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Peace Lily

Peace lily

(lat. Spathiphyllum) is one of the easiest indoor plants to care for.

It is native to native to tropical regions of the Americas and southeastern Asia

It is also known as closet plant because its ability to grow in dark places. While they will certainly not die from the lack of light, peace lilies like most of plants do prefer light. Indirect light. If you place your peace lily near the window it will burn and die.

Peace lily likes water, however it does not like swimming in water. Make sure it gets a good drainage and that the water is not collecting on the bottom of the pot.

Peace lily is excellent air cleaner – however it can be mildly toxic to pets (no kidney failure but some vomiting possible).

Short version: Place at least 5 feet away from the window. Add 1/5 cup water daily. Watch it grow 

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Dieffenbachia

Dieffenbachia

is native to the New World Tropics from Mexico and the West Indies south to Argentina, but widely cultivated as a house plant. It comes in multitude of species and each one is gorgeous in its own way.

Dieffenbachia likes filtered light (behind the curtain or behind other plants). Light has to be indirect. Note, that each part of dieffenbachia that is facing more light will grow faster so the plant will have to be turned/rotated on regular basis.

Do not overwater. Dieffenbachia prefers well drained soil, and water only when the soil is dry at the touch .

Dieffenbachia is highly toxic plant to pets and children (and any adults tempted for some reason to chew on it). We do not recommend this plant to household with cats. It has to be kept out of reach of children and dogs.

Short version: Place behid other plants, rotate the pot 90 degrees (1/4 turn clockwise) every week. Water ½ cup weekly. Keep away from children, cats, & dogs.

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China Doll

China doll plant

(lat. Radermachera sinica) is native to the subtropical mountain regions of southern China and Taiwan. We sell the dwarf version of this evergreen tree which can grow up to 9 feet.

The care for China doll can be tricky, but once you get used to each other plant will grow and provide joy to the entire household.

China doll prefers bright conditions. Place it in indirect light ensuring it is in the spot that will provide at least 5-6 hours of light.

Since China doll does not like change, it is very possible it will start to lose the foliage immediately after delivery. It is very important not to overwater the plant during this stage. Water only when the soil appears to be dry.

Too complicated? Short version: Place near window, water 1 cup per week, do not place under the vent. Do not replant at least for a year. Watch it grow

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Schefflera

Schefflera

Is widely considered to have pantropical and of “many races” origin, or as I like to call it “parentage has yet to be determined”. In any case it is widely loved plant with beautiful patterned leaves arranged in an umbrella pattern, hence the common name Umbrella Plant.

While scheflerra is a house plant that prefers indirect light, I have seen them growing successfully outside in Houston area – usually there is some overhang above them (patio, porch roof) etc. If you plan to have your schefflera outside, check on it often and make sure that it is not exposed directly to Houston sun.

They like water but tend to prefer well drained soil. It is better to wait until the top of the soil is light to touch, before watering again.

Short version: Place in indirect light or on the shaded porch. Water once per week ½ cup to 2/3 of cup. If it does not begin to grow new leafs within 2 weeks move to another spot

Schefflera is not a fussy plant and it is very resistant to diseases. Once you place it in the spot it likes, it will thrive (you will be able to notice by new leaf growth)

Toxicity level is 2: Ingestion of these plants may cause minor illnesses such as vomiting or diarrhea to adults. Reaction by children and pets can be much more severe. I would be very careful in bringing these plants into household with cats, dogs, or small children. Would not plant outside where your horses roam.

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