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.
Christmas plants are the easiest way to show your holiday spirit. Dress up any brightly lit room with a Christmas cactus, amaryllis or poinsettia. 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.
Paperwhites (shown at right) are often sold as kits for the holiday season. They're virtually foolproof -- just add water.
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.
One of the biggest challenges house plants face in the cooler months is dry air.
Closed-up houses and hot blasts from heating vents often cause indoor humidity to plummet in winter, turning lush tropical foliage into brown, withered, crunchy leaves.
Okay, it may not be that dire, but there is a beautiful solution to maintaining moisture around your plants in winter. Place your ferns, bromeliads, and other tropical plants in a Wardian case and they'll be surrounded in humidity, away from cold drafts and heat vents.
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.
Guide-to-Houseplants.com is all about getting to know your indoor plants so you can bring out their best.
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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.
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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