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Help your house plants flourish with tips and advice from The Plant Experts™.

AFRICAN VIOLET PLANT CARE

African Violet

The African Violet is an indoor favorite because even with little care, it will bloom on and on, including in the winter. Your FTD African Violet plant will thrive in bright, indirect light or the artificial (fluorescent) lights of an office environment. It likes warm indoor temperatures of at least 70°F during the day and no cooler than 50°F at night.

Keep the soil evenly moist, but don't worry too much if you forget and the soil dries out for a day or two. The African Violet Plant has hairy leaves that will spot or turn grey when they get wet, so be very careful not to drip any water on the leaves. If spotting is a problem, try watering your African Violet plant by submerging the pot in a few inches of water in the sink and allowing the roots to soak up moisture from the bottom. To clean away dust from the leaves, use a feather duster or a canned air duster.

After your African Violet plant is more than six months old, provide African Violet food or a blooming plant fertilizer about once a month. Be careful not to over-fertilize, as it could result in grey leaves and stem rot. Once a year, repot your African Violet plant in the next larger size container using standard potting mix or special African Violet mix, which is usually available at your local garden center.

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AMARYLLIS PLANT CARE

With its tall stem and brilliant crimson flowers, the Amaryllis Plant is a favorite gift for the holidays, including Thanksgiving. When you receive your FTD Amaryllis Plant, put it in a shaded spot away from bright light or direct sunlight to prevent the delicate flowers from withering prematurely.

Water your Amaryllis Plant when the top inch of soil has dried out completely. Thoroughly soak it and drain out excess water that collects in the bottom of the dish or decorative container. After the blooms die, you can prune away the main flower stem to about two inches high, return the plant to normal light conditions and enjoy its beautiful foliage throughout the spring and summer months. You can even plant your Amaryllis in a sunny spot in the garden (pot and all), as long as you bring it back indoors before the first frost.

In fall, your Amaryllis Plant must go into a state of dormancy in order to bloom again. Place it in a dark, cool spot for at least two months without watering. Approximately six to eight weeks before the holidays, bring the house plant back into warm, well-lit conditions and begin watering—your Amaryllis Plant should bloom once again.

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AZALEA BONSAI PLANT CARE

Who can resist this graceful bonsai plant bursting with gorgeous blooms? It’s no wonder the Azalea Bonsai is a customer favorite. Your Azalea Bonsai is an “outdoor bonsai,” which means it is happiest and healthiest when placed outside in full sun for at least four hours a day in spring, summer and fall. In fall, your Azalea Bonsai must experience night temperatures of 40-55°F for at least five to six weeks in order for it to bloom again the following spring. In winter, it can be brought indoors and placed in a cool room, where the ideal temperature is about 55°F.

When it comes to water, your FTD Azalea Bonsai requires plenty. Allowing it to dry out – even slightly – may shorten the life of its flower buds or damage the entire plant, so check it daily. Water Azalea Bonsai plants when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch; thoroughly soak and drain out excess water that collects in the bottom of the dish or decorative container.

Your Azalea Bonsai should be fed with half-strength, general-purpose fertilizer once a month in spring, summer and fall. Prune it periodically to maintain its miniature shape. Insects and diseases are known to attack the Azalea Bonsai plant, so it's a good idea to conduct regular inspections. A periodic, brisk spraying of the trunk and foliage with water will help keep the tree clean. If any problems appear, most garden centers have products available for treatment.

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AZALEA PLANT CARE

With its colorful, frilly blooms and rich, dark leaves, it's easy to see why the Azalea Plant makes a beloved house plant. Your FTD Azalea Plant requires plenty of water. Allowing it to dry out – even slightly – may shorten the life of its flower buds or damage the entire plant, so check it daily. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Thoroughly soak it and drain out excess water that collects in the bottom of the dish or decorative container.

When your Azalea Plant is blooming, it's happiest in indirect light. After the blooms die, trim them off and place the plant in a sunny location. When fall arrives, your beautiful flowering plant must experience night temperatures of 40-55°F for five to six weeks in order to bloom again the following spring. You can place it outside for this time period, but be sure there is no chance of frost. You can also place it in a cold room in your house. Remember to continue watering during this time or flower buds may not form correctly. Afterward, return the Azalea Plant to a sunny spot indoors and water as usual; it should blossom again come spring.

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BROMELIAD PLANT CARE

This showy, long-flowering plant from the jungles of South America is a beautiful home companion, no matter where you live. Bromeliad house plants thrive in a rather warm indoor environment (65-75°F) and under artificial (fluorescent) lights or bright, yet indirect, natural light. They also like high humidity, so if the air inside your home is dry, you may want to place your Bromeliad on a tray of wet gravel or river stones. Or, you may want to group it with other humidity-loving house plants, which will naturally raise the air moisture level around the plants. Water your FTD Bromeliad Plant when the top inch of soil feels dry, but always make sure the cup-like "vase" at the top (formed where the colored leaves meet the base) is filled with water. After your indoor plant is more than six months old, provide blooming-plant fertilizer at half strength, once a month, in spring and summer.
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CALLA LILY PLANT CARE

With stunningly graceful flowers and glossy foliage, this native of South Africa is truly a star. When your FTD Calla Lily Plant arrives, place it in bright, but indirect, light. Calla Lily Plants do best in average indoor temperatures of 60-75°F and in high humidity (at least 60%). If the air inside your home is dry, you may want to place your Calla Lily Plant on a tray of wet gravel or river stones. Or, you may want to group your Calla Lily Plant with other humidity-loving house plants, which will naturally raise the air moisture level around them.

Since Calla Lily Plants grow from rhizomes (bulb-like tubers), they require special care at different times of the year. During the active growing season, from February to November, water them regularly to keep soil consistently moist. In November, stop watering. After the foliage has died back, remove the tubers from the potting soil and store in peat moss in a cool, dark spot with an average temperature of about 40°F, such as a basement. The following February, repot the tubers in fresh potting mix; place in bright, indirect light; and begin watering again. Your Calla Lilies should return to bloom in all their original glory. Calla Lily Plants may be planted outdoors only in locations where they are safe from frost year-round; adding a generous layer of mulch over dormant bulbs during the winter months may help preserve and protect them.

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CAMELLIA BONSAI PLANT CARE

Camellia is the Chinese flower we are most familiar with as a flavoring for aromatic teas. It also makes a stunningly beautiful bonsai plant. Your FTD Camellia Bonsai is happiest and healthiest when placed outside in full sun for at least four hours a day in spring, summer and fall. In winter, it can be brought indoors and placed in a cool room where the ideal temperature is about 55°F.

Your Camellia Bonsai requires plenty of water. Allowing it to dry out – even slightly – may shorten the life of its flower buds or damage the entire plant, so check it daily. Water thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch; thoroughly soak it and drain out excess water that collects in the bottom of the dish or decorative container.

In spring, summer and fall, fertilize your Camellia Bonsai with half-strength, general-purpose plant food. Prune it periodically to maintain its miniature shape. Insects and diseases are known to attack Camellia Bonsai plants, so it's a good idea to inspect yours regularly. A periodic, brisk spraying of the trunk and foliage with water will help keep the tree clean. If any problems appear, most garden centers have products available for treatment.

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COTONEASTER BONSAI PLANT CARE

Your FTD Cotoneaster Bonsai is an outdoor bonsai plant, which means it is happiest and healthiest when displayed outside, and should only be brought indoors for short periods of time (no more than five days). Place your Cotoneaster Bonsai in full sun, where it will receive at least four to six hours of sunlight daily.

Proper watering is critical to keep this bonsai plant healthy and beautiful. Water it each day by thoroughly soaking the soil until water runs out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the container. Misting the foliage periodically is recommended, but shouldn't be considered watering. In spring, summer and fall, fertilize with half-strength general-purpose plant food once per month.

Trim your Cotoneaster Bonsai periodically in order to maintain its miniature shape. In winter, depending on where you live, some protection from the cold might be required; Cotoneaster Bonsai is considered hardy to zones 6 or 7. Insects and diseases are known to attack this bonsai plant, so it’s a good idea to conduct regular inspections. A periodic, brisk spraying of the trunk and foliage with water will help keep your tree clean. If any problems appear, most garden centers have products available for treatment.

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CYCLAMEN PLANT CARE

Bright and beautiful with deep green foliage, the Cyclamen is a favorite indoor plant that blooms from winter to spring, making it an ideal holiday gift. When you receive your Cyclamen Plant from FTD – a leader in providing fresh flowers and plants – place it in bright, but indirect, light away from heat sources. While blooming, this house plant prefers slightly chilly temperatures between 50-60°F (which will help prolong its blooming cycle) and normal household humidity levels of 30-65%. Pinch off withered blooms to help promote continuous flowering. Cool temperatures will also help prolong the blooming cycle. The house plant variety of the Cyclamen Plant, also known as "Florist's Cyclamen," cannot endure temperatures that fall below 40°F and should not be confused with hardier outdoor varieties you might find at a home center or nursery.
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DAFFODIL PLANT CARE

This sunny star of spring adds a wonderful burst of color to any interior, no matter what the weather is like outside. Your FTD Daffodils will do best in bright, indirect sunlight and normal indoor temperatures between 65-75°F. When the top inch of soil is dry, soak them thoroughly and drain out any excess water that collects in the bottom of the dish or decorative container. Be careful not to overwater. Fertilizer is not necessary with these cheerful indoor plants.

Since Daffodils grow from bulbs, they require a dormant period in order to re-bloom. In November, stop watering. After the foliage has died back, remove the bulbs from the potting soil and store in peat moss in a cool, dark spot with an average temperature of about 40°F, such as a basement. The following February, repot the bulbs in fresh potting mix, place in a sunny window in bright, indirect light for at least four hours per day, and begin watering again. Your Daffodils should return to bloom in about six to ten weeks. Alternatively, you can plant the bulbs outdoors in the fall and they should bloom in the spring; adding a generous layer of mulch over dormant bulbs during the winter months may help preserve and protect them.

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DWARF JADE BONSAI PLANT CARE

With its small leaf and compact foliage, the Dwarf Jade Bonsai is one of the most desirable indoor bonsai plants. It does well in both high- and low-light environments, making it well suited for the Bonsai beginner. If possible, your Dwarf Jade Bonsai should be placed in a sunny window facing southeast or southwest. Thoroughly water your Dwarf Jade Bonsai once to twice weekly, but be careful not to overwater. Misting the foliage periodically is recommended, but should not be considered watering. Fertilize your Dwarf Jade Bonsai only during the spring. Prune it every so often to maintain its miniature shape. Insects and diseases are known to attack the Dwarf Jade Bonsai plant, so it’s a good idea to conduct regular inspections. A periodic, brisk spraying of the trunk and foliage with water will help keep the tree clean. If any problems appear, most garden centers have products available for treatment.
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FICUS BONSAI PLANT CARE

Because your Ficus Bonsai is a tropical plant, it is considered an "indoor bonsai" and will thrive year-round in sunny indoor areas. For best results, place your Ficus Bonsai near windows facing southeast or west. If you don't have a place where your tree can receive proper sunlight, using a grow light for 10 to 12 hours daily is highly recommended.

Your Ficus Bonsai should be watered thoroughly every two or three days. Never let it dry out completely. Thoroughly soak your Ficus Bonsai's soil to the point where water runs out of the drain holes. Misting foliage periodically is recommended, but shouldn't be considered watering.

Fertilizing your Ficus Bonsai is desirable, especially in the springtime. Trim it every so often in order to maintain its miniature shape. Insects and diseases are known to attack this type of bonsai house plant, so it’s a good idea to conduct regular inspections. A periodic, brisk spraying of the trunk and foliage with water will help keep it clean. If any problems appear, most garden centers have products available for treatment.

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FRINGE FLOWER BONSAI PLANT CARE

Named for its beautiful pink-fringed flower petals, this blooming bonsai plant is considered an "outdoor bonsai," which means it is happiest and healthiest when displayed outside and is brought indoors only for short periods of time (no more than five days). In spring through fall, your Fringe Flower Bonsai will thrive in a location with bright, but not direct, sunlight, such as a covered porch.

Proper watering is critical to keep your Fringe Flower Bonsai healthy and beautiful.
This bonsai plant likes it on the dry side. When the top inch of soil is dry, soak it thoroughly and drain out any excess water that collects in the bottom of the dish or decorative container. Be careful not to overwater. In spring, summer and fall, fertilize with half-strength, general-purpose plant food once a month. Trim your Fringe Flower Bonsai periodically in order to keep its miniature shape.

The Fringe Flower Bonsai is very hardy for a blooming bonsai, being able to withstand temperatures as low as 32°F. If you live in an area where temperatures fall below that level, you will need to bring your Fringe Flower Bonsai into a dark, cool, sheltered spot such as a garage, basement or shed for the winter. Insects and diseases are known to attack this bonsai plant, so it's a good idea to conduct regular inspections. A periodic, brisk spraying of the trunk and foliage with water will help keep your tree clean. If any problems appear, most garden centers have products available for treatment.

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GARDENIA BONSAI PLANT CARE

A true picture of elegance, the fragrant Gardenia is a lovely bonsai plant that is notable for its white blossoms and dark, glossy leaves. It needs very bright, indirect light, cool temperatures (below 75°F) and consistently moist soil to thrive, so check it regularly. When the top inch of soil is dry, soak your Gardenia Bonsai thoroughly and drain out excess water that collects in the bottom of the dish or decorative container. Your Gardenia Bonsai prefers lots of humidity, so consider placing it on a tray of wet gravel or river stones. In spring, summer and fall, fertilize with half-strength, general-purpose plant food once per month. Trim your Gardenia Bonsai periodically in order to maintain its miniature shape. Insects and diseases are known to attack Gardenia Bonsais, so it’s a good idea to conduct regular inspections. A periodic, brisk spraying of the trunk and foliage with water will help keep it clean. If any problems appear, most garden centers have products available for treatment.
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GARDENIA PLANT CARE

The Gardenia Plant is universally admired, not only for its gorgeous blooms and lush foliage, but also for its sublime fragrance. It needs very bright, indirect light for best flower and foliage growth. The Gardenia Plant can be a bit temperamental when it comes to watering – too much or too little will cause flowers to wilt and drop, so check it often. When the top inch of soil is dry, soak the Gardenia Plant thoroughly and drain out excess water that collects in the bottom of the dish or decorative container.

Normal room temperatures are usually fine for Gardenia Plants, but they prefer lots of humidity. Consider placing yours on a tray of wet gravel or river stones, or grouping it with other humidity-loving house plants, which will naturally raise the air moisture level around them. After your Gardenia Plant is more than six months old, provide an acid-formula fertilizer at half strength every two weeks during spring and summer, and once per month during fall and winter. Your FTD Gardenia may be planted outdoors if you live in plant hardiness zones 9 and 10.

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GERBERA DAISY PLANT CARE

The Gerbera Daisy Plant is like a little dose of sunshine, beloved for its large, vibrant blooms in almost every color of the rainbow. This annual garden favorite is now making a name for itself as an indoor plant, too. Your FTD Gerbera Daisy Plant will thrive in full, direct sun for at least four hours per day. During the spring blooming season, keep it evenly moist but never soggy. The Gerbera Daisy Plant has hairy leaves that will spot or turn grey when they get wet, so be very careful not to drip any water on the leaves. If spotting is a problem, try watering your Gerbera Daisy Plant by submerging the pot in a few inches of water in the sink and letting the roots soak up moisture from the bottom. To clean away dust from the leaves, use a feather duster or a canned air duster.

When the blooming season is over, allow your Gerbera Daisy house plant to dry out slightly before watering again (be careful not to overwater). After your Gerbera Daisy Plant is more than six months old, you can give it a flower-formula fertilizer approximately every other week. Average household humidity and temperatures should be fine.

Many people enjoy planting their Gerbera Daisy outdoors in the summer and bringing it indoors for the winter. If you choose to plant it outdoors, move the pot outside into dappled sunlight for a few weeks before planting the Gerbera Daisy Plant in full sun, as too much direct outdoor sunlight too soon can shock the plant and cause it to wilt.

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HAWAIIAN UMBRELLA BONSAI PLANT CARE

The dwarf version of the Hawaiian Umbrella tree is one of the easiest bonsai to maintain. As an "indoor bonsai," it does extremely well in low light environments, making it perfect for the office or home. Your Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai should be watered thoroughly every two or three days—never let it dry out completely. Water this bonsai plant properly by using a watering can or hose attachment that has a fine-spray end. Thoroughly soak the soil until water runs out of the drainage holes. Misting foliage periodically is recommended, but should not be considered watering.

Fertilizing your Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai is also suggested, especially in the springtime. Trim it periodically to maintain its miniature shape. Insects and diseases are known to attack the Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai, so it’s a good idea to conduct regular inspections. A periodic, brisk spraying of the trunk and foliage with water will help keep it clean. If any problems appear, most garden centers have products available for treatment.

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HIBISCUS BONSAI PLANT CARE

This beautiful bonsai is marked by glossy green leaves and lovely, exotic blooms. During its blooming period in spring and summer, your Hibiscus Bonsai should be placed in a warm room where temperatures reach 68-90°F during the day and no less than 60°F at night. The Hibiscus Bonsai requires at least four hours of direct sunlight per day in order to continue blooming. A location next to a window with a southern or western exposure would be ideal.

In fall and winter, after the blooming period has ended, this bonsai plant is happiest in chilly room temperatures ranging between 55-60°F. Keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy, and never allow it to dry out completely, as this may cause your Hibiscus Bonsai to drop its buds/flowers. Water thoroughly until excess water runs out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot or decorative container. Misting the foliage periodically is recommended, but should not be considered watering. Shower the foliage at least twice a month to wash dust off the leaves.

Twice a month during the spring and summer blooming period, apply a balanced flower-formula fertilizer to your Hibiscus Bonsai. At this time, it may be moved outdoors to a partially shaded area, but you must be sure to bring it inside before night temperatures drop below 50°F.

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HYACINTH PLANT CARE

This Mediterranean house plant is celebrated for its long, elegant clusters of star-shaped buds and deep green, blade-like leaves. Your Hyacinth Plant from FTD – a leader in providing fresh flowers and plants – thrives in bright, indirect sunlight and normal indoor temperatures (between 65-75°F). When the top inch of soil is dry, soak it thoroughly and drain out any excess water that collects in the bottom of the dish or decorative container. Be careful not to overwater. Fertilizer is not necessary.

Since Hyacinth Plants grow from bulbs, they require a dormant period in order to re-bloom. In November, stop watering. After the foliage has died back, remove the bulbs from the potting soil and store in peat moss in a cool, dark spot with an average temperature of about 40°F, such as a basement. The following February, repot the bulbs in fresh potting mix, place in bright, indirect light and begin watering again. In a period of weeks, your house plant should return to bloom. Alternatively, you can plant the bulbs outdoors in the fall and they should bloom in the spring; adding a generous layer of mulch over dormant bulbs during the winter months may help preserve and protect them.

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HYDRANGEA PLANT CARE

With its elegant, frilly blooms in sweet shades of white, pink or blue, the Hydrangea is a traditional garden favorite that's becoming more and more popular as an indoor plant. Your Hydrangea Plant from FTD – the nation’s best online florist – prefers medium light indoors. Water it carefully when the top half inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Thoroughly soak it and drain out excess water that collects in the bottom of the dish or decorative container. Do not fertilize this house plant while it is in bloom. As the flowers wither, snip off the dead flower heads.

Your FTD Hydrangea Plant requires special care in order to bloom again. In fall, place it in a cold, dark spot, such as a basement or garage, and add water only sparingly. Or, place it outside when night temperatures fall between 40-55°F (just be sure there is no chance of frost). You can expect the foliage to wither and drop at this time. In mid-January, bring your Hydrangea back to a cold room in the house, such as an unused bedroom or office, where the temperature is around 50°F and it will receive indirect sunlight. Leave it in this location for about three weeks. After this "cold snap," return your Hydrangea Plant to its sunny window indoors and resume normal watering. It should sprout new leaves and return to bloom. Your FTD Hydrangea may be planted outdoors if you live in plant hardiness zones 6-10.

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JUNIPER BONSAI PLANT CARE

Your Juniper Bonsai is an "outdoor bonsai," which means it is happiest and healthiest outside and displayed indoors only for short periods of time – not more than five days. Place your Juniper Bonsai plant in full sun where it will get at least four to six hours of sun per day. Proper watering is critical to keep your Juniper Bonsai healthy and beautiful. In spring, summer and fall, water it daily by thoroughly soaking the soil until water runs out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the container. Misting foliage periodically is recommended, but shouldn't be considered watering. Fertilizing your Juniper Bonsai is also desirable — especially in springtime. Trim it periodically in order to keep its miniature shape.

In winter, this bonsai plant must experience a three-month winter dormancy period. If you live in a climate where winter temperatures are not extremely cold, bury your Juniper Bonsai in the ground up to the container's rim and then surround its trunk with a few inches of mulch (be sure to choose a location where your Juniper Bonsai will be sheltered from high winds). If you live in an area that has extremely cold winters, your Juniper Bonsai can be protected in a garage, shed or basement. With either placement, this bonsai plant will not require light but will need to be watered about once every two weeks.

In the spring, bring your Juniper Bonsai back to its normal sunny location and begin watering regularly once again. Insects and diseases are known to attack these plants, so it's a good idea to conduct regular inspections. A periodic, brisk spraying of the trunk and foliage with water helps keep it clean. If any problems appear, most garden centers have products available for treatment.

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LAVENDER PLANT CARE

This native plant of Europe is prized for its fragrant purple-colored flowers and aromatic foliage, which is often used in perfumes and sachets. For indoor growing, your Lavender Plant should receive as much light as possible. It will do best in a south-facing window or where it can receive a minimum of three to four hours of direct sunlight. Rotate the pot weekly for uniform growth and flowering. Without enough light, this house plant will produce weak, spindly growth and will cease to produce flowers.

Allow your Lavender Plant to dry out nearly completely before watering it again. Drench it thoroughly and allow it to drain well. It is vital that the roots do not sit in water, so be sure to drain out any excess water in the dish or decorative container. Fertilize only in the spring and summer using half-strength flower formula fertilizer once a month. You may prune your Lavender Plant to promote bushiness, but remember that flowers are produced on the ends of branch tips, so constant pruning will reduce flowering. Your Lavender Plant will thrive in ideal indoor temperatures of 70°F during the day and 50-55°F at night. It will benefit from being moved outdoors into a semi-shaded area after all danger of frost is past. In the spring, it may be planted outside in a sunny area and when mature, it can tolerate temperatures as low as -10°F.

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LEMON CYPRESS PLANT CARE

Your Lemon Cypress Topiary from FTD – the nation’s leading online florist – is like a touch of the formal English garden in miniature form. Indoors, it prefers four hours of bright, indirect light and a cool location away from heating and air conditioning ducts. Outdoors, it prefers partial shade and shelter from high winds. It is beneficial to move this house plant outdoors when all danger of frost has passed and to move it back indoors before temperatures drop below 40°F. Water your Lemon Cypress Plant regularly to keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. In hot, dry weather, more frequent watering will be needed. For best results, feed your Lemon Cypress Plant once a month with acid formula fertilizer.
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LUCKY BAMBOO PLANT CARE

Sometimes called "ribbon plant," Lucky Bamboo is thought to bestow good fortune on its owner, which makes it a wonderful gift. It's also one of the easiest house plants to care for, requiring little more than water to thrive (it does not even require potting soil!). Your FTD Lucky Bamboo Plant is presented in a decorative container supported by stone pebbles; simply fill with water and make sure the pebbles remain moist at all times. Every two weeks or so, change the water and add half-strength foliage plant food or, if available, special Lucky Bamboo fertilizer according to bottle instructions. Place your FTD Lucky Bamboo in bright, indirect light or even low light. Direct sunlight should be avoided, as this house plant is a native of rainforest climates.
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MIXED PLANTER PLANT CARE

Mixed Planters or dish gardens bring together a number of different plant varieties into one beautiful whole. Since the plants must co-exist, FTD designers choose plants that are easy to care for and have similar light, temperature and watering requirements. Your FTD Mixed Planter will thrive in medium, indirect sunlight or the fluorescent lights of an office environment. When the plants become spindly and produce few shoots, your Mixed Planter is probably not getting enough light. Normal household temperatures between 65-80°F and average humidity levels of 50-70% are ideal. Your Mixed Planter should be watered when the soil feels dry to the touch. Water it thoroughly from the top and drain it well. Never allow your Mixed Planter to dry out completely. After several years, many people choose to repot the individual plants in separate containers where they can continue to grow and flourish.
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MONEY TREE PLANT CARE

Since legend holds that the Money Tree Plant will bestow good fortune and prosperity on its owner, it makes an enchanting gift. The story of its magical powers comes to us from Taiwan, where the Money Tree Plant allegedly brought great wealth to a poor, old, hardworking farmer.

The Money Tree Plant is actually a bonsai version of Pachira aquatica, a popular ornamental tree in Asia. It requires very little water, so allow the soil to dry out completely before watering it again (approximately once per week should be enough). Only add enough water to dampen the soil, not soak it, and mist the foliage with a spray bottle. Carefully watch for signs of overwatering; if too much water is added, the leaves will turn yellow and droop. However, if the leaves curl or wrinkle, this house plant does indeed need a drink.

Your Money Tree Plant does best in bright, indirect light, but will tolerate direct sunlight for a few hours per day. After your Money Tree Plant is more than six months old, provide a foliage-formula fertilizer three times within the summer months and do not fertilize during the other seasons.

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MUM PLANT CARE

The name Chrysanthemum or “Mum” comes from the Greek phrase meaning “golden flower.” With a variety of about thirty different species in a rainbow of colors, this flower is truly golden in its widespread popularity. Your FTD Mum Plant will do best in bright, direct light, whether placed indoors or out. It requires regular, thorough watering, so be sure to check it daily. Pinch off any spent blooms after they wither.

In winter, this house plant must go into a dormant period in order for the flowers to re-bloom. Place it outside and mound the pot with mulch. Leave it for at least two months without watering. In spring, prune stems and begin watering once again. Feed with blooming flower fertilizer once per week up until the bloom cycle resumes.

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MYRTLE BONSAI PLANT CARE

The Myrtle Bonsai is an "outdoor bonsai," which means it is happiest and healthiest when displayed indoors only for short periods of time (no more than five days). Place your Myrtle Bonsai in full sun, where it will get at least four to six hours of sunlight per day. Proper watering is critical to keep this bonsai plant healthy and beautiful. In spring, summer and fall, water it daily by thoroughly soaking the soil until water runs out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the container. Misting the foliage periodically is recommended, but shouldn't be considered watering. Fertilizing your Myrtle Bonsai is recommended — especially in springtime. Trim it periodically in order to keep its miniature shape.

In winter, this bonsai plant must experience a three-month winter dormancy period. If you live in a climate where winter temperatures are not extremely cold, bury your Myrtle Bonsai in the ground up to the container's rim and then surround its trunk with a few inches of mulch (be sure to choose a location where your Myrtle Bonsai will be sheltered from high winds). If you live in an area that has extremely cold winters, your Myrtle Bonsai can be protected in a garage, shed or basement.

With either placement, this bonsai plant will not require light but will need to be watered once every two weeks. In the spring, bring it back to its normal sunny location and begin watering regularly once again. Insects and diseases are known to attack the Myrtle Bonsai, so it’s a good idea to conduct regular inspections. A periodic, brisk spraying of the trunk and foliage with water will help keep it clean. If any problems appear, most garden centers have products available for treatment.

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ORCHID PLANT CARE

Your FTD Orchid Plant is a hybrid variety called "phalaenopsis" or “moth orchid.” It is one of the easiest Orchids to care for and blooms in many beautiful and unique colors. During the active growing season, from spring through fall, your Orchid Plant will do best at normal room temperatures (60-80°F) in a spot with bright, indirect light (hot, direct sunlight will cause the blooms to wither and die).

Allow your Orchid Plant to dry out almost completely before watering again. Twice per week should be a sufficient amount. Pour enough water evenly over the soil surface to thoroughly moisten the bark medium and allow it to drain well, being careful to avoid splashing the crown of the plant. It is vital that the roots do not sit in water, so be sure to drain out any excess water in the dish or decorative container. When air inside the home is dry and temperatures exceed 70°F, mist the plant daily. Extra humidity can also be provided by standing the plant on a tray of moistened pebbles. Orchid Plants should be fertilized every fourth watering.

In winter, your Orchid Plant will need some special care in order to bloom again in the spring. For about three weeks, place the Orchid in a spot where nighttime temperatures drop to about 60° F and where it will receive morning sunlight, such as an east-facing window. During the cooler winter season, water less often (once every two weeks is often adequate) and stop fertilizing. In spring, your Orchid house plant should return to bloom.

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PALM PLANT CARE

The Palm Plant brings a bit of a tropical spirit to even the coldest climates, and best of all, it is easy to grow and care for. This jungle native thrives in dappled light in a warm spot in your home. It prefers fairly high humidity, but since it is very tolerant and adaptable, it will do fine if the air in your home is on the dry side. Wait until the top inch of soil has dried out completely before watering your Palm Plant again. When it is ready for watering, give it a good soaking, then be sure to drain excess water out of the dish or decorative container to avoid root rot. In summer, this house plant will enjoy an occasional shower to simulate a good rainforest downpour. In winter, it will require less frequent watering. During the summer only, apply foliage-formula fertilizer once a month.
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PEACE LILY PLANT CARE

The beautiful Peace Lily Plant, with its glossy foliage and creamy white blooms, is one of the most easygoing house plants around. It will even grow and thrive with a good amount of neglect, making it an ideal gift for novice green thumbs. Best of all, it is rated among the top 10 plants to help clean interior air, according to a NASA study. Light requirements are flexible. It will do well in bright, indirect sunlight, medium sunlight or the fluorescent overhead lights of an office environment.

The amount of water your Peace Lily Plant requires will depend upon how much light it is getting – the higher the light, the more water it will need and the lower the light, the less water it will need. Check the soil moisture approximately once per week and keep it somewhat moist, but not soaked. Since the leaves of the Peace Lily Plant are broad and flat, they easily collect dust that can prevent photosynthesis. Therefore, about once per month, wipe the dust from the foliage or even give the plant a good rinsing in the shower. After your Peace Lily Plant is more than six months old, provide a foliage-formula fertilizer three times within the summer months and do not fertilize again until the following summer.

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PERSIAN VIOLET PLANT CARE

With its small, delicate blooms and dreamy fragrance, the Persian Violet Plant is a delight for the senses. Your Persian Violet will thrive indoors in medium light and rather cool room temperatures of about 55-65°F. Keep the soil evenly moist with a thorough soaking when the top inch of soil begins to dry out, but be sure to drain out excess water that collects in the bottom of the dish or decorative container. Pinch off dead flowers in order to encourage other buds to bloom. Since the Persian Violet is a delicate, annual flower even in its native environment, it is extremely difficult to coax it back into bloom, indoors or out. In the summer, you can plant your Persian Violet in the garden in full sun to extend its bloom time throughout the season, but it will not return the following year.
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POINSETTIA PLANT CARE

This beloved symbol of Christmas is truly a hothouse flower that requires special care to thrive in the long run. Since the Poinsettia Plant is a native of Mexico, its first requirement is plenty of light, so be sure to place it in a warm, bright spot in your home. This plant also needs lots of water, so be sure to check it daily and keep the soil evenly moist (insufficient water for even one day can cause the delicate foliage to wilt and drop off). Thoroughly soak this house plant and drain out excess water that collects in the bottom of the dish or decorative container.

Your Poinsettia Plant will thrive in a rather warm indoor environment (65-75°F) that is kept constant both day and night; if you like to turn your heat down at night during the winter, you might wake up to find your Poinsettia has dropped its leaves.

In spring, once the Poinsettia has finished blooming, prune the stems back on an angle just above a bud so that they are about half their former length. This will encourage new growth. Repot in the next larger-sized container using fresh potting mix. Set the Poinsettia Plant in a shady spot in your home for the summer, or even a shady spot outdoors (as long as temperatures do not drop below 55°F).

In September, to start the re-blooming process, pinch back the stems to a point where there are four leaves per stem, and make sure the plant receives no light (natural or artificial) between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. This might require moving it to a spare bedroom or office you do not use at night, but don't forget to continue monitoring its moisture level daily. In approximately 10 weeks, your Poinsettia Plant should start to bloom again. Bring it back into bright light and enjoy!

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PONY TAIL PALM BONSAI PLANT CARE

Because of its intriguingly shaped trunk, the Pony Tail Palm Bonsai is sometimes referred to as "elephant's foot." It is one of the easiest bonsai plants to care for because it is extremely drought-resistant, with an amazing capacity to store excess moisture in its unusual trunk.

For best results, place your Pony Tail Palm Bonsai near windows facing southeast or west. This bonsai plant can be watered as little as once per week, and only as needed. Check the top inch of soil and wait until it is completely dry before watering again. When it is time to water, soak the soil thoroughly until water is running out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. Misting the foliage periodically is recommended, but shouldn't be considered watering. Fertilizing your Pony Tail Palm Bonsai is also recommended, especially in springtime. Trim it every so often in order to maintain its miniature shape.

Insects and diseases are known to attack this type of bonsai, so it’s a good idea to conduct regular inspections. A periodic, brisk spraying of the trunk and foliage with water will help keep it clean. If any problems appear, most garden centers have products available for treatment.

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ROSE PLANT CARE

Few flowers receive more universal admiration than the Rose—and in miniature size it can be even more appealing. This beautiful and easy-care blooming plant requires lots of bright sunlight, and unlike most house plants, thrives in direct sun. Keep your miniature Rose Plant evenly moist at all times to ensure proper bud development; watering it every seven to 10 days should be sufficient. During the blooming period, we suggest you apply a water-soluble fertilizer once every two weeks. Pinch off blooms as they wither to encourage new growth. This hardy plant tolerates all temperatures from 20-90°F, but 60-75°F is ideal. Many people choose to plant their miniature roses outdoors, where they are frost-hardy to 0°F once fully established in the ground. In extremely cold climates, add extra protection for your mini Rose Plant with a rose cone.
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ROSEMARY BONSAI PLANT CARE

This “spicy” addition to the bonsai family is indeed related to the fragrant herb used in cooking. The Rosemary Bonsai thrives as an "outdoor bonsai," which means it is happiest and healthiest when displayed outside and is brought indoors only for short periods of time (no more than five days). Place this bonsai plant in full sun, where it will get at least four to six hours of direct sunlight per day.

To keep your Rosemary Bonsai healthy and beautiful, proper watering is critical. In spring, summer and fall, keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. Trim it periodically in order to maintain its miniature shape. In winter, your Rosemary Bonsai must experience a three-month winter dormancy period where temperatures hover around 40-43°F. If you live in a climate where winter temperatures are not extremely cold, bury your Rosemary Bonsai in the ground up to the container's rim and then surround its trunk with a few inches of mulch (be sure to choose a location where your bonsai plant will be sheltered from high winds). If you live in an area that experiences extremely cold winters, your Rosemary Bonsai can be protected in a garage, shed or basement. With either placement, it will not require light but will need to be watered about once every two weeks.

In the spring, bring your Rosemary Bonsai back to its normal sunny location and begin watering regularly once again. Insects and diseases are known to attack this type of bonsai, so it’s a good idea to conduct regular inspections. A periodic, brisk spraying of the trunk and foliage with water will help keep it clean. If any problems appear, most garden centers have products available for treatment.

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ROSEMARY PLANT CARE

This herbaceous plant is not only beautiful, but tasty too! Your Rosemary Plant from FTD – the best online flower shop – likes a warm, sunny location similar to its native Mediterranean climate. It will flourish in a bright, sunny location with at least six hours of sunlight per day and indoor temperatures between 60-85°F. Avoid letting your Rosemary house plant be exposed to temperatures lower than 40°F. Rosemary likes its soil on the dry side, so allow it to dry out between waterings. At that time, give it a thorough soaking, but be sure to drain out any excess water that collects in the bottom of the dish or decorative container to avoid root rot.
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TULIP PLANT CARE

It wouldn’t be spring without these elegant flowers, which are so admired that they inspired “tulip mania” in Europe in 1637. The popularity of this bloom is just as widespread today; making it a gift any recipient is sure to love. Your Tulip Plant from FTD – the leading online florist – thrives best in bright, indirect sunlight and normal indoor temperatures between 65-75°F. When the top inch of soil is dry, soak your Tulips thoroughly and drain out any excess water that collects in the bottom of the dish or decorative container. Be careful not to overwater. Fertilizing Tulip Plants is not necessary.

Since Tulips grow from bulbs, they require a dormant period in order to re-bloom. In November, stop watering. After the foliage has died back, remove the bulbs from the potting soil and store in peat moss in a cool, dark spot with an average temperature of about 40°F, such as a basement. The following February, repot the bulbs in fresh potting mix, place in a sunny window in bright, indirect light for at least four hours per day and begin watering again. Your Tulips should return to bloom in about six to ten weeks. Alternatively, you can plant the bulbs outdoors in the fall and they should bloom in the spring. Adding a generous layer of mulch over dormant bulbs during the winter months may help preserve and protect them.

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ZYGO CACTUS PLANT CARE

This colorful cactus is a fall and winter favorite often referred to as “Christmas Cactus.” Your Zygo Cactus should be placed in an indoor spot where it will receive bright, indirect light. It should not be placed near heat or air conditioning ducts or drafty areas. Water your Zygo Cactus thoroughly when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch. During the fall and winter months, water less frequently in order to promote another blooming cycle. Apply a 0-10-10 liquid fertilizer in late October or early November and again in February. During the rest of the year, use an all-purpose plant fertilizer once per month.
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