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Indoor Plants

Indoor Plants

Homes, apartments, and offices are typically ill-suited to the needs of plants. At the nursery, indoor plants are grown under nearly ideal light, temperature, and other conditions. Two key factors in successful indoor plant selection are choosing plants that can tolerate the indoor conditions of a specific location and acquiring the knowledge necessary to maintain the chosen plants in a healthy condition. Information from Steven Swain (Environmental Horticulture Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension, Marin County and the CA Garden Web web-site

What do Plants Need
Low light takers (clockwise from top): Spathiphyllum 'Domino', Aglaonema 'Emerald Star', Rhapis excelsa  Thomas J. Story Sunset.com
Low light takers (clockwise from top): Spathiphyllum 'Domino', Aglaonema 'Emerald Star', Rhapis excelsa Thomas J. Story Sunset.com

Other important tips for indoor plant care

Helpful links from Sunset.com

 

Easy-care houseplants 10 good choices for low or bright light - Sunset.com

New plants from leaf cuttings - Propagate plants quickly by cutting plant leaves - Sunset.com

Multiply indoor plants Get fast results by separating small offsets from a full-size parent - Sunset.com

Plants poisonous to dogs -

Houseplant 411: A great app indoor-plant app - Sunset.com\

Other Resources

Growing Indoor Plants with Success - University of Georgia - A 28-page pdf that covers all you need to know from selecting and buying to growing and transplanting. Includes pictures of common houseplant pests. 10 pages are devoted to a table of Indoor plants and their cultural requirements.

Houseplant Needs- University of Illinois- Also available in Spanish

Better Homes and Gardens - Caring for Houseplants

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