Archive for the ‘Houseplants’ Category

postheadericon How to care for a rubber tree plant

How to care for a rubber tree plant

Image by noricum By Shari Armstrong A rubber tree plant is also known as a Ficus elastica. These large trees can grow up to 50 feet tall. When learning how to care for a rubber tree plant, there are a few key things to remember, but rubber plant care isn’t as difficult as one might think. Starting with a young rubber tree houseplant will allow it to adapt to being an indoor plant better than starting with a more mature plant. Proper Light and Water for a Rubber Tree Plant…

postheadericon Cleaning houseplants – learn how to clean houseplants

Cleaning houseplants – learn how to clean houseplants

Image by noricum By Becca Badgett (Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden) As they are a part of your indoor decor, you’ll be interested in keeping houseplants clean. Cleaning houseplants is an important step in keeping them healthy and provides an opportunity to check for pests. Keeping houseplants clean makes them more attractive too. Learning how to clean houseplants is not difficult. There are several methods of keeping houseplants clean. You may wonder what to use for cleaning houseplant leaves. What to Use for Cleaning Houseplant Leaves Advertisement…

postheadericon Growing a polka dot plant – information on polka dot plant care indoors and out

Growing a polka dot plant – information on polka dot plant care indoors and out

Image by jospano_62 By Bonnie L. Grant Polka dot plants (Hypoestes phyllostachya) are common houseplants with colorful foliar displays. They are highly hybridized to produce a variety of colors and types of leaf spotting. Also called freckle face plant, this houseplant can grow in any type of indirect light but has best color in lower light situations. Polka Dot Plant Info An interesting bit of polka dot plant info is that the plant was miscategorized for years. It is now recognized as a member of the Hyphoestes group of over…

postheadericon Croton indoor plant – care of croton plants

Croton indoor plant – care of croton plants

Image by daryl_mitchell By Heather Rhoades Croton plants (Codiaeum variegatum) are incredibly varied plants that are often grown as a houseplant. The croton indoor plant has a reputation for being fussy, but in reality, if you know about caring for a croton houseplant properly, it can make for a resilient and hard-to-kill plant. Croton Indoor Plant The croton plant is often grown outdoors in tropical climates, but also make excellent houseplants. Crotons come in a wide variety of leaf shapes and colors. Leaves can be short, long, twisted, thin, thick…

postheadericon What is bottom watering: tips on watering potted plants from the bottom

What is bottom watering: tips on watering potted plants from the bottom

Image by endolith By Anne Baley Watering is the most common chore you do with your potted plants, and you probably do it by pouring water onto the surface of the potting soil. While this can be an effective way to get moisture to your plants, it’s not the best method for many varieties. Some plants, like African violets, get discolored and covered in spots if you drop water on the leaves. If your plant is becoming root bound, moisture might not soak into the soil and may run down…

postheadericon Reducing humidity indoors: what to do when humidity is too high

Reducing humidity indoors: what to do when humidity is too high

Image by Yandle By Kristi Waterworth There are lots of tips and tricks for keeping indoor humidity levels high, especially in the close vicinity of plants that need lots of humidity, like orchids. But what do you do if your indoor humidity is too high? As insulation techniques improve the seals on homes and greenhouses across the country, reducing humidity becomes a vital task. Not only does high indoor humidity increase the risk of damage to your home, it can cause problems for your plants. Can High Humidity Hurt Plants?…