Archive for the ‘Houseplants’ Category

postheadericon Growing allamanda indoors: indoor care of allamanda golden trumpet

Growing allamanda indoors: indoor care of allamanda golden trumpet

Image by Starr Environmental By Bonnie L. Grant Golden trumpet vine is a common sight in gardens with year-round warmth and plenty of sun. These needs make growing Allamanda indoors ideal where there is good southern or western exposure. Even the northernmost gardener can enjoy an indoor Allamanda flowering vine. You may have to invest in a good plant light and turn up the thermostat, but it is worth it to bring the rich yellow flowers and lovely formed foliage. Allamanda plant care is similar to most tropical houseplants and…

postheadericon Kalanchoe care – tips on how to grow kalanchoe plants

Kalanchoe care – tips on how to grow kalanchoe plants

Image by Megan Hansen By Bonnie L. Grant Kalanchoe plants are thick leaved succulents that are often seen in florist shops or garden centers. Most end up as potted plants but areas that can mimic their native land of Madagascar can grow them outdoors. The clusters of tiny flowers produce a large bloom held aloft on stems above the majority of the foliage. If you wish a second bloom, it is incumbent to know how to take care of a kalanchoe. These plants need short winter light periods to form…

postheadericon Lipstick plant care – tips for growing lipstick plants

Lipstick plant care – tips for growing lipstick plants

Image by Jim By Sandi Hoffman Nothing brightens up a room like a flowering plant. The Aeschynanthus lipstick vine has pointy, waxy leaves and blooms with bright clusters of flowers. Vivid red blossoms emerge from a dark maroon bud reminiscent of a tube of lipstick. Growing lipstick plants is not difficult, and with proper care you get rewarded with continuous flowers. Lipstick Plant Care You do not have to know a lot about how to care for a lipstick plant (Aeschynanthus radicans) before you take on the task. Soil and…

postheadericon Growing jade vines: care of jade vines indoors and out

Growing jade vines: care of jade vines indoors and out

Image by takashikiji By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Also known as emerald creeper, jade vine plants (Strongylodon macrobotrys) are so extravagant that you have to see to believe. Jade vine is known for its spectacular blooms consisting of dangling clusters of shimmering greenish-blue, claw-shaped flowers. The huge, pendant-like clusters are suspended from twisting, wisteria-like stems with waxy green leaves. Read on for more information about growing jade vines and jade vine care. Growing Jade Vines This tropical climber is rambunctious in its natural environment, although the…

postheadericon Growing mother of thousands: caring for a mother of thousands plant

Growing mother of thousands: caring for a mother of thousands plant

Image by quinn.anya By Becca Badgett (Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden) Growing mother of thousands (Kalanchoe daigremontiana) provides an attractive foliage houseplant. Though rarely blooming when kept indoors, the flowers of this plant are insignificant, with the most interesting feature being the baby plantlets continually appearing on the tips of the large leaves. When growing mother of thousands as an outdoor plant in USDA hardiness zones 9 -11, it may bloom with small, grayish lavender flowers in late winter. The mother plant then dies, but is replaced…

postheadericon Growing jade houseplants – tips for the care and maintenance of jade plants

Growing jade houseplants – tips for the care and maintenance of jade plants

Image by Jill Robidoux By Heather Rhoades Jade plant care is easy and simple. Many people enjoy growing jade plants in their homes and offices, and they are considered to be symbols of good luck. But you do not need to be lucky to learn what the proper care and maintenance of jade plants is. Keep reading to learn how to care for a jade plant. How to Care for a Jade Plant Learning about the care and maintenance of jade plants (Crassula ovata) is easy. The most important factors to consider…

postheadericon Money tree plant care: tips on growing a money tree houseplant

Money tree plant care: tips on growing a money tree houseplant

Image by Quinn Dombrowski By Bonnie L. Grant Pachira aquatica is a commonly found houseplant called a money tree. The plant is also known as Malabar chestnut or Saba nut. Money tree plants often have their slender trunks braided together and are a low maintenance option for artificially lit areas. Money tree plant care is easy and based upon just a few specific conditions. Let’s learn more about how to care for money tree houseplants. Pachira Money Tree Money tree plants are native from Mexico to northern South America. The…

postheadericon Propagating ferns: growing ferns from spores and division

Propagating ferns: growing ferns from spores and division

Image by Tawintaew By Bonnie L. Grant Ferns are an ancient plant family over 300 million years old. There are over 12,000 species in almost all parts of the world. They provide airy foliage and texture for the home gardener, both as indoor and outdoor plants. Propagating ferns is easiest by division but they can also be grown from their spores. Growing ferns from spores takes many months up to a year. It is an interesting process and provides an educational experience for the whole family. What are Fern Spores?…

postheadericon What is hot lips plant and where does hot lips plant grow

What is hot lips plant and where does hot lips plant grow

Image by Atelopus By Bonnie L. Grant You might have to be a fan of the once popular television show Mash to know Loretta Switt, the actress who played Hotlips Hoolihan. However, you don’t have to be a fan to find an excellent representation of the name in the plant world. Hot lips plant has just the kind of pucker you might expect from the moniker, but the pair of lips are actually the plant’s flower. What is hot lips plant? Read on for more hot lips plant info and…

postheadericon Limp jade plant: help when a jade plant is drooping

Limp jade plant: help when a jade plant is drooping

Image by Randen Pederson By Jackie Carroll The tree-like structure of a jade plant sets it apart from other succulents. With proper care, jade plants can grow to a height of 2 feet. They are among the easiest houseplants to care for, but if you have limp jade plant leaves, it’s time to take a close look at how you water the plant. Why Has My Jade Gone Limp? When the foliage on a jade plant is drooping or you appear to have a dying jade plant, the usual cause…