How Well Do You Know Your House Plants?

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Have you ever despaired over crispy ivy? Or wondered what it takes to get a cactus to bloom?

House plants can seem like a mystery if you don't know how to care for them.

With information now at your fingertips, it's easy to find out about your plant, discover what it needs, and get the most out of it. I promise you'll be rewarded with a healthy, thriving plant that's a source of pride and joy for years to come.

Everything you need is here in this user-friendly house plant guide:

  • Look up your plant in the Encyclopedia A-Z and find out how to care for it.
  • Suggestions for easy house plants -- including 10 House Plants You Can't Kill.
  • Check out pests and diseases and find out what to do about spider mites, fungus, powdery mildew, aphids and other things that are bugging your plants.
  • Take a look at this list of poisonous plants and keep your family and pets safe.
  • Bring the beauty of the tropics to you with these tropical house plants.

Green Your Home

You already know that plants take in the carbon dioxide we exhale and give off oxygen we breathe in.

But did you know...house plants can also clean the airMany plants remove air pollutants commonly found in homes caused by the chemicals in furniture, paint, and carpeting.

Kind of gives you new respect for your foliage friends, huh?

Hmmm...if only we could get them to clean the house too.

Make Your Neighbors Green with Envy

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Well, at least get their attention. Pot up some unusual, sun-loving plants for your porch or patio that are sure to turn heads.

Give Golden Shrimp Plant a bright spot and enjoy its golden yellow flower spikes all summer. Colorful Lantana (shown here) is sure to get compliments from all who see them. They're attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies, too.

You'll love the big, ruffled blooms of Hibiscus. Bold colors lend a tropical touch wherever you display them. Discover more flowering plants and try something new.

3 Things to Do Now

  1. Repot. Spring is the best time to repot most plants because they're starting their most vigorous time of growth. If roots are growing out of the container's drainage holes, give them a bit more space. Follow these steps for repotting house plants.
  2. Tidy up. Cut off any dead leaves or flowers. Clean dust off leaves to give plants the light they need for photosynthesis. 
  3. Feed your plant. Increased daylight will make indoor plants grow faster. If you stopped fertilizing your plants for the winter, it's time to start again.

Take Indoor Plants to New Heights

Put them on a pedestal. Indoor plant stands are a simple solution for displaying several small plants together. With a multi-level stand, you can easily transform a jungle into an eye-catching arrangement.

Hang 'em high. Pot them up in indoor plant hangers and they'll be at eye level for all to admire.

Drive them up a wall. Vertical gardens are perhaps the newest trend in indoor gardening. Check out these planter pockets that make hanging plants a breeze.

Office Plants

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Did you know that office plants are good for you?

Okay, they won't bring your coffee, but they will boost your mood and create an instant garden ambience right there on your desk. Many of them even clean the air.

Check these out. It's never been easier to find a few good candidates to share your office space.


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