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5 Indoor Friendly Plants

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Indoor Plants

Houseplants are known as interior decorating tools that jazz up rooms, but did you know they help allergy sufferers or asthmatics? Houseplants remove toxins from the air. Toxins are exuded from aerosol sprays, fabric upholstery, carpets and other things. Houseplants return pure oxygen into the air. This is then inhaled, nullifying the adverse effects on the body from inhaling toxins. Houseplants were first considered by NASA for use in the space program for protecting the astronauts from illness. Now, they are considered more than just a pretty decoration.

Palms

The Areca, Bamboo and Lady Palms are air purifiers that flourish in both dry and humid areas. They trap allergens in their leaves. Dust mites, pet dander and pollens are removed from the air and clean oxygen returned. This has benefits other than allergy removal. Exposure to plants in early childhood acts as an immunization shot to young children. They will grow up with a stronger immune system. Palms also target formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide. Smokers in the house won’t bother anyone when the palms suck up the toxins from the smoke.

Orchids

Famous for being finicky plants, the truth is orchids get along just dandy with as little care as watering them every now and again and putting them out of direct sunlight. These beautiful flowers vacuum the air of xylene, a toxin found in many paints, glues and leathers. Orchids perform their magic at night, which makes it the perfect houseplant for insomniacs. Plants also lower blood pressure, making sleep easier for those that are stressed. Placed beside the bed, orchids will help those troubled by lack of sleep.

Peace Lily

A further boon to allergy sufferers and asthmatics is the Peace Lily. The plant decidedly likes chilly temperatures. It just as decidedly dislikes acetone, ammonia, benzene, ethyl acetate, formaldehyde, methyl alcohol, trichloroethylene and xylene and removes them from the air. This plant would be best placed in bathrooms for its ability to absorb mold spores. Also, some personal grooming products include the toxins listed above and are primarily found in bathrooms. This plant would eliminate toxins and other pollutants that cause headaches and some allergies.

Ferns

There are many types of fern but Boston Ferns are the most popular. These feathery, lacy plants are usually hanging plants. Ferns cleanse the air of toluene and xylene, toxins found in paint, nail polish and glue. Those with dry skin will also benefit from ferns. They trap pollutants in their fronds and release moisture into the air. Indeed, houseplants are natural humidifiers but ferns top the list.

Ivy

Ivies are beautiful plants, often found in hanging baskets or trailing along the top shelf of tall bookcases. These versatile plants absorb the toxin benzene, which attacks the nervous system. Ivy plants are found in many offices, mainly because they look great but are out of the way. Good thing, too, because they facilitate clear thinking and problem solving.

For a range of beautiful pots to place these indoor plants in, check out the latest The Warehouse catalogue. They have a large range at great prices.

– Written by David Teller

Gardening: Tips on Growing Plants Whether Indoor or Outdoor

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Gardening is the art of producing and nurturing plants, and is associated with a specific field in science called horticulture. Decorative flowers or shrubs are included in a garden’s ornamental façade while some other plants associated with gardening are produced for consumption. Some of these consumption purposes may include even herbal medicines and beautifying materials for the skin and body.

Gardening:  Hobby or Business?

Gardening: Tips on Growing Plants Whether Indoor or Outdoor

Gardening makes a person more in touch with fine details of nature. Here, they gain mindful thought of living things that rely on their nurturing abilities in order to grow. Some people find it esteeming when their efforts are paying off, and the garden is in full bloom. From the time that seeds were planted until plants or trees mature, some said the feeling is stress-relieving when they come out alive.

Some ended up investing in the art and gained profit out of doing what they love. They offer services to residential places, corporate rooftops, and terrace gardens – for high-rise residential places. They can even supply ornaments and flowers when needed for a special occasion. This kind of business would require a piece of land for cultivation of plants and flowers. The most important part is manpower consisting of gardeners and landscapists. It requires a timeframe and due diligence should be backed up by thorough maintenance as seeds are grown in to plants and/or trees.

Outdoor Gardening

There is a lot of time required for a person to dedicate in gardening, so it takes a form of calling and love for this science. There are also some materials that they need to invest on especially if they are considering outdoor gardening. They have to begin with pampering a lawn, designing a landscape and maintaining it against withering and falling apart. Labor in outdoor gardening has the tendency to be intensive as time is of the essence. Keeping up with outdoor gardening also requires that it sustain the weather and people who would pass by it.

Indoor Gardening

Would it be too much to ask that a garden will look like according to one’s current mood? Sometimes, people who grow plants would prefer a garden that will look different from time to time. This is one benefit of indoor gardening or terrace gardening because plants are held by pots, which can be easily moved anywhere. One important thing to remember is the make of pots to be used. Depending on what plant to nurture, pots bought – or made – should withstand the weight of the plant as it grows. It is also significant that pots are checked according to how a plant’s roots grow. Once these factors are checked, find a heavy-duty pot which will withstand the plant as it matures. Plants do not mature on their own, so pots should be able to go through moist, wetness and heat. It should be built to sustain heaviness of the soil together with the growing plant over periods of time.

Gardening is not supposed to be easy. A garden in full bloom takes so much patience to achieve, and eats up a lot of time as it is being tended. Whether as a hobby or business, directly to the earth or grown in a pot a plant’s life depends on a green thumb. If a person has one may be it is a clue, and there will never be harm in trying to get closer to nature.

Growing Exotic Plants

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Growing exotic plants in your garden can make your garden more interesting and lively. If you feel that you need to do something different about your garden then perhaps getting some rare plants would be a good start.

Birds of Paradise - Exotic Flower

Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise – Not the bird but rather, the plant called “birds of paradise” is given such a name due to its impressive and elegant appearance. It stands at about two meters tall and appears somewhat like the bird of the same name. Its fan-shaped stems look like the bird’s head and beak. Birds of paradise are often used as ornaments.

Hawaiian Flowers – Hawaiian flowers on the other hand is perfect if you want to have your garden a tropical atmosphere in it. And the Hawaiian Lava Plant is perfect for that role. It often grows on lava stones in Hawaii. If you plan to have some at your home, you may want to consider looking for Bromeliad or Anthurium plants. These plants have bright colors which makes them more appealing to the eye. While the Bromeliad has circle of fronds encircling its stem, the Anthurium has a heart-shaped brightly colored flower.

Orchids – Who would forget such exotic beauties? Orchids are popular and very few people do not have one in their garden. People often see Orchids as the most exotic plant existing. In addition, it is easy to nurture them and their blooms last for a long time. You can actually choose from a wide variety of orchids.

So if you think that you could use some new plants in your garden to give it a new look, you may want to try getting some exotic plants.

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Tips When Pruning Your Plants

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There is actually nothing wrong in keeping your plants the way they are but if you want your garden to appear decent and clean, pruning is one way of doing so. Pruning is basically done to keep the plant from growing too big. When pruning plants, you have to always consider how the plant grows. If for example a plant blooms from new wood like some species of clematis or buddleia, you would prune them to make space for more flowers.

Gardening - Pruning Your Plants

Some plants that grow slow sometimes do not require pruning at all while some do. When you are pruning, you have to have the right tool to help you do the task. A good pair of secateurs and or a sharp spade would do the trick. The proper way of pruning is cutting the stem cleanly and slightly bends away from the bud. It is also vital for you to remember when to prune. Plants that bloom in the winter, spring or early summer like shrubs, roses and certain species of clematis usually have flowers growing on their stems. These plants are better off being pruned after they have new blooms so as to prepare them for a new set of flowers for the year after.

To avoid the risk of new shoots being frozen, it is best to prune around late winter. Trees on the other hand and bigger shrubs are best pruned this season on the other hand. It will be easier for you to spot diseased and or damaged branches and also shaping the tree.

Time To Grow Flowers In Your Garden

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Flowers for Your Garden

Gardening time!

If you love taking care of different plants but prefers plants that are easy to grow, you may want to consider these plants for your garden.

These are the five easy to grow flowers in your garden:

Lavender “Hidcote” is one such plant that is easy to take care of. It has grayish green foliage and pretty purple spikes of flowers. These flowers usually bloom in the month of June. It is easy to maintain because it does not require much water and it smells good.

Another flower is the Coneflower. They come in a variety of beautiful colors of light pink, dark pink, fair pink, peach pink, white and many more. They can grow as much as a medium-sized plant to a tall plant and usually blooms around mid-summer or late summer.

The Butterfly Bush grows in various sizes from four feet to eight feet or even more. This blooms for a long time especially after removing the finished flowers. It is also enduring against drought. Butterflies usually fly around this plant hence the name.

If you are looking for a plant that is really easy to take care of then you may want to get yourself a Catmint “walker’s low”. It is usually adorn with blooming flowers on it which makes it very attractive to the eye of anyone. It can grow to about twelve inch high and can grow even wider so better to have more space for it to grow.

The last would be Sedum “Autumn Joy”. It usually blooms by end of summer and continues late into fall unlike the flowers mentioned prior. It has a gentle, fair pinkish colored flower and complements ornamental glasses. What’s great about this plant is that you do not need to water it much since it does not like being wet that much.