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5050 SE Stark
Stark Closing at 6pm Mon., Aug. 11

9000 SE Division, 503-788-9000

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Portland Nursery

Houseplants

We love our plants in our gardens and in our homes. We carry a wide range of houseplants including Bonsai, orchids, cacti and succulents. At our Division store, we offer you a huge greenhouse just for our tropicals, another area for cacti and succulents and a broad conservatory area stocked with every other houseplant you'd ever want! If you don't find what you like, ask us!

Spring at Portland Nursery

The world of houseplants is often full of surprises. When your outdoor garden is asleep, brighten the gray days with houseplants. Tending indoor plants is a great way to keep your green thumb happy. If you have a love of tropical, unusual, exotic plants that can't possibly survive outdoors in our climate, you can make a home for some of these beauties inside your home.

From Aloe to Zygopetalum, we cover the alphabet with choices for your home or office; plants for your brightest window or your darkest corner, those that will love the humidity near your shower or prefer a dry, sunny spot. Orchids, succulents, indoor bonsai and cactus. We have them all.

You'll find our featured houseplants below. We carry a great wealth of plants at our Division location. This is only a brief list. If you are interested in Bonsai, be sure to visit our special Bonsai Feature Page.

Houseplant Handouts

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Get started with houseplants! Download our handouts for specific houseplant tips. Come into our Division location for the largest selection around!

Wintering Houseplants

Winter is a resting period for most plants. Nights are longer and your indoor plants know it, too. They have far less need for food and water and so you should cut back on both of them accordingly.

Their main growing season is March through September. That is when houseplants want to be fertilized and will take more water. However, gift plants received in winter that are still blooming can use a light fertilizing to maintain and extend the bloom time.

There are always exceptions, of course -- if you have any questions about your particular indoor plant, give us a call or stop by the information desk!

Summer Houseplant Care

The main growing season for all plants is March through September. Daylight hours are longer and plants respond by pushing new growth. This is the time to increase watering and to start fertilizing. There are many types of fertilizers to choose from, but you will want to base your decision first on what state the plant is in.

If your plant is a flowering one, say an orchid, you would want to use a fertilizer for ‘flowering’. Conversely, if your plant is not a flowering one, but rather a ‘foliage’ plant, you would want to choose a fertilizer with a profile for leaf growth.

Your decision to choose organic fertilizer or not is more about your personal preference as the plant does not know the difference. Do be careful with over fertilizing in that salts and minerals can build up in the soil causing problems later.

With more daylight hours, your houseplants respond by increasing their photosynthesis. This production of food puts more demand on the plants need for water, which you can monitor by actually touching the soil. Stick your finger in the soil along the side of the pot and feel the soil. Is it bone dry or still damp? This is a better method than a weekly watering program since so many variables occur in your home. A hot sunny window next to an air vent will dry a plant faster than a window with only morning light and still air.

Houseplants can thrive outside during this time of year. This is a great opportunity to lightly hose off dust and generally give plants a break form being cooped up all winter long. Do use caution when moving your plants outside as they will need to be slowly transitioned; the change from inside to outside can shock a plant.

The night time temps need to be mild-warm, watch the lighting as sunlight can be too strong and burn plants that would otherwise be sheltered and insects can find their way to your plant. Always know the requirements of the plants before moving them outside and check them closely before bringing them back inside for hitchhikers (insects that can travel indoors with the plant).

There are always exceptions and each plant has its own needs and requirements. Knowing what type of plant you have is of course the first requirement in knowing how to care for your houseplant.

Please give us a call or stop by our information desk for further information. Try looking your plants up on line to learn the best steps to success.