Growing Healthy Tomato Plants: Care and Feeding


The management of indoor plants is a subject that can generate waves of apprehension. There are those who happily tend their gardens but adamantly refuse to share their home with a houseplant. Too much trouble, they say, with irrigation, fertilization and so on. And then the damn thing may not even survive the winter. With poor management, that may be true, but the fact is, given the right conditions, most houseplants will thrive with a minimum of care.

All plants need adequate amounts of light, water, and food, but as long as their basic needs are met, they are remarkably adaptable to local conditions. A Christmas cactus I know, for example, blooms on time every year even though it is kept at temperatures lower than what experts suggest: 5 degrees C (42 degrees F).

Probably the most important question involving houseplants is the choice. Before buying any plant, take a good look and calculate the home you are going to give it.

Buy a houseplant as you would a piece of furniture or a piece of art. You’re unlikely to buy a tall urn suitable for a hallway if there’s no place to display it, and you wouldn’t buy a painting for a wall where the lighting is so dim you can’t see it.

Likewise, plants should be chosen for the space they will occupy, taking into account proximity to light, heat sources and droughts. It is also useful to know the temperature of the room at most times. Rooms that are kept cool (perhaps around 16 degrees C) are usually better than rooms that are warm and dry.

Light, however, is the most important factor. As a general rule, flowering plants need more light to flower than foliage plants, in order to look their best. (Some foliage plants, in fact, will suffer leaf scorch in lighting that is barely enough to keep a begonia on standby.) Before you buy an expensive houseplant, decide on the location first. You’re not likely to be prepared to cut a new window into a wall to give light to a hibiscus, for example, buy kashmir saffron online so buy a plant that will grow with the light already available.

Is there a window nearby? Does light diffuse through a curtain? Does the window face tall buildings? Is it facing north? If the answer to the last three questions is yes, some type of foliage plant is a wiser choice than a flowering plant, with the final decision being a matter of taste and the size of the area.

Of course, almost any area can be lit to provide adequate lighting for a flowering plant, but it would be wise to check the cost of such a company before purchasing.

In downtown Toronto, where tall buildings tend to displace light, the greatest demand is for foliage plants that can adapt to low light conditions. In the suburbs and in the country, there may be too much light for some foliage plants. I knew of a dieffenbachia that had gotten by with its center east window placement, but had a terrible time adjusting to a new house in the suburbs. In one place, their colors faded; in another, the leaves were burned by the sun. The right place was finally found, far away from any window.


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