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.

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Gimme Shelter

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If you live where winters are cold, your patio container plants may soon be feeling a nip in the air.

Pansies love the crisp days of autumn. But when the temps drop near 50°F/10°C at night, bring potted pansies indoors to extend the growing season.

Also bring in geraniums (shown here) and other warm-natured plants to save them. Make the move a gradual one because sudden changes in light will cause leaves and flowers to drop.

Put your plants in a sunny window you'll enjoy their beauty a while longer.



Windowsill Herb Garden

Fragrant herbs will thrive on a sunny kitchen windowsill. Choose a spot that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight each day. Give the pots a quarter turn each day to expose all sides of the plant to light.

Wondering what to grow? Some good herbs for beginners include:

  1. sweet basil, a fast-growing annual you'll be harvesting before you know it.

  2. parsley--this humble garnish is loaded with vitamins and minerals and easy to add to your favorite dishes.

  3. oregano, a favorite of cooks that adds a lot of flavor to Mediterranean meals.

Take a look at indoor herb gardens for more ideas on what to grow, plus all the how-tos for successfully growing herbs. Make it easy on yourself with an herb kit that takes away all the guesswork.


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.


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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.

Pages and tips are added all the time. Subscribe to my blog and you'll always be the first to know about new features, articles and updates.

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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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