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Ignite presentation

  1. 1. How to Develop a Green Thumb
  2. 2. Common Houseplants--Cactus
  3. 3. Common Houseplants—Spider Plant
  4. 4. Common Houseplants--Aloe
  5. 5. Common Houseplants--Philodendron
  6. 6. Common Houseplants—African violet
  7. 7. Common Houseplants--Orchid
  8. 8. When it comes to keeping plants healthy, it’s all about balance.
  9. 10. Wondering about watering? <ul><li>Know your plant type, dry or wet. </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize when your plant is thirsty. </li></ul><ul><li>Know how the plant wants to be watered. </li></ul><ul><li>REMEMBER  You can always add water, but you can’t take it back. </li></ul>
  10. 11. Plant Types <ul><li>Dry Types </li></ul><ul><li>Cactus </li></ul><ul><li>Spider plant </li></ul><ul><li>Aloe </li></ul><ul><li>Philodendron </li></ul><ul><li>Wet Types </li></ul><ul><li>African violet </li></ul><ul><li>Orchid </li></ul>
  11. 12. Watering Tips by Type <ul><li>Dry Types </li></ul><ul><li>They need little water. </li></ul><ul><li>Watch for signs of dryness before watering, or water on an infrequent schedule. </li></ul><ul><li>Water slowly and sparingly. </li></ul><ul><li>Wet Types </li></ul><ul><li>They need more water. </li></ul><ul><li>Water regularly. </li></ul><ul><li>Watch for signs of overwatering. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leakage from planter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water isn’t absorbed quickly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Soil damp for more than a day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presence of fungus gnats </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. Signs of a Parched Plant <ul><li>The plant’s leaves are starting to droop or flop. </li></ul><ul><li>The soil surrounding the plant is dry and hard. </li></ul><ul><li>Some leaves are starting to wither or brown. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Top-Down Watering <ul><li>Definition: Watering the exposed soil in the </li></ul><ul><li>planter from the top </li></ul><ul><li>Good for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aloe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spider plant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Philodendron </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CAUTION: Water the soil, not wet the plant. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. Bottom-Up Watering <ul><li>Definition: Allowing the roots to suck up water </li></ul><ul><li>from a container </li></ul><ul><li>Good for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cactus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>African violet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Orchid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CAUTION: Discard any water not absorbed in ten minutes. Allow plants to drain thoroughly. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. The Light of Their Lives <ul><li>Not enough light can lead to the plant’s malnourishment. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One sign is very pale leaves. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Some plants can get sunburned if placed in direct bright light. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Orchids’ roots or leaves will get black burn spots. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. The Miracle Gro Menu <ul><li>Plant Fertilizer Spikes </li></ul><ul><li>It is time for a new spike when the old one has dissolved. </li></ul><ul><li>Good food for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spider Plant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Philodendron </li></ul></ul><ul><li>African Violet Liquid Fertilizer </li></ul><ul><li>Use sparingly, perhaps two drops per plant per week </li></ul><ul><li>Good food for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>African Violets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Orchids </li></ul></ul>
  17. 18. Food for Thought <ul><li>Do NOT fertilize a sick plant. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminate pests. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Change the watering schedule </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>or lighting. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If you fertilize a plant, water it. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Otherwise, the fertilizer will burn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the plant. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 19. Beware of plant pests. They like to hide on leaves or in soil.
  19. 20. Prevent Problems <ul><li>Isolate sick plants from healthy plants. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You don’t want fungus, blight, or pest infestations to spread. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Keep new plants in isolation for a month. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure the new plant is healthy and pest-free before exposing your other plants to it. </li></ul></ul>