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Are Your House Plants Actually Weeds?

Plants add colour, texture, and a nice atmosphere to our inside spaces, but which of our houseplants can become weeds when introduced to our environment? The definition of a weed is a plant growing where it is not wanted or in competition of other plants. While many of our loved and prized houseplants are from tropical or foreign countries where they thrive in dense jungles and rainforests, once outside can cause chaos in Australian bushlands. Weeds can spoil the ecosystem and biodiversity in our bush, taking away resources from our habitats and native animals.  Read on for some examples and how to reduce the risk of your plant pals becoming weeds. One of the most recognisable houseplant staples Monstera deliciosa Fruit Salad...

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Creating The Perfect Pot Cluster

Do you have a spot in your home that needs a spruce up? Add some greenery and texture by installing a pot cluster into your home, balcony, or garden to create a lush atmosphere. Selecting pots and plants can be overwhelming, so where to start? Follow along to see how to create the perfect pot cluster.  How many pots? While an even number creates symmetry, odd numbers spark interest by capturing our gaze and encouraging our eyes to flow around the cluster and throughout the room. While adding any number of pots and plants makes a difference to your home, a trio is considered the ideal number for pot clusters - Combining a small, medium, and large pot creates a...

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Giving Soil Microbes a Boost Before Winter

Autumn has arrived, what does this mean for your plant’s growth and health? While growth will start to slow as cooler months set in, you can give your plants a helping hand by introducing organic fertilisers and soil conditioners. Organic fertilisers are naturally produced and made from animal or vegetable matter with no artificial or synthetic materials. They contain beneficial soil microbes that form a symbiotic relationship with the plant by enhancing nutrient uptake, regulating phytohormones (chemicals responsible for growth and development) and increasing plant tolerance against stresses. Soil microbes provide long term benefits to your soil and plant health, producing strong plant growth, decreasing pest and diseases susceptibility, and increasing fruit and flower quality. Organic fertilisers also contain many trace...

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Pest Spotlight: Spider Mites!

The heat of summer brings lots of new growth to our plants, however it may also bring about pesky bugs. These pests may be hard to see and might be hindering the growth of your plants without you knowing what the cause is. This month we’ll cover one of the smaller pests commonly found on indoor plants, spider mites. Spider mites are tiny reddish-brown pests that thrive in warm, dry environments and are usually found in abundance in summer due to the warmer weather. They attack house plants by piercing leaves and feeding on the fluid. A good preventative measure is to regularly mist foliage with water to increase humidity in your home. Since spider mites are hard to see,...

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Repositioning Your Plants For Summer Heat

Light is one of the most important factors in growing happy, thriving plants. Plants have different lighting needs, and finding their favourite spot allows them to flourish and be less susceptible to pests, diseases, and death. As the sun pattern changes throughout summer, what do you need to do to keep your plants happy? One of the most important factors to check is how much light your plants are getting. With the summer sun increasing in its intensity, places like western windows receiving afternoon direct sun may become too harsh for your plants. Plants kept near windows may also dry out quicker and need watering more often due to warmer days. Symptoms of too much light include curling, wilting, faded,...

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