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Parrot Safe House Plants?

Discussion in 'Parrot Chatter' started by Heather2131, Apr 17, 2018.

  1. DizzyBlue

    DizzyBlue Administrator Staff Member Admin

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  2. RoyJess

    RoyJess Regular Member

    Your most welcome, I've never been great with house plants either. Just remember to discard any excess water in the plant pot saucer (like I said, I also put gravel in the
    saucer too), also push you finger into the soil about an inch deep, the soil should be damp, if it's dry, then water it using bottle water as the chemicals from tap can cause the leafs tips to go brown.

    Don't forget that the Acrea Palm need to be re-potted into a larger size pot every 1 to 2 years in spring.

    My post was to highlight the bird safe plants with benefits of reducing the humidity, mould and any toxins in the air. Also these plants can also have some health benefits too. Next time you paint a room and worried about the toxins for the birds, then simply put a Acrea Palm in the room to remove the paint toxins (obviously keep the birds out of a freshly painted room until the smell has fully cleared) :)
  3. Heather2131

    Heather2131 Guest

    I think I struggle with the plants getting enough light, do they need to be in the window? As its not always possible
  4. Rain

    Rain Parrot Sniffer Regular Member

    I've just bought a new Areca palm and Spider plant. It's the third Spider plant I've had in 3 years. I'm rubbish with them. As for Boston Ferns ...... it's cruel of me to get another. They seem to only last a couple of months with me.
    I did use to have an Umbrella plant though and that lasted a few years - a real achievement for me.
  5. Nigalius

    Nigalius Madras Regular Member

    I dont know if you have a garden but if so how about deciding one year to grow nothing but weeds. Then when they all keel over and die you should have a weed free garden to grow some real flowers. LOL
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  6. RoyJess

    RoyJess Regular Member

    The most common reasons for why house plants die is over watering them. You need to water them less, especially in winter. Make sure you drain the water from the saucer, don't let the plants sit in water, otherwise the roots will rot.

    Spider plants are suppose to be more hardy to over and under watering them.

    Some people use a skewer stick to poke right down into the plant pot and pull out again to test the moisture by seeing if the soil sticks to the stick. Others test the moisture purely by picking up the pot and seeing how heavy it is, it becomes lighter with less water in it.

    Most plants will wilt if under watering them. So you can use this as an indication if you are worried that your plants haven't go enough water. But not all house plants will wilt. Watering them should bring them back to life if not left under watered too long.

    There are various water indicator that you can purchase that show you when to water your plants. These works by condensation forming inside the clear parts


    I also use one of these to test the moisture, you stick these in briefly every other day to take a reading and then remove and wipe clean.


    It's been a good few weeks since I last watered my plants and the meters and the Seramis water indicators are both showing that the soil is still moist, so there is no need to water. Saying that, the reason why I purchased the moisture indicators and meter is that I manage to kill off the IVY within a couple of months. You will be surprised that you may think that the plants need watering, but the soil is more than moist despite not being watered for a few weeks, so you can see how easy it is to over water the plants and kill them.
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2018
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  7. Rain

    Rain Parrot Sniffer Regular Member

    Thank you! Yeah I think I over nurture and end up killing them with "kindness".
    I shall try not to water so often and see what happens.
  8. DizzyBlue

    DizzyBlue Administrator Staff Member Admin

    My plants stand on a saucer or put the pot inside a nice outer with pebbles in the bottom, then when I water them I take the plant out of the pot or saucer stand on the draining board and let the water run through them. Leave them for a few minutes to drain the excess off and then stand them back on their pebbles and additional excess drains off into the pebbles but the roots can find the water in the pebbles if needed. During a good summer I put all my house plants outside without their pretty pots (so just in their plastic plant pot things) and let them get fresh air, rinse the dust off and get some good sunlight. Water out there and obviously standing on hard surface allows the pots to drain the excess water out. Plus putting them outside you can get rid of things like whitefly, greenfly and fruit flies if you put them in an area where the breeze will blow through them - not a windy spot but somewhere not too still and calm.
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  9. RoyJess

    RoyJess Regular Member

    I'm no expect in house plants, but what I read, there is no one rule that fits all approach. You need to check the moisture of the plants at least every other day and water as appropriate. I can recommend the moisture meter as in the link in my above post. Ferns usually grows in boggy areas, so will need to be kept moist (amber on the moisture meter means they need water, other plants you wait until the moisture meter is showing on the red). The ferns also like a light misting as they need the humidity. The Ivy and Areca palms need to be left to dry out for a few days during the winter months before watering. Different plants need to be watered differently and best to research each and individual plants for the correct watering advice.

    I brought myself a house plant watering can that has a narrow spout so that you can water the plants without getting the water on the leaves. Another way to water the plants is from the bottom. You sit the pot in some water and let the soil soak up the water. Then remove the pot from the water. I use bottle water as tap water contains too many chemicals.

    I also use decorated gravel in the saucer and also on the top of the pots covering the soil to prevent mould.
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  10. Roz

    Roz Regular Member

    Kentia palms can take more shade than Areaca palms. They are very similar to look at. Kentia can take a north window if positioned right at the window. They are also said to be easier and less prone to spider mite. I think they are a tad more expensive though.
  11. Heather2131

    Heather2131 Guest

    Spider mite :emoji_hushed:
    At the moment I have no house plants haha the orchid is dead or dormant I dont know, just three sticks with no leaves or flowers now....

    However my aquarium plants are thriving!
  12. Roz

    Roz Regular Member

    Glad your aquarium plants are thriving! :emoji_seedling:

    Yes, spider mite can become a problem in warm dry atmospheres like central heated houses in winter. Some plants are more prone than others in getting them. You can try to keep humidity levels up by misting the plant with water, and/or as Dizzy does, put them on a tray/saucer of wet gravel or small pebbles.