I have a lot of plants inside the house, some of them are outdoor plants that spend the winter indoors because they’re warm weather plants and some of them live inside all year long. There’s at least one plant in almost every room of the house.
They’re tucked all over the house, taking up almost all the window space. I have a lantana between the dryer and the hot water heater by the laundry room door, it gets just enough light from the window in the door. I also have a few fig trees, other tropicals, and a lot of herbs under some grow lights in the basement.
All of my houseplants are organic just like my outdoor gardens. Once a year they get a fresh layer of worm castings on top of the soil, usually they’re mixed with some Dr. Earth Organic All Purpose Fertilizer. They also receive some fish emulsion occasionally as well. My miniature citrus trees get fed on Valentine’s Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day with a special organic citrus fertilizer. I also put all my old tea leaves on my house plants, kind of like mulch.
I don’t usually have any trouble with my houseplants, they’re pretty happy and healthy. If I ever have any kind of pests I use a homemade insecticidal soap, but I’ve only had to use it once over the past couple years. I simply mix a little Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap with some water in a small spray bottle. I just used this earlier this week, I bought a rosemary plant last month and put it by my dwarf variegated citrus. I noticed earlier this week that there were some little white furry insects on my citrus tree. I carefully sprayed each little insect with my homemade soap and now they’re gone.
I really do enjoy having houseplants, they’re not only beautiful, but they help keep the indoor air clean. Houseplants can absorb all sorts of chemicals that pollute the air in your home (and they don’t use any electricity to clean the air). I wrote a blog post about this specifically a while ago, it includes all the different plants and what chemicals and VOC’s they help clean out of the air.
I especially love this pothos that helps clean the air in our office. This particular plant was on the stage at our wedding twelve and half years ago. It’s been thriving in our various residences since. It has produced a lot of offspring as well, I have a few of them in other rooms around the house.
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