Dracaena Deremensis | Lemon Lime Plant

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.

Plant Information

Botanical Name: Dracaena Deremensis

Nicknames: Lemon Lime plant

Origin: Africa

Size: The size of Dracaena Deremensis varies from 1 to 2 feet

Plant Care

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. 

Pests:

  • Spider mites
  • Mealybugs

Disease: 

  • Fluoride toxicity
  • Fusarium Leaf Spot Disease

Poison Information: The Lemon Lime plant is considered poisonous to household pets.

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Howea Forsteriana | Kentia Palm | Paradise Palm

The Howea Forsteriana, otherwise known as the Kentia palm or Paradise palm is characterized by beautiful dark palm leaves. This is of the most expensive indoor palms. This plant originated in Australia.

Plant Information

Botanical Name: Howea Forsteriana

Nicknames: Kentia Palm, Paradise Palm

Origin: Australia

Size: The size of Kentia Palm varies from 4 feet to 12 feet in height, though it is slow to grow.

Howea Forsteriana | Kentia Palm

Plant Care

Lighting: Howea Forsteriana prefers indirect light, but can survive in low light.

Watering: Allow the top few inches to dry between watering. Water soil evenly, but do not over water your plant. The Kentia palm is sensitive to salt, fluoride, and chlorine in the water. Do not use water that has gone through a softener.

Fertilizing: Fertilize your palm monthly in the spring and summer, but dilute fertilizer to half strength

Temperature: Between  65°-85.° F, keep away from cold drafts.

Humidity: The Kentia Palm does well in average household humidity

Soil: The Paradise Palm does best in well-aerated loose soil. You may add sand if the soil is too caked.

Pruning: Do not prune palms. If a branch is dead, cut it off with sharp shears. Trimming palms do not encourage new growth.

Propagation: Propagating the Kentia palm requires an expert and is done using seeds.

Potential Problems: Be sure to remove dust from leaves. Spray with warm soapy water every few weeks to avoid pests. Elephant Ears are susceptible to disease when over-watered.

Pests:

  • Spider mites
  • mealybugs

Poison Information: This palm is non-poisonous.

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Pilea Involucrata | Friendship Plant

The Pilea Involucrata, otherwise known as the friendship plant or moon valley is characterized by its velvety green leaves with deep bronze veins This plant originated in Central and South America.

Plant Information

Botanical Name: Pilea Involucrata

Nicknames: Friendship Plant, Moon Valley

Origin: Central and South America

Size: up to a foot (12 inches) in length

Plant Care

Lighting: The Moon Valley Plant will thrive best in bright indirect light; leaves will burn in direct sunlight.

Watering: Keep soil to moist spring, summer, and fall; this plant can be left a little dryer in the winter.

Fertilizing: Feed every month spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer half diluted.

Temperature: The Friendship plant thrives in 65-80°F all year-round.

Humidity:This plant requires high humidity environments to thrive.

Soil:Use a Peat moss based soil mix.

Pruning:Prune the ‘Moon Valley’ plant by pinching back the main stem to encourage fuller plant growth.

Propagation:Place 4-inch cuttings in moist potting mix during spring.

Potential Problems:These plants are resilient to disease and pests.

Poison Information:The Friendship plant is a non-toxic plant.

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Monstera Deliciosa

The Monstera Deliciosa, otherwise known as the split leaf philodendron is characterized by bright green leaves that feature splits throughout the leaves. These plants originated in Southern Mexico and Guatemala.

Plant Information

Botanical Name: Monstera Deliciosa

Nicknames: Swiss Cheese Plant, Split-Leaf Philodendron, Windowleaf Plant, Ceriman,  Mexican Breadfruit Plant

Origin: Southern Mexico and Guatemala

Size: May grow to be several feet tall with leaves as large as a foot in length.

Plant Care

Lighting: The Monstera Deliciosa requires very bright yet indirect sunlight.

Watering: Thoroughly water when first few inches of soil have dried, avoid overwatering.

Fertilizing: Feed monstera every 2 weeks spring, summer, and fall with a liquid fertilizer half diluted. Feed monthly during the winter.

Temperature: The Monstera prefers temperatures of 65-85°F

Humidity: Monstera thrives in average to high humidity.

Soil: The swiss cheese plant does best in a mixture of 1 part a peat moss mix and 1 part sand or perlite.

Pruning: Keep the large monstera leaves clean and dust free, be sure to trim aggressively as plants tend to grow large and quick.

Propagation: Use stem cuttings that have a few leaves and plant nodes.

Potential Problems:

Pests: Mealy Bugs, spider mites, Aphids, scale

Disease: Erwinia Blight, Xanthomonas Leaf Spot, and Leaf Tip Burn

Poison Information: Monstera is a level 2 poisonous plant.

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Alocasia Macrorrhiza | Elephant Ear Plant

The Alocasia Macrorrhiza, otherwise known as the elephant ear plant is characterized by green heart-shaped leaves with light colored veins. These plants originated in Australia, Malesia, and Papuasia.

Plant Information

Botanical Name: Alocasia Macrorrhiza

Nicknames: Elephant Ear

Origin: Australia, Malesia, Papuasia

Size: Alocasia macrorrhizos varies in size, 6 inches to over 6 feet. The plant likes to be root bound, plant in a smaller pot.

Plant Care

Lighting: The elephant ear plant requires very bright indirect light. Direct light will burn the leaves.

Watering: Allow the top few inches of the soil to dry between watering. Water soil evenly, do not over water.

Fertilizing: Fertilize this plant every 2 weeks, March through December. Dilute fertilizer to half strength

Temperature: Between 60°-80.° F. Keep plant away from cold drafts.

Humidity: This plant prefers high humidity. Do not mist.

Soil: The elephant ear prefers well-aerated loose soil with peat moss.

Pruning: Remove yellow and browning leaves.

Propagation: Use plant division.

Potential Problems: Remove dust from leaves. Spray with warm soapy water every few weeks to avoid pests. The plant is susceptible to disease if over-watered.

Poison Information: The elephant ear is very poisonous, Level 4

Alocasia Amazonica | Elephant Ear Plant

The Alocasia Amazonica, otherwise known as the elephant ear or poly elephant ear is characterized by dark green leaves with light colored veins. These plants originated in Asia 

Plant Information

Botanical Name: Alocasia Amazonica

Nicknames: Elephant Ear, Poly Elephant Ear

Origin: Asia

Size: The size of Alocasia Amazonica varies from 6 inches to over 6 feet. The plant likes to be root-bound, so plant it in a smaller pot.

Plant Care

Lighting: The elephant ear prefers very bright indirect light.

Watering: Allow the top few inches to dry between watering. Water soil evenly, but do not over water your plant.

Fertilizing: Fertilize your elephant ear every 2 weeks, March through December, but dilute fertilizer to half strength

Temperature: Between  60°-80.° F, keep away from cold drafts.

Humidity: Alocasia Amazonica prefers high humidity, do not mist.

Soil: Alocasia Amazonica does best in well-aerated loose soil + peat moss.

Pruning: Remove yellow and browning leaves

Propagation: Use plant division.

Potential Problems: Be sure to remove dust from leaves. Spray with warm soapy water every few weeks to avoid pests. Elephant Ears are susceptible to disease when over-watered.

Pests:

  • Spider mites
  • Thrips

Disease: 

  • Phytophthora Leaf Blight
  • Pythium Rot
  • Phyllosticta Leaf Spot.

Poison Information: Very poisonous, Level 4