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10 22 Interiorscaping

  1. 1. Introduction to Horticulture Interiorscaping
  2. 2. African Violet Saintpaulia <ul><li>Perennial short leaves on short stems – may be fuzzy </li></ul><ul><li>Flowers pink, purple, white, salmon </li></ul><ul><li>Bright indirect light </li></ul><ul><li>Keep soil evenly moist </li></ul><ul><li>Temp: 60 -75 </li></ul><ul><li>Do not allow leaves to get wet </li></ul><ul><li>Feed monthly, spring – fall </li></ul><ul><li>Mealy bugs, mites & aphids </li></ul><ul><li>Propagate by division & leaf cutting </li></ul>
  3. 3. Interiorscaping <ul><li>The practice of designing, arranging, and caring for living plants in enclosed environments </li></ul>
  4. 4. House Plants <ul><li>Maintenance vs Growth </li></ul><ul><li>Most people want low maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t want growth </li></ul><ul><li>Foliage must replace itself </li></ul><ul><li>Most are very forgiving </li></ul><ul><li>Some are very difficult </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Orchids </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>African Violets </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Growing Environment <ul><li>Most are tropical plants, originally found in jungles </li></ul><ul><li>Need warm temperature </li></ul><ul><li>Need high humidity </li></ul><ul><li>Have varying light levels </li></ul>
  6. 6. Optimal Temperatures <ul><li>Daytime: 70 ° - 80 ° </li></ul><ul><li>Nighttime: 60° - 65° </li></ul>
  7. 7. Optimal Humidity <ul><li>At least 60% </li></ul><ul><li>Frequent Misting </li></ul><ul><li>Use humidity trays </li></ul>
  8. 8. Light Requirements <ul><li>Determines growth rate </li></ul><ul><li>Most important condition </li></ul><ul><li>Required for photosynthesis </li></ul><ul><li>Plants with foliage other than green require higher light intensities </li></ul><ul><li>A typical home or office will be between 50 & 200 footcandles away from windows </li></ul><ul><li>Plants require 50 to 100 for maintenance (stay alive but not grow) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Light intensities <ul><li>Low light: Interior areas away from windows </li></ul><ul><li>Medium light: Sunny location indirect light </li></ul><ul><li>High light: Sunny window direct light </li></ul>

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