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.
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.
Succulents are growing in popularity as indoor plants...it's easy to see why.
Heading to the garden center this weekend? Pick up a few extra plants. (Don't you wish you could take them all home?)
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.
English ivy looks good spilling over the side of a hanging basket or climbing a trellis with its aerial roots. It's one of the most versatile plants you can grow. Newer variegated ivies are beautiful growing alongside upright foliage or flowering plants.
Any plant with tendrils or aerial roots need some help from you to climb a support. Florist's wire or other plant ties do the job. Tie stems loosely at intervals, adjusting the ties as the plants grow. A little work--yes--but the results are worth it.
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.
Guide-to-Houseplants.com is all about getting to know your indoor plants so you can bring out their best.
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