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.

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Deck-the-Hall Ideas

Whether you're a traditionalist, or you want to get more creative this year, start planning holiday decorations right now.

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Christmas plants are the easiest way to show your holiday spirit. Dress up any brightly lit room with a Christmas cactus, amaryllis or paperwhites. You'll find more varieties this year than ever before...so why not try something new? Or, group a few together for a dramatic display.

Add some fragrance with a creamy white gardenia. Aromatic rosemary pruned into a pint-sized pine makes a glorious table centerpiece for all your holiday gatherings. Then plant it outdoors in spring for a long season of fresh herbs.

Norfolk Island pine has nudged its way into the festive season. Beautiful, affordable, and easy to grow, it's a tree you'll cherish for many years. And don't leave it unadorned. Make it a tradition to add a few tiny ornaments to its boughs for the season. Just be sure to skip the lights, which can get hot and cause its needles to drop.

Want more ideas? Explore Christmas plants. You'll find out where to buy them - and how to keep them beautiful through the season. They make wonderful hostess gifts, too.


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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Looking for holiday gift ideas? You'll find plenty here to please your favorite indoor gardener.

Find beautiful ways to spruce up your home this season with holiday 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 air?

Many 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.

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Ready to take the guesswork out of caring for plants?

Discover how to know if your plant is thirsty, or more likely drowning...

the warning signs of too much fertilizer...

how to tell if your plant is getting enough sun...and more. It all starts here.

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