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House Plants Blog https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/house-plants-blog.html The House Plants Blog keeps you up to date with new additions of plant profiles, pictures, and must-have care tips on the Guide-to-Houseplants.com website. Subscribe here. May 24, Nerve Plant Care: How to Grow Fittonia Verschaffeltii Indoors https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/nerve-plant.html 92c837fe5bc61513f83d1b14a854edb8 <!-- start: shared_blocks.138495464#above-h1 --> <!-- end: shared_blocks.138495464#above-h1 --> <!-- start: shared_blocks.138495583#below-h1 --> <!-- end: shared_blocks.138495583#below-h1 --> <p>Botanical Name: <span><em>Fittonia verschaffeltii</em></span></p><p><span>Nerve Plant has beautiful, deep-green leaves with vein patterns of white, pink, or red, making it a standout among house plants.&nbsp;Find out how to water, when to fertilize and how much sunlight this eye-catching houseplant wants.</span><br></p> <!-- start: shared_blocks.138495554#below-paragraph-1 --> <!-- end: shared_blocks.138495554#below-paragraph-1 --> <div class="ImageBlock ImageBlockCenter"><img class="ss-lazy" src="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/nerve-plant-leaves.jpg" width="600" height="408" alt="nerve plant, fittonia verschaffeltii" title="Nerve Plant" data-pin-media="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/nerve-plant-leaves.jpg"><span class="Caption CaptionCenter">Contrasting veins on Fittonia verschaffeltii add color and texture, creating living art.</span></div> <p>In its native South America, this tropical plant grows as a ground cover and can spread out about 12 inches (30 cm).&nbsp;<span>Its low-spreading habit makes it ideal for dish gardens and terrariums, where it thrives with the help of high humidity.</span></p><p><span>This plant grows best with even temperatures around 70°F/21°C. It doesn't like dry air, drafts, or direct sun,&nbsp;any of which may cause its leaves to shrivel or fall off.</span></p><p><span>Is nerve plant poisonous? No, this beautiful houseplant is safe around cats and dogs.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span>This popular houseplant is easy to find in garden centers.&nbsp;You may find Fittonia verschaffeltii for sale by other common names, such as Silver Net Leaf&nbsp;or Mosaic Plant.&nbsp;</span></p> <div class="CalloutBox" readability="7.6345177664975"><h4>Group Your Plants</h4> <p>Nerve Plant grows beautifully in a dish garden or a <a href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/how-to-make-a-terrarium.html">terrarium</a>.&nbsp;<span>Combine it with 2 or 3 of these humidity-loving plants:</span></p> <ul><li>Parlor Palm</li><li>Heartleaf Philodendron</li><li>Arrowhead Plant</li><li>English Ivy</li></ul> </div> <h3>Caring for Fittonia Year-Round</h3> <p><b>Pinch your plant.</b> Pinch off stem tips regularly to keep plant bushy and full. Also pinch off any small flower spikes that may appear, because&nbsp;<span>they are insignificant and will weaken the show of leaves.</span></p><p><span><b>Mist it.</b> This tropical beauty loves to be misted. Give it a fine spray of tepid water every morning to provide the moist air it&nbsp;</span><span>craves. Or place the pot on a tray of wet pebbles to raise the humidity around it.</span></p><p><span><b>Repot in spring</b> every couple years to refresh the soil. Nerve Plant has shallow roots, so you can keep it in a small pot.</span><br></p> <div class="ImageBlock ImageBlockCenter"><img class="ss-lazy" src="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/nerve-plant-green-red.jpg" width="600" height="399" alt="nerve plant, fittonia" title="Nerve Plants" data-pin-media="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/nerve-plant-green-red.jpg"><span class="Caption CaptionCenter">Fittonias are stunning in dish gardens and terrariums. Photo ©Alina Kuptsova</span></div> <h3>Nerve Plant Problems</h3> <ul><li><b>Yellow leaves</b> are a symptom of too much water. Too-frequent watering or poor drainage will cause foliage to turn yellow. Use a pot with a drainage hole to prevent soggy soil that can lead to root rot.</li><li><b>Leaf drop</b> is likely caused by cold temperatures or drafts from nearby windows. This tropical native prefers the same warm temperatures that you do.</li><li><b>Dry, shriveled leaves</b> are a sign of dry air or direct sun exposure. Room humidity can drop drastically in the winter months. Use a room humidifier, if needed, and keep your plant out of direct sunlight.</li><li><b>Pests and diseases</b> sometimes arrive with a new plant. It's a good idea to look over your houseplants regularly for insects, sticky honeydew or sooty mold. <a href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/aphids.html">Aphids</a> are the most common pest for a young plant, because they feed on new growth. Treat any infestation immediately and isolate any affected plant to prevent pests from moving on to your other indoor plants.</li></ul> <div class="ImageBlock ImageBlockCenter"><img class="ss-lazy" src="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/nerve-plant.jpg" width="547" height="565" alt="nerve plant, fittonia verschaffeltii" title="Nerve Plant in Pot" data-pin-media="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/nerve-plant.jpg"><span class="Caption CaptionCenter">Photo: Eric Ferguson/istockphoto</span></div> <h2>Nerve Plant Care Tips</h2> <p><b>Origin:</b> Peru</p><p><span><b>Height:</b> Up to 6 in (15 cm)</span><br></p><p><span><b>Light:</b> Low to medium light. Avoid direct sunlight, which may cause shriveled leaves. Nerve plant grows well under a <a href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/indoor-plant-lights.html">grow light</a>.</span><br></p><p><span><b>Water:</b> Keep soil constantly moist. Nerve plant will collapse if it dries out.&nbsp;Yellow leaves on this plant indicate too much water or poor drainage.&nbsp;Fittonia needs moisture at all times, but it won't tolerate soggy soil. Cut off yellow leaves and allow soil&nbsp;to dry slightly between waterings.</span></p><p><span><b>Humidity:</b> High humidity (around 60-70% relative humidity). Nerve plant grows well in the humid environment of a wardian case or a terrarium. Take a look at these easy ways to <a href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/humidity.html">raise the humidity</a> for your tropical plants. Dry air will cause shriveled leaves.</span><br></p><p><span><b>Temperature:</b> Average room temperatures 65-75°F/18-24°C. Fittonia will tolerate a minimum of 60°F/16°C. It's a good idea to keep your tropical plants out of cold blasts from doorways and away from heat/AC vents, which can cause leaf drop.&nbsp;</span><br></p><p><span><b>Soil:</b> Peat-based mix with added perlite, such as African violet potting mix is ideal.</span><br></p><p><span><b>Fertilizer:</b> Feed every 2-3 months spring through fall with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer.</span><br></p><p><span><b>Propagation:</b> Take 2 in (5 cm) stem tip cuttings in spring and insert them in moist potting mix. They propagate easily&nbsp;in a warm, humid environment, rooting in about 2-3 weeks.</span></p> <ol itemscope itemtype="https://schema.org/BreadcrumbList"> <li itemprop="itemListElement" itemscope itemtype="https://schema.org/ListItem"> <a itemprop="item" href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/index.html"> <span itemprop="name">Home</span></a> <meta itemprop="position" content="1"> </li> › <li itemprop="itemListElement" itemscope itemtype="https://schema.org/ListItem"> <a itemprop="item" href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/house-plants-encyclopedia-a-z.html"> <span itemprop="name">Houseplants A-Z</span></a> <meta itemprop="position" content="2"> </li> </ol> <!-- start: shared_blocks.138495525#above-socialize-it --> <!-- end: shared_blocks.138495525#above-socialize-it --> <!-- start: shared_blocks.138495490#socialize-it --> <!-- end: shared_blocks.138495490#socialize-it --> <!-- start: shared_blocks.138495522#below-socialize-it --> <!-- end: shared_blocks.138495522#below-socialize-it --> Fri, 24 May 2024 13:38:08 -0700 en-us text/html https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/nerve-plant.html May 14, 3 Succulents to Add Whimsy to Any Room https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/house-plants-blog.html#3-Succulents-to-Add-Whimsy-to-Any-Room fbfc3f7a3e41a24a7984362cc971cedd <p>The House Plants Blog shows you what's new on this site. It... </p><p>To subscribe to my House Plants Blog (no email necessary), right-click on the orange RSS button (at right) and paste the URL into your RSS reader. </p><div readability="41.486690504569"><div class="blogItItem" readability="28.193548387097"><h6 class="published_date">May 24, 2024</h6><h3>Nerve Plant Care: How to Grow Fittonia Verschaffeltii Indoors</h3><div class="blogItThumbnail"><a href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/nerve-plant.html"><img class="blogItThumbnail ss-lazy" src="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/nerve-plant-leaves.jpg" alt="Nerve Plant Leaves" width="150" height="102"></a></div><p>Nerve Plant has beautiful vein patterns of white, pink, or red. 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Look for the cultivar 'Aurora' with pink-tinged leaves.</li></p></ul></div><div class="blogItItem" readability="27.566225165563"><h6 class="published_date">May 11, 2024</h6><h3>Guide for Growing Miniature Roses Indoors - Mini Rose Care</h3><div class="blogItThumbnail"><a href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/growing-miniature-roses.html"><img class="blogItThumbnail ss-lazy" src="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/miniature-roses-indoors.jpg" alt="Miniature Roses Red in Window" width="150" height="100"></a></div><p>Tips for growing miniature roses indoors. How to take care of miniature roses (Rosa chinensis hybrids) as houseplants. How to pot, prune, water mini roses.</p><p class="blogItReadMore"><a class="entry_link" href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/growing-miniature-roses.html">Continue reading "Guide for Growing Miniature Roses Indoors - Mini Rose Care"</a></p></div><div class="blogItItem" readability="28.204968944099"><h6 class="published_date">May 09, 2024</h6><h3>Ivy Geranium Care: How to Grow Trailing Geranium Flowers Indoors</h3><div class="blogItThumbnail"><a href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/ivy-geranium.html"><img class="blogItThumbnail ss-lazy" src="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/ivy-geranium-redwhite.jpg" alt="Ivy Geranium Red White Stripe" width="150" height="100"></a></div><p>Ivy geraniums have long, trailing stems with ivy-shaped leaves. Put this ivy leaf geranium in a hanging basket to show it off. How to water, fertilize, overwinter.</p><p class="blogItReadMore"><a class="entry_link" href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/ivy-geranium.html">Continue reading "Ivy Geranium Care: How to Grow Trailing Geranium Flowers Indoors"</a></p></div><div class="blogItItem" readability="25.731147540984"><h6 class="published_date">May 05, 2024</h6><h3>Mandevilla Plant Care, Tips for Growing and Training Mandevilla Vine</h3><div class="blogItThumbnail"><a href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/mandevilla-plant.html"><img class="blogItThumbnail ss-lazy" src="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/mandevilla-plant-red.jpg" alt="Mandevilla Plant Red" width="150" height="120"></a></div><p>Tips for growing Mandevilla plant in a container. Find out how to coax flowers year after year. How to train Mandevilla vine on a trellis.</p><p class="blogItReadMore"><a class="entry_link" href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/mandevilla-plant.html">Continue reading "Mandevilla Plant Care, Tips for Growing and Training Mandevilla Vine"</a></p></div><div class="blogItItem" readability="27.602605863192"><h6 class="published_date">May 02, 2024</h6><h3>Grow Muehlenbeckia Complexa Indoors (Angel Vine, Maidenhair Vine)</h3><div class="blogItThumbnail"><a href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/muehlenbeckia-complexa.html"><img class="blogItThumbnail ss-lazy" src="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/muehlenbeckia-complexa.jpg" alt="Muehlenbeckia complexa" width="150" height="99.9"></a></div><p>Whether you train Muehlenbeckia complexa on a trellis, or allow it to trail, you'll love easy-care Angel Vine aka Maidenhair Vine as a houseplant.</p><p class="blogItReadMore"><a class="entry_link" href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/muehlenbeckia-complexa.html">Continue reading "Grow Muehlenbeckia Complexa Indoors (Angel Vine, Maidenhair Vine)"</a></p></div><div class="blogItItem" readability="27.78073089701"><h6 class="published_date">Apr 28, 2024</h6><h3>Anthurium Clarinervium Care: How to Grow this Houseplant</h3><div class="blogItThumbnail"><a href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/anthurium-clarinervium.html"><img class="blogItThumbnail ss-lazy" src="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/anthurium-clarinervium-whitepot.jpg" alt="Anthurium Clarinervium White Pot" width="150" height="200"></a></div><p>Anthurium clarinervium sports decorative, heart-shaped leaves, giving this houseplant a stunning style all its own. Find out how to grow this beauty indoors. </p><p class="blogItReadMore"><a class="entry_link" href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/anthurium-clarinervium.html">Continue reading "Anthurium Clarinervium Care: How to Grow this Houseplant"</a></p></div><div class="blogItItem" readability="26.218637992832"><h6 class="published_date">Apr 23, 2024</h6><h3>Begonia Care: Grow Tuberous Begonia Hybrids Indoors</h3><div class="blogItThumbnail"><a href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/begonia.html"><img class="blogItThumbnail ss-lazy" src="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/begonia-care-flowers.jpg" alt="Begonia 600x400" width="150" height="100"></a></div><p>Get begonia care and grow Reiger begonia and other tuberous hybrids as houseplants. Discover how to get the most flowers and rebloom your begonia.</p><p class="blogItReadMore"><a class="entry_link" href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/begonia.html">Continue reading "Begonia Care: Grow Tuberous Begonia Hybrids Indoors"</a></p></div></div> Tue, 14 May 2024 09:37:00 -0700 en-us text/html https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/house-plants-blog.html May 11, Guide for Growing Miniature Roses Indoors - Mini Rose Care https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/growing-miniature-roses.html 9d237da126c4ad2596f0c8f163cf24e5 <!-- start: shared_blocks.138495464#above-h1 --> <!-- end: shared_blocks.138495464#above-h1 --> <!-- start: shared_blocks.138495583#below-h1 --> <!-- end: shared_blocks.138495583#below-h1 --> <p>If you're growing miniature roses indoors, you'll have success with these tips for miniature rose care.<br></p><p><span>Miniature rose plants can be found for sale in florist's shops around Valentine's Day and Mother's Day. Although these pint-sized beauties&nbsp;are popular gifts, they're really better off as temporary house guests. Their true home is outdoors, where they'll&nbsp;thrive in the sunshine and fresh air.</span><br></p> <!-- start: shared_blocks.138495554#below-paragraph-1 --> <!-- end: shared_blocks.138495554#below-paragraph-1 --> <div class="ImageBlock ImageBlockCenter"><img class="ss-lazy" src="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/miniature-roses-indoors.jpg" width="480" height="320" alt="growing miniature roses, mini roses indoors" title="Beautiful Red Miniature Roses Growing Indoors" data-pin-media="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/miniature-roses-indoors.jpg"><span class="Caption CaptionCenter">Countless cultivars of mini rose bushes have given us a beautiful variety.</span></div> <p><span>Nearly every garden has space for growing miniature roses. Plant them in borders, or in front of your tall rose bushes. If you don't have&nbsp;a spot in your garden, you can keep your minis in pots on your sunny porch or patio.</span><br></p><p><span>Their petite 1-2 in (2.5-5 cm) flowers are available in a big range of colors, including red, pink, peach, orange, white,&nbsp;yellow, and many combinations. </span></p><p><span>Some are shrubs and some are climbing. Train climbing miniature roses on a small trellis.</span></p><p>The mini roses we grow today are <em>Rosa chinensis</em> hybrids, with origins in China. How big do miniature roses get? They may grow up to 2 ft (60 cm) tall, depending on the variety.</p> <h3>Miniature Rose Varieties</h3> <p>Dozens of excellent varieties are available. The difficult part is choosing among them.&nbsp;<span>Award-winning 'Cupcake' blooms abundantly in pale pink...'Innocence' is white with a blush of pink...</span><span>'Caliente' is stunning with bright-red blooms and glossy foliage.</span></p><p>Orange-red 'Starina' gets top honors from the <a href="https://rose.org" onclick="return FIX.track(this);" rel="noopener" target="_blank">ARS</a>... 'Lavender Lace' has large, mauve blooms... and 'Beauty Secret'&nbsp;<span>is rich, radiant red.&nbsp;</span><span>Among the tiniest minis are white 'Cinderella' and 'Popcorn'... pink 'Bo Peep'... and yellow 'Littlest Angel'.&nbsp;</span><span>Looking for a fragrant mini rose? All the Scentsation varieties have an intoxicating fragrance.</span></p> <div class="ImageBlock ImageBlockCenter"><img class="ss-lazy" src="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/miniature-roses-pink-window.jpg" width="480" height="320" alt="growing miniature roses indoors" title="Pink Miniature Roses in Window" data-pin-media="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/miniature-roses-pink-window.jpg"><span class="Caption CaptionCenter">Given plenty of bright sunlight, you can expect blooms in summer.</span></div> <h2>Miniature Rose Care</h2> <p><b>Let the sun shine in.</b> These mini and micro hybrids won't bloom if they don't get enough sunshine.&nbsp;<span>When growing miniature roses indoors, it can be challenging to find a spot where they'll&nbsp;</span><span>get several hours of direct sun each day. If you don't have space in a sunny window, you can move your rose outdoors, as long as&nbsp;</span><span>there is no danger of frost.</span></p><p><span><b>Water regularly.</b>&nbsp;Flowering roses are thirsty, and they dry out quickly in containers.&nbsp;</span><span>Stick your finger in the soil to check for dryness every day or two, especially if you're growing miniature roses outdoors.</span></p><p><span><b>Deadhead spent blooms.</b>&nbsp;Remove flowers as soon as they fade to keep plants looking their best and to encourage&nbsp;</span><span>a long blooming season. Don't pluck them off with your hands because tearing can damage the stem. &nbsp;Use sharp pruners to&nbsp;</span><span>avoid tearing the stems, which can attract disease. Cut at a 45° angle.</span></p><p><span><b>Pruning miniature roses.</b>&nbsp;New plants won't need pruning. As they get older, you'll want to remove&nbsp;</span><span>dead branches or any cross branches that rub against each other. Don't be afraid to prune it back hard in fall, after flowering. Yearly&nbsp;</span><span>pruning will promote vigorous new growth as well as the overall health of your rose. It also gives it an attractive shape. Use clean,&nbsp;</span><span>pruning shears&nbsp;</span><span>to cut the stem at a 45° angle, 1/4-inch above a leaf axil.</span></p><p><span><b>Repot year-old roses.</b> Potted plants or gift baskets sometimes contain more than 1 rose plant per pot. This is a good&nbsp;</span><span>time to divide them. Tease apart roots with your fingers, removing as much of the original soil as possible and plant separately in small pots&nbsp;</span><span>with drainage holes. Repot in fall, after the flowering season is over.</span></p> <div class="ImageBlock ImageBlockCenter"><img class="ss-lazy" src="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/growing-mini-roses-indoors.jpg" width="480" height="364" alt="growing miniature roses, growing roses indoors, miniature rose care, caring for miniature roses" title="Miniature Rose Plant in Front of Window" data-pin-media="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/growing-mini-roses-indoors.jpg"><span class="Caption CaptionCenter">Miniature roses are popular gifts -- and elegant plants for a sunny window.</span></div> <p><span><b>Overwintering your plant.</b>&nbsp;Roses go dormant in winter and will drop their leaves. Giving roses a rest period in winter&nbsp;</span><span>will prolong the life and health of the plants. Keep them cool during this time.&nbsp;</span><span>They're cold-hardy, but if you're growing miniature roses outdoors, protect them from freezing temperatures by covering&nbsp;</span><span>them with a layer of mulch. Move container-grown roses to a basement or garage for the winter so that roots don't freeze.</span></p><p><span>Miniature rose plants are just as susceptible to the same ailments that afflict any other roses.&nbsp;<b>Damp conditions can cause&nbsp;</b></span><span><b>blackspot</b>&nbsp;to develop on the leaves. It's a fungus that needs to be treated right away. Cut off affected leaves and treat foliage&nbsp;</span><span>with a fungicide&nbsp;</span><span>specially made for blackspot. Good air ventilation will help to prevent fungus. Fortunately, newer rose hybrids are&nbsp;</span><span>more and more resistant to diseases.</span></p><p><span><b>Yellow leaves</b>&nbsp;that drop off can be a symptom of a few things. Lack of sunlight, dry soil, and dry air will cause&nbsp;</span><span>roses to shed their leaves. Resuming good care of miniature roses will help them recover.</span></p> <div class="ImageBlock ImageBlockCenter"><img class="ss-lazy" src="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/miniature-roses.jpg" width="483" height="555" alt="miniature roses, growing miniature roses, miniature rose care, rosa chinensis" title="Miniature Roses Growing in Pot" data-pin-media="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/miniature-roses.jpg"><span class="Caption CaptionCenter">Photo gojak/istockphoto</span></div> <h2>Tips for Growing Miniature Roses Indoors</h2> <p><b>Light:</b> Bright light, with as much direct sunlight as possible while plant is growing.<br></p><p><b>Water:</b> Water thoroughly and allow the top 1 in (2.5 cm) to dry out between waterings. Keep soil barely moist in winter. Avoid&nbsp;<span>getting water on the leaves, which can cause blackspot.</span></p><p><b>Humidity:</b> Maintain at least 40-50% relative humidity. Use a <a href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/growing-miniature-roses.html">humidity tray or a cool-mist room humidifier</a>.&nbsp;<span>Rose buds that shrivel up before opening may be suffering in the dry air of a heated home.&nbsp;Prune off the shriveled buds and raise the humidity around the plant. Moving the plant outdoors&nbsp;may be just the cure.</span></p><p><b>Temperature:</b> Average room temperatures 65-75°F/18-24°C will suit growing miniature roses fine. Established&nbsp;<span>plants will tolerate varying temperatures. If you move your rose plant outdoors, don't worry -- it can take the heat. And roses are cold-hardy, but potted plants, especially, need extra protection from frost.</span></p><p><b>Soil:</b>&nbsp;Any good potting mix with neutral pH (pH 7).</p><p><b>Fertilizer:</b>&nbsp;Feed every 2 weeks in spring and summer with a high-phosphorus fertilizer (such as 6-12-6) that contains micronutrients, diluted by half.</p><p><b>Propagation:</b> Take 4 inch (10 cm) stem tip cuttings in early summer. Dip cut ends in <a href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/rooting-powder.html">rooting hormone powder</a> and plant&nbsp;<span>them in moist potting mix. Maintain high humidity.</span></p> <ol itemscope itemtype="https://schema.org/BreadcrumbList"> <li itemprop="itemListElement" itemscope itemtype="https://schema.org/ListItem"> <a itemprop="item" href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/index.html"> <span itemprop="name">Home</span></a> <meta itemprop="position" content="1"> </li> › <li itemprop="itemListElement" itemscope itemtype="https://schema.org/ListItem"> <a itemprop="item" href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/house-plants-encyclopedia-a-z.html"> <span itemprop="name">Houseplants A-Z</span></a> <meta itemprop="position" content="2"> </li> </ol> <!-- start: shared_blocks.138495525#above-socialize-it --> <!-- end: shared_blocks.138495525#above-socialize-it --> <!-- start: shared_blocks.138495490#socialize-it --> <!-- end: shared_blocks.138495490#socialize-it --> <!-- start: shared_blocks.138495522#below-socialize-it --> <!-- end: shared_blocks.138495522#below-socialize-it --> Sat, 11 May 2024 14:00:01 -0700 en-us text/html https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/growing-miniature-roses.html May 9, Ivy Geranium Care: How to Grow Trailing Geranium Flowers Indoors https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/ivy-geranium.html f12f3636e2b2cc25d01401cb2193716f <!-- start: shared_blocks.138495464#above-h1 --> <!-- end: shared_blocks.138495464#above-h1 --> <!-- start: shared_blocks.138495583#below-h1 --> <!-- end: shared_blocks.138495583#below-h1 --> <p>Ivy geraniums are eye-catching for their long, trailing stems studded with ivy-shaped leaves. And when it comes to showers of splashy blooms, this sun-loving beauty is in a class by itself. Give it a little care (it's easy!), and you'll enjoy flowers for months on end. You'll want to put this ivy leaf geranium in a hanging basket to show it off.&nbsp;</p><p><span>Here you'll discover how to get the most blooms, when to water and fertilize, plus how to overwinter your plant.</span></p> <!-- start: shared_blocks.138495554#below-paragraph-1 --> <!-- end: shared_blocks.138495554#below-paragraph-1 --> <div class="ImageBlock ImageBlockCenter"><img class="ss-lazy" src="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/ivy-geranium-redwhite.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="ivy geranium, Pelargonium peltatum" title="Red and White Ivy Geraniums" data-pin-media="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/ivy-geranium-redwhite.jpg"><span class="Caption CaptionCenter">Red-and-white blooms make this ivy geranium a knock-out container plant. Photo: <a href="https://pixabay.com/users/PollyDot-160618/?utm_source=link-attribution&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=image&amp;utm_content=273452">PollyDot</a></span></div> <h3>Get to Know Ivy Leaf Geraniums</h3> <p>This ivy leaf geranium sports clusters of alluring flowers, but the 5-lobed foliage that cover&nbsp;<span>its long, slender stems is showy in itself. Its leaves look similar to English ivy, but with rounded edges. Somewhat fleshy, they are about 2 to 2-3/4 inches wide.</span></p><p><span>How big does ivy geranium get? Its weak, sprawling stems will trail up to 3 ft (90 cm).</span></p><p><span>You can train the stems to climb, if you want. Climbing geraniums look&nbsp;beautiful on a trellis inserted into the pot.</span></p><p>Known botanically as <em>Pelargonium peltatum</em>, this captivating perennial is native to South Africa. The named varieties are hybrids, and offer a big choice of gorgeous colors.</p> <h3>Ivy Geranium Varieties</h3> <p><span>New varieties offer a big selection. Ivy geranium colors may be white, pink, lavender, purple, orange,&nbsp;</span><span>salmon, red or burgundy. Traditionally single, 5-petaled flowers, many newer cultivars have semidouble or double blooms.&nbsp;</span><span>Some are bicolored and patterned.</span></p><p>You'll find geranium hanging basket plants for sale in spring and summer.&nbsp;<span>Look for&nbsp;<em>Pelargonium peltatum</em>&nbsp;to be sure you're getting this ivy leaf geranium.&nbsp;</span><span><b>'Galilee'</b>&nbsp;sports variegated leaves and rose-pink flowers.&nbsp;<b>'L'Elegante'</b>&nbsp;is a popular variety&nbsp;</span><span>with leaves edged in creamy white and a tinge of pink.&nbsp;<b>'Rouletta'</b>&nbsp;has red-and-white blooms.&nbsp;<b>'Mauve Beauty'&nbsp;</b></span><span>has double flowers that look like small rose blossoms.</span></p> <div class="ImageBlock ImageBlockCenter"><img class="ss-lazy" src="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/ivy-geranium-pinkflowers.jpg" width="600" height="471" alt="ivy geranium, Pelargonium peltatum" title="Pink Flowers of Ivy Geranium" data-pin-media="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/ivy-geranium-pinkflowers.jpg"><span class="Caption CaptionCenter">Crinkled Pelargonium leaves are upstaged by gorgeous flowers. Photo: <a href="https://pixabay.com/users/hpgruesen-2204343/?utm_source=link-attribution&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=image&amp;utm_content=3191883">Erich Westendarp</a></span></div> <h3>Caring for Ivy Geranium Year-Round</h3> <p><span><b>Pinch and prune.</b> Pinch off new stems regularly to encourage branching and to shape them as they grow.&nbsp;</span><span>Deadhead spent flowers to keep your plant looking neat and to promote more blooms. Pruning geraniums back hard in&nbsp;</span><span>spring will keep them compact.</span><br></p><p><span><b>Repot in spring.</b>&nbsp;Ivy geranium blooms best if slightly pot-bound. Move your plant to a pot 1-2 inches (2.5-5 cm) larger when you see roots growing through the drainage holes. Or&nbsp;</span><span>keep it in the same pot and just give it fresh potting mix.</span></p><p><span><b>Give it a winter rest.</b>&nbsp;Overwinter geraniums in a cool basement or garage with a minimum&nbsp;</span><span>temperature of 50°F/10°C. Water sparingly and stop fertilizing during this winter rest.</span></p> <div class="ImageBlock ImageBlockCenter"><img class="ss-lazy" src="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/pink-ivy-geranium.jpg" width="512" height="683" alt="ivy geranium, ivy leaf geranium" title="Ivy Leaf Geranium" data-pin-media="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/pink-ivy-geranium.jpg"><span class="Caption CaptionCenter">Image istockphoto</span></div> <h2>Ivy Geranium Plant Care Tips</h2> <p><span><b>Light:</b>&nbsp;Bright light to full sun.&nbsp;</span>Give your ivy leaf geranium as much light as you can spring through fall. Move it outdoors for the&nbsp;<span>summer, if you like. Just bring it back inside when the temperature drops below 50°F/10°C. This is a tender&nbsp;perennial that doesn't like the cold.</span><br></p><p><span><b>Water:</b>&nbsp;Keep soil evenly moist, not soggy. Allow the top 1-inch (2.5 cm) of soil to dry between waterings. Cut back on watering&nbsp;in winter, but don't allow the soil to dry out completely.</span></p><p><span><b>Humidity:</b>&nbsp;Average room (around 40-50% relative humidity). Use a <a href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/humidity.html">cool-mist room humidifier</a> to increase moisture around the plant.</span><br></p><p><span><b>Temperature:</b>&nbsp;Cool nights (55-60°F/13-16°C) and warm days (65-75°F/18-24°C) will&nbsp;trigger flower buds.</span></p><p><span><b>Soil:</b> Peat moss-based soilless mix.&nbsp;</span><br></p><p><span><b>Fertilizer:</b>&nbsp;To get the most blooms, feed every 3 weeks with a high-phosphorus fertilizer only while the ivy geranium is budding and flowering. High-nitrogen fertilizers given to young plants will bring a lot of foliage growth, but few flowers.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span><b>Propagation:</b>&nbsp;Take stem cuttings in spring and root in fresh potting mix. Geraniums are&nbsp;easy to grow from seeds, too. Sow seeds in early spring.</span></p> <ol itemscope itemtype="https://schema.org/BreadcrumbList"> <li itemprop="itemListElement" itemscope itemtype="https://schema.org/ListItem"> <a itemprop="item" href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/index.html"> <span itemprop="name">Home</span></a> <meta itemprop="position" content="1"> </li> › <li itemprop="itemListElement" itemscope itemtype="https://schema.org/ListItem"> <a itemprop="item" href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/house-plants-encyclopedia-a-z.html"> <span itemprop="name">Houseplants A-Z</span></a> <meta itemprop="position" content="2"> </li> </ol> <!-- start: shared_blocks.138495525#above-socialize-it --> <!-- end: shared_blocks.138495525#above-socialize-it --> <!-- start: shared_blocks.138495490#socialize-it --> <!-- end: shared_blocks.138495490#socialize-it --> <!-- start: shared_blocks.138495522#below-socialize-it --> <!-- end: shared_blocks.138495522#below-socialize-it --> Thu, 09 May 2024 15:26:00 -0700 en-us text/html https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/ivy-geranium.html May 5, Mandevilla Plant Care, Tips for Growing and Training Mandevilla Vine https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/mandevilla-plant.html b32704093c3a2e7b082fe8a1dd29a99b <!-- start: shared_blocks.138495464#above-h1 --> <!-- end: shared_blocks.138495464#above-h1 --> <!-- start: shared_blocks.138495583#below-h1 --> <!-- end: shared_blocks.138495583#below-h1 --> <p><span>Big, trumpet-shaped flowers cover Mandevilla plant from spring through fall.&nbsp;Scrolled flower buds open to reveal red, white or pink petals with yellow throats or all-yellow blooms.</span></p><p><span>With this guide, you'll get tips for growing this Brazilian beauty in a container. Discover when to water, how to coax more blooms, train Mandevilla vine on a trellis, and more.</span></p> <!-- start: shared_blocks.138495554#below-paragraph-1 --> <!-- end: shared_blocks.138495554#below-paragraph-1 --> <div class="ImageBlock ImageBlockCenter"><img class="ss-lazy" src="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/mandevilla-plant-red.jpg" width="600" height="480" alt="mandevilla plant, mandevilla vine" title="Red Mandevilla Flower" data-pin-media="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/mandevilla-plant-red.jpg"><span class="Caption CaptionCenter">Big, gorgeous red flowers give any space a tropical feel. Image <a href="https://pixabay.com/users/hpgruesen-2204343/?utm_source=link-attribution&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=image&amp;utm_content=3526658">source</a></span></div> <h3>Get to Know Mandevilla as a Houseplant</h3> <p>Mandevilla is a genus of hundreds of species native to Central or South America. All are climbers in the wild, and most that we know and grow are hybrids.</p><p>How big does Mandevilla plant get? 10 ft (3 m) or more if not pruned back.&nbsp;</p><p><span>This evergreen sub-shrub has vining stems densely covered with glossy, dark-green oval leaves. Growing in opposite pairs, leaves grow 3- to 6-inches (9 to 15cm).</span></p><p>You can expect an abundance of beautiful blooms from spring through fall. Up to 4- to 5-inches (10 to 13cm) across, the five-petaled flowers are funnel-shaped. Most are single, but a few newer cultivars have double flowers.</p><p>Is Mandevilla poisonous? Yes, all parts of this plant is toxic. Keep it away from children and pets. It's a good idea to wear gloves when pruning, because the sap can cause skin irritation.</p><p><span><span>Train your plant.</span> Provide a trellis&nbsp;to support its vigorous, twining stems and to show off&nbsp;those glorious Mandevilla flowers. Use plant ties&nbsp;or florist's wire to hold each mandevilla vine in place.&nbsp;Tie the vines loosely so that you don't restrict growth. You may have to re-tie your plant as it grows.</span></p><p><span>Or place it on a plant stand or hang it up. Those leafy stems and gorgeous blooms are sure to capture attention when you display them at eye level.</span></p> <div class="ImageBlock ImageBlockCenter"><img class="ss-lazy" src="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/mandevilla-flower-white.jpg" width="600" height="419" alt="mandevilla plant, white mandevilla flower" title="White Mandevilla Flower" data-pin-media="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/mandevilla-flower-white.jpg"><span class="Caption CaptionCenter">Give your Mandevilla lots of sunshine to get beautiful blooms. Image <a href="https://pixabay.com/users/holmespj-2061998/?utm_source=link-attribution&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=image&amp;utm_content=3460553">source</a></span></div> <h3>Mandevilla Plant Care</h3> <p><b>Make it bloom.&nbsp;</b><span>Plants that don't get enough light will grow tall and leggy,&nbsp;with few blooms.&nbsp;</span>Moving your Mandevilla outdoors&nbsp;<span>for the summer will give it more blooming power. A semi-sunny spot outdoors is ideal. Just be sure to bring it back&nbsp;inside before the temperature drops to 55°F/13°C at night.</span></p><p><span><b>Repot in spring.</b> Mandevilla is one of the few flowering plants that grows well in a large container. Move&nbsp;it up 1 pot size every spring as necessary. Use a pot with drainage holes to prevent root rot. If you want to cover up a plain nursery pot, slip it into a cachepot (a decorate pot without drainage holes). Putting rocks in the bottom of the cachepot will keep the inner pot above the drainage water.</span></p><p><span><b>Prune it back.</b> Unless you want a huge shrub in your home, pruning Mandevilla is necessary. To control its size,&nbsp;prune it back in late fall -- by half when necessary. Mandevilla flowers at the tips of new branches, so you'll get more&nbsp;blooms this way. <b>Pinch off spent blooms</b>&nbsp;to encourage more flowers.</span></p><p><b>Yellow or dropped leaves</b> are usually caused by overwatering or too-cold temperatures.&nbsp;<span>Keep your plant warm year-round and cut back on watering.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span><b>Something bugging your plant?</b> Watch for <a href="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/scale-insects.html">scale insects</a> along the stems and under the leaves. They can usually be scraped off.</span></p><p><span><b>Overwinter your plant indoors.</b> Mandevilla is tropical, not hardy. Unless you live in a year-round warm climate,&nbsp;bring your plant inside for the winter.&nbsp;It will tolerate a minimum of about 55°F/13°C. Water sparingly in winter, but don't allow the soil to dry out completely.</span></p><p><span>Growing Mandevilla plant indoors is a little work, but worth it. You'll be rewarded with several months of bright and bold trumpet flowers.&nbsp;Treat it right and you'll enjoy your flowering Mandevilla plant for many years.</span></p> <h3>Buying Tips</h3> <p>Mandevilla was formerly known as <em>Dipladenia</em> and is sometimes still sold under that name.</p><p>You can buy Mandevilla flowers in nurseries in the spring and summer or order flowers online. Choose a plant with plenty&nbsp;<span>of flower buds -- a sure sign of a healthy plant.</span></p><p>More than 100 cultivars offer beautiful varieties to choose from. Good cultivars include <b>'Alice du Pont'&nbsp;</b><span>and <b>'Magic Dream'</b>.</span></p> <div class="ImageBlock ImageBlockCenter"><img class="ss-lazy" src="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/mandevilla-plant.jpg" width="350" height="237" alt="mandevilla plant, mandevilla vine, mandevilla flowers" title="Mandevilla Plant" data-pin-media="https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/mandevilla-plant.jpg"></div> <h2>Mandevilla Care Tips</h2> <p><span><b>Light:</b> Bright light with some direct sunlight.&nbsp;Put your plant in a sunroom or by a sunny window. Moving your Mandevilla outdoors for the summer will help it to bloom.</span><br></p><p><span><b>Water:</b> Water thoroughly and allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings. Put mandevilla plant in a pot with&nbsp;drainage holes to prevent soggy soil.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span><b>Humidity:</b>&nbsp;If relative humidity falls below 50%, use a cool-mist room humidifier or place the pot&nbsp;on a tray of wet pebbles.</span></p><p><span><b>Temperature:</b> Mandevilla plants thrive in average to very warm (65-85°F/18-29°C) temperatures. They'll tolerate a minimum of 55°F/13°C in winter.</span><br></p><p><span><b>Soil:</b> Use a fast-draining potting mix. You can use an all-purpose mix and add a little perlite.</span><br></p><p><span><b>Fertilizer:</b> Feed every 2 weeks with a high-phosphorus fertilizer while plant is&nbsp;growing and flowering.&nbsp;</span><br></p><p><span><b>Propagation:</b> Take 3 in (8 cm) stem tip cuttings in spring or early summer. The soft cuttings root easily in moist potting mix. 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