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.
Since that first Earth Day in 1970, house plants have come into our lives and living rooms in a big way.
No longer just temporary decor, indoor plants became part of a connect-with-nature movement for a tree-hugging generation. Remember pothos dangling from macrame hangers? And jungles of philodendrons and spider plants on tables, shelves and bookcases? Yeah, me too.
Since the '70s we've learned that many common house plants do more than add natural beauty to a room.
It seems that by nurturing house plants, they nurture us, too. How? That green connection lifts our spirits, enhances our concentration and actually calms frazzled nerves. And that's not all. Plants clean the air we breathe, removing harmful toxins from indoor air.
Striving for a cleaner, greener home is as easy as adding a few house plants to your home. Who says it isn't easy being green?
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.
Be honest. When was the last time you repotted your house plant? If you can't remember, chances are it's been a few years.
If the potting mix looks caked and light in color...if there is white, crusty stuff on the surface...if roots are coiled around the bottom of the pot or growing out the drainage holes...it's definitely time.
Relax, it's all easier than you think. Follow these steps for repotting house plants.
Fresh potting mix will rejuvenate a plant. Good quality mixes contain micronutrients and perlite that help feed and aerate the roots. And spring is the best time to repot most plants because they're starting their most vigorous time of growth. What are you waiting for?
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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