Thursday, November 27, 2014

Pretty Poinsettia Plants

Poinsettia Plant

Every Christmas season for twenty or more years, I have had hundreds of these lovely "flowers" in my care.They are delicate and fragile and you must use care when handling them. Place them out of high traffic areas and away from places where they might get a cold draft. If you are moving them during cold weather be sure to enclosed them in a loose fitting sleeve or plastic bag. Just be careful not to break them. They are quite fragile and easy to damage.

When shopping for your Poinsettia, be sure the bracts are well colored up. For maximum use of your flowering Christmas Poinsettia, the flower, small and yellow in the center of the bracts, should more about Poinsettias

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Use Plants in Your Work/Office Space

Use beautiful greenery in your office space
Adding plants to your office is something that every employee (and business owner and employer) should want to do. The benefits, both physical and psychological are evidenced in numerous scientific studies. The cost savings are also significant enough for any cost conscious business owner to sit up and take notice.

Many people working in an office environment surround themselves with reminders of home. That often includes house plants. Whether you bring your own and care for them yourself or engage the services of a local interior landscape company, every office should include beautiful potted plants. Improve your environment and help clean the air, add indoor tropical plants to your work space!

Click through for more about why plants are good to have in the office. Then come visit us at to read about lots of different plants that you can put in your work place.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Plants at New Orleans Botanical Garden

Welcome to the New Orleans Botanical Garden. From the 1930s to today, we're proud to offer the city of New Orleans carefully cultivated gardens. Open year round, twelve acres of gardens and art await you. Whether you are a local or a tourist, make sure to take a leisurely stroll through our many gardens. We know you'll see something new each visit and always leave with a smile.

After you visit the New Orleans Botanical Garden, come see us over at to learn more about your favorite house plants...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Rare Exotic Orchids

Photo by WK Fletcher
Doing some research on rare orchids, I came across a few news articles regarding the discovery of a rare orchid in 1987.

Paphiopedilum rothschildianum, also known as The Gold of Kinabalu Orchid or the Rotchschild's Orchid is believed to grow in the wild in only one location.

If you want to see this beautiful slipper orchid growing in the wild, you will have to visit the Kinabalu National Park in Malaysia. That is quite a journey from the east coast of the United States. Following is some information from Wikipedia about the Malaysian Park.

"Kinabalu Park or Taman Kinabalu in Malay, established as one of the first national parks of Malaysia in 1964, is Malaysia's first World Heritage Site designated by UNESCO in December 2000 for its "outstanding universal values" and the role as one of the most important biological sites in the world with more than 4,500 species of flora and fauna, including 326 bird and around 100 mammal species."     -WikiPedia

When it was discovered in 1987, it was apparently smuggled out of its natural growing location making it almost extinct. Since then, it has been reintroduced by cultivated seedlings.

My interest was caught when I saw this photograph on the BBC Nature website as it looks very similar to a photograph I had taken while in Sarasota, Florida enjoying the great plants, orchids and bromeliads at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. I think I will soon return to Sarasota and take another tour of the gardens to confirm my suspicion that it is the same orchid.

Sure I could just call them and ask but that would not be as enjoyable as once again visiting the botanic gardens in beautiful Sarasota. My favorite places to go when travelling are always natural areas and botanic gardens. How about you?

I have never had the opportunity to own this rare orchid. Maybe one day I will. I do have everyday, hands on experience caring for interior tropical plants. Hundreds of them, in fact. If you need some assistance with your own indoor plants visit

Friday, October 17, 2014

California Orchids

Beautiful Orchids
Do you love orchids? I know that I do. Although many of them need a special environment that not everyone can provide, that doesn't mean we can't enjoy the unique beauty of these wonderful plants.

We most often use Phalaenopsis orchids in our interior landscapes and that is the type I usually keep at home but there are thousands of types of orchids. Wouldn't it be fantastic to see many of these all in one place?

If you live in the Santa Barbara, California area or plan a visit or trip to the area, you might want to consider stopping in at the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate. Check them out and be amazed at the scope of orchids they have on display and for sale.

As an additional bonus, there is an annual orchid show in Santa Barbara. The 70th Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show will take place March 13-15, 2015. There will be an art show and sale, information on flower arrangement and exotic displays and, of course, orchids to see and orchids for sale! What a great way to spend a weekend and there are so many other things to do in the area.

Although I was born and raised in California, I only recently learned about the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate. I currently live out of the state but am planning to attend the orchid show in March of 2015. Mark it on your calendar. Maybe I will see you there!

If you need some information or help with your indoor plant care, you can visit us at Have a fantastic Friday and a great weekend.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Great Indoor Potted Plant - Decorate for the Holidays

Norfolk Island Pine
The Norfolk Island Pine is a versatile plant. It can be used as a unique indoor potted plant, a decorative focal point on your patio as a container plant and it is often decorated with miniature ornaments and used as a holiday tree.

Yes, the holidays are almost here. The poinsettias will soon be out and the Christmas trees and other holiday decorations will be showing up everywhere.
Time sure does fly! The 2014 holiday season is about to begin...

An evergreen tree native to Norfolk Island in the Pacific Ocean, the Norfolk Island Pine, or Araucaria heterophylla, is often used as an indoor live Christmas tree during the holiday season. We often give these out during the holidays to our great interior landscape customers. Read more about the Norfolk Island Pine...

Monday, October 6, 2014

Creative Indoor Plant Displays

Cute and simple way to display plants

This interior design and architecture website has some interesting ideas for displaying indoor tropical plants. Believe it or not, there is one display that combines a dog house and plant container. Wonder if they make one for the cats? You could grow catnip in the planter. If you have lots of cats that could get kind of crazy!

Take a look at these ideas, you will no doubt find something that catches your interest. Visit website for some plant display ideas.

If you need help, advice or assistance with your house plants, you can come and visit us at us know if you have an inventive or creative way to display your plants!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Easy House Plant - The Dracaena Warneckii

Dracaena Warneckii

One of the easiest to care for indoor house plants is the Dracaena Warneckii. Besides being an easy care house plant it also quite attractive and will survive in lower light situations and tolerate some watering mistakes and a little neglect. Of course, you should not neglect your house plants and you should provide the best lighting and watering that you can.

To illustrate my point I have a little indoor plant story or two to tell. I just love to tell silly plant stories!

The first interior landscape company that I worked for as an interior plant technician was Tiffany's Decorative Plants in Fremont, California. This company no longer exists as it was eventually bought out by the larger interior landscape company called Ambius.

Back to my Warneckii story...
One of the accounts that I serviced for Tiffany's was a french restaurant called Papillon on Mission Blvd. in Fremont, California. Intended to be a romantic place to eat, the interior was so dark in one of the dining rooms that I had to find the plants almost by feel, even with the lights on. If you have ever eaten there you will know what I mean.

There was very limited lighting. Dracaena Warneckii was the only large interior plant we could find that would live more than a month or so in this poor lighting. We used Warneckii Canes which were about five feet tall. They would eventually lose almost all of their foliage but would look pretty good for six months or more. Then they would be replaced and returned to the greenhouse to recuperate or be sold at a plant sale.

Another interior landscape account that I serviced in San Jose had a Dracaena Warneckii in an out of the way office that I missed for almost three months. The office occupant eventually called it to my attention. Although it had not been watered for three months, it was still alive and growing and just needed some dried up lower leaves removed.

You can see why I have it on my list of best indoor house plants. It is really tolerant of some neglect and low light. I do recommend that you always provide the best light, watering and care for all of your indoor plants so they will look their best.
Read more about Dracaena Warneckii house plant and its care....

Sunday, September 28, 2014

New House Plant Care - Bringing Home Your Baby

Hi New Plant People,
Pothos Marble Queen Plant

This is for the folks that are new to the business of interior plant care. I often receive emails from readers that are having problems with their indoor house plants.

This is how they generally read:

"I am new to houseplants and have just gotten my first indoor potted plant. It was love at first sight. I have never had a plant before so I was so happy to bring it home. I got her a new pot, some soil and potted it up as soon as I could. Now it is not doing so well. Can you tell me what is wrong with my plant?" 

Just a few tips for starting in the fun of indoor gardening. It can be addictive and since most plants cost money it is wise to use a little common sense when acquiring new additions to the family.

Indoor plants are something like a new puppy. Dog professionals will tell you that you need to research the dog breeds before you bring a new pup home. They each have different needs, energy levels, some shed alot, some like to laze about and some need lots of attention and training. A Chihuahua and a Great Dane are quite different dogs, especially when it comes to how much they eat. 

Tip #1 - Don't just buy a new plant because you like the way it looks. If you have lots of experience you will probably do alright. If you are a beginner in house plant care you should start with an easy care plant that will do well in almost any home situation. Here is a list of some of the best indoor plants for anyone.

Tip #2 - Do learn how to properly water your new indoor plant. You also need to understand the intimate relationship between your house plants lighting and environment and its water needs. Incorrect watering is a usual suspect in the death of most indoor house plants

Tip #3 - Allow your new house plant time to acclimate before you do anything other than learn how to properly water it. You can remove leaves if they turn yellow or brown. Do not pot it up, do not fertilize or "feed it". Plants that have been raised by a grower are most often heavily fertilized. Excess soluble salts in plant foods can damage your house plant's roots, the engine for its growth.

About repotting - House plants should be repotted when the root system has displaced so much of the soil that it can no longer retain enough moisture to last the plant a week or so. You will often see the roots growing out of the drainage holes. Or gently remove it from its pot and examine the root system. Only pot up to a pot 2"-3" larger that what your lovely plant was in before. 
Always pot your indoor plants into containers with drainage holes in the bottom!

These are some simple effective ways to introduce yourself to the house plant growing hobby. If you need more information, come on over and visit at

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Orchids, Fragrance and Bonsai

National Orchid Garden-Singapore
If you live in or are travelling in Southeast Asia and you are a plant lover, you might want to take in the wonderful flora and fauna at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The botanic garden, an oasis in the highly urbanized Republic of Singapore, boasts a diversity of plant life for visitors to enjoy.
There are many sections of the garden including the Rain Forest, the National Orchid Garden, Bonsai Garden, The Healing Garden and the Fragrant Garden.
The National Orchid Garden has over 1000 orchid species and 2000 orchid hybrids on display. Orchids have been associated with the gardens since 1859 and many of the Orchids are products of their orchid breeding program, which began in 1928.
Showcasing over 400 medicinal plants, the Healing Gardens was designed as a tranquil respite. The main focus is on medicinal plants used traditionally in Southeast Asia. Come in and enjoy the peaceful serenity of the garden.
Located near the Healing Garden is the Fragrant Garden. The name says it all. A boardwalk runs through the garden and is beautifully lit at night. Breathe, relax, enjoy.
Don't forget to visit the Bonsai Garden and the many other areas of this wonderful urban sanctuary. You will find something for everyone at the Singapore Botanic Garden.
Whether you are in Singpore, the United Kingdom or Las Vegas, Nevada, come visit at for help, information and care tips for your indoor house plants. We are always here to help. Thanks Plant People!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

House Plants and Birdcages

Plants And Birdcage
Carol at shows some attractive and inventive ways to combine birdcages and plants! Take a look at her website and join her as she cooks and gardens her way through life! Great ideas, Carol!
The birdcage shown here uses quite a few succulents but there are many other ideas waiting to be discovered there. I wonder if the birds flock to Carol's place to get into her birdcages...
Try some of these cute and creative ways to display your favorite outdoor plants.
Come to think of it, this is a great way to display your hanging indoor plants too. If you decide to fill your birdcage with an English Ivy, a Philodendron Cordatum or some other great indoor plant but find you are having some trouble with its care, stop in at for some houseplant care information and personal advice if you need it.
Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Most Colorful Houseplant-Croton

Croton Petra - Codiaeum variegatum

Croton houseplants are one of the more colorful indoor tropical plants. It is hard not to notice this bushy, upright plant because of the vividly colored foliage.
The Croton, or Codiaeum variegatum pictum, has leaves splashed with green, orange and red with the veins often yellow, depending on the variety.
Sometimes referred to as Joseph's Coat because of its many colors, Croton is a member of the Euphorbia plant family. One of its relatives is the Poinsettia, Euphorbia pulcherrima. Read more about Croton plant...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Denver Botanic Garden

With a working farm, childrens garden, Orchid and bromeliad displays and great nature trails for walking, you might want to plan a visit to Denver Botanic Gardens in Littleton, Colorado. And everyone loves a Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival, part of the gardens fall fun.
When you arrive home and find your indoor plants need some attention, come and visit But first Enjoy Denver Botanic Gardens!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Orchids Plants and Pictures

Paphiopedilum Orchid
There are many great places on the internet to find pictures, images and photographs. I was looking through some websites last night trying to find some orchid pictures when I came across a fantastic site. I have never seen so many great orchid pictures all in one place.
The photographer is named as QT Luong. It also says that many pictures are from "our home-grown orchid collection". 
Take a look, it is quite unbelievable. The website is and the images are available through license. 
All of those flower and orchid lovers out there, take a look, if you haven't seen this work before. I am amazed at that extent of these photographs. 
If you purchased a houseplant (or an orchid) from your local nursery or retailer and you need some assistance with its care, come visit After you take a look at QT Luong's great images!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Best Indoor Palm Plant

Lady Palm - Rhapis excelsa
If I had to choose which indoor palm plant is my favorite houseplant, it would be Rhapis excelsa palm. This lovely plant is a favorite with interior landscapers as it is hardy and will survive in lower light levels. It is also more cold tolerant than many other tropical indoor palms.

Most types of fan palms are not well suited to life in the average home because of their tendency to spread out, requiring lots of space. While used in large interior landscapes, most fan palms tend to quickly outgrow any available space in smaller areas.

Rhapis excelsa, or Lady Palm, has more of an upright growth making it a good choice for use in your home. It has glossy, dark green fronds and while it can be maintained in somewhat low light levels, it will look its very best in bright light with some morning sun.

Read more about the care of this beautiful indoor palm...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Tower Hill Botanical Gardens

Field of Daffodils
Where can you see 25000 flowers in bloom all at the same time? Visit the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in late April or early May and you can enjoy the spectacular Field of Daffodils. The Field of Daffodils is just one of 16 unique areas at Tower Hill devoted to flora and fauna.
The garden also boasts an apple orchard, vegetable garden and wildlife garden. If you are in the area during the colder months, Tower Hill also has an area with plants that are at their best during the winter season.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden is located in Boylston, Massachusetts. A small town with a population of about 5000, Boylston is approximately 45 miles from Boston. If you are in the area, you should try to stop in and see the gardens.
After a long day touring the historic area and visiting Tower Hill Botanic Gardens you may arrive home and find your own plants need some help. If so, come and visit us at

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

House Plant ID

Beautiful Aechmea Blue Tango
If you need some help with a #houseplant #id, please visit the contact page. Please attach a picture you have resized for the web. If you cannot resize, just send a message and I will respond via email. Then you can send your photo. I do not post my email because the amount of spammers out there is ridiculous. And they still get through (into the spam box).

I was, once again, visiting the a "garden web" site and was going to post some information on a houseplant identification for Jessie T. To get a simple id, there is a requirement that you join and accept the lengthy Terms of Service, so I could not help Jessie ID her #plants. She had also made a comment about what a pain it had been to do the post.

If you happen upon this, Jessie, your house plants are a Tradescantia and a Eurcharis grandiflora. If there is not a page specific to your plants care(yet), just send an email. Thanks

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Get Rid of Those Plant Pests!

Mealy Bug Insects (Missouri Botanical Garden)

House Plant and Pesky Insects!

The very best way to be sure you don't have insect problems on your indoor plants is to check for bugs before you buy. Always try to buy your houseplants when they have just arrived at the local retail store from the growers.

The folks that produce your plants at the nursery follow a regimen of treatment to make sure they do not have insects damage their plants. However, once they arrive at the local store, the probability that they are going to end up with some kind of insect problem tends to increase.

I usually walk through the indoor plant section of the local home improvement stores (I won't name any names) whenever I am there to purchase something else. I can't tell you the number of times that I find insect problems starting up on the house plants.

My recommendations for keeping pests from being a problem indoors is to always check plants before you buy or bring home. Once you get them home, isolate from other plants for a week or so, keeping an eye out for any pest problem. Many insects are almost unnoticable at first, so look very closely. Under the leaves, in the leaf axil, even on the soil surface.

Wash them down every few days with a shower of water, making sure to hit the undersides of the leaves. You can add a few drops of mild soap to the water if you use a spray bottle. Mild dish detergent works or you can pick up some Peppermint Castile soap and enjoy the nice smell. You can use Peppermint Castile Soap for just about anything else around the house including bathing your pets! 

A small amount of rubbing alcohol added to the water can also be effective but it doesn't smell as nice! (Not for your pets)

You don't usually do not need any harsh chemicals. Bugs don't like water or soap. I use a mixture of water, a few drops of liquid soap and a few drops of olive oil or vegetable oil while I am caring for customers plants and for my own plants. Works just great!

For your outdoor plants, a daily shower of water from the hose will be quite effective in sending most insects into the neighbors yard to eat their plants! If that doesn't work for you, here is an idea for a do-it-yourself organic insect spray from Jami in Pleasant Hill, Oregon. Homemade stuff is always fun!

If you need some advice or help with your houseplants, is always here.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Contest Winners-Peace Lily & Art

Crystal's New Peace Lily & Container
Hi There Plant People

The contest ended July 31, 2014. The grand prize was a new, beautiful houseplant and container, delivered by a local florist.

The winner of the Grand Prize was Crystal G., University Place, Washington. She posted a picture of the gorgeous Peace Lily and container that she received on our Facebook Page. Here it is! The picture of her new plant. ------>>>>

There were 2 other winners, Emily M. of Pittsburg, PA and Joshua P., from Dorchester, MA. They each won a botanical themed art print to help decorate their homes. Unlike Crystal, they will not have to water their prizes!

Thanks to you guys that entered and I hope the winners enjoy their prizes. Have a great Labor Day holiday everyone!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Caring For Houseplants

Beautiful Orchid

A basic common sense approach to plant care and trusting yourself to make the right decisions will give you the best results with all of your plants. Working in the interior landscape business for over twenty years, I learned that the most important part of plant care is not so much the type of plant you have but the light your plants receive and the watering of your plants in relation to the lighting.
A litte trial and error is really all you need to find out what your houseplant needs from you to grow and thrive.
Read more about learning to care for your indoor plants...

Sunday, August 17, 2014 Contest

Hi Plant People,

The sweepstakes/contest ended on July 31, 2014. Thanks to all of you that entered the contest to win a beautiful, new interior houseplant and container. The winners have been drawn and notified. They include two runner-up winners who will receive a botanical themed decorative art print for their home.
I am so happy to be able to send a few of our readers these great prizes. Winners will be announced as soon as their eligibility has been verified.
Thanks again to everyone! Visit the website if you need some assistance with your indoor houseplants!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Beautiful Houseplant And Container - Free to Good Home!

Free Houseplant
Hi Plant People...
Tomorrow is the last day to enter the contest-sweepstakes to win a beautiful new houseplant and container, delivered to your door!
There are also 2 runner up prizes. Hurry and enter today and tomorrow.
Just click through here for the entry form page.
Have a great day everyone and hope you are the winner...

Friday, July 18, 2014

Free Houseplant

Win a Houseplant or Botanical Art

Enter Contest
Enter the contest to win a beautiful new houseplant and decorative container delivered to your home. We are having a contest in the month of July 2014 and will be giving away a new houseplant and two other prizes. No purchase is needed, just answer a few multiple choice houseplant related questions. Odds of winning depend on valid entries.

Here is the link to the contest entry page. You can enter once a day through July 2014. Have a great weekend! 

Thanks and please share this with family and friends who might like to enter and win a gorgeous, new houseplant!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Tropical Orchids - House Plants and Care

Orchids - Tropical Houseplants and their Care

Orchid Flowers
Orchids are beautiful and unique flowering plants that you can keep in your home. Often considered difficult to care for, there are varieties that can be grown in the home. They do require good light, some humidity and proper temperatures but most anyone can keep one of these gorgeous tropical house plants with a little care, proper watering and some patience.

There are thousands of types of Orchids but only a few can be kept successfully in the average home. These include Phalaenopsis, Cattleya, Cymbidium and Dendrobium orchids. You will find one or more of these types of Orchid available at most stores that sell indoor plants. 

Phalaenopsis Orchids, or Moth Orchids, are the type generally found in local stores that do not specialize in plants and flowers, such as your neighborhood grocery store. That is because they are one of the easiest to care for Orchids. Read more about Orchids and their care...

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Easy Houseplants for Anyone to Grow

Aglaonema Firecracker

Top Ten Easy Care Houseplants 

As an interior landscape technician for more than 20 years, I have learned which indoor tropical plants are the best houseplants. When you work in the interior plant care industry, plant care is what you do all day and everyday. Dealing with plants that are in less than optimal growing conditions has become second nature. You also learn which plants are most adaptable and durable under adverse growing conditions.

These are some of the most commonly used plants in the interior landscape industry and for good reason. Check links for more specific plantcare information.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Chinese Evergreen Houseplant Care

Aglaonema Emerald Beauty - Question from Linda

Aglaonema Emerald Beauty
What could be wrong with my #aglaonema emerald beauty #plant if some of the leaves have started turning yellow. My plant is also a lot less full than it used to be. I am not sure how to prune it. Do I prune the leaves from the top to help the bottom get full again. Do I need to use new soil?
Here are some photos of my plant. I have had it for at least 5 years. It used to be much fuller and healthier. My watering has been pretty consistent. It has been in a bay window which faces a covered patio.

Aglaonema Emerald Beauty - Houseplant Answer

Thanks for the pix. This is assuming it is not a problem from too much water...

You can, and should, cut back a stalk or two of an aglaonema every once in a while. I would cut back the most bare, or the tallest and (or) anything that seems to be falling over. Just cut the stalk, about 2-3 inches above the soil level. You can root the cut stalk(s) in water or moist sand if you like propagating your plants.

I am not sure what that is I am seeing on the top soil. Is it a crusty buildup of some kind or you have pebbles on the top? Or maybe it is old moss? Anyway, if that is soil you should remove it, then if you can remove the plant and rootball from the pot without damaging the plant, add fresh soil to the bottom of the grow pot, (check the roots while you have the plant out and make sure they aren't rotting or anything) then replace plant in the pot and add soil around the sides and just a little on the top. That will give your plant some fresh nutrients.

Remove any yellow leaves and continue regular care. It really looks okay considering it is five years old. It is a good habit to prune back the plant a little every year or 2 just to keep some new growth at the base of the plant. You will end up with a fuller plant in the long run. If you let it grow taller and taller, it will lose the lower leaves and fall over eventually.
You can let it grow tall if you want, that is your decision.

The leaf loss may just be normal. If it continues, really check your watering as that is often the problem with houseplants. Checking the roots to make sure there is a lot of firm healthy roots will tell you alot. If the roots are minimal, you may be keeping too wet. It usually takes some time for problems with too frequent watering to show up. Unlike underwatering where you will see immediate wilting.

Make sure you are checking the soil before you water if you don't already It will make a difference.

Thanks for visiting and let me know how she does!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Pothos Houseplants

Question from Kate...
Pothos Marble Queen

 I'm wondering if there is any way to revive a pothos plant? I received it in beautiful, healthy condition - about 6 vines? ranging from 1-3ft long. I promptly left it in my un-garaged car for 3 days in 30-50 degree temps. I remembered it, brought it inside, watered it but many of the leaves & vine stems are now dark green & limp - not completely wilted, but getting there. I feel awful and am hoping it can be resurrected. Any advice will be very much appreciated, as is this forum -thank you!


Hi Kate,

The best advice I can offer would be to cut back the vines and hope there was no root damage. If the roots are okay the plant should regrow. The damaged foliage will not recover and needs to be removed, in any case. I know many people balk at cutting their plants back. In my experience, the plants that I keep pruned on a regular basis are also the best looking plants. Pruning promotes new growth and new growth is healthier and better looking than older, faded leaves.
Usually, I would prune a few vines at a time but since most of the foliage is damaged, now would be the time to cut them back. Leave a few leaf nodes on each vine. If the vines are damaged, you should cut them back.

If you don't want to cut back the vines, you need to, at least, remove all of the damaged leaves with stems. Give proper watering and light. (no direct sun) Then wait and see what happens.

Hope your Pothos houseplant recovers and does well.

Thanks for visiting the website and let me know if I can be of any further help to you..

Friday, April 4, 2014

Creative Houseplant Container Ideas

Creative Container Ideas
It can be difficult to find that perfect container for your #indoor plants and even your #outdoor #plants. Some of us like to use the old standards such as terracotta, ceramic and plastic or even those old oak barrel containers.

However, sometimes it is fun to be really creative. I have seen plant enthusiasts use an old porcelain toilet or tub to display their pretty plants and flowers in the front yard. Recycling old items is a great way to avoid waste and creatively contain your houseplants and exterior plants. Just be aware of concerns with water leakage. You may need to line some items to avoid drips, leaks and water damage.

Here are some cute and creative ideas for planting that you may not have thought about before. Take a look at these interesting ideas and pictures for planting succulents and cactus from ...

One of the favorite succulents for use as an indoor houseplant is the Sanseveiria or Snake Plant. Come read more about this fantastic, easy-care indoor plant at There are lots of ideas for caring for your houseplants and keeping them healthy. Personal houseplant care help is also available, if you need some specific advice. Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Houseplants and Spring

It is just about a week since the first official day of 
spring but, as usual, the weather tends to be quite fickle during March and April. It still feels like winter in so many places. Check out this blog with some cute ideas for bringing some spring into your indoor space. Even when it is still a little chilly outside, you can enjoy your lovely indoor plants. Thanks for the great blog Suzy!
If you need some help with your houseplants or are trying to find one that is just right for a certain spot in your home, come on over to for #houseplant ideas that can help brighten up your indoors and for some great houseplant care help and advice. Have a great Spring!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Bellagio Hotel Conservatory and Gardens, Las Vegas

The #Bellagio Hotel in #Las #Vegas is famous for its fountains, but did you know they also have a conservatory and #botanical #gardens? There are many great sights to see in Las Vegas, so if you're visiting in Las Vegas, Nevada soon, consider putting the inside of The Bellagio on your "places to see" list.

Then, once you get home, head on over to to pick out houseplants for your own indoor gardens.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Houseplants and Design

Do you love #houseplants but you're not really sure how to place them in your home? Take a peek at this blog for some interesting ideas for different containers and interesting placement ideas. Then come take a look at for help in deciding which plants you are going to use...

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Great Houseplants, Dracaena Janet Craig

Houseplants and Care, Dracaena Janet Craig

Dracaena Houseplant
A member of the Dracaena family, Janet Craig, or Corn Plant, is one of the more common Dracaena found in homes and interiorscapes. Dracaena Janet Craig is grown in a variety of forms including the tip, bush and cane. This glossy, dark green plant can be anywhere from one foot tall to twenty feet tall, though it is uncommon to find them at that height except in interior landscapes or the tropical jungle.
If you are trying to find a nice looking houseplant that will tolerate lower light, the Dracaena Janet more about this great indoor plant

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Indoor Plants Indoor Cats

House Cat, Wheat Grass

Houseplants, Cats and Dogs

I have recently posted some information from the ASPCA about #houseplants that may or may not be toxic to your beloved #pets. Here is that link again. ASPCA list of toxic and non-toxic plants, including houseplants.
I know that all of my pets like to eat grass. If they can't get to grass, they will eat your houseplants, if they can get close enough to them. That can make your plants look really bad (if there is anything left to look bad ;}) and some of these plants may be harmful to your pets, so it is best to keep them out of reach.
You can also grow grass specifically for your pets. This is great when you keep them indoors. One thing I have found is you need to plant your "pet" grass in a fairly heavy pot or they may knock it over and damage the plant (before they get a chance to nibble on it).
Here is a link for more information on growing wheat grass for your pets, both cats and dogs.
For information and help with houseplant care, come on over and browse through my website. You can send a message if you don't find what you need on the site. I am happy to help as I am able. No strings attached!
Thanks everyone! May your #houseplants and your #pets co#exist in #peace and #harmony...Gotta go, the cat is playing with the #Philodendron runners! Meow

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Trillium Flowers - A Rare Breed But Not a Housplant

Grandfather Mountain NC
These are a couple of photographs I took of Trillium flowers. The first one to the right was growing on the East coast, near Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina. From what I have read, this particular Trillium is fairly rare and Grandfather Mountain is one of the few places that it grows. That may or may not be so. Any information about Trilliums?
The next photo of what I assume is a Trillium was taken in the forests of Oregon. I happened upon it as I was taking a little hike with the dogs and spotted it on the side of the trail. There were only a few but they are kind of pretty.
Oregon forest
I just thought I would post these, even though my website is about the care of indoor houseplants. Any one out there an expert on Trilliums or have any information to offer about them?
Houseplant care and information available here. If you need some advice, I would be happy to help out. Hope everyone's new year is going great.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Houseplant Care Fittonia

Fittonia Plant
If you walk into your neighborhood greenhouse or house plant retailer and you see a Fittonia plant, you will want to have it in your collection of indoor plants. It is an attractive, creeping plant with either red, pink or white veins throughout the leaf and hairy stems.
Mosaic Plant, Nerve Plant or Painted Net Leaf are some other common names for Fittonia . The larger leaf varieties can be difficult to grow and require a warm, humid environment. The dwarf variety, Fittonia argyroneura nana, is less demanding and may have a better chance at surviving the average household conditions.
Houseplant questions or problem? Read more about Fittonia and houseplants and their care...

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Houseplant Care - Schefflera Arboricola

Arboricola is a common houseplant and is sometimes referred to as an 'Umbrella Plant'. The Schefflera Arboricola and Amate are the two types most commonly used as interior houseplants. They are most often grown in a bush form but sometimes can be found in a standard or braided trunk form.
Pictured to the right is the Schefflera Arboricola. Arboricola is also known as Dwarf Umbrella tree or Parasol Plant. In some plant information it is named as Heptapleurum arboricola but it is usually sold as Schefflera arboricola.
Schefflera is best in bright, indirect light but can be acclimated to medium light placements. Very low light is not recommended. Read more about Schefflera Arboricola plants and their care...

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Ferns As Houseplants - This Is The Best Fern

Birds Nest Fern
Ferns have been popular houseplants for centuries even though some of them can be difficult to maintain in normal household conditions. There are many varieties from which to choose. Most ferns will do well in bright indirect light and require a regular schedule of watering and care. They will need more attention than most houseplants.
One of the easiest ferns to care for as a houseplant is the Birds Nest Fern or Asplenium Nidus. It is more likely to let you get away with a few mistakes than many other ferns. An added attraction is the leaflets that often fall from other ferns, creating quite a mess, are not present on Birds Nest Fern. A great looking, easy care fern that doesn't make a mess on the floor! You can't beat that.
Read more about Birds Nest Fern houseplants and their care... 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Water and Light = Houseplant Health

Healthy Houseplant
If you want your houseplants looking great, you need to know that the available light and how you water your  indoor plants relative to that lighting is more important than any other factor.
Forget the fertilizers, the re-potting, pinching and pruning and concentrate on learning how to water your plants properly. This alone, if done right, will make more difference than anything else you can do for your houseplants.
Watering indoor plants correctly can be tricky. Improper watering is the main cause of death with indoor plants. Usually this would be from over-watering but if you are not caring for your plants on a regular schedule, under-watering can be a problem. Advice that give you watering intervals, amount of water, etc. are really not reliable.
Having cared for thousands of plants as a Plant Lady, I know that the only way to determine if a plant needs water is to check the moisture level in the soil at regular intervals. Every plant is different and only you can tell if your plant needs to be watered. I know that you love your plants but too much love (i.e. water) can kill them! Read more about houseplants and light and watering correctly...

Monday, January 13, 2014

Happy Healthy Pets and Houseplants Too!

Houseplant Eater! Meow!
Being an animal lover as well as a plant lover, as many people are, I thought it would be helpful to add this link for those with pets. The ASPCA list of toxic and non-toxic plants...I also put a link to the list on the homepage of my website Plant And Flower for future reference, if needed.
A few emails have come to me with questions about pets and pets that eat houseplants. I have had many animals and plants, all in the same house, for many years and have not had too many problems.
The houseplants usually seem to be the worse off if any close encounters do happen. They often end up on the floor with broken leaves and dirt everywhere! The cat somewhere nearby, licking his paw and giving me that, 'You need to tell your plants to quit jumping off the windowsill' look!
 I always make my best effort to keep houseplants out of the reach of pets. That can be difficult, especially with cats, as they seem to be able to get just about anywhere they darn well please! Of course, dogs can be quite resourceful too, if they really want to get to that plate of brownies you left on the counter...ummm, yes you, Gracie May, bad dog! Have a great day, enjoy your houseplants and your pets!
Read more about houseplants and their care...

Monday, January 6, 2014

Healthy Roots Healthy Houseplants

Healthy Houseplant
When caring for your indoor potted plants it is helpful to have a basic knowledge of plant functions. This can aid in determining what is needed to help keep your houseplants green, growing and gorgeous.

The root system is an important part, really the most important part, of the functioning of your indoor houseplants. Unlike an exterior landscape plant, your potted plants rely on you to provide the correct amount of water to the root system.

The leaves, stems and flowers are the most obvious parts of a plant. They are above the soil level and it is what we see when we look at a plant. I have been in the interior plant care industry for a few decades and have cared for and maintained thousands of interior plants in almost any kind of environment that you can imagine and I know that the most important part of any plant is the root system.

The way that your plant looks above ground is determined by the health of the root system,
the part of a plant that is not so obvious to most people.
Read more about watering your houseplants and a healthy root system...

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Indoor Tropical Palm Plants

Palm - Rhapis excelsa
Palms make great indoor plants and they bring the essence of the tropics to any interior decor, adding a lush, green feel to the environment. Bamboo Palms, Neanthe Bella and Areca Palms are some of the more often used interior palms. The Parlour Palm, or Neanthe Bella Palm, has been used an an indoor plant for centuries and is quite adaptable to the conditions in the home.

Most palms are easy to care for once they have acclimated to the home environment and should make a fantastic addition to your houseplant collection.

Different palms have different growth habits and leaf types but one thing that is true of all palms is that the growth point is at the tip of each stem. Read more about indoor palm plants and their care...