Question: Problem plants
Hi! I am once again asking for your expert advice! I wonder if I'll ever make my beloved plants survive ... Apparently they're fine, but:
how come my orchid hasn't bloomed yet? Yet the leaves at the base are beautiful, large and green! Water (or better immersed) regularly and placed in a lighted place, but not in direct sunlight.
Then there are the dieffenbachia and the pothos, which seem not to grow, despite being alive. Cans may be too small, even if it doesn't seem to me? The pothos, precise, is found in the same vase with a small sngonium ... is it a problem?
And finally my tillandsia, which I proceeded to separate from the inflorescence that had dried up, already for some months ... The long and narrow leaves are green, but I don't see neither new shoots, nor any kind of inflorescence ... I thank you immensely of the help that, I am sure, this time you will offer me !!!
Answer: Plants with problems
I am sorry that your plants appear little luxuriant or without buds; unfortunately, most of the plants that are grown in the apartment are not really suitable for the climate. In the places of origin many of these plants would find a very humid air, good ventilation, temperature changes between day and night, decomposing substances in the ground that give them many mineral salts, good lighting. All these things are hardly found in the apartment. We come to the problems that manifest your plants.
- orchids that do not bloom: unfortunately orchids do not always spoil well at home, and the absence of fertilizers, poor lighting, and too dry air, often cause few or few blooms. Generally many orchids produce their buds in the spring, but if we bought them in the nursery in November in full bloom (because they are forced), we will have to wait for a year before they decide to start flowering again (in essence the spring flowering is anticipated, and therefore in the spring immediately following the plant does not bloom). However, there are thousands of species of orchids, some flower in winter, others need at least a few weeks in a cool place before producing buds; if you could at least know what kind it is, or a description of the flowers and the plant.
- tillandsia: if the inflorescence is dried, the plant should be moribund; if the leaves are green they could also be dry; try to lift the plant and check if it still has some roots.
- little luxuriant plants: I suggest you move (if possible) your plants in the garden or on the terrace, in a partially shaded place. If you haven't done it for a long time, re-plant it, using a top quality soil. Until October, every 10-12 days provide fertilizer for green plants, which also contains microelements, such as iron and boron. If your plants have dirty leaves, and you haven't cleaned them for a long time, with a damp microfibre cloth, and clean them well.