Bitter lettuce is such a disappointment. Potential causes include too little water, too much heat, or early-season bolting. In this guide, learn how to prevent a harsh taste when you sow or tend this salad staple. The trick is to select the best varieties, give your plants plenty of water, and harvest on schedule.
Juicy, homegrown slicing tomatoes, fresh off the vine and the bigger the better? Yes, please! This list covers 23 of the best sandwich varieties you can grow in your garden. Get ready for BLTs, fresh salsa, and caprese salads galore once these heirloom and hybrid beefsteaks start producing fruit ripe for slicing.
Fishtail palms are elegant and dramatic, with distinctive leaves that resemble the caudal fin of a fancy goldfish. Unfortunately, they’re not the easiest palms to raise indoors. They’re prone to spider mite infestations and need just the right light to grow. But with our guidance, you can make these beauties thrive.
For vintage flair in a modern garden, consider vining sweet pea. With so many colors to choose from – including pink, lavender, violet, deep purple, red, yellow, white, and blue – you might have a hard time deciding which to plant! Learn why this fragrant flower should be growing in your garden now!
Tree philodendrons benefit from repotting approximately every two years. These plants like to be a bit rootbound, but may require more room to grow bigger. If you prefer, you can also trim the roots to keep the plant at a more compact size. Learn when and how to safely repot your plant in this guide. Read more now.
With their lush green fronds, parlor palms are wonderful foliage houseplants. They are also easy to care for, making them a great choice for beginners. And what’s more, they’re nontoxic, and safe for homes with pets or kids. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know to grow these verdant palm trees indoors.
Yellow or brown leaves are a sign that all is not well with your peace lily. When the foliage on your houseplant changes color, it’s an indication that the water, light, or something else is out of whack. It can even be a sign of disease or pests. Figure out exactly what’s causing it now to fix the problem. Read more.
Part of being a good houseplant parent is knowing when and how to repot a plant that has grown too large for its container. The same applies if the soil has become hydrophobic or depleted. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of repotting a peace lily from start to finish, so you can keep your plant happy.
Different types of anthurium houseplants offer dramatic foliage or long-lasting color. This guide introduces anthurium species that are most popular with indoor gardeners, including bird’s nest, velvet cardboard, and flamingo flowers. All of these tropical beauties thrive in high humidity with minimal care.
Hydrangeas are low maintenance flowering shrubs popular for their dramatic colorful blooms and bold green foliage. But can you grow them from seed? Depending on the variety, it may be possible. In this guide, we cover how to collect and save the seeds of your favorite hydrangeas for planting. Read more now.
Weeping figs have a reputation for being fussy, and they’ll shed their leaves at the drop of a hat. But with a little know-how, they make reliable indoor plants that add color and elegance to the home. We’ll show you how to keep your benjamin fig looking beautiful, with its leaves intact. Read more now.
Epiphytes are plants that grow on other plants rather than in soil. Every major family of plants includes at least one species that grows this way, and this incredibly diverse group includes everything from orchids to monsteras. Learn about which houseplants can be grown in the air and how to do it in this guide.
Cauliflower has a reputation for being a difficult cool-weather crop to grow, but don’t let that stop you. With an understanding of temperature and watering needs, you’ll soon be cultivating white, purple, orange, and green varieties packed with antioxidants and vitamin C. Learn how to grow your own cauliflower now.
Cheerful New England aster provides late-season color with an abundance of bright flowers that attract bees and butterflies. This easy to grow native perennial blooms from late summer right up to the first frost and returns vigorously year after year. Learn how to plant and grow New England aster in your garden now.
It’s not uncommon for peace lily leaves to turn brown at the tips, especially in low humidity, bright light, or in the case of inadequate hydration or temperature extremes. To solve the problem, you need to do some troubleshooting to determine the cause. Learn about the top 5 reasons and how to fix them in this guide.
Hydrangeas are woody shrubs or vines with showy clusters of blossoms. They grow best in full sun to part shade, where the soil is consistently moist. There are nearly 80 different species and several bloom styles. Learn more about the lacecap hydrangea, and what makes it unique in this guide. Read more now.
If you’re growing tropical peace lilies as houseplants, you’ll need to know how to keep them properly hydrated. While they are generally easy to grow, these houseplants can sometimes be finicky about hydration. Learn when and how to water your peace lily plants to keep them happy and thriving, in this guide. Read more.
Japanese hollies are easy-care, evergreen shrubs that come in an astounding array of shapes and sizes, with leaves that range from dark green and petite to large and yellow. Some varieties have columnar growth habits and others are low-growing shrubs. Learn about 21 of the best Japanese holly cultivars in this guide.
Peace lilies are capable of stunning displays. While there are lots of houseplants out there that have attractive foliage, there aren’t many that send out beautiful blossoms. That’s why it’s frustrating when a peace lily fails to bloom. In this article, we’ll guide you through figuring out the cause and how to fix it.
While tropical Nepenthes pitcher plants make stunning conversation pieces when grown in our homes, caring for them may prove to be a challenge for some houseplant enthusiasts. Watering appropriately is a common struggle, but it needn’t be! Read more now to learn the best practices to keep them thriving.
Need an alternative to grass under a shady tree? Do you have a slope that’s hard to mow? Ground cover plants offer a low-maintenance alternative to the carpets of lawn to which we have become accustomed. Learn about 15 of the best flowering ground covers for your unique property in this guide. Read more now.
Eggplant is a delicious, nutritious warm-weather crop. If you want to harvest homegrown eggplant for your pasta dishes, curries, and more, but don’t have room in your garden, why not try growing it in containers? Planting in pots saves garden space and helps extend the growing season. Read more now.
Tropical pitcher plants may have caught your interest, whether you’re obsessed with houseplant keeping or planning to select just a few to bring home. As long as you understand their specific needs and you’re prepared to provide a moderate level of maintenance, you can learn to keep them healthy and thriving indoors.
Norfolk pines are beautiful, easy-care houseplants that can serve double duty as living Christmas trees. But after the holidays are over, you might wonder whether you need to repot this lovely conifer – or not. To learn when, how, and why to repot your Norfolk Island pine tree, keep reading. We share all the details.
Japanese hollies are essentially maintenance-free and untroubled by pests or disease. Deer and rabbits just hop on by, and your pruners will gather dust in the shed, because they maintain a tidy shape without any work from you – unless you plan to shape them into elaborate topiaries, and that’s great too! Read more.
The ponytail palm makes a unique visual statement thanks to its strap-like foliage, scaly trunk, and bulbous base. When grown as a bonsai, it stands out even more. Plus, it can be grown indoors and can withstand some neglect. That’s why it has become a popular option for beginners and more advanced artists alike!
Maybe you received a florist’s azalea as a gift, or you saw the bright-blooming beauty in the store and decided to give it a home? Maybe you’ve heard these azaleas don’t typically last long, but what if you could help yours to live a long life? We’ll show you how to do just that. Read about growing azaleas indoors now.
Zamioculcas zamiifolia, or ZZ plant for short, is incredibly easy to grow, propagate, and share, making an ideal houseplant for beginner gardeners. With just a little bit of patience, you can create many new plants from a single parent. Continue reading to learn how to start ZZ plants from leaf cuttings.
Why does your anthurium look wilted? Causes could include too much or too little water, insufficient humidity, root rot, scorching from direct light, or maybe mealybugs or whiteflies. Here’s how to determine the causes when this tropical houseplant starts to droop, and how to revive your anthurium if it’s possible.
English holly puts the jolly in holiday decor. The cheery red berries brighten early winter landscapes and sustain songbirds, while the evergreen foliage is a must in wreaths and cut arrangements. Read more now to learn how to grow this Christmas holly as a tree or trained shrub, from transplanting to pest control.
Reliable perennials with masses of pretty and sometimes fragrant flowers, Group 1 clematis are deciduous or evergreen and bloom from winter to mid-spring. Depending on the variety, these easy-care vines tower on trellises or scramble down slopes and require no pruning. Here are 13 of the best spring-flowering clematis.
Are you a fan of Brussels sprouts? Gotten over your childhood hatred of the green gems? Homegrown sprouts taste even better than the ones you’ll find at the store. They’re challenging to grow, but the flavor is well worth the effort. Don’t be discouraged, find your way to success with sprouts now in this guide.
Stromanthe ‘Triostar’ is a shining star of a houseplant, with its luscious pinks and delicate patterns. This prayer plant’s colorful foliage will grab your attention, rewarding you with a gorgeous display if you provide it with the right care. Keep reading to learn how to grow and care for a ‘Triostar’ prayer plant.
Looking for a big, bold, tropical houseplant? Tree philodendron fits the bill. They produce big leaves, can spread six feet or more, and flourish if you meet their minimal needs for water, fertilizer, and space. Learn to grow and care for this outsize, easy-care foliage plant in this guide. Read more now.
Zamioculcas zamiifolia is an incredibly resilient houseplant that requires very little water, light, or maintenance. If you are new to houseplants or simply too busy to devote a lot of time to gardening, this is the plant for you. Continue reading for an in-depth guide to growing and caring for ZZ plants indoors.
Juniper has been used herbally for centuries. Even King Tut had some of the berries from the trees in his tomb. Whether you want to make a wound-healing salve or some tea to ease a cold, the needles and berries have the potential to help. Not all species are useful herbally, though. This guide has what to know.
Juniper berries are the unsung heroes of the spice world. They can flavor everything from drinks to savory dishes and even desserts. And they can also be used herbally, to make sourdough, and around the home. Whether you forage or purchase them, our guide will help you to make the most of the pungent fruits. Read more.
Cyclamen makes a colorful indoor plant for winter that blooms through to spring, when most flowering plants are dormant. It comes in bold shades of red, pink, and purple, with heart-shaped green or variegated foliage. Read on to learn how to care for a potted cyclamen indoors and enjoy vibrant color all winter long.
Do you want to add a tropical vine to your houseplant collection? Look no further than grape ivy, an easy-care member of the grape family. Grape ivy will forgive many a blunder and remain a steadfast friend for years. In this guide, we’ll show you what you need to know to grow these viney beauties. Read more now.
How much water do anthuriums need? These colorful, tropical houseplants require ample humidity and moist soil, but too much water will harm them. Help them to thrive indoors with well-draining soil and proper pots, learn how often to water, and decode signs that your plant is getting too much water, or too little.
Juniper berries can be used herbally, in the kitchen, or around the home. But harvesting them requires knowing the right time and method for plucking the fruits. Additionally, you should know with certainty that the species you are harvesting is suitable for your purposes. Our guide provides the details. Read more.
Fresh alfalfa sprouts or microgreens grown at home are healthy and tasty. In the cold months, they’re a welcome source of fresh produce. And this indoor gardening project is simple enough for beginners and kids, with results in days. Here are the basic how-to’s, along with advice on food safety and some recipe ideas.
Tropical anthurium houseplants add color to your decor and are easy to care for. This guide covers how to grow the healthiest plants, from propagating cuttings to maintaining humidity, to repotting. The colorful spathes will last for weeks, but take less work than most flowering indoor plants. Read more now.
Yes, juniper berries are edible. Well, most of them. Many species are not just safe to eat, they’re delicious. But some, on the other hand, can be toxic. In this guide, we’ll help you figure out which is which so you can harvest the good ones and leave the ones that are bad (for humans!) for the birds who love them.
Want a truly stunning bonsai that offers a challenge with an incredibly fulfilling reward? Consider growing a fruit tree species as a bonsai. It takes a little extra work beyond that required by your average bonsai, but the results are absolutely worth it. A miniature tree with full-sized fruit is a sight to behold!
Pothos plants are extremely straightforward to propagate. They lend themselves well to cloning via cuttings or dividing. Seeds, on the other hand, are a different proposition. If you’re curious about how to make lots of healthy new pothos babies, this guide shows you what you should know, and what doesn’t work.
Pruning a bonsai well requires equal parts technical skill and artistic vision. You need to know how to prune the plant without damaging it so you can bring the living piece of art that you dream of to life. In this guide, we’ll help you to achieve both goals with a little bit of technical and creative guidance.
Norfolk Island pine trees are in the spotlight during the Christmas holiday season, but they make easy-care houseplants all year long. And if you want more of these conifers, they aren’t hard to propagate either. There are a few different methods you can use to propagate these trees – keep reading to learn more.
Pruning junipers the right way takes a bit of finesse and know-how. If you do it wrong, you can end up with a sad-looking skeleton of a plant, rather than a robust shrub that adds to your garden. You need to know when, how, and which branches to prune if you want to keep your plant healthy and looking good. Read more.
Clematis are stunning vines in a huge variety of flower colors, sizes, bloom times, and growth habits in both evergreen and deciduous varieties. And when you know what group they belong to, they’re easily grown with an abundance of flowers. Learn the different types of clematis and how to identify your vines here.
‘Blue Star’ junipers practically glow in the garden with their bright, steely blue foliage. Add to that their dense, mounding growth habit and extremely tough nature, and you have a plant that adds heaps of year-round character to your yard without much fuss. Get to know this happy accident and how to care for it.
For inexpensive succulent houseplants that grow quickly and are easy to care for, learn to root aloe vera cuttings from single leaves or divide pups from parent plants. The gel from the leaves soothes burns, and the starts you propagate make great gifts for indoor gardeners. Learn how to propagate aloe in this guide.
Aluminum plants, aka watermelon pilea, are tropical perennials with abundant clumping green foliage that is richly textured and accented by streaks of silver. Ideal for growing indoors in bright, indirect light, this foliage plant requires moderate maintenance and is an elegant addition to the home or office. Read more.
Norfolk Island pines make festive houseplants, and they will brighten your home long after the holidays have passed. But it’s important to develop a good watering routine as soon as you bring your tree home. Learn about Norfolk Island pine water requirements and how to keep them healthy all year long. Read more now.
Most of us are accustomed to the red pomegranates seen in the grocery store, but a variety of colors and flavors are available to grow aside from the old standby. There are over 500 known cultivars in existence, so which one is right for your yard? Discover 9 of the best pomegranate varieties to grow at home. Read more.
If you love your fiddle-leaf fig but also feel a little intimidated by it, you’re not alone. It’s a notoriously finicky plant, and when it comes to pruning, the task can feel impossible. But pruning your fiddle-leaf fig is an important part of its care, and it’s not difficult to do. Learn all about it now in our guide.
If you need an attractive evergreen for that barren space between the sidewalk and the street, you need to find something that’s salt-tolerant, and able to withstand the effects of deicing roads in the winter. Learn about 13 of the best evergreen shrubs to plant next to the street in our roundup. Read more now.
Flowers in the Viola genus – violets, violas, and pansies – are some of the easiest flowers to grow. So why not grow them indoors? Extend the growing season or simply add some cheer to your indoor window sills by planting and growing violets as houseplants. We’ll cover all you need to know in this guide. Read more now.
When you grow lemony perennial sorrel in your garden, you’ll have a supply of baby greens and fresh herbs all year long. Garden, French, and red-veined sorrels are standouts for container gardeners and edible landscaping, too. Our guide covers planting from seed, preserving, and dividing this versatile herb. Read more.
Lucky bamboo is not a true bamboo, but a type of dracaena in the asparagus family. From its native Africa, it made its way to ancient Asia, where it became a symbol of good fortune and a facilitator of the harmonious practice of feng shui. Read on to learn all about lucky bamboo and how you can grow your own indoors.
With generous panicles of beautiful, fragrant flowers, the allure of lilacs is powerful. If you don’t have the space for a mature, 30-foot specimen, a good option is to grow dwarf varieties in containers – a smart solution for decks, patios, and other small spaces. Learn how to grow lilacs in pots and planters here.
The hellebore is a classic and classy addition to all but the sunniest gardens. But it’s at its best when it has the right planting companions nearby to help it to show off and shine. Learn all about the hellebore’s best annual, perennial, and tree and shrub planting companions in this guide. Read more now.
In spring and summer, your healthy, actively growing Ficus elastica, or rubber tree, may send up a red sheath that appears to be a bud. While the rubber tree can produce a type of inflorescence, this is rare for plants grown indoors. So, if it’s not a bud, what other purpose could that sheath possibly serve?
Hoyas provide beautiful foliage in a dizzying array of shapes, colors, and textures. Whether you want just one plant or you’re ready to start or expand a collection, narrow your choices by learning about the many cultivars and species available. Discover 29 of the most fabulous types of hoyas for your home now.
Fragrant gardenias will grow and even bloom indoors, but only if you pay close attention to their requirements. These include humid air, ample sunlight, and temperatures between 60 and 75°F. Our guide shares tips that will help indoor gardeners grow and care for these evergreen flowering shrubs as houseplants.
Once hoyas start to catch your eye, these houseplants are hard to forget. With their long, trailing vines and fragrant, showy flowers, hoyas make gorgeous, easy-care indoor plants. Ready to fall down the hoya rabbit hole? Keep reading to find out all you need to know about growing these lovely, vining plants.
When you garden in an area where gardenia shrubs are not cold hardy, you can keep them alive and flowering year-round by overwintering them indoors. This guide explains how to protect gardenias from frost, when to move them inside ahead of freezing temperatures, and how to care for them indoors during the cold months.
Are catnip and catmint different plants? Though these herbaceous perennials in the mint family have many similarities, Nepeta cataria is a distinct species that serves a different purpose in the garden than other types of Nepeta. Learn how to differentiate between these commonly mixed up herbs in this guide. Read more now.
Is it really possible to regrow parsnips and other root vegetables from scraps, or is it just a bunch of internet hype? While you may be able to grow fresh foliage from leftover tops, don’t expect the plant to produce new roots. Continue reading to learn more about growing parsnips from kitchen scraps.
Affectionately known as the elephant-foot plant, evergreen ponytail palm has a fountain of backward curving, strap-like foliage. The trunk has a large base called a caudex that stores water. This showy specimen is an elegant, easy-care houseplant. Learn all you need to know to cultivate a ponytail palm in your home.
Carnivorous pitcher plants are incredible in both form and function. Are you considering adding some to your landscape? Once you understand their distinctive needs, you’ll be ready to propagate and plant a few, whether in a naturally occurring wetland area or as part of your very own bog garden. Read more now.
What causes pothos leaves to turn yellow? Improper watering can lead to root rot that can kill your devil’s ivy houseplant. Find out when a golden color is natural, why plants might get sick, and what to do about it when you see yellow. To avoid root rot and keep pothos plants healthy, follow these preventive tips.
Verbena’s delicate, colorful flowers make them a popular pick in many parts of the country, but these plants have varying requirements depending on where they are grown. If you’re in the south or southwestern part of the US, check out this guide to growing and caring for verbena in warm zones. Read more now.
If you’ve never tried growing American holly before, you’re in for something special. With glossy leaves and bright red berries, nothing says winter cheer quite like this plant. But is it hard to grow? How do you encourage the bushes to produce berries? Learn everything you need to know in our guide. Read more now.
Some of the best kohlrabi companions may provide pest control, enrich the soil, or conserve water, and they look appealing next to this purple or light green cool-season veggie too. Our guide shares the most beneficial companions to plant next to this offbeat above-ground brassica, and which plants make bad neighbors.
Swiss cheese plants make an impressive statement in any space with their massive leaves and dramatic fenestration. But these showstoppers aren’t demanding, giving you a lot of showy bang for your buck. This guide will help you to encourage those characteristic leaf holes, and learn how to make your plant climb.
Are your chestnut trees looking a little, shall we say, under the weather? Maybe you’ve noticed wilting leaves, or nuts that rot in their shells. Learn how to identify, prevent, and manage five common diseases that may afflict chestnut trees, with recommendations for selecting resistant varieties. Read more now.
Do you want to bring the look of the tropics into your home, but you don’t want to deal with a tender plant that can’t handle a little bit of cold weather, or something that will succumb to pests and diseases? Lady palms (Rhapis excelsa) are an excellent option, with beautiful palm fronds and a tough nature.
Prized for their fragrant white flowers, gardenias grown outdoors need extra attention but will respond with multitudes of blooms and a spicy scent. Our guide explains how to grow traditional types and newer cold-hardy hybrids. Start with healthy plants and water, fertilize, and prune your way to a bonanza of blooms.
Sundew is a carnivorous plant that has adapted to bog environments all over the world by sourcing nutrients in an extraordinary way. You’ll need to replicate the necessary growing conditions and learn its special requirements to keep it as a houseplant – but it’s worth it if you enjoy truly distinctive plants.
If you’re looking for an easy-to-grow beginner bonsai plant that can stay indoors all year long, dracaenas fit the bill. That’s because they’re simple to care for and undemanding when it comes to light, food, and water, even inside your home – perfect if you’re just dipping your toe into the art of bonsai. Read more.
Winter jasmine was cultivated in China for hundreds of years before becoming a common landscaping plant in many other parts of the world. Not only does it bloom in the winter when most other plants are dormant, it is very tolerant of neglect, so even inexperienced gardeners find it easy to grow. Read more now.
Catnip is an easy-to-grow herbaceous perennial in the mint family that is useful for humans and kittens alike. This plant is famous both for use as a soothing medicinal tea as well as an intoxicating herb to entice our feline friends. Continue reading for a detailed guide to growing and using catnip
Peperomias come in a huge range of sizes, shapes, leaf textures, and growth habits. There are species that look like succulents, and others that have lush, textured foliage. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s probably a radiator plant to fit the bill. Learn about 17 of the best peperomia varieties to grow at home.
The Venus flytrap is a marvel of the botanical world. While most plants feed from their roots and require nutrient-rich soil, this plant chooses to lure and devour insects to get what it needs. This incredible evolutionary trait has made it a favorite for those who collect and grow distinctive plants. Read more.
Lettuce thrives in cool weather, but is frost too much for this leafy green? In this guide, we share the most frost-tolerant lettuce varieties to grow in your garden, along with ways to protect salad greens in freezing temperatures. Avoiding frozen roots is the key to fresh lettuce through fall and into the winter.
Get ready to meet peperomias! These unfussy and diverse houseplants come in multiple growth habits, sizes, and foliage shapes and colors. They’re undemanding, and bring greenery into your space without asking for much in return. Ready to learn how to plant, propagate, and care for radiator plants? Let’s get growing.
Love chestnuts? Why not grow your own! With several varieties to choose from, they can be planted in sandy loam with full sun and good drainage. Homegrown chestnuts are a delight, whether roasted, boiled, or dried and ground into flour. Learn everything you need to know about growing and caring for these magnificent trees.
Inkberry holly is an evergreen shrub with small white flowers in the spring. By autumn, blue-black drupes, or berry-like fruits, make a late-season feast for foraging birds. Inkberry holly is easy to add to the landscape, especially with these tips for successful cultivation. Ready to grow your own? Read more.
Charming ivy is tough as nails outdoors. Most gardeners spend more time trying to contain it than they do nurturing it. But it’s a different story indoors. This classic plant needs food, water, and the right light, of course, but special care is required if you want to raise it as a houseplant. Read more now.
If you’ve never tried celeriac, you’re in for a treat. This crisp cousin to celery is the perfect root vegetable for making soups and fries, or for eating raw in a salad. But is it hard to grow? Is it just like growing celery? Learn everything you need to know to grow your own celery root in our guide. Read more now.
Agaves range in size, shape, and color, from stunning emerald and white to blue-green, and they’re sure to catch the eye. They can hold their own as a focal feature, a gorgeous addition to a succulent garden, or mixed with other drought tolerant plants. Learn how to grow and care for agaves in this guide. Read more now.
Completing garden winter care tasks can be one of the busiest weekends of the year, but plants like heuchera offer you some free time by demanding very little. Outside of a few basic considerations, you can invite these plants into your garden and expect year-round interest with minimal work. Read more now.
Calathea zebrina is a tropical prayer plant that’s grown for its striking striped foliage. It may have a reputation as a slightly fussy houseplant, but it’s easy to keep happy and beautiful when you know what it needs. You’ll find all the tips and tricks to growing the lovely calathea zebrina in this guide. Read more.
Harvest the tastiest mustard greens by picking early and often. These fast-growing Asian and Southern greens may be best at microgreen, baby leaf, or full size, depending on the variety. Just don’t let them get too large and bitter. Here’s how to pick broadleaf, tatsoi, and mizuna types at their peak.
Colorful and elegant, calla lilies are tender herbaceous perennials that can stay in-ground in areas with mild temperatures but must be lifted in cold weather. Easy to grow with bright blooms and a long flowering season, winterizing these rhizomes is simple as well. Learn all about calla lily winter care right here.
Pomegranate plants are native to arid regions where soil can sometimes lack nutrients. While they can withstand poor, deficient soil, they’ll be healthier and more productive when the soil they grow in is healthy and nutrient-dense. Learn how to improve soil fertility to grow productive pomegranates that thrive.