Caring for your Foliage Garden

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Flowers are fleeting but fabulous foliage plants are always hard at work bringing beauty to landscapes and your personal garden. The various leaf colors and textures make for an intricately designed arrangement that will light up any room. And the foliage garden will provide a challenge to professional growers and hobby growers as these are well-known for their difficulty in growing and up-keep. But hey, no worries. Proper knowledge on the subject, a good eye for plant health and a support system – Karuna Nursery – to help you through all your gardening troubles in more than enough. With the help of research from Gardening Know How let’s look at the best ways for caring for your foliage garden.


Plants requiring more light usually have variegated foliage. This is because they have less chlorophyll and therefore, require more light to achieve the same photosynthesis like a plant with green foliage. If the light is insufficient, color variegation may be lost. Flowering plants also require higher light intensity. As winter approaches, light intensity and duration will diminish. A plant that grew well in an eastern exposure in the summer may require a southern exposure in the winter. Move plants to other locations seasonally if needed. Quality of light refers to the spectrum of colors available; sunlight contains all colors. Plants utilize all colors in photosynthesis. An incandescent light bulb gives off limited colors and is not acceptable as an indoor lighting source for most plants. To grow plants under the artificial fluorescent light, most indoor gardeners combine a cool and warm tube in a fixture to provide light of good quality for many interior plants. Duration refers to the length of light exposure. A daily exposure to light, preferably eight to 16 hours, is needed for plant processes. Symptoms of insufficient duration are similar to those of low light intensity: small leaves, spindly stems, and older leaf drop.


Temperatures in the home and office can be quite variable, changing daily or seasonally. Remember that southern and western exposures are warm because of sunlight, while eastern and northern are moderate or cool. Avoid locating plants on cold window sills, or where there are cold or hot drafts from opening doors and heating or air conditioning vents. Leaf spots, blotches, downward curled foliage, and slowed growth are all signs of bad temperatures. Temperatures that are too high can cause yellowish green foliage, which may have brown, dry edges or tips and spindly growth. Insect, mite and disease problems may develop quickly under warm conditions as well. You need to be careful!


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Need help with your foliage garden and online articles not informative enough? You can always reach our gardening specialists at Karuna Nursery anytime from our website. Just let us know and we’ll try our best to solve your dilemmas. In the lookout for other plants that might look good in your garden? You’ve come to the right place! With over 1000 species of plants right from Air Purifying to Palm trees – we’ve got it all. Come over for the best experience with Karuna!

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