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Gardening Reference » Gardening in 2005
by Rookie Gardener on November 25, 2005 10:07 PM
(Weezie13 suggested I re-post my topic here in the HOuse Plants forum....)
I just found this website and decided that I better join. The reason being that we have just been given a beautiful, large Ficus Benjamina tree...approx. 5 ft. high & 4 ft. wide. I was searching for info on the Internet and luckily found this site. I want to make sure that we take care of our new Benjy properly and that he remains healthy and happy. Eventually, I will have to shape and prune him which is why I thought it would be good to hook up with a site like this.
Also, I have acquired lots of large indoor plants for our new house and will also be doing outdoor gardening. I did manage to get bulbs planted for a variety of spring/summer plants. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Being a former condo dweller, I have not had alot of experience with gardens so any and all help will be appreciated.
The site looks interesting and fun. [kitty]
by peppereater on November 28, 2005 11:56 PM
Rookie...I just noticed your post. Don't be discouraged that no one else has responded yet...there are a lot of topics on the forum, and sometimes some go unanswered for a while, while others get a flood of responses. For instance, I don't have your specific info., but I wanted to let you know we're here!
I will tell you some of the mistakes many people (and I) make with houseplants. 1)overwatering...most houseplants like their roots to get slightly dry before watering.
2)overfertilizing...this can burn a plant, stress a plant so that it is prone to disease, or grows so fast that it gets leggy or falls over.
3)improper lighting...most houseplants like bright, indirect light. Many plants get too little light, but direct sunlight on the leaves of many plants will scorch them, even in winter. Supplemental artificial light should help the benjamina, if natural light isn't adequate.
4)repotting too soon, or allowing a plant to get rootbound. Repotting can make a plant go dormant for a while, but it becomes necessary, and only necesary, when the inner wall of the pot is a solid mass of roots, or roots are aggressively growing from the bottom of the container.
Good luck, and check back with us! [thumb]

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