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.
Whether you're a traditionalist--or you want to get more creative this year, it's easy to show your holiday spirit with Christmas plants.
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 snowy white gardenias or paperwhites. Aromatic rosemary pruned into a pint-sized pine makes a glorious centerpiece for all your holiday gatherings. Later, you can move 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. But skip the lights, which can get hot and cause the needles to drop.
Why not go wild with some exotic plants? Animal patterns and textures are anything but tame.
Rule the plant kingdom with tropical Elephant's Ear (shown at left). Its scalloped green leaves are beautifully marked with silvery white stripes, giving this plant a commanding presence.
Furry rhizomes make the Rabbit's Foot Fern an eye-catching accent. Put it in a hanging basket to show it off. You'll also want to hang up the Staghorn Fern for all to admire. One look at its big, antler-like fronds and you'll know where it got its name.
In the tropical rainforest, the Zebra Plant thrives in high humidity. Set it on a humidity tray and you'll help it thrive indoors. Striking foliage and bright yellow flower spikes make this Brazilian native spectacular in the home.
Yellow blooms with reddish-brown stripes lend Tiger Orchids their ferocious name. Keep this orchid happy, and you'll enjoy those exotic flowers a long time.
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.
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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.
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