indoor plants - Knowledgebase Question

Amarillo, Te
Question by jayden79106
May 24, 2008
really it is 2 questions. I just got a Fittonia. It says to water when the soil feels dry but i put it in the moisture control soil and it NEVER feels dry. And it also says low light. DO i need to give it a little sun or will the flouresent lights be enough?
Number Two- I replanted the living parts of the ivy i nearly killed and its not doing so well. Any suggestions? I have one leaf off of another ivy that just seems to just want to keep that vine. Its not wilted like the other one but its a different kind. If I put them together will they stroke out. I need help please. Thank you so very much.

Answer from NGA
May 24, 2008



I apologize for this delayed reply to your gardening question and hope it is still helpful to you.

Your house plant should be watered when the soil is no longer moist to the touch.This may take some experimenting and watching the plant to get a feel for when it is dry enough to be watered. Low light means indirect sunlight, not direct sun, but it most likely will need more than just fluorescent lights.

For the repotted ivy I suggest you try to keep the soil a little moist but not soggy wet until it has a chance to get growing again. Try fertilizing your plants with a soluble plant foods such as Miracle Grow at the label rate every week or two for a while and they should regain some vigor and start looking good again.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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