Plant Maintenance

16 November

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Tips for indoor and outdoor plants maintenance.

AZALEA
Azalea origins in mountainous Asia and North America.
It is an outdoor plant that needs abundant light and good ventilation.
It is good to be placed in the shade to avoid the acceleration of flowering and it should be watered regularly.
Frequent lubrication and optional pruning just before summer is recommended.
The azaleas are prone to diseases such as psoriasis, fungi, spider mites, aphids, especially in spring season.

ALOKASIA
The alokasia originates in Philippines.
It shows a remarkable preference in cool climates so you should frequent spray it with water. During summer months requires regular watering, unlike the winter when little water is needed.
This plant can be placed at a point where there is not much light, provided the temperature is not low.
Put fertilizer, preferably in the summer, and pay great attention to the root of the plant since it can be easily infected by bacteria.

Anthurium
The anthurium comes in many varieties and can be found in colors like white, pink, red and bicolor. It origins from tropical Africa and this justifies the preference it shows in warm climates. Although relatively high temperature is needed which automatically means frequent watering, lighting should be discreet.
We supply the plant with fertilizer at short intervals to be able to Flower annually. Enemies of anthuriums are usually aphids, so check the plant to be addressed urgently

Aralia
The Araila comes from Tropical America and can be found in small and large foliage.
There are the plants that do not love moisture therefore they should be placed in moderate illumination but with relatively high temperature.
Feed with fertilizer at regular intervals but water it not very often.
ARDISIA
It belongs to the outdoor plants provided that the lighting is something very essential to maintain. Despite this, we must be careful in the amount of  water we provide (i.e. Dilute watering).
The ardisia makes its appearance in the Christmas season and in combination with its vivid red fruits it can be a part of your festive decorations.
By giving the plant lubrication approximately every two months, we enhance its durability and its lifespan.

Arokaria
This plant originates in Australia and it could easily be likened to a small fir tree, with the difference however that the araucaria consists of small green needles very soft to the touch.
Necessary conditions for the proper care and prevention of yellowing of needles, is a cool environment with relatively high humidity. If located in the above conditions avoid frequent watering but do not forget the frequent lubrication.

ASPARANGOS
The asparangos origins from India and South Africa and exists in several varieties.
It is plant that requires very little, provided the atmosphere in which is kept, to be wet. In addition, such a location will save you from the process of frequent watering.
The maintenance is relatively easy as lighting and temperature to the asparangos needs are modest. The same applies to the frequency of lubrication.
It is recommended regular plant inspection for aphids appearance.

VINGONIA
The Brazilian plant vingonia is found in many, bold, vivid and cheerful colors, such as red-yellow-orange-white-pink and in several discolorations.
Although the lifetime is relatively small, this is no deterrent to the gain you get, for such an exquisite ornament for the garden and your terrace.
The best location for vingonia is a place with moderate temperature, but with enough oxygen. Logically, as a blooming plant watered ought to be regular, but the fleshy torso makes it not possible, since there is a risk to rot. Therefore, great attention is recommended to watering, which should be common, but not excessive.
Feed the plant with fertilizer regularly.
Heather Or Ivy
Climbing plant, which comes from Europe, Asia, South Africa and some varieties from the Canary Islands.
The best setting for the ivy is dry, but not in high temperature. This means that watering should be frequent.
It is preferable to have no direct contact with the sunlight, in order to avoid the possibility of burnt leaves.
Fertilize the plant at regular intervals if you want slightly prune the tops.
Diseases that may occur are psoriasis, aphids and spider mites.

CALATHEA
There are many varieties of calatheas, all of them quite spectacular, with wide leaves composed of special markings and discolorations.
Country of origin is the Tropical America.
As an indoor plant, it seeks for a place with discreet lighting and a relatively high temperature.
The water supply should be thin (approximately every 10 days), in contrast to the lubrication that needs to be made every three months.
A peculiarity of the calatheast is the mobility that occurs in the leaves at  the evening, as well as gather and close, and respectively in the morning as they open and return to their original form.
Possible diseases are spider mites and psoriasis.

CAMELLIA
 Camellia comes from Japan and impresses us with its beautiful flowers available in various colors.
Although it is an outdoor plant (garden, patio), it does not need too much water.
Be sure to keep it in a shady place so that the process of flowering to develop naturally and not quickly lose its flowers.
 Camellia needs water soluble fertilizer in spring and autumn, as well as the recommended pruning in spring season before the new blooming.
Diseases that afflict the plant is psefdokokkos, aphids and chlorosis.

KENTIA
Kentias are usually large plants, pretty impressive, originating from Australia.
They are considered somewhat difficult because the plant leaf tips tan and brown spots appear on the foliage. In most cases, this is due to water containing too much salt, and because of that many agriculturists recommend distilled water, not tap water.
Also possible cause of this phenomenon may be the point (unfavorable) where we have placed them.
Therefore, they should be placed in moderate lighting and temperature, but with proper and adequate ventilation.
Keep the soil somewhat dry and do not water frequently.
In spring and summer season be sue to fertilize them regularly.
Psoriasis and spider mites are the most common diseases presented in Kentias.

ORCHIDS
 Proper maintenance of the orchids depends on:
1. sufficient ventilation
2. Discreet lighting
3. Moisture at low levels
If the new leaves of the plant turn yellow the possible causes are either bright light or low temperature, or just the plant needs fertilizer.
If you observe red, brown, or black spots on the leaves reduce the watering frequency (less humidity) and do not expose the plant to much light, since the sun and the elevated temperature can be especially harmful.
Great care is recommended to plant lubrication (not overfertilisation), in order not to bring the opposite results.
When the tips of the leaves blacken use distilled water, because tap water contains a lot of salts.
But there are cases where the problem is indicated in the flowers or the root system of orchids. If this is not due to some climate change, high humidity, poor ventilation of the plant, then it is due to virus or infection.
Therefore, consult an agriculturist and get the appropriate medicine.
    
SANSEVERIA
The sanseveria comes from Tropical and South Africa.
The foliage is oblong, two colored, thick and quite hard.
It is a plant that prefers to drought, so water must be provided in small amounts and infrequently.
The soil should remain dry, otherwise there is a risk of rotting leaves.
You do not need special care, if it is placed in moderate lighting and temperature. '
As for the lubrication it is good to be done approximately every three months

Sheflera
There are several varieties of Sheflera and they all come from Malaysia.
We will come across her with small and big foliage, in various shades of green (light-green), as in discolorations.
They are frugal in both watering and the lighting and the temperature needed. The Sheflera is quite durable and relatively fast growing, if the location favors her and of course if she is fed with the proper fertilizer in frequent intervals.Pruning is optional and recommended caution, especially in the spring, for aphids and psoriasis.

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