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Skaggs: Indoor plants have new set of problems

POSTED: November 1, 2008 5:00 a.m.

This week ushered in the first winter-like cold of the season, and I'm sure more than a few of you forgot to bring in your house plants.

If so, you have my sympathies.

The Skaggs household has killed our share of plants in the past in the same fashion.

Growing plants indoors is a source of enjoyment for many gardeners. Indoor plants help keep us in touch with nature and, in a sense, "bring the outside in." This time of year, however, brings challenges as the plants adjust to being inside the home for the first time in several months.

For those who have grown houseplants for any length of time, you've probably already discovered that indoor plants are subject to a wide range of problems. It is often impossible to diagnose the cause of a particular problem unless you keep an accurate record of watering, fertilization, pest problems, etc.

This is complicated by the fact that various disorders may produce essentially the same visual symptoms. Thus, it is not always possible to determine the exact cause of a given problem.

The tips at left, though, might give you some help in diagnosing your plant's problem.

For more information on growing plants indoors, see the University of Georgia Extension publication, "Growing Indoor Plants with Success."

Billy Skaggs is an agricultural agent and Hall County extension coordinator. Phone: 770-531-6988. Fax: 770-531-3994.


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