Archive for the ‘Houseplants’ Category

postheadericon Red sheath on ficus: does rubber plant flower

Red sheath on ficus: does rubber plant flower

Image by Gardening Know How, via Nikki Phipps By Deb Martin If you’ve grown a rubber tree plant (Ficus elastica), especially the burgundy type, and noticed what appears to be a beautiful flower unfurling, you might begin to wonder if rubber plant blooms or if this is your imagination. Find out in this article. Does Rubber Plant Flower? Yes, rubber plant is capable of producing flowers and, subsequently, small fruits. It is a species of fig, after all, related to the figs that are grown commercially to produce the filling…

postheadericon Growing fruit trees as bonsai: learn about bonsai fruit tree care

Growing fruit trees as bonsai: learn about bonsai fruit tree care

Image by egal By Teo Spengler A bonsai tree isn’t a genetic dwarf tree. It’s a full-size tree that is maintained in miniature by pruning. The idea behind this ancient art is to keep the trees very small but retain their natural shapes. If you think bonsai are always tiny trees with fragrant flowers, you aren’t alone. However, this is a misconception. You can also choose from a wide variety of fruit trees as bonsai. Do bonsai trees produce fruit? Yes, they do. If you decide to try to use…

postheadericon Hechtia plant info: tips on caring for hechtia plants

Hechtia plant info: tips on caring for hechtia plants

Image by Amante Darmanin By Bonnie L. Grant Bromeliads are fairly common houseplants with a tropical feel and an unusual, fun growth form. There are over 50 varieties of Hechtia bromeliads, most of which are native to Mexico. What is Hechtia? Hechtia is a terrestrial plant with characteristic rosette form of most bromeliads. One of the more interesting pieces of Hechtia plant info is that is has traits similar to succulents but is not a true succulent. However, Hechtia are drought tolerant and have amazing cold resistance for warm region…

postheadericon Red sheath on ficus: does rubber plant flower

Red sheath on ficus: does rubber plant flower

Image by Gardening Know How, via Nikki Phipps By Deb Martin If you’ve grown a rubber tree plant (Ficus elastica), especially the burgundy type, and noticed what appears to be a beautiful flower unfurling, you might begin to wonder if rubber plant blooms or if this is your imagination. Find out in this article. Does Rubber Plant Flower? Yes, rubber plant is capable of producing flowers and, subsequently, small fruits. It is a species of fig, after all, related to the figs that are grown commercially to produce the filling…

postheadericon Red sheath on ficus: does rubber plant flower

Red sheath on ficus: does rubber plant flower

Image by Gardening Know How, via Nikki Phipps By Deb Martin If you’ve grown a rubber tree plant (Ficus elastica), especially the burgundy type, and noticed what appears to be a beautiful flower unfurling, you might begin to wonder if rubber plant blooms or if this is your imagination. Find out in this article. Does Rubber Plant Flower? Yes, rubber plant is capable of producing flowers and, subsequently, small fruits. It is a species of fig, after all, related to the figs that are grown commercially to produce the filling…

postheadericon Growing fruit trees as bonsai: learn about bonsai fruit tree care

Growing fruit trees as bonsai: learn about bonsai fruit tree care

Image by egal By Teo Spengler A bonsai tree isn’t a genetic dwarf tree. It’s a full-size tree that is maintained in miniature by pruning. The idea behind this ancient art is to keep the trees very small but retain their natural shapes. If you think bonsai are always tiny trees with fragrant flowers, you aren’t alone. However, this is a misconception. You can also choose from a wide variety of fruit trees as bonsai. Do bonsai trees produce fruit? Yes, they do. If you decide to try to use…

postheadericon Indoor pitcher plant care: tips on growing pitcher plant as a houseplant

Indoor pitcher plant care: tips on growing pitcher plant as a houseplant

Image by Tailex By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Pitcher plants are fascinating carnivorous plants that are surprisingly adaptable to the indoor environment. However, it’s important to keep in mind that there are many types of pitcher plants with many different needs, and some varieties can be a little on the fussy side. Read on to learn the basics of growing pitcher plant as a houseplant and pitcher plant care indoors. How to Care for Pitcher Plant Indoors Light – If possible, refer to the tag that…

postheadericon Lucky bamboo plant care: how to keep a lucky bamboo from rotting

Lucky bamboo plant care: how to keep a lucky bamboo from rotting

Image by angiii By Teo Spengler Lucky bamboo isn’t actually bamboo at all, although it resembles the kind pandas eat in China. This popular houseplant is a member of the Dracaena family, oftentimes grown in water, and sometimes soil, and is said to bring good fortune to the household. Rotting lucky bamboo plants seem a decided sign of ill fortune. But preventing rot in lucky bamboo is not too difficult if you are attentive to the plant and act quickly when you see a problem with the plant’s roots. Read…

postheadericon Outdoor ponytail palm care: can you plant ponytail palms outside

Outdoor ponytail palm care: can you plant ponytail palms outside

Image by Nicole Yeary By Teo Spengler Ponytail palms (Beaucarnea recurvata) are distinctive plants that you are not likely to confuse with any other small trees in your garden. Slow growers, these palms have swollen trunk bases that taper. They are best known for the long, slender cascading leaves that are arranged in much the same way as a pony’s tail. Growing ponytail palm outdoors is possible in warmer climates and caring for ponytail palm outdoors is not difficult. Read on for more information about how to grow a ponytail…

postheadericon Lady palm care: tips for growing lady palms indoors

Lady palm care: tips for growing lady palms indoors

Image by Starr Environmental By Jackie Carroll With broad, dark green, fan-shaped foliage on tall stalks, lady palm plants (Rhapis excelsa) have an oriental appeal. As stand-alone plants, they have a formal elegance and when planted in masses they lend a touch of the tropics to the landscape. Outdoors they can reach heights of 6 to 12 feet with a spread of 3 to 12 feet. When grown in the confines of a container, they stay much smaller. Lady Palm Care Indoors Place your lady palm plant near an east-facing…