conditions, though it does better in medium to bright indirect light.
Watering: Allow the top half of the soil to dry between watering. Leaf tips will brown if the soil becomes too moist or too dry.
Fertilizing: Fertilize plant every month, spring and summer, with a liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength.
Temperature: Keep the lemon lime plant between 70°-75° F
Humidity: Dracaena Deremensis prefers high humidity, but does fine in average household humidities.
Soil: This plant does best in fast draining, well-aerated loose soil. Lava rocks can also be mixed in.
Pruning: Remove browning leaf tips using a pair of wet scissors. Stalks can be trimmed at any point and new growth will develop below the cut.
Propagation: Use stem cuttings.
Potential Problems: Be sure to remove dust and anything else from leaves to help avoid potential problems.
- Fluoride toxicity
- Fusarium Leaf Spot Disease
Poison Information: The Lemon Lime plant is considered poisonous to household pets.
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The Spathiphyllum Wallisii, otherwise known as the Peace Lily Plant is characterized by its large dark leaves and beautiful white spathes or flowers. The peace Lily plant originates in South America
Botanical Name: Spathiphyllum Wallisii
Nicknames: Peace Lily
Origin: South America
Size: The Spathiphyllum can grow to be as tall as 3 ft, in some cases can grow to be even taller.
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Lighting: The peace lily prefers bright indirect light but can survive just fine in low lighting. If the plant does not flower around early summer this may indicate too low of lighting.
Watering: Allow the top half of the soil to dry between waterings, otherwise, keep the soil lightly moist. Water soil evenly, but do not over water your plant.
Fertilizing: Fertilize your peace lily every other month with regular houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength.
Temperature: Between 65° – 80°F.
Humidity: The peace lily prefers high humidity but average humidity will be fine.
Soil: Use well-aerated soil with a good amount peat moss.
Pruning: When flowers begin to fade, cut these off as close to the bottom as possible without damaging the rest of the plant. Cut any brown or yellow leaves at the base.
Propagation: Use plant division in the spring. Divide your peace lily around every 5 years.
Potential Problems: The leaves will turn a brownish-black when overwatered. Browing tips may indicate dry air conditions
- Spider mites
Poison Information: The peace lily is poisonous, Level 2.
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The Sansevieria Trifasciata, otherwise known as the snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue plant is characterized by thick tall tongue-like leaves with varying patterns. This plant is incredibly easy to care for and incredibly difficult to kill. These plants originated in South Africa.
Botanical Name: Sansevieria Trifasciata
Nicknames: Snake Plant, Mother-In-Law’s Tongue
Origin: South Africa
Size: The Sansevieria Trifasciata can grow to be as tall as 4 feet tall.
Lighting: The snake plant can thrive in nearly any lighting. They grow fast and taller in brighter light.
Watering: The snake plant does well when neglected and is nearly impossible to kill. Allow the soil to dry completely before watering the Sansevieria Trifasciata as over-watering is the main way these plants die.
Fertilizing: Feed Sansevieria monthly while it is actively growing. Feed with a Cactus Plant food that is half diluted. Do not use a fertilizer that contains nitrates.
Temperature: Between 60°-85.° F.
Humidity: The snake plant does well in low humidity.
Soil: Use a well-draining potting soil, add sand for better drainage.
Propagation: Use plant division or leaf cuttings.
Potential Problems: The snake plant is not affected by house pests or disease.
Poison Information: Plant not very poisonous, level 1 toxicity.