Fertilizing African Violets – Learn How To Feed African Violet Plants
African violets are very sensitive to lack of water. They need lots of it every day.
If they don’t get enough water, their leaves will turn yellow and fall off. If they do get enough water, but not all the way through their leaves, then they won’t grow well at all!
So how do you fertilize them?
You have two choices:
1) Use commercial fertilizers (which are expensive!
2) Grow your own.
The first option is much cheaper than the second one, but you still run the risk of getting something toxic. I’ve seen some products labeled as being safe, but when tested they were found to contain heavy metals like lead and mercury!
And those aren’t even the worst ones out there! Most of these chemicals are known carcinogens and hormone disruptors. That means they’re bad for you, too!
So what do you really want to spend your money on? A product that is made from natural ingredients that are good for you, or a chemical product with unknown health risks?
I’m going to tell you which one I’d rather buy. There are many organic fertilizers available on the market today. Some of them are even free of harmful additives. But not all of them are good for your plants. It can take a bit of research before you find the best fertilizer for African Violets, but it’s worth the time.
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The best natural fertilizers contain only three main ingredients:
1) Blood Meal – this is made from dehydrated, defatted beef blood and is high in nitrogen, which promotes leaf growth.
2) Bone Meal – this is made from ground animal bones and is high in phosphorous, which promotes root growth.
3) Kelp Meal – this is made from seaweed and is rich in many different nutrients and trace elements needed for healthy plant growth.
To prepare the medium you’re going to use, just mix all three ingredients into it evenly. If you want to sterilize your mix, add some cinnamon to it.
Cinnamon also makes the mix smell nice. To use it, just water your plants regularly and then give them a tablespoon of the mix in their saucers (or around their base if you’re not using saucers).
You can also use this recipe as an organic fertilizer for house plants, lawns, and gardens. It’s very easy to prepare and doesn’t cost much at all.
So why not give it a try?
It’s a healthy organic alternative to chemical fertilizers and it might just work better, too!
Fertilizing African Violets – Learn How To Feed African Violet Plants.
A good portion of the population has African Violets. They have huge flowers and come in many different colors.
But when people buy them, they don’t come with instructions! So if you’re reading this, you probably bought some African Violets and now you’re wondering how to care for them.
First, you’re going to need a good planter. Don’t put them in the same planter that you put your normal house plants in!
African Violets thrive when they’re kept in a cool environment. So if you don’t already have one, buy a planter made of plastic or glass. They even sell decorative window boxes made of plastic that work well.
Second, you’re going to need good soil. You can find this at your local garden center.
African Violet friendly soil is a mixture of peat moss, sand, and humus. It should be light and fluffy to the touch. (If you buy a bag of soil, you might want to take some out and test it before you buy it. You don’t want to bring a 40 pound bag of soil home from the store only to find out that it’s too heavy and coarse to use! That would be a huge mistake!)
Third, you’re going to need a fertilizer. This is the most important part!
You can’t just put them in soil and water them. They need a little extra something to help them grow properly. African Violets are much like people in that regard. Just like people need food to grow, your African Violets need fertilizer. You don’t need to buy anything from the store, though. A little known fact is that African Violets love the droppings of snails and slugs. (I know it sounds gross, but it’s true!) All you have to do is go out at night with a flashlight and find some. Be careful not to get too close, though, because they can give you a nasty bite. (Just kidding! They can’t hurt you, but they might give you a fright! But seriously, don’t get too close. Just find some in the morning.)
Once you’ve gathered up your “manure,” you’re ready to plant! Dig a hole in your pot big enough for the roots and plant your Violet.
After it’s in the pot, give it a sprinkle of snail droppings and then cover it with soil. Water it well and that’s it! Now all you have to do is make sure it gets enough water and sunlight.
You can move it to a sunnier window once the leaves start to look a little sickly (yellow and spotty). Also, make sure to keep the soil damp, not wet.
If you see it starting to get dry, give it a good watering. You can tell because the soil should drain through the bottom of the pot in about five minutes.
And there you have it! Now you know how to care for your African Violets!
Caring for Bromeliads – Learn How To Grow This Unique Plant.
Bromeliads are a popular house plant. In fact, they are one of the easiest and most attractive plants to take care of.
They range in size from small two inch pots to large 15 gallon containers! They grow in diverse locations such as tree trunks in the Amazon Rain Forest and on the side of houses in South America. They also thrive in deserts such as the one in California.
The only thing they really need to survive is water. Most people kill their bromeliads by not watering them enough or watering them too much!
All bromeliads need is water absorbed by the soil, so you don’t have to worry about watering the plant itself.
Since bromeliads absorb water through their roots, you can put them in very small pots and they will be fine. The smaller the pot, however, the more often you will need to water it.
For this reason, most bromeliads are planted in pots from six to twelve inches wide.
Bromeliads can grow in many different types of soil, but it must be well drained or the plant will rot. The best thing to use is a mixture of peat moss and sand because it provides the right amount of moisture without being too wet.
Bromeliads can be planted as seeds, offsets (pups), or you can buy a bromeliad that is already growing in its container. If you start with seeds, you can expect it to take up to two years for the plant to reach maturity.
Offsets take about a year, and if you buy a potted bromeliad you can expect it to start blooming within six months to a year.
After your bromeliad reaches maturity it will bloom. During this period it needs more water than usual.
Also, the flowers are only available for a week or two and they smell awful! After the blooming period is over you must wait until next year for it to bloom again.
Bromeliads can be a very rewarding houseplant. They can thrive in many different environments and don’t need very much attention.
After a while you will learn what your particular bromeliad likes and dislikes.
These Are Good Houseplants For The Beginner.
If you have recently purchased a home or are just starting to take an interest in houseplants, you are in for a treat! There are many low-maintenance varieties that you can easily grow and enjoy inside your home.
Many people believe that you need a green thumb in order to take care of plants. While this may be true for some, it isn’t for all.
For some plants all they need is water and lots of sunlight. Others require more attention. The trick is to know what kinds of care each plant needs.
Some houseplants are real workhorses. They help clean the air by removing certain chemicals such as benzene and formaldehyde.
They also give off oxygen during the day and take in carbon dioxide at night.
If you have kids or pets, it is a good idea to invest in plants that are hardy and easy to grow. If you are busy most of the time, a low-maintenance plant is probably what you need.
The following plants are all easy to grow and will add some color to your home.
These are very easy to grow. They like sun, but not too much of it.
They can survive in less light, but they really thrive with a couple of hours of direct sunlight each day. Keep the soil damp and don’t over-water. You can water the plant every couple of weeks if you aren’t sure if it needs it or not. Over-watering is bad for this plant and will cause it to rot or fall apart.
Cast Iron Plant
This plant is not fussy. If you don’t over-water it and provide it with bright light, it will thrive.
It should be watered about once a week. The soil should be dry before you water it. This plant grows very easily; you can prune it as much as you want and it’ll keep growing. It’s not unusual for this plant to grow out of its container, so be prepared to repot the plant every so often.
Heart Leaf Philodendron
This is a very easy plant to grow and it’s also a very good cleaner of the air. It only likes humid environments so it’s important that you water it when the topsoil is dry.
Don’t let it sit in water or its roots will rot. Its not unusual for this plant to grow out of its container, so be prepared to either repot the plant or give it enough room to expand.
This is a popular choice for offices and bathrooms. It grows fairly quickly so it needs to be repotted every year or two.
You should give it bright light but not direct sunlight. It doesn’t need a lot of water, only when the soil is dry should you water it. It can survive with little water, but the leaves will begin to droop if it doesn’t get enough.
This is a very popular plant because it’s so easy to take care of. It grows quickly and isn’t picky about what container you put it in or where you put it.
Soil should be moist at all times but don’t let it sit in water. Pothos also produce little flowers that grow in little tubular clusters.
Other plants that are easy to grow inside your home are the English Ivy, the Snake Plant and the Draceana.
Videos On Indoor Gardening and Growing Houseplants
There are a lot of things to consider when you want to grow your own food or raise your own animals indoors. Here are a few videos that go over the basics of at least getting started.
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These 10 herbs are great for indoors because they are pretty hardy and easy to maintain. A few of them might require a little sunlight though, so keep that in mind.
How To Start A Backyard Farm (From Scratch)
This one is about getting your own backyard farm started. You’ll learn all the basics, from building the structure for your animals to getting the actual animals themselves.
It might take a while to get everything up and running, but it’ll be worth it in the long run.
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This video goes over how you can make a greenhouse for yourself for cheap, using things you can find around your own home. It’s a very practical video and might be just what you’re looking for.
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This video is pretty interesting. It goes over how to grow your own mushrooms, including which ones you can grow and how to make it happen.
It also explains the different types of mushrooms and how some of them can be dangerous if you don’t identify them correctly.
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This video shows you how to build your own greenhouse from scratch. You might be surprised by how easy it is!
It’s perfect for beginners and really helps get your plants going in the right direction.
The Urban Farmer: How To Create A Mini-Farming Setup On Your Rooftop Or Balcony
This one shows you how to make the most out of your balcony or rooftop. Even if you don’t have either of those you might find some useful information on here that you can apply to your own situation.
This video gives you some tips on what to grow and how to grow in your own greenhouse. Even if you don’t have your own greenhouse you can still use this information as a guideline for your normal garden.
Building A Greenhouse From Scratch
This video goes over how to make a simple greenhouse for yourself from scratch. It might not have all the bells and whistles as other greenhouses, but it gets the job done.
All things considered, there’s no real right or wrong way to go about starting an indoor garden. As long as you put the time and effort into it, you’ll be able to grow delicious and nutritious food for yourself and your family.
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