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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Grow Garden Favorites Indoors

Heading to the garden center this weekend? Pick up a few extra plants. (Don't you wish you could take them all home?)

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Many of your garden favorites are a snap to grow as house plants. Add fresh color to your home with charming pansies, dwarf varieties of snapdragons, plus bright primroses, wax begonias and impatiens.

Mophead hydrangea boasts dazzling blue flower clusters, making it a favorite house plant.

Dramatic patterns in dazzling colors make coleus (shown here) popular for shade gardens. But you'll love growing this colorful gem indoors, too.

Take Indoor Plants to New Heights

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.

Get Bulbs for Forcing

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Considering the scorching heat we've endured this summer, planting spring-blooming bulbs may not be on your radar yet.

It's a good idea to order them NOW so you won't miss out on your favorite varieties.

Some flower bulbs that are good for forcing indoors are Crocus, Daffodils, Tulips and Hyacinths.

You can start forcing them as early as October for mid-winter blooms. And why stop at a few? Pot some up every couple weeks and you'll enjoy spectacular flowers in your home all winter and into spring.

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.

Stay Up to Date

phalaenopsis orchids 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 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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