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Lipstick Plant

Lipstick plant, Aeschynanthus radicans, is a perfect flowering houseplant for hanging baskets. Give it bright filtered light (no direct sun), warm temperatures, and ample water. It’s on page 99 of our newest book, What’s Wrong With My Houseplant?, from Timber Press.

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Weeping Fig

This variegated weeping fig, Ficus benjamina, with its sparkling ivory foliage and crisp green patches is a beautiful variation of a beloved houseplant. It makes a very interesting living Christmas tree!

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Guzmania Bromeliads

The flowers of Guzmania bromeliads come in a wide array of colors from flaming scarlet to red, pink, orange, lavender, and yellow. Excellent houseplants, give them bright filtered light but no direct sun.  

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Moth Orchids

Moth orchids, Phalaenopsis species and hybrids, are surprisingly abundant and inexpensive these days. Available everywhere in supermarkets and big box stores they thrive in the low light and warmth of our homes as nearly perfect houseplants.

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Blushing Bromeliad

Blushing bromeliads, Neoregelia species and hybrids, are elegant houseplants that flourish with a half day of direct sun from an east window. The leaves in the heart of the plant develop brilliant color when the plant flowers.

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Ladyslipper Orchids

Ladyslipper orchids, Paphiopedilum species and hybrids, are another group of orchids that are excellent houseplants. They want low light and warm nights, just what our homes have to offer. Not available in big box stores, find them online from specialty orchid houses.

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Irises

Spring bulbs, like these irises, can be forced into bloom inside the house in winter. They make beautiful temporary houseplants for a few weeks but have to go back outside when weather permits.

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Dendrobium Orchids

Dendrobium orchids are often found these days in floral departments of supermarkets and big box stores. They make wonderful houseplants for a south window in very bright light filtered by sheer curtains.

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Goldfish Plant

Goldfish plant has several other common names (candy-corn plant, guppy plant, dolphin plant). The name refers to three different species all of which have flowers in shades of red, orange, or yellow and grow very well in hanging baskets.

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Cupid’s Bow, Achimenes

Cupid’s bow, Achimenes species and hybrids, is another houseplant that goes dormant in winter. It’s glorious in bloom during the growing season and well worth having. Pot up the scaly little tubers soon, bring them into light and warmth, and they’ll soon be rewarding you with magnificent flowers.

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