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Image HOUSEPLANTS FOR ALL SEASONS AND REASONS
By Jacquie F Berger on November 5, 2013

'Tis the Season to think about your houseplants. Whether is it "House Plants" or "Houseplants" makes no difference....they are still the perfect thing to help you get over the blues, breathe better and just enjoy their beauty.

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Imagenap
Nov 5, 2013 3:55 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
I never knew that they remove pollutants from the air. That's fantastic! And they are so easy to grow. Thanks for this informative article, JB.
ImageSharon
Nov 6, 2013 2:41 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Very nice article, Jacquie! I love spider plants, usually I have them hanging from every window frame. Yours are lovely.

Most all houseplants rid a room of carbon dioxide and release oxygen back into it, the opposite of humans. They need the carbon dioxide to survive, so when they pull it from the air, they are also pulling pollutants with it. Some more than others, probably, and I suspect spider plants are those that use more because each baby that hangs from a mother plant is a complete plant in itself.

Trees do the same thing -- but they all need a lot of sunlight to get this process going. I think fungi might be the only plants that don't need CO2.

And that's probably the only thing I ever learned from my science classes that has stuck in my mind. Big Grin
Trivia.

Thanks, Jacquie - and thanks Nap for kick starting my mind today.
ImageJB
Nov 6, 2013 5:02 PM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
JBsBirdsandMore.com
Thank you Sharon. A+ on your information...I am delighted NASA got it right, only they specifically mentioned certain plants that do a better job. Big Grin Me, I know more about breeding horses than I do about science. Together we do a good job. Thanks so much again for your continued support. I need all the help I can get since the aging process has taken over my life. Group hug

ImageSharon
Nov 6, 2013 5:11 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
The aging process . . . OH but wait!! We'll just add your age plus my age and together we'll just say we have about 150 years of valuable experience and amazing knowledge! How's that? Big Grin

Sounds a whole lot better than 'getting old.'

Imagestarlight1153
Nov 6, 2013 5:25 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
I love spider plants and enjoyed the article very much. I have had many types of spider plants, but this is the first time I have heard about one with curly leaves. Sounds very interesting. Going to have to check that one out.
ImageJB
Nov 6, 2013 5:28 PM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
JBsBirdsandMore.com

Ella, As soon as I have babies on my curly, you will have one. I am working on it.

Sharon...That is the best news I heard all day. I love the idea of all those years of "smarts". Love you both. Thanks. God Bless.
ImageSharon
Nov 6, 2013 5:35 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Oh, me too about the curlies! Save one for me, too, JB. I would love to have one, just let me know.

Glad you mentioned that, Ella - I saw it then got caught up on CO2 and of course everything else left my mind -- years of smarts don't always make up for poor memories!
Imagestarlight1153
Nov 6, 2013 6:15 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
He doesn't remember it, way.. way.. back to many years ago, but my very first conversations with Dave and Trish when they started their first site was about Spider plants. I was trying to figure out if they could be hybridized.

Do you know that down here in my area, even with cold and frost and sometimes a bit of snow, the spider plants can overwinter outside with just a few leaves tossed on them. They are one tough plant for sure.
ImageJB
Nov 7, 2013 8:15 AM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
JBsBirdsandMore.com
You will both have a baby "Bonnie" when I get them. I only have five stock plants. Two I put in hanging baskets and the other three are just hanging out with the other spiders.
They are all growing fast and I am concerned what I am going to do with the until I sell them. I have several babies coming on the Reverse Variegated, I have that one in a hanging basket also and if you want any of those let me know. I will not be starting too many of them since I am out of space and can just hang so much.
ImageSharon
Nov 7, 2013 10:53 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Thanks JB.
I took a look around your store again last night and notice the spiders are $6, so when you are ready to send, let me know and also let me know postage amounts so I can get the $$ to you.

You have a real good day, Jacquie . . . Hugs to you and Charle and the kitty.
ImageLillysmom2013
Dec 30, 2013 3:24 PM CST
Name: Lori
Sharpsville, Pa
I love spider plants, but unlike Jacquie and Sharon, I still struggle with my spider. One sidenseems too be doing well but the other side seems to have leaves with tips that are turning brown. Any suggestions on how I can improve the growth ? I would love to have a reverse varigated spider ! But am afraid since this one is trying to survive.
Suggestions on how I can make a " green thumb"?

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ImageSharon
Dec 30, 2013 6:47 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Hi Lori,

Jacquie is the expert but I'm wondering if you've tried rotating it, so that each part of it is exposed to that 'upper light' I can see on the right, might make the growth a bit more even. That's probably the dumbest answer in all time, but I'm sure Jacquie will be along to straighten me out soon! Big Grin

lHappy New Year!!
ImageLillysmom2013
Dec 31, 2013 5:04 AM CST
Name: Lori
Sharpsville, Pa
SHARON,
HEHE YES, I HAVVE TRIED ROTATING THE PLANT. It seems a little better now, but I still notice the tips turning brown on the one side a wee bit.
ImageJB
Dec 31, 2013 8:46 AM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
JBsBirdsandMore.com
EXPERT I AM NOT SHARON, but thanks anyhow for saying it, I am an expert at aging, that is about it. Rolling on the floor laughing ......to be honest, my spiders survive mostly on neglect. I water them when all the other plants in the GH get water. Feed them when the others get fed. Trim them when I sell them. That's it.

They do like light, maybe you are not giving it enough water or light. Try taking it down from the hanging basket, transplanting it. It could be pot bound, clipping off all the brown ends, give it some liquid fertilizer for houseplants and sit it in a nice spot where it gets some light. If it does not purk up in a few weeks then throw it away. Actually it is like starting over with it. It looks like it needs a new pot and some different soil.

How is that for expert advice? I honestly do not know what else to tell you since I take very little time with mine. I do however keep transplanting into larger containers because the roots seem to grow faster than the plants. i am not trying to be a wise one here, but looking at it tells me something is wrong with the plant. I hope this helps you. Lovey dubby The reverse are very hard to keep happy. They also seem to take more water than the others.
ImageLillysmom2013
Dec 31, 2013 11:50 AM CST
Name: Lori
Sharpsville, Pa
The only thing I have not tried is re potting with new soil. I have had the plant for about 3 years . I had moved it to a different window thinking it would get more light and thats when it had a temper tantrum and started acting up. I moved it back to the window it had done well in before, and it is now just szlowing down on leaves turning brown.

I may do well with the reverse spider as I have a tendency to want to water my plants :) I have to keep reminding myself to stay away from the watering can most of the time. Even my AF in self watering ceramic pots want to get too wet at times..... so the reverse varigated and I might do well - lol
I will let you know how the repotting/ changing soil goes.

(I think I need stock in Pro mix im alwas changing soil to prevent root rot - paranoid)
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 5, 2014 9:51 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Lori... What is the temperature in that room? I agree with you probably need a re-pot and fertilizer. Spider roots fill up a pot very quickly. Either that or divide it out.

The side that is not getting the direct sunlight almost looks like it is trying to go dormant. I leave spider plants outside all winter with just a few leaves covering them that have fallen from the trees and they come back every year, but they look and act just like your plant as they are going dormant from being to cold. With the bitter cold temps this year, is your plant getting enough warmth where it is at? The green side would be getting heat from the sun coming through the window.

ImageJB
Jan 6, 2014 8:04 AM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
JBsBirdsandMore.com
Lori, It has been almost a week since you transplanted the spider. Can you send another picture? It may need more time, but it should be showing some signs of either recovery or otherwise. I looked at the old shot again and that plant is certainly not dead. Just a bit on the sad side shall we say. It should soon start to perk up. Do not put it in direct sun just now. Be sure you are giving it enough water. I think we talked about getting a water wand for you one time since you love to water. Were you giving that any more thought? Do not worry if this one decides to give up, you know I will send you another one , in fact I can send you a reverse when i send you the yellow Cactus. BTW How is that doing since it has had time to recover from the beating it had taken. It should be at least standing straight up. I have plenty of the spider, in fact I have so many I am not sure I have the room to take more cuttings just now. I have some babies I could send you except this weather is just not good for shipping. Do not worry, we will all help you along and if the girls can tell you how to grow them, I can sure keep you supplied with plants. Have a great day and stay warm.

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