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.

Gimme Shelter

If you live where winters are cold, your patio container plants may soon be feeling a nip in the air.

Pansies love the crisp days of autumn. But when the temps drop near 50°F/10°C at night, bring potted pansies indoors to extend the growing season.

Also bring in geraniums and tropical hibiscus to save them. Make the move to a gradual one because sudden changes in light will cause leaves and flowers to drop.

Put your plants in a sunny window and you'll enjoy their beauty a while longer.

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.

3 Things to Do Now

  1. Give house plants more light. Shorter daylight hours will slow plant growth. That's okay for some. But if you want to keep flowers blooming and herbs thriving, give them a boost with an indoor grow light.

  2. Find plant bargains. Scope out at end-of-season sales at local garden centers for plants and herbs that will thrive indoors.

  3. Check for bugs. If your plants spent any time outdoors this summer, look over plant stems and leaves to see if any tiny critters hitched a ride indoors. You'll find safe ways to get rid of house plant pests here.

Growing Basil

Indoor Herb Garden

Is your outdoor garden winding down for the year? 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.

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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Stay Up to Date is all about getting to know your indoor plants so you can bring out their best.

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