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Are you gifting good luck or bad luck?

710Q3XUzO6L._SL1500_So you decided your loved one needed some luck.. What could be better than a lucky bamboo?

OK. Wait you need to read this before you gift anyone a lucky bamboo. If you got 4 lucky bamboo sticks STOP!!!!!!! Nothing could be worse than gifting the wrong number of lucky bamboo sticks. Didn’t know? Ok here are some well kept secrets to luck.

  • Two stalks represent love. (Easy to remember 2 for couple)
  • Three is for Happiness, Wealth and Long Life (3 things we all wish for0
  • Five for Wealth (spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual) (Thought 3 already covered it in a single Wealth category… you get the point, this is more focused luck to wealth)
  • Six is for good luck and wealth
  • Seven for good health
  • Eight is for growth (Physical, Spiritual, Mental)
  • Nine is for extra luck ( everyone could do with a tad extra luck)
  • Ten for perfection
  • Twenty One for a great blessing

Ok… now even if you forget the numbers, remember never gift 4 stalks. Its supposed to symbolize death. So I guess just knowing that should avoid major bad luck.

Reference:

http://houseplants.about.com/od/pickingahouseplan1/a/Meaning-Of-Lucky-Bamboo.htm

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Travelers plant : Dracaena Compacta

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Dracena Compacta has compact, dark green leaves . This makes it an attractive plant in any setting. A favorite in homes and offices because they’re reliable growers in minimal light. poor humidity, and wide ranging temperatures.The biggest problem caring for these plants is over doing it. Growing in soil, that usally means too much water.

If you travel frequently this plant is apt for you, as it does not require watering everyday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Peace Lilly :Spathyphyllum

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The Peace Lily is a beautiful plant when used in a massed display. They bloom in the spring with long-lasting flowers that hover gracefully over the leaves on thin stalks.A well-grown Peace Lily may bloom twice a year, resulting in several months of flowers. All spathiphyllum are vulnerable to bugs including aphids, mites and scale, as well as root rot if they are allowed to sit in water. Curled, pale leaves generally indicate too much light. Scorched leaves indicate direct sun. Plants that are not properly fertilized may fail to bloom.

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Once in a lifetime : Guzmania

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If you are looking for a plant that is low maintenance and produces beautiful flowers once in its lifetime Guzmania is it.

Guzmania plants are perennial plants in the bromeliad family.The plant dies after it has produced its flowers in summer, but new plants can easily be propagated from the offsets which appear as the parent plant dies.

It’s true that making these  plants bloom in the house is a tricky task. They require copious warmth and water, along with high humidity and filtered light, to produce their showy flower spikes. However, it has beautiful leaves that are attractive by themselves.

Bromeliads plants are usually watered by filling the central cup. They require little fertilizer, and when pups appear around the base of the plant, these can be potted up to increase your collection

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Fittonia : Nerve Plant

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Ok, so when I first heard “Nerve Plant”, I thought it would be something along the lines like “stay away this plant will get on your nerves”… On the contrary it turns out to be quite the opposite. And has a very different reason for its name.

Nerve Plant (Fittonia verschaffeltii)  has beautiful, deep-green leaves with vein patterns of white, pink, or red. (Yeah that’s how it got its name 😉 )This tropical plant grows as a ground cover and can spread out about 12 inches (30 cm). Its low-spreading habit makes it ideal for dish gardens and terrariums, where it thrives with the help of high humidity.

Below are 3 tips to take care of this beautiful indoor plant:

Pinch your plant. Pinch off stem tips regularly to keep plant bushy and full. Also pinch off any small flower spikes that may appear, because they are insignificant and will weaken the show of leaves.

Mist it. This tropical beauty loves to be misted. Give it a fine spray of tepid water every morning to provide the moist air it craves. Or place the pot on a tray of wet pebbles to raise the humidity around it.

Repot in spring every couple years to refresh the soil. Nerve Plant has shallow roots, so you can keep it in a small pot.

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Calathea prays do you?

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Ever wondered why Calathea is called the prayer plant??? Well check out its leaves at bedtime.. You see it folding as if it were saying its prayers…. What a wonderful reason to have this plant in your room…. Ok its also called the Zebra plant due to its simple and variegated leaves. This is a low maintenance plant that requires moderate watering and lighting.While Calathea likes to stay moist, these plants do not like growing in soggy, wet soil. If a plant appears to be withering or wilting, common reasons can include excessive heat or cold, being placed in direct light, not enough water, or too much water. While these plants can be finicky at first, once they are established in a space where they are comfortable, they tend to thrive (and pray ).

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Desert Plant: Cactus

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Common Name: Cactus

Scientific Name: Cactaceae

Lighting:Strong Light during Winter, Moderate Light in Summer

Watering: Low to Moderate   (Low in Winter, Moderate in Summer)

Cactus belongs to the family Cactaceae . It has more than 1000 varieties which are found in different colors, shapes, and forms.Cactus is a very popular plant due to its adaptation qualities and its appearance.The word “cactus” derives, through Latin, from the Ancient Greek κάκτος (kaktos), a name originally used for a spiny plant whose identity is not certain. It is adapted to grow in hot and tropical climates and desert areas, where there is very less rainfall. Its anatomical and physiological features help it to conserve water and survive in really harsh environmental conditions. Even if it is found in forests and deserts, it looks so attractive that you can keep it in your house as a decorative plant. You can grow it outdoors in your garden; or keep it indoors in a container.

If you wish to keep them as houseplants, then you do not have to invest much time and effort for its care. It has to be planted in a mixture of soil and sand and not just in sand. It should be kept in a location where it gets enough sunlight exposure. Water it regularly, but over watering should be strictly avoided. The most common mistake with desert cacti is overwatering in the winter, which will cause rot either at the base of the plant or at the tips of the growing areas. If the rot is advanced, it might be necessary to start new plants from cuttings or discard the whole plant. Cacti are also susceptible to pests include mealy bugs and mites.They are attracted to the sap of these cacti and will suck the sap. If you see the appearance of white bugs on your plant, try spraying with a soapy dishwater mixture twice a day. If within a week the bugs still remain, go to your local garden center to find the right spray to kill them.

Overall, this is a good choice for beginners or those without a great deal of time.

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