Houseplants forum: General and specific HOUSEPLANT information

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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Jan 24, 2018 10:45 AM CST
I ran across a website for houseplants that is more than a quick snippet of information on the very few most popular houseplants.

http://mgonline.com/articles/i...

I am one of those people who likes to read everything out there when I am dealing with a plant issue, this site is just a little more informative than the norm.

Laurie b
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Jan 24, 2018 2:17 PM CST
I laugh with my students when I mention: The longer you stay up, the more you read on the internet, the more confused you will become. Be careful. No one site has it 100% correct. Lots I do not agree with on your link. Read more I guess. But then we are back to the road to confusion. Perhaps one solution might be to not "fish" the whole net but to find one site, one group of experienced people who know something? Garden.org comes to mind. Gene
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jan 24, 2018 2:44 PM CST
That is the site of a nursery grower and retailer in Florida. There is quite a bit of good information there, but much of it does not apply to those of us growing plants indoors in less desirable climates. As Gene stated, "Be careful."
Will Creed
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Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
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Carter
Jan 24, 2018 2:44 PM CST
I love to read and like you read tons of info from the web. When doing so you just have to understand that like Gene said, there are many differing opinions and it can be confusing. But then, you also have to understand that just because two sites or opinions may differ or appear to contradict each other, that doesn't necessarily mean that one is wrong (or, conversely, that either of them is right!). You just have to learn to take each with a grain of salt and learn as much as you can from experience and apply that to what you read.

The best way for you to grow a plant in your area may be very different for me to grow that same plant in my area (even down to potting soil components) - kind of like what we touched on with you ficus group we discussed in your other thread.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 24, 2018 3:08 PM CST
I too enjoy reading and learning about all sorts of plants. A long time ago, someone told me that for the best success in growing houseplants, we should try to find information about where in the world the specific plant comes from; learn about how it grows in it's natural habitat and try to come as close to those conditions as possible in our own environment.

It's sometimes still trial and error with me. I've always commented that plants have to thrive on neglect under my care and of course, no plant will thrive with total neglect. Sighing!
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Jan 27, 2018 7:09 AM CST
Lin, that same advice was imparted to me & has been my most valuable too.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jan 27, 2018 8:41 AM CST
I agree that knowing a plant's native habitat is a great starting point for understanding the basic temperature, light and water requirements of plant species. Sometimes the problem comes in translating natural environment to artificial indoor environment. Many times a plant will be described as needing shade or no direct sun. While that may be true outdoors, indoors, where light is much less intense, that plant would do best in direct sunlight. Likewise, many plants grow in humid tropical regions but have shown over the years that they do just fine in very dry air conditions.
Will Creed
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Jan 27, 2018 11:04 AM CST
Totally agree! There is no inside equivalent to direct sun all day outside unless one has a conservatory/greenhouse/glass room. Most plants from this environment are going to have an "inside" look if kept in the captivity of a pot. If one can determine the location about which an author is writing, one can know if they are talking about outside growing, or inside. A plant from a shady spot outside probably still gets a little direct sun in the morning or afternoon as the sun is rising/setting, and shining sideways across the landscape.
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Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Jan 27, 2018 11:21 AM CST
Where I live, not even a greenhouse will do. Consider the lower angle of the sun, less intense sunlight. Length of day. % cloudy days in the winter. Etc.
Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Jan 29, 2018 2:46 AM CST
Exactly. By now, I expect certain pieces of bad information to be almost everywhere for some reason. But, as a hobby that fascinates and entertains me, I like to read it all. Part of what is interesting about this forum is seeing in real time what is growing when all over the country. And yes the tips a member from the hottest part of Texas will often not apply to anything gardening at all where I live.

Besides reading helps insomnia lol
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Jan 31, 2018 4:51 PM CST
If the person who wrote a piece of info is having acceptable results, the info is not bad if it does not translate directly to every location. Just a minor change from OH to AL caused a drastic change in how many of my plants "behave," and some that were old favs in OH have been dropped from my lineup because they are hardy & weedy here, like spider plants, Tradescantia fluminensis, & asparagus ferns. Like in real estate, location is everything for plants too, both in regard to the macro-location and the micro-location.
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Faridat
Jan 31, 2018 6:13 PM CST
Thank you for the suggestion @laurie, this seems interesting! Smiling
In some Native languages the term for plants translates to "those who take care of us."
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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
Houseplants Region: Pacific Northwest Sedums Orchids Tropicals Region: Mexico
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lauriebasler
Feb 1, 2018 3:52 AM CST
Gosh I certainly would not say it was bad info. The point I failed at making, I guess is I love to read about plants. It could be a comic book, or a horticulture book. Fiction or educational, it all interests me.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Feb 1, 2018 4:44 PM CST
Laurie - In evaluating any information on plant care, you have to take into account the source and the source's credentials. That includes the environment in which they are growing their plants. Nursery growers earn a livelihood by growing various plants as rapidly as possible. Consequently, they study and provide nearly perfect light, temperature, humidity and fertilizer. They know what they are doing. However, the techniques they use often do not apply in home environments where light is greatly reduced and that changes everything.

So, it is not about good or bad or right or wrong information. It is about gathering information that applies to your particular environment. That seems obvious, but many folks are not cognizant of that and end up finding and following advice that is not appropriate for their situation.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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