Breynia – Snow on the Mountain
Bird of Paradise
Tropical Plant Care
- During the winter months, place near south and west facing windows to capture the brightest light
- Fluorescent lights above plants will keep them actively growing and more likely to flower inside
- Muted colors or lack of flowering in plants indicate there is not sufficient light
- Plants should be watered deeply. Shallow watering will cause poor root growth and weak stems.
- Allow soil to dry out between watering. Overwatering kills roots
- Never allow water to accumulate tropical in trays while growing inside
- Increase humidity by using a water bottle to spritz plants, clustering plants together also helps, as does or using a humidifier
- Fertilize most tropical plants two to three times during the growing season with diluted fertilizer
- Fertilize tropical flowering plants when flower buds appear for better results
- Never fertilize plants if soil is dry as it will burn the roots
- Do not fertilize plants in low light conditions while indoors (See light above)
- Most tropical plants will not withstand temperatures below 55 degrees
- Higher temperatures are required for active growth
- Do not place near heating vents as this will dry the foliage
- Check plants often under the leaves for aphids and mealy bugs and signs of spidermites (small webs on leaf axils)
- A water bottle with a soapy mixture will deter/kill most houseplant insects like aphids and spider mites
- Use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove and kill mealy bugs or scale.
Caring for your plants
- Many tropical houseplants may require pinching to maintain tidy appearance. Pinching back to the node (leaf attaches to stem) will encourage branching and maintain a more tidy appearance. Pinch in the spring before active growth occurs.
- Potting should be done early in the spring, before active growth occurs and when a fully formed root ball is present. Only pot up one size at a time (for example, from a 6-inch pot to an 8-inch pot). Some plants like to be root bound.
- Be sure to look online for care tips for your particular plant