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Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday 6th March

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Tips for ‘brown thumbs’

first_imgLet the sunshine inThe other key to healthy indoor plants is making sure they getenough sunlight.”Most plants need high levels of indirect light,” he said.”Usually, the brighter the better.”Signs of insufficient light include loss of foliage, weakappearance and spindly, stretched branches.Sudden temperature changes are also harmful to houseplants.”Avoid fast temperature changes by keeping plants away from doorsand heating or air-conditioning vents,” Crawford said.It’s not just energy wise to turn your household thermostat downduring winter months. It’s good for your houseplants, too.”Turning down the temperature at night to between 60 and 65degrees can actually prolong the life of flowering plants,” hesaid.Flowering and foliage plants can make great holiday gifts. Justmake sure the recipient is a plant lover, or your gift may beshort-lived. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaGiving a plant to someone without a green thumb can be likegiving a pet to someone who isn’t an animal lover.”How long potted plants remain attractive depends on the care yougive them,” said Jim Crawford, the University of GeorgiaCooperative Extension coordinator in Jefferson County.Crawford says the keys to successfully growing plants lie in howmuch water and light you give them.”Large plants in small containers dry out quickly,” he said. “Andthe low humidity from the central heat in most homes increasessoil drying.”Keep soil moistTo make sure your potted plants don’t dry out, he suggestschecking the soil daily and watering the plant if the soil feelsdry to the touch.”You don’t just check the soil surface,” he said. “Often thesurface will feel dry when the soil around the roots is stillmoist.”Push about an inch of your finger into the soil. If it feelsmoist, don’t water the plant, he said. Over-watering can promote diseasesOverwatering can be just as damaging to houseplants asunderwatering.”Root diseases can develop anytime the roots are stressed withtoo much fertilizer, root wounding and poorly drained soil,”Crawford said.Signs of root diseases include plants wilting, the death ofindividual branches and the yellowing of lower leaves.Crawford says there’s a “fine line between too little and toomuch water” when it comes to houseplants.”As a rule, the longer the soil stays wet, the greater thelikelihood of developing root rot,” he said.He recommends using the amount of water it takes to cause somewater to drain from the pot’s bottom.During the holiday season, houseplant pots are often decoratedwith colorful foil. Poke a hole in the foil on the bottom of thepot to ensure the plant can drain, he said.”After you make a hole, place the pot on a saucer to keep excesswater off your furniture,” he said.Discard water that collects in the saucer. “Don’t reuse thatwater or let the plant wick it up,” Crawford said. “This canrestrict root growth, causing poor plant performance.”last_img read more