How to Grow and Care for Sea Thrift

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Sea thrift is a salt- and wind-tolerant perennial for USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 8 that prefers full sun to part shade and sandy, well-draining soil. It has a clumping growth habit and spreads slowly. Clusters of lavender, pink, or white flowers bloom in the spring. Learn how to grow and care for sea thrift in this guide.

How to Grow Japanese Aralia (Fatsia Japonica)

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Japanese aralia (Fatsia japonica) is a striking houseplant with big, bold, emerald-green leaves. Put this low-maintenance foliage plant on your wish list if you’re looking for a pet-friendly option that will tolerate low-light conditions. Learn how to grow and care for fatsia indoors in this guide. Read more now.

13 of the Best Flowering Dogwood Varieties

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A standard Cornus florida is an excellent tree for the landscape, but a single flavor of excellence can get old after a while. If you want more visual variety from your flowering dogwoods, then this in-depth guide to 13 of the best C. florida cultivars and their unique ornamental features should help. Read more.

Is Lily of the Valley Invasive?

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You’ve probably heard the saying “too much of a good thing,” right? It applies to desserts and it applies to plants. Beloved garden favorites like lily of the valley can sometimes escape cultivation and become invasive menaces. Learn how to control lily of the valley in this guide. Read more now.

15 of the Best Dogwoods to Liven Up the Winter Landscape

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Dogwoods are beautiful during the spring and summer, but they also provide a striking contrast to combat the winter blahs. Many species have red, orange, or yellow twigs that stand out against snow or the drab winter landscape. In this guide, find 15 stunning winter dogwoods worth planting for some winter color.

How to Grow and Care for Calanthe Orchids

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Calanthe orchids aren’t as popular as Phalaenopsis or Cattleya species. But these largely terrestrial plants are every bit as beautiful. They can be evergreen or deciduous, and some can tolerate freezing temperatures, allowing cultivation outdoors. Read more to learn about growing this unique group of plants.

Tips for Growing Greig’s (Greigii) Tulips

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Greigii tulips are special because of their bright flowers and spotted, striped, and mottled leaves. The foliage offers up interest even when the flowers aren’t present. Plus, they’re compact enough for container growing. Learn about growing Greig’s tulips, along with a few cultivars worth finding, in this guide.

Reasons Why Lily of the Valley May Fail to Bloom

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Lily of the valley is an easy care perennial with delightful, fragrant flowers when given the right growing conditions. But a few issues, like overcrowding, dry soil, or too much sun can cause the plants to fail to bloom. For an abundance of flowers, learn about some easy fixes for lily of the valley that won’t bloom.

How to Plant and Grow ‘Dark Opal’ Basil

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‘Dark Opal’ basil is beautiful enough to be a garden ornamental but it has all the spicy, citrusy flavor you expect from standard sweet basil. It’s a dual-purpose option for the herb garden. Learn how to care for this deep purple basil cultivar so you can enjoy the dramatic leaves as a garden feature or kitchen herb.

How to Grow and Care for Forest Lilies

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The forest lily is a bulb flower native to South Africa that grows well in USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 11. It boasts striking pink tubular flowers that cluster densely and come to a point at the end of bare, upright stalks. Learn to grow and care for the forest lily in gardens and containers in your outdoor living space.

How to Plant and Grow Aztec Sweet Herb

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Aztec sweet herb is extremely sweet, adaptable, and easy to grow in warmer climates, from Zone 9b and up. But it might be too easy to grow, and can spread readily if you leave it unchecked. Learn about growing, controlling, and how to use up all of your Mexican lippia, aka honeyherb, in this comprehensive guide.

How to Grow Impatiens from Seed

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Impatiens are some of the most popular garden plants. The long-lasting, colorful blooms brighten up our yards, whether in containers on the patio or in beds and borders. Starting impatiens from seed is a budget-friendly way to enjoy plentiful flowers. Learn how to grow impatiens from seed in this step-by-step guide.

How to Naturalize Grape Hyacinth (Muscari) in Lawns

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Flowering bulbs are an excellent way to add color and fragrance to lawns still sleeping off winter’s cold. Early-flowering Muscari varieties are an easy choice for beautiful waves of fragrant blue, purple, or white florets to brighten up dormant yards. Learn how to naturalize grape hyacinth in lawns in this guide.

3 Common Causes of White Spots on Lettuce

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If you’re growing lettuce and you notice white spots on the leaves, you need to act fast to save your crops. Spotting on the leaves can be caused by a couple of different diseases as well as a particular pest. Learn what causes white spots on lettuce and what to do about it in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Sea Buckthorn

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Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) is an easy-to-grow thorny shrub with willow-like foliage and nutritious sweet-tart berries. Cold-hardy and able to fix nitrogen in the soil, this versatile shrub is perfect for the home garden or acreage. Learn how to grow and care for sea buckthorn in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Oncidium Orchids (Odontoglossum)

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Odontoglossum orchids, more accurately known as cool-weather Oncidium orchids, are elegant and long-blooming, with masses of vibrant yellow, orange, red, pink, and white flowers on each stalk. They can be quite difficult to cultivate, and this guide breaks down what you need to know to grow your own. Read more now.

21 of the Best Green Flowers for Your Garden

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The color green is usually associated with lush foliage and manicured lawns. However, did you know that some plants produce green flowers, too? Green flowers can uplift a garden border and they pair well with a range of colorful flora. Discover 21 unique green-flowering plants in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Camassia (Wild Hyacinth)

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Camas, aka wild hyacinths, are cold hardy, tolerant of wet soils, and beloved by pollinators. An excellent choice for garden beds or a wildflower meadow, plant these native perennial bulbs in the fall for an unbeatable display of flowers come spring. Learn how to grow Camassia in this guide. Read more now.

How to Plant and Grow Butterkin Squash

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‘Butterkin’ is a hybrid cross between a pumpkin and a butternut squash, giving you the rounded shape of a pumpkin with the sweet nutty flavor of a butternut. This winter squash variety is relatively low-maintenance and can be stored up to six months after curing. Learn how to plant and grow ‘Butterkin’ in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Blood Lilies

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Bursting with globe-shaped crimson flowers and lush, bright green leaves, the blood lily is a unique tropical flower. Suitable for growing outdoors as a perennial in Zones 9 to 11, those in cooler regions can lift the bulbs for storage during the winter. Learn how to grow and care for blood lilies in this guide. Read more.

23 of the Best Plants for Your Home Office

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Looking to brighten up your home office? Working from home is much more enjoyable when you’re surrounded by some greenery. Learn about 23 of the best houseplants for the home office, many of which require little maintenance to thrive. Find the perfect plant companions for your home office space in this guide. Read more.

How to Grow Terrestrial Orchids

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Terrestrial orchids comprise a wide range of orchid species that grow in the soil instead of clinging to trees. This means they have very different cultivation requirements from the more common species grown indoors. Learn all about terrestrial orchids and how to grow them in this guide. Read more now.

41 Exceptional Philodendron Varieties

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Philodendrons are popular houseplants for their easy-going nature and ability to adapt to indoor life. But did you know there are lots of different types with a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors? Learn about 41 of the most exciting philodendron varieties in this guide and choose your favorites! Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Serviceberries

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The sweet fruits of serviceberry are healthy and delicious, while their clusters of tiny white blooms are a sure sign of spring. Resilient and versatile, these native plants are grown for their ornamental value and functionality in urban orchards. Learn how to grow and use serviceberries in this guide. Read more now.

How to Plant and Grow ‘Sugar Daddy’ Peas

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‘Sugar Daddy’ is a wonderful sugar snap pea variety. It has the delightfully plump, juicy orbs with a sweet, herbaceous, slightly fruity flavor, minus the annoying pod strings. Plus, it’s resistant to powdery mildew. Learn all about propagating, planting, and growing ‘Sugar Daddy’ in this guide. Read more now.

How to Plant and Grow ‘Winter Density’ Lettuce

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‘Winter Density’ is a fantastic crisp, juicy cross between butterhead and romaine lettuce. It’s tolerant of frost and won’t bolt in mild heat. Plus, it’s resistant to most fungal diseases, making growing it a cinch. Learn how to plant, and grow ‘Winter Density’ lettuce in this comprehensive guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Weeping Cherry Trees

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A weeping cherry is a type of ornamental flowering cherry tree with a gorgeous cascading growth habit. Featuring abundant blooms on its drooping branches, these trees are a delightful addition to the landscape. In this guide we’ll discuss how to propagate, grow, and care for weeping cherry trees. Read more now.

How to Propagate Umbrella Plants (Schefflera) from Cuttings

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Umbrella trees are easy-care tropical houseplants with unique foliage, and they’re easy to propagate via stem cuttings. Rooting cuttings in potting medium or water is simple and sure to give you a healthy new plant to enjoy. Learn how to propagate schefflera from stem cuttings in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Crown of Thorns

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Crown of thorns (Euphorbia millii) is a striking houseplant with upright stems covered in spines, sparse green leaves, and brightly-colored blooms. This drought-tolerant, easy-care succulent thrives on a sunny windowsill and can move outdoors in the summer. Learn how to cultivate crown of thorns in this guide. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Ironweed (Vernonia)

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Perfect for a rain garden or the back of a flower border, ironweed is an easy-care native perennial suited to a variety of soils. Its huge clusters of purple flowers attract a myriad of pollinators. Requiring hardly any maintenance to thrive, Vernonia is a go-to choice for low impact, eco-friendly gardening. Read more.

How Long Does Clematis Bloom?

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Clematis can be long-flowering, showy plants, so it’s no wonder that they have found a place in gardens across the globe. Some bloom longer than others, and different types flower at different times during the season. Learn about how long clematis bloom and how to extend the bloom time in this guide. Read more now.

All About Orchid Pseudobulbs and How to Care for Them

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Ever wondered about the bulbous bases of the stems and flower stalks that grow on some orchids? These structures are pseudobulbs and they’re an important part of the anatomy of certain orchids. Learn more about what they do and how to care for them to keep your orchid in tip-top health in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Freesia Flowers

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Freesia is a genus of South African flowering perennials for Zones 9 to 10. Because they are not frost-tolerant, they’re grown as annuals elsewhere, often lifted and stored for the winter. A rainbow of color options and single and double-petal varieties are available. Learn how to grow and care for freesia in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Goldfish Plants

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If you love cultivating houseplants that are happy to bloom indoors, be sure to put goldfish plant on your wishlist. With eye-catching foliage, these epiphytic plants bear goldfish-shaped flowers and some of them can bloom throughout the year. Learn more about growing and caring for goldfish plants in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Aztec Lilies

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Aztec lilies (Sprekelia formosissima) feature stunning blood-red blooms with uniquely-shaped petals, and strap-like leaves. You can grow them in the landscape in Zones 8 to 11, or as houseplants or annuals in cooler regions. Learn how to propagate, grow, and care for these flowering bulbs in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Dogwoods

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The Cornus genus contains at least 57 species of diverse dogwoods, including trees, shrubs, and even ground covers, providing beautiful planting options for your landscape. In this guide, we’ll cover the common traits that dogwoods share, along with how to propagate and cultivate them successfully. Read more now.

13 of the Best Purple and Blue Potato Varieties

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Purple and blue potatoes are healthier for you than your average spud and come in eye-catching hues sure to wow everyone at the dinner table. Some are colored all the way through the flesh and others feature white flesh. Learn about 13 of the best blue and purple potato varieties to grow at home in this guide. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Philodendron Micans

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Philodendron micans has beautiful heart-shaped leaves in a striking iridescent bronze hue that seems to sparkle like glitter in the sunshine. Not only are these houseplants striking, they’re easygoing and problem-free to care for – even for beginners! Learn about growing velvet-leaf philodendrons in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Persian Violets

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Persian violets (Exacum affine) are cute short-lived tropical perennials with charming flowers that have a sweet, pleasant fragrance. Easy to propagate and maintain, Persian violets make charming houseplants and add color to patios and decks during the warm months. Learn how to grow Persian violets in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Bird’s Nest Ferns

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Bird’s nest ferns have eye-catching bright green, long fronds with rippling margins surrounding a central “nest.” In addition, unlike many ferns, they’re straightforward to care for, requiring hardly any maintenance. Learn more about growing the Asplenium species known as bird’s nest ferns in this guide. Read more now.

13 Common Orchid Problems and How to Solve Them

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Orchids are beloved for their beautiful flowers but they can be temperamental to cultivate. There are a number of possible problems to watch out for – from bud drop to deformed foliage. Some issues are easy to solve and others are incurable. Learn about 13 common orchid problems and what to do about them in this guide.

Reasons and Fixes for Drooping, Wilting Cyclamen Plants

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Are you wondering why your cyclamen is droopy and wilting? It could be a standard case of the dormant summer blues or as simple as changing your watering routine. In this guide, we cover how to identify and address the common reasons why your cyclamen is drooping to bring it back to full health. Read more now.

5 Spider Plant Diseases and Disorders and How to Solve Them

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Spider plants are generally known for being easy-going and trouble-free, but that doesn’t mean they can’t ever have problems. They can suffer from a few different diseases and physiological disorders. Learn about 5 diseases and disorders that can affect your spider plants, and what to do, in this guide. Read more now.

When and How to Prune Umbrella Plants (Schefflera)

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Umbrella plants have a beautiful natural shape, but they can use a little extra shaping now and then. Pruning can make the plant shorter, bushier, more balanced, or more open, depending on your preferences. It’s also necessary for sick, damaged, or infested plants. Learn how to prune Schefflera in this guide. Read more.

When and How to Divide African Violets

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African violets have a rosette or cascading form, fleshy leaves, and frilly flowers in a range of colors including pink, purple, and white. Plants multiply by producing pups or offsets which can be separated and potted up to make new plants. Learn when and how to divide African violets in this guide. Read more now.

To Repot or Not? 17 Houseplants Happy to be Rootbound

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Some of the most frequently grown houseplants, as well as some less common ones, thrive when allowed to go somewhat potbound between repottings. For these types of houseplants, you may only need to repot every three to four years or more. Learn about 17 houseplants that don’t mind being rootbound in this guide. Read more.

When and How to Divide Spider Plants

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Spider plants are popular, easy-care houseplants that can quickly outgrow their containers. By dividing your spider plant, you not only rejuvenate it and keep it at a manageable size, but you propagate new plants to add to your collection or share. Learn when and how to divide spider plants in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Chinese Money Plants

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Chinese money plants have a cool origin story, and are easy to care for and simple to propagate. Also known as “friendship plants” these unique houseplants with large, round leaves are an ideal addition to your collection. Learn how to grow and care for Pilea peperomioides in this guide. Read more now.

When and How to Water Houseplants

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Properly watering houseplants is an essential skill to have for growing healthy specimens indoors – and it’s easy to get it wrong. It can be a challenge to figure out, and overwatering is a common mistake even experienced people make. Learn how often to water, how much to add, and what type of water to use in this guide.

How to Start Gladiolus Indoors for Early Flowering

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If you can’t wait for spring and summer flowers, then starting your gladiolus corms early should be one of your late winter tasks. By giving the plants an early start, you can enjoy the blossoms sooner than you would if you planted them out in spring. Learn how to start gladiolus corms early indoors in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Queen’s Tears Bromeliads

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Queen’s tears is a water-wise bromeliad species for USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 11 that also grows as a houseplant. It has a cascading growth habit, strappy, toothed leaves, and spectacular green flowers edged in blue and enclosed in bright pink bracts. Read on to discover how to grow this tropical species at your house.

Why Do Spider Plants Have Thick, White Roots?

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If you have noticed fleshy, white roots in your spider plant’s pot, you may be wondering what’s going on with your houseplant. Swollen roots in spider plants serve a purpose, and when you understand this part of your plant’s anatomy, you’ll worry no longer. Learn why spider plants have thick white roots in this guide.

How to Revive Tillandsia Air Plants

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Tillandsia air plants are fun, low-maintenance houseplants that coordinate with various design schemes, perched upon driftwood, seashells, and stones displayed on desks, shelves, tables, and walls. Unfortunately, it is easy to water them incorrectly. Learn how to revive under- or overwatered air plants in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Mexican Fan Palms

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Belonging to a group of palms known for their beautiful fanlike leaves, Mexican fan palms are an ideal choice for gardens in mild, arid climates. The huge leaves and shaggy, textured skirt of fronds make them attractive in all seasons. Learn how to grow and care for these magnificent palms in this guide. Read more now.

11 Causes of Yellow or Brown Leaves on Norfolk Island Pines

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Norfolk Island pines are beautiful holiday houseplants. But once the celebrations are over, you may notice discolored needles on your plant, and you’ll need to identify the problem to restore your tree to its green glory. Learn about 11 causes of yellow or brown leaves on living Christmas trees in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Friendship Plants

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Friendship plants are tropical perennials with beautiful variegated, velvety, textured foliage, and are easy to grow and propagate indoors – perfect for sharing with friends! Learn more about Pilea involucrata, and discover how to propagate and cultivate these easygoing houseplants in this guide. Read more now.

What’s the Best Water for Succulents?

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Part of keeping your succulent plants happy and healthy isn’t just the amount of water that you provide, but what type. Municipal water can cause mineral build-up that can ultimately harm or kill your plant. Learn what water to use to raise your succulents to keep them looking and feeling their best. Read more now.

How to Repot Spider Plants in 5 Easy Steps

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Spider plants are fast growers and need frequent repotting. When it’s time to transfer your houseplant to a new container, there are some simple but important steps to follow to keep your plant happy and healthy. Find out more about this indoor gardening task and learn the 5 steps for repotting spider plants. Read more.

When and How to Plant Flower Bulbs After Forcing

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Forced bulbs add colorful indoor flowers and fragrance to our home decor over the winter months. And after they’ve finished blooming inside, they can be saved and replanted into the garden to return to their natural flowering cycles. Learn how to save and plant flower bulbs after forcing in this guide. Read more now.

Do Umbrella Plants Bloom? All About Schefflera Flowers

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Umbrella plants are beloved for their showy, umbrella-like foliage. But did you know that they also produce long stalks of colorful blossoms in the right conditions, inspiring the common name of octopus plant? This guide explains more about schefflera blossoms and how you can encourage yours to bloom. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Philodendron ‘Brasil’

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A heartleaf philodendron is a thing of beauty, but add the variegated lemon and lime hues of ‘Brasil’ to the leaves, and you have something truly exceptional. On top of that, this plant is as easygoing for as can be. Learn more about how to grow and care for the extraordinary philodendron ‘Brasil’ in this guide. Read more.

When and How to Propagate Bromeliads

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Do you love bromeliads and wish you could have more? You’ll be happy to know that these colorful plants are very easy to propagate via offsets or seeds. You can either divide and pot up a pup (or three!) or collect seeds from spent flowers to sow. Learn when and how to propagate bromeliads in this guide. Read more now.

When to Plant Succulents in the Northwest

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Growing succulents in the soggy Pacific Northwest takes skill. One essential piece of knowledge is understanding what time of year to put these plants into the ground or your outdoor containers. Learn the best time to plant succulents in the northwest, along with a few other growing tips in this guide. Read more now.

When and How to Prune Orchids

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Pruning orchids at the right time can be the difference between a healthy, vibrant plant, and one that never quite looks its best. Each species has its own specific pruning requirements. Learn when and how to prune species commonly grown as houseplants, including Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, and Cattleya in this guide.

Tips for Growing Strawberry Geraniums Outdoors

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With their gorgeous rounded leaves, delightful flowers, and low-growing habit, strawberry geraniums aka strawberry begonias are a lovely addition to an outdoor landscape. In this guide to growing Saxifraga stolonifera outdoors, we’ll cover propagation tips, cultivation guidelines, and methods for long-term maintenance.

How to Grow and Care for Banana Leaf Figs

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Flaunting gorgeous light brown bark and bursting with lush green leaves, banana leaf figs are a wonderful choice for well-lit indoor spaces. Growing and caring for Ficus maclellandii is pretty simple, too. In this guide, we’ll go over how to propagate, cultivate, and maintain these beauties properly. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Bamboo Palms

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With low light requirements and easygoing nature, the pretty bamboo palm is a perfect houseplant for laid-back gardeners with dim spots in need of some fronds. In this guide, you’ll learn how to propagate, cultivate, and maintain these lovely plants indoors, as well as how to keep them healthy. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Angel-Wing Begonias

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Angel-wing begonias feature attractive, wing-shaped foliage and bright flowers. They can grow outdoors in warm climates or you can keep them indoors as houseplants for year-round blooms. These cane-like begonias are appealing in hanging baskets, garden beds, window boxes, and oversized indoor planters. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Ficus Plants

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Fiddle-leaf, edible, ginseng, creeping, weeping, and rubber. Massive landscaping trees, quick-growing bonsai, adaptable houseplants, and evergreen shrubs. There are so many lovely fig plants to enjoy in so many different ways. This guide explains what defines a Ficus and how to care for this group of plants.

How to Care for Bromeliads After Blooming

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You may have heard that bromeliads only bloom once and then they die. It’s true, once they flower, their days are numbered as they’ll start to die off. But with the right care, they’ll send out pups which you can transplant and continue to enjoy. Learn how to nurture blooming bromeliads in this guide. Read more now.

How to Propagate Coffee Plants from Beans

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Coffee plants are attractive houseplants with their large, glossy leaves – and did you know you can propagate them from seed? In this guide, we cover how to harvest the seeds, or “beans” as they are known, and include step-by-step instructions for sowing and nurturing your coffee plant seedlings. Read more now.

How to Prevent Christmas Cactus Bud Drop

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Highly ornamental with bright, colorful flowers over the winter holiday season, Christmas cacti are easily cultivated. But conditions like humidity, lighting, moisture, and temperature all play important roles in producing the best floral display. Learn how to prevent Christmas cactus bud drop and enjoy gorgeous blooms.

How to Care for Cyclamen During Dormancy

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Are you wondering if your winter-blooming cyclamen is dead? Depending on the season, your plant could be entering its dormancy phase. These flowering houseplants need time to recharge, and with proper care your cyclamen will bloom brightly again. Learn more about cyclamen dormant period in this guide. Read more now.

When and How to Fertilize Spider Plants

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Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) are low maintenance, easy-care houseplants but they can still benefit from fertilizer applied correctly and at the right time. Our guide provides tips about when and how to feed your spider ivy plants and we offer suggestions on the best products to use as well. Read more now.

How to Grow a Ginseng Ficus Bonsai

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If you want an easy-to-care-for bonsai that can live indoors, a ginseng fig is the ideal choice. These tough little trees are happy when grown as houseplants and give you the “aged” look in just a few years. Learn how to plant, prune, and care for Ficus microcarpa bonsai plants in this guide. Read more now.

17 of the Best Flowering Houseplants for Low Light

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Are you looking for a flowering houseplant for a low-light spot in your home? It can be hard to find plants that flower indoors, let alone in low light conditions. In this guide, we introduce 17 excellent options for low-light flowering houseplants from colorful African violets to succulent kalanchoe plants. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Ferns Indoors

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Ferns make fabulous houseplants, adapting to our indoor conditions readily. Many of them thrive in low light, moderate moisture, and some even like low to moderate humidity. This guide will help you choose the right species for growing indoors as a houseplant and cover how to raise these beautiful plants indoors.

Why Is My Christmas Cactus Dropping Leaves? 7 Causes and Solutions

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Are the leaves dropping off of your Christmas cactus? There are several reasons why the cladodes may fall from your plant, from watering issues to pest problems. This guide covers seven common causes of leaf drop in holiday cacti and helps you figure out what’s wrong with your plant and how to fix it. Read more now.

21 of the Best Houseplants for Bright Light

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Bright-light, sun-loving houseplants range from desert to tropical species and grow best near south- and east-facing windows with abundant light. If you have sunny rooms in your home, you have the perfect opportunity to keep your green thumb honed year-round. Read on for 21 of the best bright-light-loving houseplants.

How to Identify and Control 11 Pitcher Plant Pests

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Pitcher plants are interesting and visually striking carnivorous plants that eat plenty of bugs, but there are some pests that can harm them. In this guide, you’ll learn about 11 common pitcher plant pests, including identification, control and management, and how to prevent them from striking in the first place.

When and How to Transplant Camellias

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Have a camellia plant that you love, but it’s growing in the wrong place? Don’t rip it out or give up on it. You could start over with a new plant or you could move the existing one. This guide will explain when and how to transplant your camellia, from how to dig it up and how to move it to a new spot. Read more now.

Common Reasons Why Cyclamen Fails to Bloom

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Winter-blooming cyclamen houseplants put on a colorful display, lifting our mood in the cold months, so it’s disappointing when they fail to flower. Learn about five of the most common reasons why cyclamen may fail to bloom and what changes to make to encourage flowering in this guide. Read more now.

When and How to Repot Orchids

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Orchids need a new growing medium and a larger pot as they age. Their medium tends to break down, and the roots become potbound over time, limiting growth and often leading to problems. When you think it’s time to repot your orchid, learn when and how to change the medium and put it in a new container in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Cape Primrose (Streptocarpus)

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Cape primroses, also known as Streptocarpus, are pretty incredible houseplants. These low-maintenance, easygoing plants offer up big, bold blossoms in colors including yellow, pink, purple, white, and red that can last all year long. Learn how to care for these bright indoor bloomers in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care For Linden Trees

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The fragrant flowers and classic, elegant presence of linden, aka basswood and lime trees, captures the hearts of gardeners everywhere. Learn more about these trees in our guide, including choosing a species suited for your growing Zone, how to plant and care for lindens, and typical pests and diseases. Read more now.

Tips for Growing Lemongrass Indoors

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Lemongrass is a tropical, perennial grass with fragrant stalks and leaves that add citrus flavor to a variety of dishes. If you want to enjoy this tasty herb year-round, you can cultivate the plants indoors. In this guide, we cover propagation and growing advice so you can easily cultivate your own lemongrass indoors.

How to Propagate Ivy from Cuttings

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Growing new ivy plants from cuttings is an easy way to increase your collection as they root easily and can be started in either potting soil or water. Propagating these plants makes for a fun indoor gardening project – even for beginners. Learn how to propagate ivy cuttings in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Waffle Plants

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The puckered, green, and purple leaves of waffle plants make this tropical perennial an absolutely gorgeous houseplant – one that’s easy to care for and maintain! Our Strobilanthes alternata guide will walk you through how to propagate and cultivate these plants, as well as how to keep them healthy.

How to Care for a Rosemary Christmas Tree

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If you don’t have the room for a full-sized tree, bring the cheer the holidays into your home but in miniature with a cute little pruned and shaped rosemary Christmas tree. Learn how to prune a rosemary plant into a mini Christmas tree and how to care for it during the holidays and beyond in this guide. Read more now.

What Are the Different Types of Holiday Cacti?

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It’s confusing trying to figure out the difference between a Christmas, Easter, or Thanksgiving cactus. Sometimes even reputable retailers mislabel these plants because they look so similar. Learn about the different types of holiday cacti most commonly find in stores and how to tell them apart in this guide. Read more.

Christmas and Poinsettias: History of the Christmas Flower

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Have you ever wondered how poinsettias came to be associated with Christmas and the holidays? It’s a story that involves missionaries in Mexico, a clever California grower, and Johnny Carson. This guide covers the history of how these wonderfully colorful plants became known as “Christmas flowers.” Read more now.

When and How to Fertilize Christmas Cactus

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Christmas and Thanksgiving cactuses are short-day wonders adding bright, fiery flowers to our indoor decor over the dark winter months. Easily cultivated and low maintenance, a regular fertilizing schedule helps them to stay healthy and looking their best. Learn when and how to feed a Christmas cactus in this guide.

Fan Palms 101: How to Grow and Care for Fan Palms

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Fan palms are known for their beautiful, pleated leaves that resemble fans. This common name refers to a diverse group of species in different genera that all share the characteristic fan-shaped foliage. Learn more about these striking plants and how to cultivate them indoors or out in this guide. Read more now.

How to Propagate Houseplants from Stem and Leaf Cuttings

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Propagation via leaf or stem cuttings is an easy way to increase your houseplant collection. There are multiple methods within each category, though the process is fairly similar regardless of which you use. This guide explains how to succeed with stem or leaf cutting propagation for a wide variety of plant species.

When and How to Repot Swiss Cheese Plants (Monstera)

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A healthy monstera grows rapidly, and it might need to be repotted before you know it. Once your plant outgrows its existing container, it needs a new, larger one and some fresh soil as soon as possible. This guide explains when and how to repot your Swiss cheese plant to keep it healthy and growing vigorously. Read more.

When and How to Prune Peace Lilies

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Peace lilies are easy-care houseplants that require very little maintenance to look their best. But sometimes they can do with a little trimming when the leaf tips turn brown, the flowers have faded, or just to provide some shape to an unruly plant. Learn when and how to prune your peace lily in this guide. Read more.

How to Grow Miracle Fruit Plants

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Miracle fruit is a tropical berry that transforms sour, bitter, and metallic tastes into sweet ones. This beautiful shrub grows outdoors in Zones 9 to 11 and as a houseplant in other Zones. It boasts elegant white flowers and a berry harvest twice a year. Discover how to grow your own miracle fruit in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Tortoise Plants

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Tortoise plants are wonderfully unusual tropical houseplants with an aboveground stem that resembles a tortoise’s shell. The beautiful climbing vines produce pretty flowers on this drought-tolerant, easy-care plant. Learn more about how to grow and care for tortoise plants indoors in this guide. Read more now.

Why Is My Peace Lily Drooping?

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Is your beloved peace lily wilting? Drooping foliage is a pretty clear warning that something is wrong with your plant. From pests and disease to water or light issues, there are several causes of wilting. Learn about the 7 common problems that can result in a drooping Spathiphyllum plant and how to fix it. Read more.

When and How to Repot Amaryllis Bulbs

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Amaryllis are perennial bulbs that produce tall stems loaded with brightly colored, trumpet-like flowers. And with each successive growing season, the bulbs grow larger and will need repotting into larger containers. To keep your bulbs healthy and floriferous, learn when and how to repot amaryllis in this guide.