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?

Houseplants 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.

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, 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.
  • Bring the beauty of the tropics to you with these tropical house plants.

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 know...house plants can also clean the airMany species 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.

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 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?

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.

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.


Sun-Loving Plants

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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 (shown at right), and Plumeria love to bask in the sunshine.

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

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


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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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