Archive for the Houseplants Category

Ponytail Palm

Ponytail palm, Beaucarnea recurvata, isn’t a palm at all. It’s an interesting houseplant though, like a Dr. Seuss tree with long, flowing, grass-like leaves on top of a stick on a bowling ball.

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Moth orchid root rot

This poor moth orchid (Phalaenopsis) js in deep trouble. It isn’t dead, yet, but the roots have rotted because water can’t drain out of this container.

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Chinese evergreen

Chinese evergreen, Aglaonema, is one of those nearly foolproof houseplants widely used in interiorscaping of shopping malls, hospitals, and other public spaces. It’s a gorgeous addition to any home as well. Keep it away from pets and kids, it’s an aroid.  

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Aluminum Plant

Aluminum plant is a handsome little houseplant with metallic silvery blotches on the leaves. Ours is now about one foot tall and wide. It sits on an east windowsill in quiet elegance.

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Anthurium crystallinum

Here’s another Anthurium (A. crystallinum) that makes a great houseplant. This one is grown for the fantastic foliage, however, not the flowers.

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Anthurium Houseplants

Anthurium, aka flamingo flower, makes a wonderful flowering houseplant that blooms continuously. Flowers come in red, pink, orange, white, and lavender. We have a pink one that’s been flowering non-stop for more than two years.

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Poinsettias

After the winter holidays you can keep your poinsettia as a houseplant all year long. Bring it into bloom again next winter by giving it 14 hours of total darkness every night for ten weeks in autumn.

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Barrel Cactus

Many cacti and succulents make great houseplants with attractive sculptural form. Most want full sun and a fast draining potting medium. This little barrel cactus grows slowly and is very low maintenance.

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Iron Cross Begonia

Begonias make interesting houseplants for their foliage alone, though some also have very beautiful flowers. This one is the iron cross begonia, grown for its attractive leaves.

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An Orchid Bouquet

A merry Christmas bouquet of beautiful orchids. Many orchids are easy houseplants. Most are very tough though they have an undeserved reputation for being finicky.

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