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Timely tendings: Light is key for indoor plant success

. Houseplants must have light to live, so it is important to find out about the light needs for your particular plants. In general, foliage plants require less light than flowering plants. Plants not receiving sufficient light may become tall and weak-looking with pale leaves that may then drop off. Flowers may also fail to form on a flowering plant.

. Bulbs are nice additions to the landscape and now is the time to plant. Some you may want to try are agapanthus, amaryllis, caladium, crinum lily, gloriosa lily and zephyr lily. Work in a generous amount (25 pounds per 100 square feet) of organic matter such as compost, cow manure, sphagnum peat or other types of peat moss. Bulbs planted in large masses produce the best color display. If you had amaryllis in bloom for the holidays, these bulbs can be planted outside and will live and bloom for many years. For complete information on choosing, planting and caring for bulbs, read Bulbs for Florida online at edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg029.

Information from Carol Suggs and Theresa Badurek of the Pinellas County Extension Service and from the Hillsborough County Extension Gardening Almanac. Go to the extension websites at pinellascountyextension.org and hillsborough.extension.ufl.edu.

Timely tendings: Light is key for indoor plant success 01/28/11 [Last modified: Friday, January 28, 2011 3:30am]
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