Are Your Houseplants Safe?

Written by Lesley Dietschy

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Devil’s Ivy: a climbing vine with large heart-shaped leaves that are usually streaked with yellow. The whole plant is toxic and causes a burning sensation inrepparttar mouth when eaten and dermatitis when touched.

Dumb Cane: tall, erect plants with large oblong leaves splotched with ivory markings. The leaves are toxic and chewing onrepparttar 137017 leaves produces immediate and intense pain followed by swelling ofrepparttar 137018 mouth.

Jerusalem Cherry: an ornamental houseplant that has bright red berries aboutrepparttar 137019 size of cherries. The leaves and berries are toxic and causes a burning sensation inrepparttar 137020 mouth and throat, followed by gastric irritation and fever if ingested.

Philodendron: climbing vines with aerial roots and heart-shaped leaves. The leaves are toxic and cause painful burning ofrepparttar 137021 lips, mouth, tongue, and throat if ingested. Contact dermatitis is also common and can be dangerous to animals if ingested.

Children underrepparttar 137022 age of six are atrepparttar 137023 greatest risk for accidental poisoning. They are curious by nature and often investigate their surroundings by putting things in their mouths. Obviously,repparttar 137024 best prevention of plant poisonings is to teach your child to avoidrepparttar 137025 plants that are dangerous to touch and to resistrepparttar 137026 urge to taste evenrepparttar 137027 most tasty looking berries and sweet smelling flowers. Below are five more suggestions to help you and your family avoid possible plant poisonings:

1. Learnrepparttar 137028 names (common and scientific) of all plants in your home, garden, and landscaping and know which ones are poisonous. Make a list of these plants and keep it handy in case of an accidental poisoning.

2. Put all poisonous houseplants out ofrepparttar 137029 reach of children and pets.

3. Stored labeled bulbs and seeds out ofrepparttar 137030 reach of children and pets.

4. Do not use flowers or other plant materials for food decorations or in cooking unless they are labeled “edible”.

5. Don’t assume a plant is safe because birds or other wildlife eat it.

No matter how careful we are, accidents can and do happen. It is important to placerepparttar 137031 Poison Control Hotline phone number (800-222-1222) nearrepparttar 137032 telephone so you can reach them quickly inrepparttar 137033 event of an accidental poisoning. To better assistrepparttar 137034 poison experts, you will needrepparttar 137035 common and/or scientific name ofrepparttar 137036 plant in question. If at any time you are in doubt about a particular houseplant, take it to your local nursery or garden center for identification and what possible toxic characteristicsrepparttar 137037 plant may have. Finally,repparttar 137038 above lists name just a few ofrepparttar 137039 non-toxic and toxic plants that exist today. You should consultrepparttar 137040 appropriate reference books or poisonous plant guides for a complete list. To research non-toxic and toxic plants onrepparttar 137041 internet, visit or visit

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Planting a Container Garden

Written by Johann Erickson

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Planting your container
When putting your container garden together, fill it to within ˝ inch ofrepparttar top with a commercial potting mix. Do not use garden soil from your yard because it will not drain fast enough and will also pull away fromrepparttar 136982 sides ofrepparttar 136983 container when dried out. Potting soil is specifically designed for container gardening and often contains organic matter which helps retain moisture and also nourishes your plants. After removing your plants from their pots, gently loosenrepparttar 136984 roots and place them into your soil. Be sure to arrange them in a design that is pleasing to your eye. In containers you can place your plants closer together than you normally would to create a more lush and fuller looking plant. Add more potting soil to fill in and finish by giving your plants a good drink of water. Be aware that because there is a relatively small amount of soil in container gardens their tendency is to dry out. Therefore, be diligent about providing enough water once, and sometimes twice a day, if necessary. It is also a good idea to add a time-release fertilizer atrepparttar 136985 time of planting. Just followrepparttar 136986 manufacturers instructions on quantity and application.

General Care
Because container gardens lackrepparttar 136987 nutrients that garden plants naturally obtain from Mother Nature, they do require some special care. Be diligent about watering always checking for signs of dehydration and add a water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks. Also, inspect your plants for any signs of diseased or damaged leaves and remove as necessary.

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