Fertilizing-Part 2 PDF Print E-mail
Houseplant Maintenance Tips
Written by Helen Melendez   
Monday, 10 June 2013 03:17

Granular Fertilizer vs. Liquid Fertilizer

  • Granular fertilizer comes in three types: plain, which is the most commonly used; pelleted or coated, which is uniform and more expensive; and slow-release, which is coated with one of several substances that cause the nutrients to be released over a period of time, usually from three to nine months. Liquid fertilizers are water-soluble and usually come in a form which needs to be diluted with water. The time-release granules are the ones compared below to the liquid fertilizers.

Fertilizing-Part 2 PDF Print E-mail
Houseplant Maintenance Tips
Written by Helen Melendez   
Sunday, 26 May 2013 17:39

To fertilize or not? Well, that is always an area of research by first finding out what type of plant you have indoor. Knowing the size of the grow pot, you will know the quantity of fertilizer to apply. Spring-Summer months are the time to fertilize indoor plants. Always it's important to research the specie of your plant, to know exactly the type of nutrients it will need. Dry granules vs. liquid fertilizer, for example. Happy fertilizing!


Can VOC'S Affect Our Homes? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helen Melendez   
Saturday, 18 May 2013 01:21

VOC'S can be found anywhere you products such as paints, paint strippers, and other solvents are used; wood preservatives; aerosol sprays; cleansers and disinfectants; moth repellents and air fresheners; stored fuels and automotive products; hobby supplies; dry-cleaned clothing. Studies have found that home levels of several organics average 2 to 5 times higher indoors than outdoors. During and for several hours immediately after certain activities, such as paint stripping, levels may be 1,000 times background outdoor levels.

What parts of the body are affected by them? The eyes, nose, and throat irritation are one common way; headaches, loss of coordination, nausea; damage to liver, kidney, and central nervous system. Some organics can cause cancer in animals; some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans. Key signs or symptoms associated with exposure to VOCs include conjunctival irritation, nose and throat discomfort, headache, allergic skin reaction, dyspnea, declines in serum cholinesterase levels, nausea, emesis, epistaxis, fatigue, dizziness.


How Can We Reduce Exposure to VOC'S? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helen Melendez   
Saturday, 11 May 2013 23:12

These Are The Steps to Follow...

  • Use household products according to manufacturer's directions.
  • Make sure you provide plenty of fresh air when using these products.
  • Throw away unused or little-used containers safely; buy in quantities that you will use soon.
  • Keep out of reach of children and pets.
  • Never mix household care products unless directed on the label. -By USA EPA

Can VOC'S Affect Our Health? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helen Melendez   
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 18:03

The ability of organic chemicals to cause health effects varies greatly from those that are highly toxic, to those with no known health effect. As with other pollutants, the extent and nature of the health effect will depend on many factors including level of exposure and length of time exposed. Eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness, visual disorders, and memory impairment are among the immediate symptoms that some people have experienced soon after exposure to some organics. At present, not much is known about what health effects occur from the levels of organics usually found in homes. Many organic compounds are known to cause cancer in animals; some are suspected of causing, or are known to cause, cancer in humans.

This is why is important to have live plants indoors, to combat many of those harmful effects that are caused by many pollutants found inside commercial and residential buildings.



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