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The fiddle leaf fig, ficus lyrata, with its large, dramatic leaves that cluster at the top of narrow trunks, is perfect for filling a corner and providing a welcome shot of green that works with every style. But minimalists might benefit the most. The fiddle leaf fig happens to look most fabulous in...
Treat Yourself to Spring Blooms in Winter
Forcing bulbs indoors is an easy way to enjoy spring blooms in winter. Almost any spring bulb can be forced indoors. Forcing is a widely used term which means you are fast forwarding their growing cycle to bloom in winter. Paperwhites, also called Narcissus...
Make a Cool Plant Shelf in an Afternoon — No Saw Needed
I found myself with a trio of glorious south-facing windows, houseplants that loved nothing more than basking in sun and some basil seeds ready to sprout. But where was I going to put the plants to benefit from the greenhouse effect? Easy. I’d build...
Simple Pleasures: Grow a Cheery Indoor Garden
Living, breathing, healthy plants boost the spirit like nothing else. Whether you consider yourself to have a green thumb or are just inching your way into the world of gardening, consider this inspiration and motivation to get your indoor garden growing....
How to Get an Amaryllis to Rebloom
Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) is a tropical bulb that has become a popular indoor winter plant. It’s easy to see why: those gloriously big, bright flowers. Whether red, pink, apricot or white, those trumpet-shaped blooms can make any space more dramatic...
Indoor Winter Gardens for Cheerier Days
Living in a cold climate where days get short and dark, and winter seems to drag on forever, can be disheartening. Why not take the edge off the chill by tending to an indoor garden? You can move in some outdoor potted plants that wouldn’t make it through...
Meet a Houseplant With Excellent Communication Skills
By the time most houseplants show symptoms of neglect, it's already too late to save them. Not the peace lily (spathyphyllum). You can revive a totally collapsed peace lily...
Got Bright Light but Lack Spare Time? Try Ponytail Palm
Ponytail palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) isn't really a palm but rather a member of the agave succulent family. It's a very unusual-looking plant, with a swollen base and a mop of long, flat leaves. Ponytails are easy to care for...
Get Spring-Like Hyacinth Blooms All Winter Long
Sure, hyacinths bloom naturally outdoors during springtime, but you can also trick them into blooming indoors in the dead of winter. Forcing bulbs isn't reserved for commercial growers. The casual indoor gardener can have a steady supply of gorgeous and...
Meet a Palm That's Fine With Fluorescent Light
Palms seem to be everywhere in interior design, but don't be deceived: Only a few make great houseplants. One of those worth getting to know is the parlor palm, Chamaedorea elegans, an easy-care variety that adapts to the average indoor conditions...
Have a Blooming Winter: How to Force Amaryllis Bulbs Indoors
The art of tricking a bulb into flowering indoors is called forcing, though with the amaryllis bulb, "coaxing" may be a more fitting term. Generally with most bulbs, once you force them to flower inside, their energy is spent and it's unlikely...
Maidenhair Fern Brings Lacy Grace to a Room
Maidenhair ferns are delicate plants with very fine stalks and a lacy appearance, thanks to small leaflets composing the fronds. They require high humidity and have other specific care requirements, but their beauty and elegance may very well steal your...
Cascading Succulents Bring Fun Shapes to Your Indoor Garden
String of Pearls and String of Bananas are cascading succulents in the Senecio genus that provide whimsy and interest with minimal care. They work great as a delicate hanging plant or as a "spiller" that adds textural interest to mixed planters....
Outsmart Winter — Make Houseplants of Your Garden Growers
Gardeners in chilly climates are familiar with the dreaded feeling that comes with the first frost. The good news is that the end of summer doesn't have to mean saying goodbye to plants that you've nurtured. Many delicate...
Conjure a Jungle in a Pot
For a tropical splash that adds drama to any space, split-leaf philodendron and Lacy Tree philodendron are two great houseplants with similar low-maintenance needs. They both have a look that verges on overgrown jungle, depending on...
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