Archive for the ‘Houseplants’ Category

postheadericon Ants in container plants: help, i have ants in my houseplants

Ants in container plants: help, i have ants in my houseplants

Image by Gardening Know How By Liz Baessler Help, I have ants in my houseplants! Ants in a houseplant are never a welcome sight. Getting rid of them can be even more frustrating, especially if they keep coming back. But there are things you can do. Read on to find out how to get rid of ants in container plants and keep them gone. Ants in a Houseplant Believe it or not, ants do not usually attack plants outright. They are most likely not after your plant, but rather aphids,…

postheadericon Indoor plants cats avoid: houseplants cats won’t chew on or potty in

Indoor plants cats avoid: houseplants cats won’t chew on or potty in

Image by Rochelle, just rochelle By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener Houseplants are a great addition to any home as they add color, interest and, of course, oxygen. Unfortunately, cats seem to enjoy our houseplants as much as we do, but for the wrong reasons. Read on to learn how to cat-proof houseplants. Safeguarding Plants from Cats Cats commonly chew on houseplants and wreck their foliage, use them as litter boxes, or play with them until their leaves fall off. This makes it tough to successfully grow houseplants and enjoy your…

postheadericon Biophilia information: learn how plants make us feel

Biophilia information: learn how plants make us feel

Image by AnikaSalsera By Liz Baessler Do you feel more at ease on a walk through the forest? During a picnic in the park? There’s a scientific name for that feeling: biophilia. Keep reading to find out more biophilia information. What is Biophilia? Biophilia is a term coined in 1984 by the naturalist Edward Wilson. Literally, it means “love of life,” and it refers to the way we are naturally drawn to and benefit from living things like pets and, of course, plants. And while walking through a forest is…

postheadericon What is guttation – learn about the causes of guttation in plants

What is guttation – learn about the causes of guttation in plants

Image by HelenL100 By Liz Baessler Guttation is the appearance of little droplets of liquid on the leaves of plants. Some people notice it on their houseplants and expect the worst. Although unsettling the first time it happens, guttation in plants is completely natural and not harmful. Keep reading to find out more about causes of guttation. What is Guttation? Plants gather a lot of the moisture and nutrients they need to survive through their roots. In order to move these things upward, the plant has tiny holes in its…

postheadericon Sudden plant death: reasons a houseplant is turning brown and dying

Sudden plant death: reasons a houseplant is turning brown and dying

Image by evan66 By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Sometimes a healthy-looking plant can decline and die in a matter of a few days, even when there are no apparent signs of trouble. Although it may be too late for your plant, investigating to determine the reason for sudden plant death may save time and money in the future. Why a Plant May Suddenly Die There are a number of factors that can lead to the sudden dying of plants. Below are the most common. Advertisement Improper…

postheadericon Salt leaching methods: tips on leaching indoor plants

Salt leaching methods: tips on leaching indoor plants

Image by Serenethos By Liz Baessler Potted plants have only so much soil to work with. This means they need to be fertilized. This also means, unfortunately, that the extra minerals in the fertilizer that the plant doesn’t absorb continue to sit around in the soil and can lead to nasty buildup that can harm your plant. Luckily, there’s a very easy process for getting rid of this buildup, called leaching. Indoor plants should be leached regularly to keep their soil clear. Keep reading to learn more about how to…

postheadericon Easy care houseplants: indoor plants that are hard to kill

Easy care houseplants: indoor plants that are hard to kill

Image by AwakenedEye By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Some people have a magic touch when it comes to growing indoor plants, producing lush, green beauties with little effort. If you aren’t one of these people, don’t feel bad and don’t give up. Truthfully, most indoor plants are actually tropical plants that grow outdoors in warm, humid environments; getting them to adapt to the indoor environment isn’t as easy as some might think. You can change your luck if you grow indoor plants that are hard to…

postheadericon What are grow lights: tips on using grow lights on plants

What are grow lights: tips on using grow lights on plants

Image by KaiDunn By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener What are grow lights? The easy answer is that grow lights act as sunlight substitutes for growing plants indoors. There many types of grow lights and using grow lights on plants can be very simple or extremely complicated. Read on for basic information to get you started. Types of Grow Lights Fluorescent Tubes – Because they are inexpensive, easy to use and readily available in a variety of sizes and shapes, fluorescent grow lights are the first choice…

postheadericon Indoor ornamental pests: how to bring plants inside without bugs

Indoor ornamental pests: how to bring plants inside without bugs

Image by feelphotoart By Georgia Lund After enjoying a sunny and warm location on the porch or patio all summer, it’s time to bring potted plants indoors for the winter before the temperatures dip below 50 degrees F. (10 C.) in the early fall. A few precautionary steps will need to be taken, however, to bring these plants safely inside without bugs also hitching a ride. How to Bring Plants Inside Without Bugs Follow these simple steps for removing insects from plants brought inside so your plants will be happy…

postheadericon Sticky plant foliage: what causes sticky plant leaves

Sticky plant foliage: what causes sticky plant leaves

Image by fotojanis By Liz Baessler Have you noticed your houseplant has sap on leaves, and on the surrounding furniture and floor? It’s sticky, but it’s not sap. So what are these sticky leaves on indoor plants and how do you treat the issue? Read on to learn more. What Causes Sticky Plant Leaves? Most likely sticky leaves on indoor plants is a sign that you have an infestation of scales, tiny insects that latch onto your plant and suck out its moisture, excreting it as this sticky substance called…