-Naomi Austin- There are a lot of opinions out there when it comes to bonsai plants -- so many, that it can be a bit intimidating to approach this deeply enjoyable pastime. But trust me, once you get started, you’ll have a hard time foregoing the pleasure that bonsai gardening affords you. It can be so calming to focus on small spaces and intricate details, creating and trimming your tiny worlds in a pot. Let me start by saying that I am not a “Bonsai Master”. I have learned how to pot … [Read more...] about Beginning with Bonsai
-Gabrial House- There is no easier way to brighten up a room than with tillandsia, a.k.a. air plants! They can add all sorts of colors, shapes, and textures to any house, workspace, or chill space. Air plants are native to forests, mountains, and deserts of the southeastern United States, the Caribbean, northern Mexico, Mesoamerica, and parts of Argentina. Tillandsia will pretty much grow onto anything their seedpods can land on. They are commonly seen growing on trees, rock walls, … [Read more...] about Magical, Marvelous Air Plants
-Chris Amaya- Whether you know it or not, those house plants in the corner of the room are making a difference in the air quality in your home. Air-borne contaminants such as viruses, pollen, bacteria, and mold can be present and growing in your air conditioner, humidifier, and even carpet, circulating all throughout the house. Changing out your air filter every three months will help keep these pollutants down, but greening up your environment can also play a key role in improving indoor … [Read more...] about Houseplant Care When It’s Cold Outside
-Kristen Weeks- The benefits of adding houseplants to your home decor go far beyond aesthetics. Research shows that being among greenery reduces stress and creates a more tranquil and relaxed environment. It is no wonder that spikes in productivity have also been shown to occur in spaces with plants. There is also a general consensus among scientists that plants have the ability improve indoor air quality and reduce levels of certain types pollutants found in our homes and offices. Therefore, … [Read more...] about Want to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality? Get Houseplants!
-Naomi Austin- This time of year, as the leaves fall, and the wind’s chill stings our cheeks, a lot of us don’t think about gardening. However, this time of year is ideal for maintenance, planning, and preparations that will pay great dividends come spring planting time! Tool Care Your gardening tools get a lot of abuse during planting season! They need care during the winter months to keep them sharp and rust free, especially if you own any of our DeWit heirloom tools or Felco pruners. … [Read more...] about Hey Gardeners? No Need to Be Bored During Winter!
-Chris Amaya- This summer has given our houseplants a huge boost of energy, but now it's time to start getting them ready to move back inside for the winter before freezing temperatures decide their fate. Because environmental conditions differ widely between the inside and outside of a home, a gradual reintroduction to the indoors is best for your plants. Sudden changes in temperature, light, and humidity can be stressful to plants, resulting in yellowed leaves, dieback, wilting, and even … [Read more...] about Bring ’em In!
With houseplants, most pest problems stem from a separate issue: water, light, relative environment, and/or nutrients. Healthy plants are much more capable of resisting pests than plants under environmental stresses. So a good start to combat pests is to provide favorable conditions to start with, but there are also some methods to handle outbreaks after they happen. By taking preventative measures and considering environmental conditions, problems can be avoided before they manifest. While … [Read more...] about Houseplant Care Series Pt. 6: Common Houseplant Pests
When most people think about feeding their houseplants, they only consider the three numbers on plant food labels: nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. There are a few other items, however, that can greatly improve the health and beauty of houseplants. These additives are used in conjunction with other nutrients. Three favorites that are frequently recommended at Fifth Season are kelp, silica, and neem. The first additive, kelp, is a wondrous addition to any feeding regimen, as it helps to … [Read more...] about Houseplant Care Series Pt. 5: Additives
At Fifth Season Gardening, we are frequently asked about what fertilizer to feed houseplants. Unfortunately, to cultivate the happiest, healthiest plants there is no one-size-fits-all-solution. Different types of plants have distinct needs -- even plants of the same species can have contrasting nutrient requirements at different stages of their life cycle. In order to help determine what a plant's specific needs are, it helps to first ask yourself a few preliminary questions: Is the plant … [Read more...] about Houseplant Care Series Pt. 4: Base Nutrients
Plants have adapted to wildly different environments and, to some extent, you should endeavor to mimic their native soil when deciding what mixture to use. You can also alter a soil mixture depending on where you plan to grow it and to better suit your watering routine. It's often a daunting task to look at the myriad number of soils and choose the right one for your particular houseplant. To get started, there are a few basic questions to ask yourself: What type of plant are you … [Read more...] about Houseplant Care Series Pt. 3: Basic Soil Choices