Sep 05

Fall Flowers: Mad About Mums


When fall arrives, it can be hard to watch all of your beautiful summer blooms die off. However, fall also brings about the star of the fall flowers: the chrysanthemum. With so many varieties, there are plenty of ways to enjoy them, from planting yourself to decorating your home with them. Their blooms will last for weeks with a large number of flowers per plant. Mums are perfect for mass planting because of their tight, mounded habit and stunning bloom cover. Plus orange, bronze, yellow, and white mums are perfect to additions to your fall decorations. Learn how to grow mums for your garden and spice up even the most drab of fall landscapes.


Mums come in more than just a few autumnal shades. There are actually multiple varieties of mums in a wide variety of colors.

  • Apricot Alexis: These flowers tend to grow in an obvious apricot color and will be quite large once their blooms fully open. They can easily be the center of attention in autumnal flower bouquets.
  • Candid: Usually deep red with lighter ends on their petals, they are also one of the larger varieties of mums once their blooms open.
  • Seatons Ruby: Red tipped with a golden hue, these two-toned flowers have traditional mum petals around the outer edge, but a large, raised cushiony center.
  • Honeyglow: Honeyglow mums are what you think of when you think of mums. Coming in reds, oranges, and golds, this is a classic choice when adding some bright color to your decor.

These are colloquial terms for blooms. When visiting your local nursery, you can also say you’re looking for spider, quill, button, cushion or anemone mums.

Growing Mums

No matter whether they live in the ground or in a vase, mums are very hearty flowers that can live a long time. However, when growing mums, it is important to give them proper care so they can reach their peak. With planted in the optimal location and given proper care, your mums will grow year after year! Here are some tips for caring for your mums.


These flowers need at least 6 hours of sun a day. If they do not get enough sun, they will be tall and leggy and produce fewer, smaller flowers. Try to not plant them alongside your house or garage if that area is typically shaded.


Mums thrive in well-drained soil. If your yard is soggy after the lightest rain, try growing your mums in a raised bed with friable soil. If your soil is too dense, add compost. Mums roots are shallow and they don’t like competition. When planting them, plant them 1 inch deeper than they were in the nursery pot and carefully spread the roots.


Newly planted mums need to be water thoroughly. They should never be allowed to wilt. Once they have grown, give them about 1 inch of water per week. When their bottom leaves are starting to limp or turn brown, water them more often. However, avoid soaking the foliage as this can encourage disease.


Mums should be prepared for winter after the first hard frost. Mulch up to 4 inches and fill in around the entire plant, spreading between branches. Dead blooms should be pinched off, but branches should stay intact. They have a better chance of surviving if you wait to prune old stems until spring. When the weather warms, trim off the previous year’s stems as soon as new growth begins to show.


Mums can be easily trimmed and placed as decoration around your home. They still have a long lifespan when cut as long as they are taken care of properly. Change the water in the vase daily and keep them in a cool area of your home. You can also place mums in pots, a window box, or in a mixed container with other plants. Mums are also perfect additions to any garden. Most mums will withstand a light fall frost, so coordinate bloom time with the length of fall in your area.

Aug 10

End of Summer Gardening


It’s August! Some of your plants are still growing and full of color, so you may think the only thing to do is to enjoy your garden, right? Wrong! It’s time to watch your garden and begin preparations for your fall garden. Keep alert for weeds that need to be pulled, plants that need care, and pests that need to be taken care of. Here are some end of summer gardening tips to prepare your garden for fall.

Clearing Summer Spaces

Some of your summer blooms will still be growing, but a lot will be on their last leg. You want to make sure your garden doesn’t turn into a mess of falling, browning plants. Dehead flowering annuals, perennials, and shrubs and try for one last round of blooms. Remove dying, fallen plants and make sure you stay on top of any weed growth. Keeping up with your garden care will ensure less work overall once the season is over. Also, if you have any clear garden beds make sure you cover up the empty spaces. Open ground is an invitation for hardening ground, pests, and weeds.

Starting Your Fall Garden

If you live in a region suitable for fall gardening, now is the time to get started. You may associate fall-foliage trees or shrubs with colorful autumn leaves with your fall garden, but perennials can add a lot of colors, and annuals are an inexpensive alternative. The color display put on by these annuals and perennials is a great addition to the non-living autumn decorations in your yard. However, fall flowers need some planning. You will need to plant them earlier in the season because they will bloom best if they’ve been in the garden all season. Aim to start planting your fall garden in July or August.

Not sure what to plant? These plants are perfect for fall!

  • Chrysanthemum
  • Pansy
  • Celosia
  • Flowering Kale
  • Aster

  • Dianthus
  • Sweet Alyssum
  • Viola
  • Black-Eyed Susan

Mulch and Compost

Never leave your garden bare! You will need plenty of mulch and compost to get yours through the winter! Mulching your garden protects the plants by keeping the soil cool and moist, and also helps the soil conserve water, prevent weed growth, and resist insects. Also, as the mulch breaks down, it provides nutrients to your soil for your plants. A DIY compost pile is a simple weekend effort that will give you excellent results. Use soon-to-fall leaves to make mulch. By the time the last of your plants is out of your garden, your compost pile and leaf mulch will be ready to provide nutrients to your soil until next year.

We are only weeks away from autumn. Get ready for the new season by taking a trip to Bengert Greenhouses. Not only will you find beautiful blooms for fall, but you will also find everything you will need to prep your garden for fall. We pride ourselves on growing outstanding quality flowering plants and all of our plants are grown locally in our West Seneca greenhouses.

Jun 30

All About Petunias


Petunias can offer long term color for summer gardens and brighten dreary landscapes with their pastels and bright colors. Petunias are one of the most popular garden flowers. Not only are they inexpensive, but taking care of these beautiful flowers is simple and easy. Your garden will be filled with beautiful blooms that can last until autumn with proper care.

Growing Petunias

Petunias grow very slowly from seeds, so it is best to begin at least 10 to 12 weeks before planting. The seeds also need light to germinate. It is best to sprinkle the seeds on top of the soil and lightly pat, but not fully cover them. Before germination, petunias prefer warmer temperatures. However, after germination, they prefer to grow in cooler temperatures. That being said, wait until the danger of frost is past before planting them outdoors because they are not tolerant of frost.

Caring for Petunias


If you want multiple blooms, you should water your petunias regularly. They are tolerant of heat so weekly waterings should be enough unless there is a prolonged period of drought in your area. In general, water should be given enough to soak the soil to about 6 to 8 inches every time you water. “Spreading” types of petunias require more frequent watering. Flowers in hanging baskets also need to be watered more often, sometimes as often as daily, depending on their size and the volume of soil they contain.


The most important requirement for growing petunias successfully is having plenty of light. They can grow in partially shaded locations but will produce fuller and more abundant blooms in full sun. The more shade they receive, the fewer flowers they’ll produce.


These flowers do not need terribly rich soil to grow well. The only requirement is that it must drain decently. If you want to, soil can be improved with a well-composted organic matter worked into it. The organic matter should be spread to around 2 to 3 inches thick and incorporated into the soil to a depth of 8 to 10 inches. This will not only open up heavy clay soil, which improves drainage, but can also increase the ability of light.


Petunias are heavy “feeders.” While your flowers are blooming, they should be fertilized regularly with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. Every 10 to 14 days they should receive a liquid fertilizer. You can also give them a combination of a liquid and a slow-release fertilizer.

Deheading Petunias

Petunias live to reproduce themselves and create blooms to form new seeds. Once the bloom browns and falls off, the plant extends energy creating a seed pod filled with seeds. So why would you dehead them? Clipping off the old bloom and the forming pod makes the plant start the blooming process again. Instead of a stem covered in brown pods, you’ll have a bushy plant with constant blooms throughout the whole season. Deheading is a very simple job. You clip off the bottom of the bloom once they turn brown and cut the stems directly above the next set of leaves. This can be done by pinching them off with a thumbnail or by using a pair of garden shears.

Looking for some new and interesting petunias for your garden? Check out ColorBlitz!

This is a powerful new medium petunia series with the color and uniformity you need. Impressive bi-colors, star patterns and vibrant hues, all with end-user performance.

Jun 15

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Jun 09

Start Your Summer Garden!

Summer is here! This means long, hot days and bright, cherry gardens! Does your garden still need something extra to make it perfect? Well there are flowers you can plant that will withstand the heat and thrive all summer long. These flowers will bloom fully with vibrant colors. Even though good soil, fertilizer, and proper care will help these flowers thrive, they actually don’t need a lot of watering or attention, and can bloom in different types of soil.

Here are 5 flowers you can plant in summer to help you get the colorful garden of your dreams.



Best for Plant Hardiness Zone: 2-11

Type: Annual

Scientific Name: Tagetes Erecta

Marigolds are incredibly easy-going and reliable under a wide range of growing conditions. Because they are both easy to plant and easy to care for, marigolds are a staple in any summer garden. In fact, most thrive in full sun and they can even handle the reflected heat and light of paved surfaces as long as they get regular moisture. They are also not fussy about soil and can bloom better in poorer soil as long as they are not constantly soggy.



Best for Plant Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Type: Perennial

Scientific Name: Aster Amellus

Aster’s don’t just come in purple or lavender. They can also come with pink, red, blue, or white flowers as well. These dainty flowers can withstand heat and can be enjoyed from spring through fall. These flowers make great border plants and add a soft touch to any garden. They are prone to mildew, so be careful to plant them in areas with good circulation and sun exposure. A fun fact about Aster: These flowers attract butterflies.



Best for Plant Hardiness Zone: 2-11

Type: Annual

Scientific Name: Zinnia x hybrida

Zinnias are flashy summertime favorites that are a cheap way to add color to your garden. They are one of the simplest, most colorful annuals to grow and attract beneficial insects, butterflies and birds. These flowers grow fast and are low maintenance, but do need full sun and monthly fertilizer. Zinnias come in larger varieties that can be used for boarders and cut flower displays and small varieties for containers and window boxes.



Best for Plant Hardiness Zone: 6-11

Type: Perennial

Scientific Name: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Hibiscus blooms can grow surprisingly large to create eye-catching displays for your summer garden. Their flowers can even be consumed as food or in tea. Attracting hummingbirds and butterflies, hibiscus can provide a tropical feel no matter the climate. Coming in three varieties, these flowers do well in full sun and, depending on the type, can offer full blooms from spring to fall.

Blanket Flower


Best for Plant Hardiness Zone: 3-11

Type: Perennial

Scientific Name: Gaillardia Aristata

Gaillardia Aristata or Blanket flowers are from the Sunflower family. These flowers offer daisy-like red blooms with yellow tips with blooms that can grow up to 4 inches across. These flowers are called blanket flowers because they can cover whole fields. They like full sun and heat, so blanket flowers will thrive in summer through fall. They also attract butterflies and are deer resistant.

Are you looking for additions to your summer garden? Come to Bengert Greenhouses! We pride ourselves on growing outstanding quality flowering plants. All of our plants are grown locally in our West Seneca greenhouses which helps the local economy and community. Located right in West Seneca, New York, we are situated perfectly to service the entire Western New York region.

May 08

Why Do We Need Bees?


The disappearance of bees should not be taken lightly. Researchers are struggling to find out what exactly is causing the decline in bee populations. The reality is, without bees, our ecosystem, economy, food supply and livelihood will suffer. Here are some reasons why these little guys are so important.

Bees are Vital Member of the Ecosystem

Bees, like many other species, play a vital role entire ecosystems to function. 75-95 percent of flowering plants need pollination. Bees belong to a group of animals, called pollinators, who transfer pollen and seeds from one flower to another. This fertilizes the plant to help it grow and produce food. This cross-pollination helps at least 30% of the worlds crops and 90% of wild plants thrive. Not only would we lose beautiful plants, but they re also a vital food source. These plants contribute to the food system by feeding animals such as birds and insects. If the food source for these animals diminished, the entire food chain would suffer.

Bees Give Us Our Favorite Foods

Here are some quick facts:

  • One out of every three bites of food you eat is because of pollinators, such as bees.
  • 70 of the top 100 food crops grown worldwide rely on pollinators. This equates to 90% of the world’s nutrition.

Bees make it possible for your favorite foods to reach your table. We have bees to thank for apples, almonds, pumpkins, berries and a multitude of other kitchen staples. Without bees, we can say good bye to these foods. With 850 million people around the world suffering from lack of food and the global population set to increase to nine billion by 2050, bees will be important players in avoiding mass food scarcity.

Bees Stimulate Our Economy

Bees pollinate more than $15 billion a year in U.S crops. U.S honey bees also produce about $150 million in honey annually. Fewer bees means the economy takes a hit.  As for the global economy, bees contribute around $3,250 per hectare per year. With around 1.4 billion hectares of land used for crops globally, this equals around $4.2 trillion added to the global economy. The global cost of bee decline, including lower crop yields and increased production cost, has been estimated to be as high as $5.7 billion per year.

Why Are Bees Disappearing?

In North America, roughly 50 percent of the bee population has decreased since World War II. But what has changed that is causing this significant decrease?

  • Global warming has caused flowers to bloom earlier or later than usual. The result is when bees come out of hibernation, the flowers they need have already bloomed.
  • Increased development leads to habitat loss for bees. This includes farms that have been abandoned, growing crops without leaving habitat for wildlife, and growing non-pollinator friendly flowers in our gardens.
  • We spray pesticides on plants to kill pests and increase the plants productivity. However, Pesticide use can harm honey bees. For example, neonicotinoids are used to attack the nervous system of pests and can lead to instant death. Even if the bees survive, they can become disoriented and forget their way back to the hive. If enough bees are harmed, this causes Colony Collapse Disorder. (In good news, many of these pesticides have been banned in the European Union and stores in the U.S are opting to remove them from shelves.)

How We Can Protect Bees

Increased research by the U.S Department of Argriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency, is vital and should be broadened to include pollinator research. Additionally, farmers can be rewarded for practices such as leaving habitat for bees in their surrounding fields, alternating crops so bees have food all year long, and not using harmful pesticides.

As for our homes, there are a few smaller things that can be implemented. You can start by planting bee-friendly plants in your garden, such as daisies, crocus, hyacinth, borage, calendula, and wild lilac. At the grocery store, you can support organic farmers who do not use chemicals on their crops. Plus, you can spread the word about the importance of bees and their declining population!

Save the Bees! Visit Bengert Greenhouses to and pick up some bee-friendly plants for your garden today!

Apr 07

Mixing Potted Plants Together


Don’t Limit Your Pots to Just One Plant

Pots with one type of plant inside adds a pop of color and simplicity to any garden design. However, mixing more than one type of potted plant in a container creates a mini-landscape with a variety of colors and textures. Mixed planters may look difficult to recreate and care for, but some simple care tips for single plant pots can also apply for mixed-plant containers. The only challenge is picking what beautiful plants you want to mix.

Here are some tips for mixing your potted plants.

  1.  Pick a container with drainage holes at the bottom. These holes help avoid root rot, fungi and insects that are attracted by a surplus of water.
  2. Choose plants that require similar soil, light and watering conditions. Base this selection on where you plan to put your container. If you want your container in an area with a lot of sun, choose plants who need full sun.
  3. Add three or four flowering plants for every non-flowering plant. Choose at least three different types of “thriller, filler or spiller plants. “Thrillers” are bright, eye-catching plants, like marigolds or geraniums. “Fillers” are leafy, variegated plants that provide a great backdrop for the “thrillers.” “Spillers” are vines that cascade from the top, over the side of your plants to add an additional layer of interest.
  4. When planting spillers, place them on the outer edges of the container so they can flow over the sides as they grow.
  5. Mix the thrillers and fillers in the remaining space. Arrange them so they have enough space to expand as they grow. At first, your pot may look empty, but as the plants grow, they will fill the bare space.
  6. Water your container about every three days, based on weather conditions. Soil in containers tends to try out quickly.
  7.  Plants in small containers quickly use up the nutrients in the soil, so it will need to be replaced. Apply fertilizer soon after planting and again in the middle of the growing season.

Need more help on planting mixed containers? Check out this video for an easy step-by-step guide for setting up your pot!

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Feb 22

Begonias 101


Begonias are an annual plant that can provide beauty to any garden. They come in a variety of colors and can thrive in an array of conditions. They are a popular houseplant that are easy to take care of. Here are some tips about caring for your begonias this spring.

Planting from Tubers

If you are planting tuberous begonias, make sure you plant them only after the winter frost is over. You’ll have plenty of time as tubers can be planted from February to June. Tubers can also be planted indoors about 8 weeks before transplanting them outdoors. Fill a flat box or small pot 2-2 1/2 inches deep. Begonias need around 2 inches all the way around the roots. Place the tubers hallow side up with the top just below the surface. The soil needs to be moist, but not over watered or the plant will not grow properly. In 2-3 weeks after the sprouts emerge, make sure you provide ample light.

Transferring to a Pot or Outdoors

Begonias can be transferred any time after good root development or when the top growth is not more than 4 to 5 inches tall. Plant with 1-1 1/2 inches soil covering the top of the tuber in a well drained garden or a large pot 8 inches or larger. Large pots not only produce fuller plants, but they also provide better stability and multiple small tubers can be planted in a single pot. Depending on the environment, begonias will bloom in 12-20 weeks after planting.


The idea temperature for begonias is around 72º F, however temperatures slightly higher or lower are ok. Begonias grow well in warmer, more humid temperatures. 


Begonias do best in locations that have daily full or partial morning sunlight. They will need more sun in cooler climates. Begonias can also tolerate receiving full  sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon, but should not be planted in full shade.


Begonias need to be kept moist at all times. Spraying the plants with water on hotter days will help keep their optimal cool, moist conditions. Also keeping them on a regular watering schedule is ideal. The soil should be moist, but not too wet or soggy. If the soil is dry, the plant needs water. If the soil is wet, the plant has too much water. Too much water can cause the roots to rot can kill the plant.


Begonias need a mild fertilizer once a month throughout the season. Try fertilizing lightly the first few weeks of planting to avoid too much foliage growth and to promote earlier blooms.


Prune your begonias if you notice any blooms that are faded or dead. By taking off the dead heads, the plant will not spend excess energy trying to revive them and will continue to be healthy.


Begonias are susceptible to various fungi and bacteria. Make sure they are in an environment that provides good airflow to prevent mildew. If necessary, a fungicide can be used, but only as directed on the label.


In autumn, after your plants leaves have turned yellow and the blooms are gone, withhold water so that the soil can dry completely. Tubers can be left in pots or lifted and stored in a cool, dry (but not freezing) place until next spring.

Are you looking for a cool way to plant your Begonias this spring? Check out this video on how to turn an unusual container into a pot for your Begonias!


Feb 06

Behind the Tradition: Roses

rose-red-rose-romantic-rose-bloomAs Valentines day approaches, the feeling of love is in the air. Here’s a look behind one of the biggest symbols of the season: The Rose.

The Symbol:

Roses are probably one of the most prevalent and widely recognized symbols of love in Western culture. They appear in poetry, literature, artwork, films and in every media form in between. A rose is a symbol of romanic love, passion and affection, with the red rose being the most widely recognized. Even the bud has it’s own meaning. The pre-bloomed flower symbolizes youthful love, purity, honest beauty and innocence,  The attractive and unopened rosebud celebrates unpretentious and honest beauty.

Along with the rose itself, the color also provides its own meaning. Red roses symbolize love and romance and are traditional ways to express affection. The pink rose symbolizes love, gratitude and appreciation and are often given as elegant tokens of admiration and appreciation. White roses symbolize marriage, spirituality and new starts, but also can be used as a gesture of remembrance. Orange roses are symbols of enthusiasm and passion while yellow roses symbolize friendship, joy and good health.

The History:

In Greek and Roman times, the rose was a tied to Aphrodite/Venus, the goddess of love. Roses would be used as the main decoration for weddings and ceremonies. Later, early christians used this symbol and associated it with the Virgin Mary. In Shakespearian times, the rose became a poetic standard that was played with in the works of Shakespeare and Gertrude Stein.
It was not only the 18th century that the rose developed as a means of communication between lovers who were forced apart by the standards of the societies they lived in. Along with forbidden love, the red rose came to symbolize true love that was everlasting and can outlive all obstacles. In the 18th century, Charles II of Sweden attached a specific meaning to each flower, making it possible for someone to have a whole conversation using just flowers.

Even today, people continue to use roses as ways to express their love and admiration for their loved ones. Join in on this timeless tradition and send someone you love a bouquet of roses this Valentines Day!

Jan 05

Ten Plants That Will Survive in Your Tiny Apartment

Looking to switch up your household decor? Want to try some houseplants, but worried about care in your small apartment? Here is a list of Ten apartment-friendly plants!

spider plantSpider Plant

Spider plants are a highly adaptable houseplant and super easy to grow. They are named because of their leaves (spiderettes) that dangle down spiders on a web. This plant is best displayed hanging because of their dangling leaves.They can grow in a wide variety of conditions and suffer few problems, other than brown tips.

Care: Spider plants require plenty of light near a window, but keep away from too direct of light. They do well when their roots are crowded. They can easily adapt to temperatures as low as 35 degrees F and as high as 90 degrees F, but prefer temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees. They will even self propagate by send out off-shoots that can be replanted and grown into a new spider plant.


Philodendron will survive indoors year round and even inexperienced houseplant owners will not have problems growing them because they are easily adaptable to any conditions inside your home. While they do well indoors, Philodendron, weather permitting, will enjoy an occasional stay outdoors in a shady spot and will be stressed in the process of moving from indoors to outdoors. While outside, take the change to flush the soil with water and clean the leaves.

Care: The reason Philodendron is so popular is because it tells you what it wants. If its leaves are yellow, then the plant is getting too much sun. Try placing your plant in an area with bright, but indirect sun. If the plant is growing small leaves then it needs more fertilizer. Try liquid houseplant fertilizer. Also make sure that you allow one inch of soil to dry between watering, meaning that Philodendron does not need to be watered daily.

Snake Plant

These interesting-looking plants give your room character and they never got out of style. Snake plants have variegated leaves that grow upright. Some varieties of this plant have yellow or white edges and the plant may rarely bloom white flowers. They are incredibly tough and can survive in a variety of environments. They can withstand weeks of neglect without loosing shape, but this does not mean that you should neglect them. Spider plants can remove toxins, like formaldehyde and benzene, from the air.

Care: Spider plants have tough leaves that can tolerate low light, but will thrive in medium or bright light. Water the plant occasionally and allow the soil to dry between watering. This plant grows best in temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees F.



This indoor plant absorbs and strips toxins like formaldehyde from materials in the home such as carpet. Pothos are great plants for beginning houseplant owners. This plant is an easy way to add some green to your home because it can survive in a variety of conditions. Because they can do well in low light, these plants can make a great addition to your bathroom, office or a lowly lit apartment and are good for hanging baskets or as a climbing plant.

Care: Pothos can thrive in a variety of different temperatures and lighting conditions. However, low light can decrease the leaves’ variegation and they do best in light that is not too direct. These plants can produce stems that will need to be cut when they get too long. Also, make sure your soil dries between waterings.

Paddle Plant

Paddle plants are succulents with a unique shape and low care requirements. They have thick, paddle-shaped leaves and will take on a reddish tint during the winter or when exposed to sun. Their leaves grow to about 6 inches long and mature plants may product yellow flowers in the spring.

Care: Paddle Plants grow best when exposed to bright light, but watch out during the summer. Too much intense light can scorch your plant. These plants can withstand dry air, even during the winter when the heat is cranked up. They prefer temperatures between 60 and 85 F, but just try to avoid temperatures below 60 F. Allow two inches of dirt to dry between watering and your plant will be healthy.


Aloe Vera

Aloe’s medicinal properties are well known. They can provide instant medication on hand for minor scrapes and burns. The plant can grow three feet high for large indoor spaces. The popular aloe vera works great in small, sunny indoor spaces. This plant is not difficult to care for. If grown outside, they will grow faster in the summer, but as an indoor plant, they will do sin in a pot. Watch out for harsh light as it can turn your Aloe brown.

Care: Aloe likes room temperatures around 70 degrees and plenty of indirect sunlight.  They prefers dry soil, so avoid watering too frequently and allow two inches of dirt to dry between waterings.

Ficus Tree

Ficus trees are a low maintenance, attractive plant. This indoor tree has shiny leaves. Fun fact: The Ficus trees braided trunk does not occur naturally. In order to achieve a braided trunk, multiple young plants can be weaved together to grow into a permanent braid. If grown outdoors, this plant can reach up to 50 feet tall and there are 800 types of ficus trees.

Care: Ficus trees like bright, indirect sunlight. Try putting your plant in a corner of a windowed room. Room temperatures should be between 65 to 75 degrees. Water your ficus every two to three days and give it a bit of fertilizer each year.

Weeping Fig

Weeping figs can add necessary amounts of green to any space and are long-living house plants. While not known to drop leaves when moved, these plants should be kept away from drafts as blasts of cold or hot air can cause its leave to drop. It is also known to drop leaves in the early fall. But don’t worry! Weeping figs will grow new leaves in spring and summer with proper care. In the fall, try lightly misting the leaves of your plant to increase humidity. 

Care: Weeping Figs only need to be watered every four to seven days. But watch out when watering. These trees are sensitive to chlorine, fluoride, and other chemicals often found in tap water, as well as the salt in softened water. Try distilled or filtered water, or allow tap water to sit overnight to dissipate the chemicals. They should be placed in a window that gets bright, indirect sunlight. But make sure you turn plant every once in a while to avoid excess growth on one side.



Cacti require a unique aesthetic that can blend with a variety of apartment styles. Available in various shapes and sizes, there is a cactus for every space. They are extremely well adapted to living in low humidity houses. Cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. The difference lies in the organs that produce the spines and other characteristics such as fruit formation. These plants are native to the southern United States, Mexico, Central and South America and a few species are native to Haiti, and other islands.

Care: Cacti only need to be watered once a week while they are growing, and can have longer intervals between waterings during the winter months. Before watering, check to see if the soil is dry and water well if it is, then let the water drain off. Place your cactus in a sunny area out of direct sunlight. Too much direct sunlight can cause your cactus to look bleached or orange. Your plant may shrivel in the winter and that is natural. 


Peace Lily

Peace Lillies are great for small spaces and do not need a lot of sun to survive. Nicknamed the “Closet Plant,”  too much sunlight can actually damage your plant. Watch out for the beautiful white blooms in the spring! While lovely to look at, this plant is actually toxic to animals and humans. so keep away from children and pets and make sure you wash your hands after handling this plant.

Care: Peace Lillies can survive in very dim settings and grow under florescent lights. They are great for bathrooms, offices, apartments not facing the sky or facing another building. This plant doesnt require a lot of watering, but likes to be watered a lot at once. Check the leaves and if they are droopy, water your plant. Also make sure your soil is dried out. Watering once a week is best and lightly spraying the leaves in the summer will keep your plant healthy. If your plant seems to completely droop, don’t give up: water and spritz and give it a chance to revive. If your water is chlorine-heavy, let a container of water stand overnight before watering the plant.

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