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How to Grow: Easy Houseplants

Learn the easiest and best houseplants to grow indoors. Listen to podcast: I've talked before about the air cleaning benefits of houseplants. Well, houseplants can help us in many more ways, especially in the dead of winter. Researchers for years have verified what many of use already feel about plants. Having plants in the home and workplace reduces blood pressure, raises attentiveness and well-being, reduces anxiety and increases productivity. But for black thumbs in the audience having houseplants that die can just contribute to plant...

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How to Grow: English Ivy

Sun Requirements English ivy when grown as houseplant, like medium to bright light. It's won't tolerate low light conditions. Ivies with white variegated leaves like less light than dark green leaf versions. It can grow under artificial lighting. Outdoors English ivy grows well in shade as a vine or groundcover. Bloom Period and Plant Shape English ivies (Hedera helix) are grown primarily for their attractive, heart-shaped leaves. English ivy is a trailing plant that grows well cascading out of an elevated pot. Mature Height x Spread The...

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How to Grow: Fiddle Leaf Fig

Sun Requirements Bright, consistent light. In the North grow them in a sunny South-facing window with some curtains as a light filter. Turn the plant regularly if it starts to lean towards the light. Bloom Period, Plant Shape Fiddleleaf fig (Ficus lyrata) are grown as a houseplant for their large, dark green leaves and tall architectural shape. They rarely flower indoors. Mature Height x Spread Fiddleleaf fig can grow into a large 50 foot tall tree outdoors in its home in West African tropical rainforest areas. Luckily, as a houseplant it...

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How to Grow: Flamingo Flowers

  Many people are growing houseplants again to create a lush, green oasis in their home or apartment. But it doesn't have to just be green houseplants. There are new varieties of easy-to-grow houseplants that feature colorful leaves and flowers and some even grow in low-light conditions. Here are some of the best. Anthurium or the flamingo flower features dark green, lush leaves and attractive white, pink, red, gold or burgundy colored flowers. The flowers are actually modified leaves or spathes. They are some of the longest lasting...

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How to Grow: Gloxinias

  This common florist plant originated from Brazil. The original species featured large, bell-shaped, lavender-colored flowers on plants with big, hairy leaves. Through breeding there are now selections ranging in colors from pink to dark purple with single or double flowers. This potted plant can be grown as a summer annual and as a houseplant. It's the gloxinia. Gloxinia found at the florist and garden centers in winter make attractive houseplants for a time. Unfortunately, the large, colorful flowered selections are grown from seed...

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How to Grow: Indoor Begonias

Listen to this podcast on how to select and grow indoor begonias. In fall as the outdoor flower gardens wind down, it's time to think about continuing the flower show indoors. One of the most colorful plants for indoor growing is begonias. Most gardeners know begonias from the wax leaf, bedding plant with red, white or pink flowers that grows well in shade gardens, containers and window boxes. While you can bring these types indoors, there are other begonias, such as the rhizomatous and cane begonias, that make better houseplants. Some...

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How to Grow: Kalanchoe

Sun Requirements Bright sun is best for this succulent outdoors, unless you live in a hot summer climate. Indoors, especially in winter, grow them in the brightest light possible. It's best to keep the dark green leaves and allow the flowers to bloom longer. Bloom Period and Plant Shape Kalanchoe is a popular holiday plant indoors. It also grows well as an container plant outdoors in summer. Outdoors it will boom in spring. Indoors, greenhouse growers have conditioned the plant to bloom around the end of the year similar to poinsettias....

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How to Grow: Kokedama

Listen to this podcast on how to grow a kokedama indoor houseplant.   I'm always looking for new plants and growing techniques. That's why I'm fascinated with kokedama hanging houseplants. What's kokedama? Kokedama is an ancient form of Japanese bonsai. Actually, it's also called poor man's bonsai because it is so easy to do. The idea is to plant a small houseplant in a ball of clay and peat moss surrounded by green sphagnum moss and held together with twine. The ball and plant, can then be hung in a room or in a tray on a table or...

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How to Grow: Mistletoe

Learn about mistletoe and how to have it for the holidays. Listen to podcast: Merry Christmas. This parasitic plant has European and American roots. The Druids, Celts, Norse, and Greeks all used this plant to ward off evil spirits and witches. It's a plant with magical and sacred powers that is said to enhance fertility, peace and extend your life. Modern scientists are even researching this plant to help cure diseases and cancer. Historically stems, leaves and berries of this plant have been gathered round the solstice decorated with...

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How to Grow: Norfolk Island Pine

Sun Requirements Norfolk Island pines (Araucalia heterophylla) grow best in bright light indoors, but out of direct sunlight. Rotate plants every week so they don't start leaning towards the light in your room. Bloom Period and Plant Shape Norfolk Island pines are grown for their evergreen branches and their classic, pyramidal, pine tree shape. Even though they aren't technically pines, they lend a nice evergreen appearance to the home. Mature Height x Spread In their origins, on a small island close to New Zealand, they can be large...