Category Archives: Indoor Plants

Umbrella Plant (Schefflera Arboricola)

Umbrella Plant or Tree - growing tips The Umbrella Plant is also known as the Dwarf umbrella tree. Schefflera Arboricola is the scientific name. Grown indoors the Schefflera Arboricola can be kept to a manageable size of 4 - 8ft tall, and the good news is they respond well to basic indoor conditions. Description The…
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10 Low Maintenance Houseplants for Black-Thumb Gardeners

Don’t worry, gardening doesn’t come easy to everyone. If you’ve managed to kill every plant that has crossed your path, this post is for you. Black-thumbed gardeners, rejoice! You can once again enjoy the act of growing plants without the heartache of killing them. There are plenty of low maintenance houseplants out there that will…
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Ideal pH Levels for Houseplants

Like your favorite flowers and vegetables, indoor houseplants have a specific pH range where they grow best. The soil inside pots and containers should be checked from time to time, to assure your plants are growing in the very best dirt! Houseplant: Ideal pH African Violet 6.0 - 8.0 Aloe Vera 7.0 Amaryllis 4.5 -…
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Dracaena Reflexa – The Song of India

The song of India plant is a species from the dracaena genus (dracaena reflexa) that has become a popular house plant. There are various cultivars of the dracaena reflexa that display different leaf variations, although the most popular you'll see sold in garden stores is the yellow edged variegata type. They usually grow up to about…
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Growing Indoor Orchids

Growing Indoor Orchids Tips The golden rule for orchid success is to duplicate the plant's natural conditions as closely as possible. In nature, most orchids are epiphytes, meaning they grow on other objects, clinging to rough bark or even stone. The showy orchids favored by most people are usually either phalaenopsis hybrids (so-called moth orchids)…
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Steps for Bringing Plants Indoors for Winter

Don't you just pity those people who do not have four seasons!? They do not get the joy of cleaning up and winterizing gardens against snow, cold and wind? They also do not get the fun (and it is fun) of bringing plants indoors for the winter. Because you are reading this article, you most…
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Magical Purple Shamrock – Info and Care

Three is often the magic number when it comes to Oxalis. The most common species grown as a houseplant is Oxalis triangularis which has three common names, False Shamrock, Purple Shamrock and Love Plant. It has three purple heart shaped leaves, which each have three sides, that sit symmetrically to one another at the end of…
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October Gardening: October Garden Tasks in Your Region

October Gardening is entirely dependent on the weather. If there's an Indian Summer, there is no better time of year to be out in the garden. While gardeners in warm areas will have more to do than their northern counterparts, there are plenty of garden tasks to keep everyone busy in October. General October Garden…
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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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Growing Golden Shrimp Plants Indoors

Golden shrimp plants are popular landscape items in tropical areas. The “shrimp” is grown primarily for its flower heads. The easy to grow plants produce a year-round profusion of overlapping masses of gold bracts flecked with small white flowers tipped with purple spots, each having two slender petals and long yellow stamens, amid bright green…
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The Bird of Paradise – African Beauty

The Bird of Paradise is delightfully easy to care for and enjoys warm, balmy days year round. The stunning flowers of this unique plant make it popular in gardens around the globe. The strelitzia reginae (scientific name) is one of the most spectacular flowering plants that can be grown indoors, when the correct conditions are provided.…
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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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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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