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.

Chinese Evergreen

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.

mandevilla houseplant

Sizzling Tropicals

Got a sunny window, porch or patio? Pot up some sun-loving flowers and enjoy the show.

Tropical beauties, such as Bird of Paradise, Hibiscus, and Plumeria love to bask in the sunshine.

Climbing Mandevilla will need support from a trellis to show off its velvety, trumpet-shaped flowers.

Small pots of Miniature Roses and Geraniums add a splash of color to a kitchen window or your patio table.

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.

Is It Time to Repot?

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'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?

Growing Basil

Indoor Herb Garden

Fragrant herbs will thrive on a sunny kitchen windowsill. Choose a spot that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight a day.

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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