Stuart’s Plant Care Tips
Money Trees are Malabar Chestnuts native to South America. They are considered a symbol of good luck and prosperity. The practice of braiding five trunks became widely popular in Asia and then spread all over the world. They are considered to bring good feng shui.
Care: Money Trees prefer bright indirect light but no scorching direct sun. Water sparingly. Start with ¼ cup every week. Do not keep soggy. Yellow leaves are often a sign of too much water. Fertilize every two or three months at half-strength. Money Trees do not need much trimming but remove any unwanted or yellowing growth. Money Trees benefit from being pot bound so there is no need to transplant to a larger pot for a couple of years.
Air Plants (Tillandsias) are native to Central and South America. They are epiphytic meaning they grow attached to other plants, like trees, but they are not parasitic. The thinned-leaf varieties of air plants grow in rainy areas while the thick-leafed varieties are from dry areas. Because they never grow with roots in soil, air plants do not tolerate wet soggy roots.
Care: Air plants are easy but do require some regular care. They prefer warm, indirect sunlight. In dry conditions like air conditioning, they benefit from being completely submerged in water for an hour or two every couple of weeks. In normal humidity like outdoors, heavy misting a couple of times a week is sufficient. Fertilize every month or so by adding a small pinch of cactus fertilizer to the misting solution.
Anthuriums are native to warm tropical parts of the Americas. They are popular for their attractive foliage and brightly-colored waxy flowers which can last for weeks.
Care: Anthuriums prefer plenty of bright indirect light but out of scorching direct sunlight. As tropical plants, they like warm temperatures above 50 degrees. They do best when thoroughly watered and allowed to mostly dry out before watering again: once a week is a good place to start. Anthuriums will not tolerate soggy soil so drain away any access standing water. Fertilize lightly every other month.
DLM has partnered with Green Circle Growers in Oberlin. Orchids offered elsewhere have one or two flower stems not three. Don’t be fooled by a size description of 5” or 6”. It refers to the size of the pot not the orchid plant growing in it. When choosing an orchid remember, a plant with unopened buds will bloom over the longest period of time.
Care: Phalaenopsis orchids, or Moth Orchids, are native to China where they grow under forest canopies. They prefer bright indirect light out of direct sun. Placing them near a bright window but out of direct sun is ideal. Phalaenopsis orchids do not tolerate soggy soil or standing water. Our grower recommends watering using ice cubes (follow directions) as a way to measure water. Orchids can bloom over many weeks, if not months, but will eventually finish blooming. It’s best to cut off the flower stem at the bottom and continue to care for the plant normally. After several months, the plant will develop new stems with buds.
Grown in Oberlin, Ohio, these stunning plants bloom for months! Bromeliads are easy-care shade plants and benefit from being kept relatively dry. Water sparingly!
Euonymus is an easy-to-care-for plant ideal for topiary. The dark green (or sometimes variegated) foliage is slow-growing and ideal for miniature topiaries.
Care: Bright indirect light is best. Water when slightly dry being careful to not keep the soil soggy or let it dry out completely. Fertilize monthly with a houseplant-type fertilizer. Do not re-pot.
Goldfish plants grows in southern Mexico and Brazil.
Care: Goldfish need plenty of light but need to be kept out of scorching afternoon sun. They like to be slightly moist but not waterlogged. Water every 4 to 5 days. There’s no need to re-pot into a larger size pot. These plants like normal inside temperatures.
in Floral Foam
Flowers arranged in floral foam need to be watered to moisten the foam, which acts like a sponge and dries out quickly. Water the arrangement every 1 to 2 days. Aim water onto the foam, which will absorb and retain it. Most floral foam is treated with flower food, which is activated with water.
Ferns are a widely popular and ideal way to brighten up any interior. They are easy to maintain and long-lasting.
Care: Ferns like bright filtered light but no scorching direct sun. They benefit from being kept slightly moist but do not like soggy conditions. It’s best to water and allow to almost dry out before watering again. Ferns do not like hot or cold drafts so place away from heating and AC vents. Fertilize moderately at half strength every month.
Potted Calla Lily
Calla is derived from the Greek work meaning beauty. Callas are native to Africa and are among the longest-lasting of blooms. Georgia O’Keefe helped fuel a mid-century calla craze in this country with her popular calla paintings.
Care: Callas benefit from abundant bright light but need to be kept out of direct scorching sun. They like to be constantly moist but not soggy, so removing the slip covers while watering to thoroughly drain is best. Make sure there isn’t any standing water in the bottom of the pot cover.
Bulbs have been popular and cultivated for hundreds of years, bulbs are mentioned frequently in stories of Greek mythology.
Care: Flowering bulbs shouldn’t freeze. It will permanently damage the flowers. Bulbs prefer plenty of light. The bulbs can be planted outside after they’ve bloomed. Water them when they are dry or every 5 days. 1/4 cup for a 6" pot and 1/8 cup for 4" pot.
Succulents are native to areas with infrequent rainfall and have adapted to dry conditions with fleshy foliage that stores moisture. They have beautiful sculptural presence and are easy-care.
Care: Succulents like bright indirect or direct sun. As houseplants, they do best in clay pots which dry out quickly. Water moderately and allow to dry out completely before watering again. Too much or too frequent watering is not good. Succulents benefit from placing the pot in a saucer of water and soaking up water from the bottom. This allows the surface to stay dry. Don’t love your succulents to death. They do best being almost ignored.
Easter lilies are native to Japan. They are among the most fragrant of all lilies.
Care: Keep Easter lilies out of direct sun. They like to be constantly slightly moist but never soggy. Water twice a week with 1/2 cup.
Take your fresh flowers to their destination as quickly as possible. Select a vase or container, then approximate the length you would like your stems to be. With a sharp knife, cleanly cut off the bottom of stems according to your desired length. (Using scissors can harm the stems.) Remove any leaves that will be below water level to help prevent bacteria growth. In your vase, mix water with flower food before placing flowers in it. Be sure to portion flower food according to directions on the packet to increase the longevity of flowers. We are glad to provide you with floral food! Every 2 to 3 days, change the water and re-cut the stems.
Storing Fresh Flowers
Store fresh flowers in a cool space away from direct sunlight. If you store fresh flowers in a refrigerator, keep them away from fresh fruit. Fruit gives off a naturally occurring substance called ethylene, which quickens the blooming process and diminishes flowers’ longevity.
Italian Heather is actually a native of South Africa. It was a popular plant in 19th century England. It prefers everything in moderation.
Care: Potted heater is best enjoyed as a seasonal potted plant. It is not hardy in this area so it can’t be planted outside. Enjoy a few weeks of spectacular seasonal bloom and fragrance. Keep potted heather slightly moist, never soggy, and never dry.
Rosemary Rings and Topiaries
Rosemary is a very popular plant for kitchen windowsills, sunrooms, and outdoor spaces during the summer. Rosemary is found in Mediterranean regions where the soil is well-drained, it doesn’t rain much, and the sun is abundant.
Care: If kept inside, by a sunny window is ideal. If kept outside during the summer, plenty of light but out of scorching afternoon sun. Water thoroughly and allow to dry completely. (soil surface warm to the touch)
Weeping Pussy Willow Trees
These weeping willows are grafted. The weeping heads are grafted onto straight stems. The attractive blooming stage is fairly limited. The name "pussy willow" comes from the furry "buds" that develop very early in Spring.
Care: Pussy willows are best planted outside rather than attempting to keep them as houseplants. Keep inside until after last frost. They need plenty of moisture and sunlight. Any odd growth should be trimmed off in order to keep the weeping shape.