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.

What's Hot

Deck-the-Hall Ideas

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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 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.


Gimme Shelter

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.


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.


5 Winter Survival Tips (Not for you...your plants!)

  1. Keep house plants away from cold drafts. Blasts of frigid air near doors and windows does damage to tropical plants and will likely make flowering plants drop their buds. It's a good idea to move your plants out of the entry way and off the windowsills.


  2. Give them more light. Shorter daylight hours -- and many overcast days -- will slow plant growth during the winter months. That's okay for some. But, if you want to keep flowers blooming and herbs thriving, give them a boost with an indoor grow light.


  3. Maintain humidity. Furnaces, fireplaces and closed windows can make indoor air as dry as the desert. Seriously. Relative humidity levels can drop drastically in winter, causing brown leaf tips and dropped leaves. Using a room- humidifier is the best way to raise moisture in the air (and it's good for you, too!).


  4. Cut back on food and water. Slower growth makes it easy to over-water and over-fertilize. Plants will drink up less water in winter and may get root rot if the potting mix is constantly wet. Too much fertilizer will cause more damage than too little. That's true any time, especially now.


  5. Check for bugs. Dry air and a closed-up house may draw unwanted guests to your house plants. Spider mites are more of a problem this time of year because they love the dry conditions of a heated home. Watch out for webbing between stems -- often the first tell-tale sign of these pests.

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Guide-to-Houseplants.com is all about getting to know your indoor plants so you can bring out their best.

My hope is that it will give you an easy-to-use resource -- a place to turn when you need quick solutions, helpful how-tos, and maybe inspiration to grow something new.

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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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