Are Your Houseplants Safe?

Written by Lesley Dietschy

There is nothing more attractive and cheerful than a room filled with healthy green houseplants. They offer aesthetics torepparttar interior of our homes, improve indoor air quality, and often provide emotional satisfaction torepparttar 137017 caregiver in gettingrepparttar 137018 plant to bloom or produce new growth. However, did you know that plant exposures are some ofrepparttar 137019 most frequent poisonings reported to poison control centers?

There are more than 700 species of poisonous plants inrepparttar 137020 United States and many of these can be found aroundrepparttar 137021 home. According torepparttar 137022 American Association of Poison Control, poisonous plants are amongrepparttar 137023 three most common causes of accidental poisoning in children under 5 years old.

Some or all parts of a plant can be poisonous includingrepparttar 137024 roots, stems, berries or evenrepparttar 137025 nectar and pollen. There are several chemical compounds capable of poisoning that can be found in a variety of plants. Chemicals concentrated inrepparttar 137026 cells of roots, leaves, bark and seeds serve asrepparttar 137027 plant’s defense against insects and animal attacks. Some of these compounds can be toxic, especially if ingested or touched by humans.

The word “poisonous” generates many kinds of reactions andrepparttar 137028 majority of them are non life-threatening. Amongrepparttar 137029 key effects of poisonous plants are allergic reactions (caused by spores, pollen, or naturally occurring volatile compounds emitted intorepparttar 137030 air by plants), skin rash or dermatitis (caused by direct or indirect contact with allergenic or irritant compounds), and internal poisonings or irritations (caused from ingesting plants or plant parts).

There are many houseplants which are perfectly safe to grow and others which appear harmless but are toxic and dangerous. It is important to be as knowledgeable as possible aboutrepparttar 137031 plants you have growing in your home. According torepparttar 137032 Washington Poison Center,repparttar 137033 following houseplants (listed by common name) are considered safe and non-toxic, but still should not be ingested:

•African Violet •Aluminum plant •Birds Nest Fern •Boston Fern •Cast Iron plant •China Doll •Christmas Cactus •Coleus •Corn plant •Dracaena •Gardenia •Goldfish plant •Jade plant •Mosaic plant •Orchids •Peperomia •Piggyback plant •Pink Polka-dot plant •Ponytail plant •Prayer plant •Purple Velvet plant •Spider plant •Swedish Ivy •Sword Fern •Yucca plant •Zebra plant

The Washington Poison Center reportsrepparttar 137034 following houseplants (by common name) to have some level of toxicity and therefore are considered to be toxic and/or poisonous. Also listed arerepparttar 137035 parts ofrepparttar 137036 plant that can be toxic and what effects it has on humans if ingested.

Caladium: a showy plant with variegated, heart-shaped leaves. The whole plant is injurious and causes irritation torepparttar 137037 lips, mouth, and throat if ingested. This plant can also be dangerous for animals if ingested.

Calla Lily: a flowering plant with smooth-edged arrow-shaped leaves which grow on long stalks. The leaves are toxic and cause intense burning ofrepparttar 137038 lips and mouth if ingested. Contact dermatitis is also common.

Planting a Container Garden

Written by Johann Erickson

If you are a person not blessed with a big sunny backyard, you need not be deprived ofrepparttar joy of gardening. You just need to think on a smaller scale. The perfect solution…container gardening. Container gardening is an extremely versatile method of growing not only colorful flowers, but also herbs and even some fruits and vegetables. A container garden is especially ideal for apartment dwellers that often don’t enjoyrepparttar 136982 luxury of owning any “green space” of their own. The beauty of container gardening is that they generally require minimal effort and maintenance and yet still yield beautiful results. Whether you choose to display your plants inside your home or even as an additional feature to a bigger gardening area, container gardening is a beautiful addition to any home or garden décor. With a few simple steps you too can experiencerepparttar 136983 joy of growingrepparttar 136984 garden of your dreams.

Choosingrepparttar 136985 right container
Just as there are a countless number of plants to choose from, there are just as many containers to grow your plants in. Whether you choose an elaborately decorated window box or opt for more simple terra cotta pots, your choices really are endless. It just depends on your own personal sense of style. There are some things to keep in mind, however, when choosing a container. Avoid containers with narrow openings or that are small in capacity. Small containers restrictrepparttar 136986 growth of plants and their roots and are prone top drying out very quickly. Make sure your pot allows for adequate drainage. If your favorite container has no drainage holes drill some intorepparttar 136987 bottom spacing them about ½ an inch across. If hanging baskets are your preference then linerepparttar 136988 containers with moss to increase water retention. Wooden containers are lovely but are prone to rotting. If you have your heart set on a container made of wood, try redwood or cedar, as they are more durable and relatively resistant to rotting.

Choosing your plants
Although annuals tend to berepparttar 136989 most popular choice for planting, virtually any plant can be grown in a container, form shrubs to tomato plants. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try planting things that are pleasing to you. Some things to remember are to pickrepparttar 136990 right plant forrepparttar 136991 right container. For example, don’t choose a plant a shrub or an ornamental tree in a small container. Bigger plants need bigger pots for their root system to grow properly. Also, if mixing plants inrepparttar 136992 same container, make sure they haverepparttar 136993 same light and water requirements. For example, don’t plant a sun-loving plant like roses with a shade loving plant like hosta. Also keep in mind bloom times. Don’t pick a combination of tulips, a spring-bloomer to be planted with autumn blooming mums. Other things to keep in mind arerepparttar 136994 mixing of colors, size, and texture. As much as it’s fine to experiment you do always want to pay attention torepparttar 136995 symmetry and balance ofrepparttar 136996 container you’re planting.

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