How Well Do You Know
Your House Plants?

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 houseplant that's a source of pride and joy for years to come.

christmas house plantsBring fresh festive style to your home with Christmas Plants. Photo: Erika Wittlieb

Everything you need is here in this user-friendly house plant guide:

  • Check out pests and diseases and find out what to do about spider mites, fungus, aphids and other things that are bugging your houseplants.
  • Take a look at this list of poisonous plants and keep your family and pets safe.

string of pearls plant, succulent houseplantString of Pearls is a delightful houseplant. Plenty of sunlight will make it bloom.

Success with Succulents

Desert-dwellers store water in their fleshy leaves, making them drought-tolerant and easy to grow in a warm, dry environment.

Their unusual and varied colors and textures make them beautiful accents. Display a few together to show off their dramatic shapes.

Echeveria, Tiger's Jaw and String of Pearls (shown here) offer a variety that make excellent indoor plants. Place them in bright light and they'll feel right at home.

Succulents are growing in popularity as indoor plants...it's easy to see why.

Take Indoor Plants to New Heights

Put them on a pedestal. Indoor plantstands 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 planters that make hanging them a breeze.

Christmas Cactus

Deck-the-Hall Ideas

Whether you're traditional--or you want to get more creative this year, start planning holiday decorations right now.

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.

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.

Growing Basil

Indoor Herb Garden

A dash of oregano and a pinch of parsley is only an armslength away when you grow fresh culinary herbs in your kitchen.

Herbs need at least 6 hours of sunlight a day, making them ideal for a sunny kitchen window.

Don't have a sunny spot? Set pots under a grow light, keeping the light 6 inches above the tops of the plants for about 14 hours a day.

Take a look at indoor herb gardens for 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

office plants, cactus house plant

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 ambiance right there on your desk.

Check these out. It's never been easier to find a few good candidates to share your office space.

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