How to deal with pests on plants naturally

Dealing with pests the natural way

It is common for insects or another infestation to end up infesting your plants at one
point of your time working with plants. If you are dealing with pests in your indoor home, you may want to find a more natural way to eliminate them, instead of using chemicals such as insecticides and other harmful materials. This is especially if you have young children or pets in your
home that may accidentally get hit or eat the plants that you spray with insecticide. There are ways to do this and many of them require ingredients that you can get at your local convenience or grocery store.

When you find insects or other diseases that are making your plants fall ill, isolate the plant
immediately to stop this from spreading to the other plants inside your house.
Depending on the type of problem you are facing, the solution will have to be different.

Spider Mites

If your plants are being eaten by spider mites, you can stop this by making a quick natural
solution of buttermilk and water. Add the solution that you mixed thoroughly into a spray bottle, and before you use it make sure you shake it well. Put the plant in the
bathtub and give a thorough spray all throughout the plant. A mix of 50-50 of the water and buttermilk is recommended, and if this is too thick to use with a spray bottle, add more water to dilute the buttermilk solution.

Aphids

You may be able to get rid of aphids with a by washing the plant with a huge dose of
water. otherwise, you can also kill a couple of the aphids and leave them at the
bottom of the pot. These aphids will tend to then emit an odor that lets the other aphids know that danger is near. This will cause such aphids to run for their lives and abandon the plant. If this method is used, make sure you do it outside so they can find another plant that is not inside your own house.

There are many natural and organic methods available for the list of big problems your plant
can encounter. There are so many that these are too numerous to list. These are the two most common pests that can affect your plant and it is tempting to use chemical solutions to solve the problem, as this may be cheaper, faster and good for those who are impatient. However, with some research there is always a natural solution to prevent many more of other different insects or diseases that can affect your plants’ health.

Do not use non-natural chemicals

Remember that the chemicals you can buy from gardening and convenience stores may also be harmful to the environment, and you will be contributing to global warming. Also, these chemicals may also cause your plants to gain other sorts of diseases, as these chemicals may mix in with your plants’ water and nutrients in the soil and cause them to genetically be modified, which can cause other diseases that even common cures cannot find them. Our goal is for you to avoid non-natural chemicals, as these may cause you to even destroy your plants further when they had just a simple disease or infestation which can be easily cured otherwise.

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Hibiscus Plants

The Hibiscus Plant

The Hibiscus family comprises more than 200 different types of plants.It is a broad family that contains herbaceous plants and sometimes even small trees.Hibiscus species are often found in tropical and subtropical regions such as our own country, Singapore.

Hibiscus plants are popular in gardens and flower arrangements, since the plants produce very beautiful flowers on its stem. You can choose between wide range of different Hibiscus colours. Some of the more popular colors that you can get Hibiscuses with are red, pink, orange, violet, lavender, yellow and white. A Hibiscus flower can reach up to 15 cm tall, and are equipped with around four to five petals. Hibiscus leaves are lobed and have a green shade of color.

hibiscus flower

Hibiscus plants must have a lot of light during the day, and a majority of the Hibiscus species originate from warmer and humid regions in the world. Most Hibiscus species will prefer to be planted where the temperature is from 25 to 30 degrees during the day. These plants are tougher than many other tropical plants and will usually survive low temperatures as long as they are not exposed to this for a long time. Cold temperatures can actually make this plant shed its leaves and buds, it can regenerate its leaves and flowers later on. You can keep a Hibiscus plant in areas where the temperatures drop below 20 degrees, but these Hibiscuses not flower at all. In a colder region or room, you should not give your Hibiscus a lot of water as this will increase the risk of fungal infections and other bad diseases. Definitely avoid lower temperatures, especially that below freezing point.

Take good care of your Hibiscus plants

If you take care of your Hibiscus, they will start to grow flowering buds. Hibiscus buds quite big and can even be tight. Unfortunately, Hibiscus buds are often many insects and even worms that can kill the entire bud. However, do not spray insecticide on these plants as this is not natural. When the buds open up and begin to blossom, you can protect them from parasites regularly spraying them with water, which will surely be enough.

You can make the Hibiscus flowers last longer by providing them with water and protect them from severe heat.  If the Hibiscus plant is exposed to temperatures above 30 degrees, it can begin to drop its buds, and wilt its flowers. This can sometimes be prevented by giving your Hibiscus plant a lot of water and putting it under some shade. The plant will have no problem surviving temperatures above 30 degrees celcius as it does not become dehydrated. Heavy downpour will harm Hibiscus flowers, so please make sure to never put your plants outside for too long, especially during he rainy season now!

purple hibiscus

Hibiscus Plant Pruning

Hibiscus plants tend to produce flowers on their new shoots, which may look ugly. Therefore, it may be recommended for you to start pruning your flowers. You can cut off your shoots and them in floral arrangements, but they will usually last no longer than a full day. If you cut off an almost opened bud you can protect it in the refrigerator. Many florists use this method to maintain their flowers, especially hard ones such as Hibiscuses.

yellow hibiscus flower

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Aquatic Plants Mini Guide

Mini Guide to Aquatic Aquarium Plants

Aquarium plants some of the most important parts of aquariums. Aquarium plants add more life to an aquarium and cause it to look great while completing the ecosystem of the acquarium.

The most important thing to take note of with these plants is to make it look attractive and beautiful, leaving enough room so your aquatic life and other fishes can swim undisturbed and also be seen by yourself. The taller aquatic plants should be best planted at intervals in columns, while the leafy ones look better when they are planted together in small bursts, making them appeal to your eyes as bushy and green.

tank plants in water

When planting your foliage that has roots, hold the the tips of the roots between fingers and rest them on the soil of the tank. Now with the your fingers, push the upper part of the roots (where they join the stem) a few inches into the soil. Without moving your fingers, push the your thumb into the soil, pushing the soil over any uncovered portions of the roots.

When you plant the unrooted plants, please plant them in batches or bunches. Follow the method explained above repeatedly, but this time make sure that their lower stems are put together and treated as if they had roots. Ensure that these plants have some breathing space in the tank as well, and ensure that there is enough space for your fish to poop so you can clean it up.

Ensure that the water should be right up to the top of the tank, with the plants near the of the top irons of the tank, so that when you look at the tank, the surface cannot be seen at all and your eyes get the impression that the aquarium is not full.. If the level is allowed to fall below the top, the tank looks like a container holding water. You want to avoid this.

Aquarium Lighting is also important

The two main methods of lighting aquarium are using Florescent or Incandescent lights. This depends if you want to grow these plants or not. Unless you are using fake plants, a lack of lighting causes your unique fishes to fade and cause them to lose their coloring.

The total amount of light required is a matter of trial and error. Too much light will turn the water disgustingly bad looking; too little will prevent your plants from growing, if any at all.

The lighting can be natural or artificial, or you can even use both types of lights. The best position for your tanks is near a darker space, close to the front of your room, perhaps near a window; this arrangement will provide an ideal amount of light which can be supplemented by your own installed lights.

The lighting must be housed in wooden or plastic that does not contrast with the furniture in your room, and must be placed above the tank. If there is no natural light, the lights should be left turned on for at least a third of the day.

The best light for showing off an aquarium comes from behind, so please take note of this. You do not want your plants to die at all.

tall plant

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Six Indoor Plants That Prefer Damp Dark Areas

Finally, Indoor Plants that require little maintenance

It took me a huge amount of time, possibly up to even a decade, but I finally found a plant that I can happily put at home and leave it there. This indoor house plant that will brighten up the end of a room and stay there without even food or water. The Aspidistra, the scientific name for the Cast Iron plant, has graced the homes of many different important artists, politicians and even millionaires, now graces my own home which is located near a huge pond, next to a multi storey carpark surrounded by another few hundred people living in my apartment building.

The Aspidistra

Many arborists say that this Aspidistra is one of the most adaptable house plants, and also one of the hardiest ones as well. It has slender dark green or white leaves that grow straight from the soil it is potted in, and does not grow one by one but in clumps from up to 75 cm in height and 15 cm in diameter.

It is such a low maintenance plant that it is even less maintenance a month than my own girlfriend, Lol! My own girlfriend needs me to fuss around her and help her to do certain things such as chores and remembering anniversaries, but this plant will never yell at you for forgetting to buy her a big gift for her birthday. This is just like a sweet little girl with its sweet nature that it maintains. It needs very low light, average temperature and humidity which is already readily provided by Singapore weather, and light watering. Just remember to not put it outside for long in case of the crazy rain showers that happen in Singapore these days.

aspidistra in american home

Other plants that do not need much light

Low-light plants are usually  those that can survive and even thrive in 25 to 75 foot candles – a place that is about 4 to 5 metres from a bright window, with just enough light for a human to read by comfortably. Also this is a place where artificial lighting switched on by day would brighten the whole place up enough. Remember, plants still need to have some light at certain times of the day to generate the glucose they need to survive.

You can easily find the Cast Iron Plant in your local plant nursery, or even at other florists and plant shops. In addition, let me tell you about another five plants that will suit very low light situations, where people who are lazy like me can buy and forget for a period of time.

Other 5 plants that don’t need much light

These are the following:

  1. Aglonema (Chinese Evergreen) which are among the few plants that prefer only moderate light and can adapt very well to low light conditions. This plant has dark leathery leaves that can later develop a caney base. It is very distinguishable by nature.
  2. Drachaena deremensis, which are also known as Happy or Fortune Plants, have slender leaves and usually are white variegated. The Drachaena are actually caney plants with decorative rosettes of foliage.
  3. There is also the Holly fern which adapts to low light conditions, as well as its sister the Boston fern, which is a fishbone type of fern, that remains in low light for many months but often needs a dash of brighter light every now and then to rejuvenate itself.
  4. Neanthe Bella or Parlor Palm is also another one of these plants that are more suited to low light situations. They are much less in need of light than most palms.
  5. Sanseviera (also known as Mother-In-Law’s Tongue) which stands low to very bright light. It has waxy strap-like leaves that usually come with cream-colored stalks, as well as unusual bandings of the grey-green center on these leaves.

Why not try some of these plants, if you are a lazy plant owner like me?

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Ways to Save Money on your Wedding Flowers?

If you inquire from a florist, you will find that the bill climbs very quickly when it comes to blooming a wedding. Between the bouquet of the bride, the buttonholes, the bouquet of the bridesmaids, the flowers for the car, the flowers for the decoration of the room and tables, you can easily approach the $1000  (and yes you read ) In fact, to better understand the prices practiced by the florists it is necessary to know that they take into account two things: the type of flowers and the labor necessary for the realization.

For weddings, flower varieties are often used which are expensive, which explains why a bouquet of bride returns easily to 60/70 euros even if it seems simple. It is necessary to add to the flowers the cost of the accessories (supports, ribbons, foam, sometimes sprayed on them so that it remains beautiful and in place all day …). In the end, to save on your wedding flowers, choose flowers that are cheaper, and whose preparation is fast.

You can discuss it with a florist and see the opportunities together according to your budget. You can also order only the flowers and prepare your own compositions. Be careful, if you make your compositions yourself, do simple things and do not require too much care or know-how. It is an important advice for several reasons:

You (the bride) will not have the time the day before your wedding to spend hours on your flowers. It is best to ask your friends or family for help. Do not foresee too many bouquets or compositions to make.

Some flowers or type of compositions are fragile also you risk having flowers faded or damaged the day of your wedding. Bet on resistant flowers that will last 1 or 2 days in bouquet.

Make your own bridal bouquet:

Does that sound complicated and risky? In reality, it is not very difficult to make a beautiful bouquet. Bet on simplicity and you will amaze yourself! Start by spotting bouquets you like (in magazines or on the internet). Concentrate on round bouquets that are fairly easy to make. Once your bouquet is spotted, print the photo or cut it out in the magazine. Then, go to a florist or a specialty store in garden type jardiland.

On the spot, try to find the different flowers that make up your bouquet. It is possible that you will not find exactly the same flowers in the same colors. Indeed, according to the seasons, some flowers are more or less easy to find and also therefore more or less expensive. In these cases, ask the florist or a seller if it is possible to order these flowers.

Once these flowers are ordered or purchased, you will need some accessories. First, a small pruning shears or tweezers to cut the stems of flowers. Then you need a bouquet holder with built-in foam and water tank.

Use fewer flowers:

Some brides want flowers everywhere and in large quantities on their wedding day. If this is not really your case, you can limit the amount of flowers. For example, for centerpieces, flowers are not essential. You can use candles, vases or photophores with colored water, small plants or fruits.

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