Archive for the ‘Houseplants’ Category

postheadericon Growing areca palm: care of areca palms indoors

Growing areca palm: care of areca palms indoors

Image by bfishadow By Jackie Carroll Areca palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens) is one of the most widely used palms for bright interiors. It features feathery, arching fronds, each with up to 100 leaflets. These big, bold plants command attention. Keep reading to find out more about growing areca palm in the home. Areca Palm Houseplant Info A full-grown areca palm houseplant is quite expensive, so they are usually purchased as small, tabletop plants. They add 6 to 10 inches of growth per year until they reach a mature height of 6…

postheadericon Houseplant leaf split: what to do for leaves splitting down the middle

Houseplant leaf split: what to do for leaves splitting down the middle

Image by Tatters:) By Kristi Waterworth Houseplants add a spark of life to dull, dead interior spaces with their beautiful and unique year-round foliage and seasonal flowers. They’re fairly easy to care for, but a few things can go wrong. Houseplant leaf split is a common problem of indoor foliage, but it’s usually caused by less than ideal environmental conditions. Let’s learn more about splitting leaves in plants. Splitting Leaves in Plants What causes leaves to split in houseplants can vary between species, but there is almost always some kind…

postheadericon Repotting stress: what to do for repot stress of container plants

Repotting stress: what to do for repot stress of container plants

Image by mannewaar By Anne Baley Every plant eventually needs to be repotted as they grow out of their containers once they get larger. Most plants will thrive in their new homes, but those that are transplanted incorrectly can suffer from repot plant stress. This can cause dropped or yellowing leaves, failure to thrive, or plant wilting. You can cure a plant that’s suffering from repotting stress, but it takes care and time for it to heal. Transplant Shock from Repotting When a plant suffers from wilted leaves after repotting,…

postheadericon Holes in potted plants: why are mice digging up houseplants

Holes in potted plants: why are mice digging up houseplants

Image by Gardening Know How, via Nikki Phipps By Kristi Waterworth Finding a series of holes dug into your houseplants can be frustrating, but holes in potted plants aren’t uncommon, especially in the fall and winter. As the weather gets cooler, rodents often seek shelter indoors. Even though they don’t necessarily eat houseplants, rodents often see the loose potting soil as a great place for storing bits of found food and can cause a lot of damage rummaging around. Rodents in Houseplants Any time you’ve got mice digging up houseplants,…

postheadericon Indoor atrium garden: what plants do well in an atrium

Indoor atrium garden: what plants do well in an atrium

Image by JeffDSamuels71 By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener An indoor atrium garden becomes a unique focal point that brings sunlight and nature to the indoor environment. Atrium plants also provide a number of benefits to overall health and well-being. According to the Associated Landscape Contractors of America and NASA, certain indoor plants can improve air quality by removing chemicals and pollutants from the air. Read on to learn more. Plants for an Indoor Atrium Garden A number of plants are suitable for indoor atriums and include…

postheadericon Terrarium building guide: how to set up a terrarium

Terrarium building guide: how to set up a terrarium

Image by amy gizienski By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener There’s something magical about a terrarium, a miniature landscape tucked into a glass container. Building a terrarium is easy, inexpensive and allows plenty of opportunities for creativity and self-expression for gardeners of all ages. Terrarium Supplies Nearly any clear, glass container is suitable and you might find the perfect container at your local thrift shop. For example, look for a goldfish bowl, a one-gallon jar or an old aquarium. A one-quart canning jar or brandy snifter is…

postheadericon Houseplant troubleshooting: pinpointing pests, disease or environmental issues indoors

Houseplant troubleshooting: pinpointing pests, disease or environmental issues indoors

Image by KenTannenbaum By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Houseplants are nice to have around and they are a pleasure to grow when things go as they should. However, when your plant is looking puny instead perky, it can be difficult to pinpoint the reason. What’s Wrong with My Plant? Good question! There are many possible reasons why your plant is looking sick, but you can usually narrow it down to common houseplant problems with water, light, pests or disease. Learning basic houseplant troubleshooting may help you…

postheadericon Powdery mildew treatment indoors: how to get rid of powdery mildew on houseplants

Powdery mildew treatment indoors: how to get rid of powdery mildew on houseplants

Image by Elizabeth Bush, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Bugwood.org By Bonnie L. Grant It’s not talcum powder and it’s not flour. That white chalky stuff on your plants is powdery mildew and it needs to be dealt with as the fungus spreads easily. Read on to learn how to get rid of powdery mildew on your indoor plants. Powdery Mildew on Houseplants Powdery mildew on houseplants is a fungal disease. Initially, it produces circular powdery white spots on the foliage of plants. As the disease spreads, the entire…

postheadericon Potted plant gifts – what are good plants to give as gifts

Potted plant gifts – what are good plants to give as gifts

Image by oksana_nazarchuk By Liz Baessler Whether you’re looking for a Christmas gift, a housewarming present, or just a nice thank-you, potted plant gifts are both simple and unique. Keep reading for some ideas on the best houseplant gifts. Potted Plant Gifts When it comes to indoor plant sharing, not all potted plant gifts are the same. Unless you’re buying for someone you know has a green thumb, it’s a good idea to keep things simple. The best plants to give as gifts are beautiful yet easy to take care…

postheadericon Air purifying houseplants: common houseplants that purify air

Air purifying houseplants: common houseplants that purify air

Image by lightkeeper By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Houseplants provide beauty and interest, bringing a bit of leafy, green, outdoorsy ambiance to the indoor environment. However, plants play an even more important role by helping to improve air quality in your home. Research by a team of NASA scientists indicates that these helpful houseplant air purifiers clean the air during the natural process of photosynthesis. The pollutants, absorbed by the leaves, are eventually broken down by microbes in the soil. Although all plants are believed to…