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House Plants : Light Requirements

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large houseplant

I need a large house plant (not yucca) for a very large east facing door. I can't find anything . Do you have any ideas? acquilega, bray, Co Wicklow Posted: 22/02/2018

Yucca would easily be the best choice, or the similar lighter leaved dracaena. Other plants would have a tendency to scald in the sunlight if it is very direct, but howea palm and fatshedera might be robust enough, and rubber plant and related weeping fig should be fine, if gradually introduced.


Indoor Plants

I was wondering what would be a suitable plant for my Kitchen. I'm thinking of the fumes etc that are generated in a normal kitchen and the effect these might have on a plant. The window is westnorthwest facing so only gets sun in late afternoon/evening. Temperature fluctuates between 12C and 20C but very rarely goes below 12C. DonFoley, Maynooth, Co Kildare Posted: 18/01/2017

The normal 'fumes' of a kitchen are harmless to plants, though grease can descend, but these are vegetable oils.

Given the limited light, a peace lily might suit nicely ...long-lasting and long flowering with good leaves.

  Plant name?

Plant name?

I am just wondering that what is this plant ? It has orange colour stem and last year it had orange colour flowers. How to care that plant? sualeha, Ennis, Co Clare Posted: 13/10/2016

It is a begonia. Just nicely moist and in reasonably good light, and frost-free.

  Philodendron Xanadu

Philodendron Xanadu

I have a young philodendron xanadu plant which is not doing so well. Some of the leaves are a bit yellow at the edges and distorted. I fed it and watered it and gave it a slow release fertilizer tablet. I had it indoors but put it outside in a shady sheltered spot in the garden for the summer. I moved it into the glass house but perhaps it will be too sunny there. Any advice? Thanks. Jetstar, navan, Co Meath Posted: 27/07/2011


Philodendron is strictly an indoor plant in this country. It needs good light, not direct sunshine, and to be kept just moist in the growing season and slighlty dry in winter.

The drawn leaves indicate that it was not getting enough light and you may have over-fed it too and caused the withering of leaves.


house plant for dusty environment

My office is in a very dusty environment, is there a house plant which would help? magsk, Tralee, Co Kerry Posted: 20/06/2011


Plants do not really deal with dust, it just gathers on the leaves.

But if you have any plant, it helps to improve the air by absorbing pollutants and by giving off water vapour.

Try a kentia or peace lily.



Bathrooms - palm will not survive

Any suggestions for large plants for Bathrooms. The room is quite big and bare looking. Indoor Palm looks great but the leaves keep going grey and dying. I assume this is caused by steam? Any other indoor plants I have come across are too small. Rachel8000, , Co Meath Posted: 24/03/2011


Peace lily can be got as big plants and it is very robust.


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