Archive for the ‘Houseplants’ Category

postheadericon Aluminum plant care – tips for growing aluminum plants indoors

Aluminum plant care – tips for growing aluminum plants indoors

Image by Gardening Know How By Amy Grant Growing aluminum plants (Pilea cadierei) is easy and will add additional appeal to the home with pointed leaves splashed in a metallic silver. Let’s learn more about taking care of a Pilea aluminum plant indoors. About Pilea Houseplants Pilea houseplants are a member of the family Urticaceae and are found in tropical regions of the world, predominantly in Southeast Asia. Most varieties of Pilea have striking variegated foliage of raised silver on deep green leaves. Advertisement Because growing aluminum plants thrive in a tropical…

postheadericon Helping a ficus tree that is dropping leaves

Helping a ficus tree that is dropping leaves

Image by Andrew Fogg By Heather Rhoades Ficus trees are a popular houseplant that can be found in many homes. But the attractive and easy to care for ficus trees still have the one frustrating habit of dropping leaves seemingly without reason. This leaves many ficus owners asking, “Why is my ficus losing leaves?” The causes for dropping ficus leaves are many, but when you know what they are, this can help you pin down the reason your ficus tree leaves are falling off. Reasons for Ficus Tree Dropping Leaves First…

postheadericon Indoor plants that need medium light

Indoor plants that need medium light

Image by PlayfulLibrarian By Heather Rhoades Plants that grow in medium light are sort of the perfect plant. They can tolerate some direct light, but not a lot. They like light, so bright light is good, but not direct light. They’re good to go near a west or southeast window. Keep reading to find out more about what indoor plants do well in medium light conditions. Indoor Plants That Need Medium Light Examples of medium light loving plants are as follows: Advertisement African violet – The African violet (Saintpaulia) is your classic indoor plant. They bloom…

postheadericon Indoor ornamentals: tips on growing ornamentals as houseplants

Indoor ornamentals: tips on growing ornamentals as houseplants

Image by jatrax By Liz Baessler Lots of plants that we grow outside as ornamentals are actually warm weather perennials that can be grown year round indoors. As long as these plants receive plenty of sunlight, they can be kept as houseplants all year or just moved inside when the weather gets colder. Keep reading to learn more about ornamental plants you can grow indoors. Indoor Ornamentals Growing outdoor ornamentals as houseplants is often easy, as long as you pick a plant that thrives at room temperature and doesn’t need…

postheadericon Medinilla information – tips on caring for medinilla plants

Medinilla information – tips on caring for medinilla plants

Image by leungchopan By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer Sometimes called Rose Grape, Philipinne Orchid, Pink Lantern plant or Chandelier tree, Medinilla magnifica is small evergreen shrub native to the Philippines where it is usually found growing on trees in tropical forests. However, Medinilla has been grown for hundreds of years as an exotic houseplant, once prized in Belgium by the wealthy and noble. Learn how you, too, can grow this exotic species. Medinilla Information Medinilla is a tropical shrub that can grow up to 4 ft. tall. It grows like…

postheadericon Watering nepenthes – how to water a pitcher plant

Watering nepenthes – how to water a pitcher plant

Image by makenoodle By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener, http://www.summitspringsgardenwriting.com/ Nepenthes (pitcher plants) are fascinating plants that survive by secreting sweet nectar that lures insects to the plant’s cup-like pitchers. Once the unsuspecting insect slides into the slippery pitcher, the plant’s fluids digest the bug in soupy, sticky liquid. There are many types of exotic pitcher plants, all surprisingly easy to grow once you learn how to meet the plant’s basic needs, including proper pitcher plant watering. Read on to learn what’s involved in watering a pitcher…

postheadericon Windowless houseplants: learn about using plants for a windowless room

Windowless houseplants: learn about using plants for a windowless room

Image by nayneung1 By Bonnie L. Grant If you work in an office space or lack a window in your room at home, chances are your only light is the overhead fluorescent bulbs or incandescent lighting. Lack of windows and exposure to sunlight can be bad for humans as well as plants but finding plants to brighten your cubicle or windowless room may be just the touch of outdoors needed to perk you up. There are many plants for windowless rooms that will thrive in artificial light. Let’s take a…

postheadericon Watering nepenthes – how to water a pitcher plant

Watering nepenthes – how to water a pitcher plant

Image by makenoodle By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener, http://www.summitspringsgardenwriting.com/ Nepenthes (pitcher plants) are fascinating plants that survive by secreting sweet nectar that lures insects to the plant’s cup-like pitchers. Once the unsuspecting insect slides into the slippery pitcher, the plant’s fluids digest the bug in soupy, sticky liquid. There are many types of exotic pitcher plants, all surprisingly easy to grow once you learn how to meet the plant’s basic needs, including proper pitcher plant watering. Read on to learn what’s involved in watering a pitcher…

postheadericon Watering nepenthes – how to water a pitcher plant

Watering nepenthes – how to water a pitcher plant

Image by makenoodle By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener, http://www.summitspringsgardenwriting.com/ Nepenthes (pitcher plants) are fascinating plants that survive by secreting sweet nectar that lures insects to the plant’s cup-like pitchers. Once the unsuspecting insect slides into the slippery pitcher, the plant’s fluids digest the bug in soupy, sticky liquid. There are many types of exotic pitcher plants, all surprisingly easy to grow once you learn how to meet the plant’s basic needs, including proper pitcher plant watering. Read on to learn what’s involved in watering a pitcher…

postheadericon Windowless houseplants: learn about using plants for a windowless room

Windowless houseplants: learn about using plants for a windowless room

Image by nayneung1 By Bonnie L. Grant If you work in an office space or lack a window in your room at home, chances are your only light is the overhead fluorescent bulbs or incandescent lighting. Lack of windows and exposure to sunlight can be bad for humans as well as plants but finding plants to brighten your cubicle or windowless room may be just the touch of outdoors needed to perk you up. There are many plants for windowless rooms that will thrive in artificial light. Let’s take a…