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INDOOR GARDENING : GARDENING: Light Plays the Heavy in Houseplant Choices

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INDOOR GARDENING :

GARDENING:

Light Plays the Heavy in Houseplant Choices

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Light Plays the Heavy in Houseplant Choices

By Mike Creger

Duluth News Tribune

February 28, 2015

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/features/home/ 
3688341-light-plays-heavy-houseplant-choices

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/k56l6gc

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The easiest and best-adapted houseplants for this area can tolerate both
low light and low humidity, Olen said, describing the typical Northland
home in the winter.

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Choose plants with thick, succulent leaves that help them conserve
moisture, he said.

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Window exposure is also critical. The most light will come from windows
facing the south and southwest. Medium light will come through windows
facing the east or in areas a few feet away from windows facing the west.
Low light comes from windows facing north.

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With that in mind, Olen mentioned his favorite plants for each three of
the light conditions.

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High-light plants: cacti and succulents, citrus trees (orange and
lemon), hibiscus and ficus.

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Medium-light plants: ferns, begonias, Schefflera, Peperomia, and
African violets.

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Low-light plants: Aglaonema, Dracaena, Pothos or devils ivy,
Philodendron, Monstera and Sansevieria.

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Improve the conditions

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Improve your light by making sure windows are clean inside and out, Olen
said. Aside from violets, leaf surfaces should also be gently cleaned of
dust for maximum moisture capture.

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Use room-temperature water for gently washing, but avoid soaps, he said.

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A room humidifier can help with moisture as will clustering plants in
high-humidity areas like kitchens or bathrooms  Provided there is adequate
light and by placing plants on a shallow tray of wet pebbles or marbles,
Olen said.

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Topics Covered in This Article:

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Make it a match

Improve the conditions

Another local list

Houseplant enemies


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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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Re: INDOOR GARDENING : GARDENING: Light Plays the Heavy in Houseplant Choices

tony
What amazing these indoor gardening tips these are! We have shifted to new apartment and I really want to have beautiful indoor plants to decorate the living room. A room humidifier will help to maintain the moisture level as I read important details on other websites too so now just going to buy one soon.