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.
Get a jump-start on your garden this year by starting seeds indoors.
You'll have a longer growing season and save money by starting your favorite garden flowers in late winter. Impatiens, Periwinkle, and Dragon Wing Begonia are easy to grow from seed, given enough light.
And don't forget your veggies and herbs -- give them a head start indoors.
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?
Is your outdoor garden blanketed in snow? That doesn't mean you have to give up fresh culinary herbs.
You can grow them indoors, if you have enough light. 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.
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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