Category Archives: Indoor Plants

Mix and Match These 10 Outstanding Succulents

Succulents are the modern designer’s favorite freaks and geeks. They are a celebration of geometric form so rigid that the plants hardly seem to be living things. They can look like stones, can be toothed as an alligator, and occasionally morph into monstrosities that defy genetics. Every gardener should have at least one succulent plant.…
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Growing Chili Peppers From Seed

Everybody needs to grow chili peppers for cooking. Even if you don't like hot food, just a little hint of chili to warm it up stimulates the taste buds and everything else tastes just so much better. True. And chilies will brighten up your garden! There are different species of chili peppers. Most chilies are grown…
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Watermelon Peperomia – Growing Guide

Watermelon peperomia is the common name used for a popular species from the Peperomia genus named P. argyreia. Named watermelon for its similarity of appearance to the rind (skin) from watermelons. A native to South America the P. argyreia is a small plant grown for it's attractive leaves. They grow up to 12 inches tall…
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How to Propagate Succulents

How to Propagate Succulents If you’re anything like me, you probably love to have succulents in the house. I try to keep them in bright windows that get plenty of light, but sometimes they can still get leggy. This happens when a plant isn’t getting enough light and it starts to stretch out causing the…
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10 Common Houseplants Problems (and Solutions)

Indoor plant problems are common. Many problems are similar to those experienced by you plants outdoors - too much water, too little water, insects, plant disease to name a few. It should not surprise you then, to realize that treatment is also similar. For many problems, like too much or too little water, both problem…
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Easy Houseplants – How to Care for Peace Lily

A long-time favorite of plant store owners and growers, the Peace Lily (or Spathiphyllum) finally got the recognition it deserves from the general public after NASA put it on its list of “Top Ten Household Air Cleaning Plants.” This tropical plant breaks down and neutralizes toxic gases like formaldehyde and carbon monoxide inside its pores.…
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What To Do With Your First Bonsai

What To Do With Your First Bonsai - Tips It is not uncommon for one’s first steps in bonsai to meet with less than ideal results. The usual scenario is as follows: You receive a bonsai as a gift for Christmas or for your birthday. You love it and want it to care for it…
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Chlorosis – Why are my Plants Turning Yellow?

Yellow leaves are a common symptom of sick plants, but a closer look can reveal clues that help gardeners get to the root of the problem. Gardening is supposed be a relaxing hobby, but even the greenest thumbs see red sometimes. It might be due to fruit-stealing squirrels or earth-moving moles, but one of the…
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Haworthia (Zebra Cactus) – Super Succulent

Haworthias are dainty succulent plants which are frequently compared to Aloes, this is hardly surprising since they are both members of the Asphodeloideae family. Haworthias are almost always small and very (very) slow growing plants but tend to look brilliant in unusual containers or interesting soil mixes. As a result they can make fantastic easy care…
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Snake Plant – Perfect Houseplant

Kingdom: Plantae Clad: Angiosperms Clad: Monocots Order: Asparagales Family: Asparagaceae Subfamily: Nolinoideae Genus: Sansevieria Species: S. Trifasciata Binomial name Sansevieria trifasciata Sansevieria Trifasciata has other names like, mother-in-law’s tongue, snake plant or Saint George’s sword (in Brazil). These represent a variety of blossoming plants, which belong to the family of Asparagaceae, endemic to tropical regions…
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How To Multiply & Extend Your Poinsettia

Poinsettia, these colorful plant, so fitting in holiday home decorations, sometimes become a problem after Christmas when blooming ends and many times they are thrown out. If you love filling your home with Poinsettia during the holiday season, here’s how you can get another blooming season from them. It’s not a particularly long-lived houseplant but…
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Why is my Orchid Dying?

Is my orchid dying? Is it too late to save it? Does this sound familiar: you recently bought or received a beautiful blooming orchid that you enjoyed for a few weeks. When you got it, the tag listed its care as “easy” or the person who sold it to you assured you that orchids are…
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The Rubber Plant – Growing Guide

The Rubber Plant could be the houseplant for you if you want a tough plant which can reach staggering heights within a few years. While its size can still be tamed some what, you have to keep in mind it will eventually require a certain amount of space. The common name comes from the "rubber"…
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Growing Hippeastrum Amaryllis Indoors

Growing Hippeastrum Amaryllis Indoors - tips Amaryllis hippeastrum are bulb flowering type plants that produce a cluster of attractive trumpet like flowers in different color variation. Some confusion over the years has occurred between the hippeastrum and amaryllis when both are actually a separate genus. The amaryllis talked about on this page are actually hippeastrum…
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Urn Plant – Growing and Care Guide

The Aechmeas are traditional Bromeliads, with the Urn Plant or Silver Vase Plant being one of the most popular and well known. It has leathery tough arched leaves, blotched silver and sea green that overlap into a rosette forming a watertight "vase" or "urn" which gives rise to its common name. Generally speaking Bromeliads are…
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Aspidistra Elatior / The Cast Iron Plant

Aspidistra elatior or the Cast Iron Plant is native to China and Japan, and belongs to the lily family. The most common variety is the one with all green leaves, A. elatior(sometimes labeled as A. lurida), although there is a rare variegated variety called A. elatior variegata which you may be able to source. Before…
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