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.
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 here). 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.
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.
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Jump-start your garden this year by starting seeds indoors. You'll get all the how-tos here.
Perfume any room with fragrant houseplants. Find flowers that add beautiful fragance to your home.
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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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