Archive for the Houseplants Category

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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Caladium

Caladium, Caladium bicolor, has gorgeous foliage all through the growing season. It’s dormant and dies to the ground all winter. Soon it will be time to pot up the tubers, bring it back into light and warmth, and get it growing again.  

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Orchid Houseplants

Orchids are surprisingly easy houseplants. This one is Laeliocattleya Irene Finney. It wants high light but not direct sun. Light from a south facing window filtered by sheer curtains is perfect.

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Bird’s Nest Fern

Bird’s nest fern really is a fern but it doesn’t look like one. It’s a bold houseplant to two feet in diameter with bright green, strap-shaped, undivided fronds. The leaves radiate out from the center like the spokes of a wheel leaving the center open like the nest of a bird.  

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Aphids on Citrus

When you find aphids on the leaves of your citrus houseplant treat them with a safe organic remedy like insecticidal soap. Don’t use poison inside your home; it’s not safe for you or your pets.

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Arrowhead Vine

Arrowhead vine, Syngonium podophyllum, is another foolproof houseplant in the skunk cabbage family, the Araceae, a family that has more superb houseplants than any other. The photo shows the typical variety, the one most commonly seen. Newer cultivars have much more dramatically variegated foliage.

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Lemon Lime Cornplant

‘Lemon Lime’ is one of the newer houseplant cultivars of the old favorite Dracaena fragrans. Just as forgiving and easy as the original but with much more colorful leaves.  

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Dwarf Banana

Even though dwarf banana is quite small, for a banana, it makes a pretty big houseplant to about 3 feet wide. It adds instant tropical ambiance to any decor and even produces tasty bananas given abundant sunlight and heat.

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Peacock Plant

Peacock plants, Calathea species, are valued as houseplants for their intricately patterned variegated foliage. Give them ample fluoride-free water and high humidity and they’ll reward you handsomely.  

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Lace Aloe

Like many succulents, aloes are easy houseplants. This one is lace aloe. It’s small and fits nicely on a windowsill where it gets full sun.

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