INDOOR PLANTS - Knowledgebase Question

Clyde Hill,Wa, Wa
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Question by mariabcomell
January 25, 2010
Not doing soo good. My peace Lily (Spathiphyllum hybird)and Umbrella (Scheffera aeboricola). How often should I water, soil must be? Dark place some light ? but no sun.
The lily point of leave gets dried> I buy all of the at HomeD and my terrace is beautiful in summer but indoor plants I am having problems. Please help Thanks Maria

Answer from NGA
January 25, 2010
Peace Lilies are relatively easy to grow, especially indoors. They don't need direct sun, preferring bright, indirect light from a nearby window. Fertilize plants about every six weeks with a liquid 20-20-20 product. To keep your peace lily looking nice, cut off at the base all spent flowers and dead or yellowing leaves. And, if you don't like the pollen that showers itself over the flower petals and leaves, cut off the stamens several days after they appear, and allow the beautiful spathes to remain on display. Water the plant with room temperature water when the soil begins to dry. It is best to water from the bottom of the plant. Do this buy putting room temperature water in the water collection plate that you are using underneath your peace lily.Fill it to the top of the collection plate and allow the soil to absorb the water from the bottom of the soil. You want to avoid over watering your peace lily, the soil should never become soggy. Over watering is the main cause of root and stem disease in peace lilies.

You can follow the same guidelines for your Umbrella plant. Again, be careful with watering, allowing the top half inch of soil to dry out between waterings.

Best wishes with your houseplants.

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