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Keeping Houseplants Humidly Happy
The key to survival is not so much the moisture in the soil, as the moisture in the air. An easy way is to raise the pot by a layer of pebbles or a 2-3Ē width jar cover in the saucer. Keep water up to the bottom of the pot only, so roots wonít rot.
A productive garden begins with fertile soil, and using compost, or decomposed organic matter, is the easiest and most efficient way to achieve such soil. By turning kitchen scraps, lawn clippings, and dried leaves into nutrient-rich compost, you are also significantly reducing the amount of waste in landfills. Just deposit the scraps in a container, or hole in the ground, and turn a couple times a year. Failure to turn will still work, but it will take longer. Coffee grounds are good to add too.
Synthetic fertilizers are less effective than organic ones in the long run, and the natural gas used to create about 200 bats of synthetic fertilizer could heat your home for a year!
Leave Bulbs Alone
You don't need to press down those bulbs in winter nor mulch them further. Leave them alone, they need the cold, and they will be fine.
Say No To Shards
At planting time, ignore the traditional advice to cover your containers' drainage holes with pot shards. New studies show that rather than improving drainage, they can actually hinder it. Instead, put a small square of window screening over each opening in the bottom. It will keep soil in the pot but still allow water to drain out. A used coffee filter works well also.
These cool-loving blooming plants do best on a very bright north or east windowsill with some direct morning sun. They must be kept cool to maintain longevity. Only temperatures approaching freezing are too cold. Extended time above 60 degrees will shorten their life. Use them as a centerpiece or room decor, but return them to their windowsill for the night.
In addition to cool and bright, these plants won't tolerate drying out. By the same token they donít want to sit in a saucer of water. Let the soil surface begin to dry out before watering. Water thoroughly so that the saucer has water in it. After a 15 minute soak, empty the saucer.
Regularly remove spent blooms and yellowing lower leaves. Some mold is not uncommon because of the denseness of the foliage and the moist conditions the plant requires.
Grow these primroses until April and then plant in a shady garden spot and grow as a perennial. They will sometimes bloom again in the fall.