On Mon, 09 Jul 2007 21:37:15 -0700, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
I have many house plants, including a 4-foot peace lily, dracaena
marginata, Chinese evergreen, philodendron and sansevierias, all
easy-to-grow house plants that help with air quality. I've noticed how
a greenhouse smells fresh and you'd probably need a lot of plants to
achieve the same result in your home.
I live in Wisconsin. So I suffer a hard winter.
I keep a big pot of lavender on my deck in the summer and I bring it in when
it gets cold. It kinda wimps out, but I cut it down and it grows back.
anyway..... to answer your question, yes. It likes a Sunny Window.
My mint has rooted on the kitchen windowsill already and it is now time to
plant in a pot.
It seems to have lost the strong minty smell unless I rub a leaf and sniff.
I have a nice fairly strong smelling peace lily in a pretty beaded pot.
Sadly it is on the way out and I can't seem to save it.
someone said spider plant, which i can also confirm. there are some others
(about 5). can't remember them - try google!!
apparently, though, (?) it's microbial soil activity that does most of the
freshening, not the actual plant itself - (and with the appalling state of
modern potting mix i don't know how you'll go!!!!). plants have the ability
to create "zones" around their root systems which (in the wild) would serve
varying purposes (e.g. creating a less-acidic zone, etc), although all
plants can, to some degree, create a "fertile zone" around their roots.
(this sounds a bit mad, so i did some digging & in fact it seems highly
i'm babbling pointlessly. i can't recall which specific plants are "the
best" for this & i'm sure it's worth looking, but any plants will, of
course, help. (as does opening windows ;-)
Mrs. Bonk wrote about her mint in the kitchen.
That stuff will grow like blazes! We planted some in our herb garden and
had to remove it to another area, and constantly had to cut it back. Hadn't
thought to try it indoors. Also have lavender outside but hadn't thought to
pot it either.
Hmmmm the orange tree sounds delightful.
Thanks for the ideas!
A question:::: What is an airing cupboard?
I am "rooting" it indoors, it will eventually be put in a large pot outside.
Most of the homes here have an airing cupboard. It's the place to put
sheets, towel, bedding etc to "air", often warmed by an immersion heater,
mine is next to my warm air chimney so gets very cosy in winter and in
summer there is a space heater if I need extra warmth in the cupboard. I
also hang clothes in there if I have steam ironed them and they are a little
yes... and by coincidence, read an article just the other day concerning
microbial activity in indoor pots for air improvement, so i can now confirm
the above! (apparently you need 5 pots per small room to make an appreciable
sadly, no. :-)
however, i do know most indoor potted plants meet their doom from:
1: overcare (almost always, over-watering, especially in winter; or again in
winter, too much warmth)
2: neglect (this doesn't sound like YOU, mrs bonk!), or:
3: incorrect lighting conditions
might i suggest you inspect the plant carefully for any sign of disease or
pests. treat appropriately if any are found. mites can be chronic on indoor
plants yet they can be difficult to detect. look very carefully.
next step, consider if the plant needs re-potting (it probably does), either
due to being root-bound, or simply that the potting mix is too old & has run
out of oomph. autumn is a good time for this, but any time is good if the
plant is ailing. again, check for disease or pests & be sure to carefully
brush out as much old mix as possible & repot in a bigger pot if necessary
(but not too big). keep nicely damp for a short time as the plant settles
back in. don't be afraid to prune out any diseased or over-long
roots/rhizomes/whatever it is. (do peace lilies clump? i can't recall. the
plant may simply be over-crowded & need splitting & repotting.)
consider if lighting & watering as you have been is suitable for the plant
(i don't know anything about peace lilies in particular).
make sure you never, ever use "leaf cleaners" on indoor plants. these are
ghastly!! indoor plants need their leaves kept free of dust & cobwebs - use
a damp cloth to clean them gently on both sides. from time to time they
enjoy a nice shower for a really good cleaning & watering!
is there a nice u.k. garden group or handy friend or neighbour you can ask?
with gardening advice, local is usually best as some things just don't make
any sense or just won't work if someone a long way away gives you advice
that works in _their_ area.
Thank you dear - so kind of you to take the time to reply with such a lot of
My peace lily is still struggling to live. I have fed it and it has bucked
up slightly. I will try repotting and cutting out the dead bits then giving
it a shower.
I had a small orange tree for a birthday present. It gives off a delightful
smell, quite refreshing. I've not used the fruits yet, I believe they are
rather tart and better suited to jam making.
When I moved into this property the airing cupboard had a nice smell and I
discovered a few pomanders - oranges, very dried up and brown and spiked
with I believe cloves so maybe I will do something similar with mine.
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