Category Archives: Indoor Plants

Aspidistra Elatior / The Cast Iron Plant

Aspidistra elatior or the Cast Iron Plant is native to China and Japan, and belongs to the lily family. The most common variety is the one with all green leaves, A. elatior(sometimes labeled as A. lurida), although there is a rare variegated variety called A. elatior variegata which you may be able to source. Before…
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Growing Impatiens Plants

Growing Impatiens Plants The Impatiens genus of flowering plants is quite large, and broad in both geographical scope and growth habit. There are somewhere close to one thousand species of Impatiens, distributed from their natural habitats in Asia and Africa across much of Europe and America as well. Commonly referred to as “touch-me-nots” or “jewelweeds”,…
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How to Start Your Own Trouble Free Terrarium

You know that sense of serenity you get when walking among lush plants at a botanical garden ? There’s an easy way to duplicate that same sense of bucolic calm in your own home or office. Create a terrarium. Yep, the same kind of terrarium you probably remember from your elementary school classrooms . One…
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How to Grow Hosta Inside

How to Grow Hosta Inside Hosta is beautiful, shade-tolerant plant with green, waxy leaves and a wide variety of foliage colors. Though hostas are traditionally grown outside in gardens, they can make great houseplants if grown in containers under proper conditions. Many hostas are prized for their varied colors and leaf textures: for instance, the “Undulata”…
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Lucky Bamboo – Perfect Office Plant

How would you like a nice green plant thriving in that dim & colorless office of yours or how about adding a touch of modern to your home decor? Here’s a popular option that even the most beginner of green thumbs can make flourish, and it’s believed to bring good luck too! Awhile ago I…
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Beach Spider Lily – Growing Guide

This amazing bulb based plant "beach spider lily" enjoys environments that are downright aquatic and easy to maintain. These one of a kind flowers will look like spiders crawling across your flower's shelving unit all summer long, and provide your home with a sweet vanilla scent. The Beach Spider Lily demands a large growing pot, with…
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How to Care for the Scarlet Star – Guzmania Lingulata

Guzmania is a popular genus of bromeliad. Their colorful flower bracts can be found in shopping malls, conservatories and many other plantscapes as well as kitchen tables and office desks. While they are a popular in public indoor spaces they grow naturally from Florida to Brazil and are particularly common in Costa Rica and Columbia.…
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How to Grow Amaryllis ( Indoors and Outdoors )

Why do so many people enjoy growing Amaryllis indoors? For starters, they are an easy bulb to grow. Forcing Amaryllis to bloom indoors is a snap. Many garden stores carry them boxed, potted and ready to grow by just adding water. Second, they have big, bright, trumpet shaped blooms cheering up the indoor winter scene.…
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Pothos – The Easiest Houseplant to Grow

Pothos is arguably the easiest houseplant to grow. It’s a long-growing, leafy vine that can reach 40 feet or more in tropical jungles. It usually confines itself to about 6-10 feet in containers, but don't be surprised if yours just keeps growing. A perk of growing pothos is that they are high on the list…
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How to Grow Cryptanthus Inside

Cryptanthus bromeliads, more commonly known as Earth Stars due to their shape, are beautiful and incredibly varied plants that naturally grow in tropical areas. There are over 1,200 types of bromeliads within the Cryptanthus genus, with a great variety of foliage; their colors range from dark green to bright pink to red and can be…
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Growing Amazon Elephant’s Ear (Alocasia Amazonica)

Growing Amazon Elephant's Ear (Alocasia Amazonica) Originating in tropical Southeast Asia, this popular elephant's ear (Alocasia amazonica, part of the Alocasia genus) is a striking and beautiful houseplant, with deep green leaves accentuated by whitish or light green leaf veins. It's a hybrid that has become a fairly popular ornamental house plant and is one…
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Growing Cat Grass Indoors

Growing cat grass indoors will keep your cats busy and entertain them. This way they don’t need to go outside for grazing, where the grass may be treated with pesticides and fertilizer! What is Cat Grass Cat grass is something cats love to gnaw on; it’s healthy too. Usually, grown from a mix of seeds…
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African Violets: Tips For Feeding, Propagating & More

The wide assortment of colors, flower forms, and foliage to be found in African violets has made them a popular houseplant to collect. Propagating them has become a fascinating and absorbing hobby that’s easy to manage. Today’s beautiful flowers must be seen to be appreciated. They are a far cry from the early ones with…
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Kentia Palm – Care and Info

The Kentia palm is a fairly easy plant member from the Howea genus to take care of indoors that displays wide leaflets. Facts Origin: Lord Howe Island (Australia - New South Wales State). Names: Kentia, paradise, thatch (common). Howea forsteriana (botanical/scientific). Max Growth (approx): Height 10ft. Poisonous for pets: Non-toxic to cats and dogs. Where…
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About Fascinating Carnivorous Plants

Carnivorous plants are meat eating plants that need the nutrients from their natural growing conditions, like air, water and soil, to live as well as the nutrients from the insects and other bugs and arachnids that they consume. Carnivorous plants grow naturally in swampy areas around the world where the water that is constantly running…
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How to Grow and Care for Beautiful Maranta Indoors

The Maranta genus includes a few dozen low-growing plants native to the American tropics. Maranta have some of the most beautiful, most decorative leaves in the plant kingdom. The popular M. tricolor has deep green, velvety leaves with yellow splotches down the midrib and arching red veins traveling to the leaf margins. They are fairly…
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