Date: May 2, 2011 | Story: Diane Carroll | Styling: Mandy Keener |
For homeowners whose houseplants need rejuvenating, Ziggy Shumate, nursery manager for Horticare Companies in Little Rock, has some advice. Take them outside, and replant them in your outdoor containers with a mix of blooming annuals for a fresh look that will fare well throughout the growing season.
“Houseplants that have been living in a small container too long stop thriving because they become root bound,” says Shumate. “Moving them to a larger container gives them room to spread out.” The plants’ textural leaves and variety of colors make them an interesting option for spicing up containers, she notes, and adding in a few colorful annuals results in a blooming, budget-friendly combo. “Don’t be afraid to mix things up,” she adds. “You’ll get a look that’s more personal and often more interesting.”
During moderate temperatures, water approximately every three days, allowing the container to dry out between waterings. During high heat, check daily. Fertilize once per month.