Plant Tips and Tricks

Sticky House Plant Leaves

Often, sticky leaves is caused by Scale. Scale is an insect that sucks the juices out of plants. The sticky stuff that accumulates around the plant is from insect secretion. Take a look at the undersides of the leaves for tan, black or brown bumps. Control Scale by suffocating the insect. A safe horticultural oil will do the trick.

The easy orchid

The orchid is one of the easiest plants to maintain in an indoor space. Medium light is best with Eastern or Northern exposure to natural light, supplemented with fluorescent or incandescent artificial light in the office.

No plants on the window

Even though it may seem like a good idea, don't place your plants on a windowsill during the winter. The extreme temperature swings — the sun's heat during the day and the cold at night — can be hazardous to your plants health.

Keep track of the volume of water that you use

Keeping track of the amount of water you use is helpful to a plant’s survival for a number of reasons. It will indicate the amount of water you need to use, as well as how often the plant needs to be watered. It will also indicate whether or not your plant is being over or under-watered by the dryness or dampness of the soil.