How to Water Your Houseplants Wisely

Written by Kori Puckett

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You can water in several ways. A quick and easy method is to water fromrepparttar surface with a watering can. Use a long-spout water can and water at room temperature. When water escapes throughrepparttar 113444 bottom of a pot,repparttar 113445 houseplant has had enough.

Pots also may be placed in a tray of water for about half an hour. This allowsrepparttar 113446 soil to draw water in from drainage holes. Some plants, such as ferns, especially like this watering method.

During each watering, use enough water to completely soakrepparttar 113447 soil inrepparttar 113448 pot rather than simply wettingrepparttar 113449 surface. (Keep in mind when watering that hairy plants, such as African Violets, can be damaged if their leaves get wet).

Tap water is fine for plants, but it's a good idea to letrepparttar 113450 water stand in an open container overnight to allow it to come to room temperature and allow chlorine to evaporate. If your tap water has a high fluoride content, it is wise to use water from another source -- spring, well, rain water, distilled water, or water that has collected in a dehumidifier. You also can add perlite or limestone to your plant's soil to neutralize fluorides.

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Funky Garden Plants 2

Written by Valerie Garner

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Another unusual one is called Kiss Me Overrepparttar Garden Gate. Yes, this really isrepparttar 113443 name of a plant! It's official name is Polygonum orientale. It's an old-fashioned annual knotweed used for bold effect. It has large heart shaped leaves and pendulous clusters of small pink flowers. In rich, moist soil and full sun it can go to six feet tall. Best to sowrepparttar 113444 seed in fall or early spring where it is to grow.

Lastly another unusual plant to try isrepparttar 113445 Balloon Flower. These are perennial, meaning they will return year after year. The latin name for these are: platycodon grandiflorus. They are very hardy, durable plants and very beautiful. Balloon flowers are aboutrepparttar 113446 size of a ping pong ball and look like little "balloons". Once they fully open up they split and you can seerepparttar 113447 center portion andrepparttar 113448 bloom then resembles a star. They usually come in shades of purple, pink and white. Very cute,repparttar 113449 plants only get about 2 feet tall. Try one!

By Valerie Garner, mother, grandmother and candlemaker / owner of Joyful Designs in Soy

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