Archive for the ‘Houseplants’ Category

postheadericon Monkey puzzle indoors: how to grow a monkey puzzle houseplant

Monkey puzzle indoors: how to grow a monkey puzzle houseplant

Image by iJammin By Becca Badgett (Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden) If you’re looking for something different to grow as a houseplant or an outdoor container plant, consider the monkey puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana). Many of you are likely not familiar with the name and are wondering, "What is a monkey puzzle tree?" It is an unusual, slow growing coniferous tree, but that is only part of the answer. Read more to learn what is a monkey puzzle tree and how to grow monkey puzzle indoors. What…

postheadericon Outdoor parlor palms: how to care for parlor palm outside

Outdoor parlor palms: how to care for parlor palm outside

Image by Dick Culbert By Bonnie L. Grant One of the great classic plants from the 1800’s is the parlor palm (Chamaedorea elegans), closely related to the bamboo palm. It was a common feature of the Victorian decor period, famous for its delicate foliage and hardiness in the home interior. As a houseplant, it can’t be beat, but can you grow parlor palms outdoors? Lucky growers in sub-tropical zones can cultivate outdoor parlor palms in the ground. The rest of us can try planting parlor palm outside in containers through…

postheadericon Pitcher plant propagation: how to propagate a pitcher plant

Pitcher plant propagation:  how to propagate a pitcher plant

Image by vladeb By Anne Baley If you’re a fan of the carnivorous pitcher plant, you’ll eventually want to propagate some of your specimens to add to your collection. These plants may look exotic, but propagating pitcher plants is no harder than propagating any other plant. Pitcher plant propagation can be done in a number of ways, but planting seeds or rooting cuttings are the best methods for home growers to succeed. Learn more about how to propagate a pitcher plant and you’ll increase your collection with very little effort….

postheadericon Purple passion plant care: tips for growing purple passion houseplants

Purple passion plant care: tips for growing purple passion houseplants

Image by Tanaka Juuyoh By Becca Badgett (Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden) Growing purple passion houseplants (Gynura aurantiaca) offers an unusual and attractive houseplant for the brightly lit indoor area. The young purple passion plant has velvety leaves; thick, deep purple hairs on a green colored leaf and a cascading habit, making it perfect for an inside hanging basket. Purple passion houseplants have been used for indoor decoration for more than 200 years and grow wild in some southern areas. How to Grow Purple Passion Plants The…

postheadericon What is a persian violet: care of persian violet houseplants

What is a persian violet: care of persian violet houseplants

Image by Danny S. By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener Growing Persian violet indoors can add a splash of color and interest to the home. These easy to care for plants will reward you with beautiful blooms when given optimal conditions. Read on for more about Persian violet plant care. What is a Persian Violet? Persian violet (Exacum affine), or Exacum Persian violet, is an attractive perennial with bluish or white star-shaped flowers and shiny green leaves. These plants can be grown indoors, but they also flourish outdoors in USDA plant…

postheadericon Rooting pitcher plants: tips on growing pitcher plants from cuttings

Rooting pitcher plants: tips on growing pitcher plants from cuttings

Image by Fotoindy By Bonnie L. Grant Pitcher plant is a fascinating carnivorous plant that has ornamental appeal while entertaining and educating on a unique method of feeding. Propagating pitcher plants can be done by tissue culture, seed or stem cuttings. Rooting cuttings is the more common method for a home gardener. Pitcher plant cuttings must be taken at the right time of the year and from a mature plant. Collectors know how to propagate a pitcher plant so we’ll take some tips from them and explore the world of…

postheadericon How to start a rubber tree plant: propagation of a rubber tree plant

How to start a rubber tree plant: propagation of a rubber tree plant

Image by Maja Dumat By Heather Rhoades Rubber trees are hardy and versatile houseplants, which leads many people to wonder, “How do you get a start of a rubber tree plant?” Propagating rubber tree plants is easy and means that you will have starts for all of your friends and family. Keep reading to learn how to propagate a rubber tree so that you can give your friends a free rubber tree plant. Propagate a Rubber Tree Plant with Cuttings Rubber tree plants can grow very tall and this means an indoor…

postheadericon Piggyback plant care: growing a piggyback houseplant

Piggyback plant care: growing a piggyback houseplant

Image by Leslie Seaton By Amy Grant The piggyback plant is a notoriously easy to care for houseplant. A native to western North America, the piggyback plant can be found from northern California on into Alaska. Piggyback plant care is minimal whether grown out in the garden or indoors. Piggyback Houseplant Info The piggyback plant’s scientific name, Tomiea menziesii is derived from its botanical discoverers—Dr. William Fraser Tokmie (1830-1886), a Scottish physician working for the Hudson Bay Company at Fort Vancouver, and his colleague, Dr. Archibald Menzies (1754-1842), a naval…

postheadericon Using cuttings and leaf cuttings to propagate your houseplants

Using cuttings and leaf cuttings to propagate your houseplants

Image by Francis Chung By Heather Rhoades When you have some favorite plants that are outgrowing their place or need to replace some short-lived plants, taking cuttings is a good way to grow some replacements. It’s also a great way to increase the number of plants you have in your collection. Read on to learn more. How to Propagate Houseplant Cuttings You don’t need anything more than some clean flowerpots, a sharp knife and some cutting compost. A few short sticks might come in handy to support the new cuttings…

postheadericon Bonsai ponytail palms: how to prune ponytail palm bonsai

Bonsai ponytail palms: how to prune ponytail palm bonsai

Image by Judi Cox By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener Ponytail bonsai plants are an interesting addition to any home decor and can be grown indoors or out (during the warm season). This lovely bonsai is native to Mexico. The ponytail palm bonsai tree is great a great low-maintenance option for the bonsai enthusiast or even for those that are new to bonsai plants. Bonsai ponytail palms are unique and have a trunk that resembles an elephant’s foot and cascading foliage. For this reason, this hardy plant is sometimes called “Elephants…