Houseplants

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Houseplants

A tropical paradise for your home is easy to achieve from our wide selection of indoor house plants for sale at City Floral Garden Center in Denver.

We have traditional low-light houseplants, full-sun plants, cactus, succulents, and everything in between! Don’t be discouraged if you think you have a brown thumb. We have plants for beginners and plant masters alike!

Our staff at City Floral Greenhouse won’t just send you home with an indoor plant, we’ll ensure you have all the information to keep your plants healthy and happy.

Do you have a pest or disease invading your houseplants? Bring in a leaf or branch sample to our plant nursery and one of our diagnostic experts will help!

Before purchasing a new houseplant to put in your home or office, consider the following:

  • Sunlight/Lighting: The most critical element for indoor plants is determining how much light your plant will receive on a daily basis. Only a few plants need several hours of direct sunlight each day. Most will need a good source of bright, indirect, natural light, while other ‘low light’ plants will flourish in areas with less light. Only a few plants will live and actually grow under only a fluorescent light source.
  • Time: If you don’t have a lot of time during your busy work-week to devote to your new plant, choose a plant or flower that requires a small amount of maintenance. Average houseplants will need watering approximately one time each week. If your conditions are dry, hot, or the light is very bright, they may need more. Some plants, like bonsai, will require much more of your time as you need to keep them well watered, free of insects, pruned and properly potted.
  • Plant Size: Don’t forget to think long-term. Some plants purchased at a small size will remain that way, while others will grow and inevitably cover your entire desk or a large area of your home! Make sure to research your plant’s potential growth size. Most plants will only reach their full potential with proper care, including repotting. Others can be stunted by keeping them root-bound in small pots and pruning aggressively.
  • Watering: Watering is a crucial part of caring for your plants, indoor or outdoor. Over-watering can lead to root rot, disease, or killing your plant altogether. Always check the soil around your plant before you water to make sure it is at the proper moisture level and actually needs to be watered. Many plants will drink less water in the winter than they do in the summer months, just as plants in lower light will need less water than those in brighter light. Sun, temperature, growing season, and root density will all affect how much water a plant needs.

The Big Two: Light and Water

Nearly all plants can survive with the proper levels of light and watering. In order to thrive, they require proper potting along with adequate nutrients and humidity. If you are having a problem with your plant, in nearly all cases, something is wrong with your light or watering situation.

First, the light! Many people confuse bright light and sunlight, thinking their houseplants need direct sun in order to survive. In fact, most houseplants prefer little to no direct sunlight. Obviously, there are many plants, like Cacti and Ficus, that do like some sun. Most plants like bright areas, usually very close to windows, but just back from the direct rays of the sun. As you move away from a window, the light intensity falls off very quickly. Unless your windows are very large or flooded with sunlight, you’ll want to keep your plants fairly close to them. Many people want to brighten up dark corners of their rooms with plants, and then think they have a “brown thumb” when their new plant quickly dies. If you must have a plant in a dark spot, choose carefully and be sure not to overwater it.

Speaking of Water! Proper watering is often the most difficult element of plant care. While everyone wants to know how often they should water their plants, there is no simple answer to that question. Generally speaking, plants should be completely dry on the surface of the soil between watering. If your plant is in a properly sized pot, with drainage, and is not in extreme light or temperature conditions, you should be watering your plant about once every five to seven days. Remember, many plants will vary widely from this watering schedule.

If you pay close attention to how your plant looks after watering, you will often be able to detect small signs that will help you know when it will need to be watered again. A properly watered plant should look full and healthy. It should not be limp or wilted looking. If you aren’t sure, wait another day and see if the plant is looking thirsty. Most plants, with some exceptions, can handle under-watering much better than over-watering.

Repotting and Nutrients

In addition to light and water, in order for plants to thrive and grow they need fresh, nutrient-rich soil, a pot that drains properly, and adequate room for the plant to grow. A properly potted plant growing well will likely need to be repotted every one to two years. Plants can live a long time with little to no added nutrients in their water or soil. However, if you want them to thrive, they will need food during their growth season. Most plants should be fed regularly from early spring through fall, then “rested” during the winter months. Whether you choose organic fertilizers and soil amendments or traditional chemical brands, you’ll find a wide selection of garden supplies for all of your plants at City Floral Garden Center.

Have questions on how to take care of your houseplant? Visit our garden store and garden gift shop at 1440 Kearney St., Denver, CO 80220, email us at info@cityfloralgreenhouse.com, or call us at (303) 399-1177 with any questions.

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