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Houseplant Help

Updated on April 23, 2011

Houseplant Help

There are a number of good reasons to create an indoor garden. I started my first houseplant collection about 20 years ago when a friend was moving and had to give away a few plants. That small garden soon grew and even though we have moved several times since then, there is always at least one plant growing in our home.

Houseplants add warmth, colour and activity to any room they are placed. If you take the time and that brings us to another vital point, how much time do you have to look after them? They do need care, even cacti and succulents which can endure neglect, will require a bit of your time. Take stock of your schedule and habits before adding plants to your daily life.

If you are just getting started with house plants, the spider plant is a great beginning. The spider will grow between 15 and 25 cm (6-10 inches) in height and have a spread of 25-45 cm (10- 18 inches).

You can increase your plant collection by saving seeds which for some houseplants can take time or through vegetative propagation. Vegetative propagation consists of using a specific part of a plant and encouraging it to form roots of its own.

Once the plant forms roots it is on its way to becoming a plant in its own right, stem cutting are one way to achieve this.

The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is easy to grow, care for and propagate; this in addition to its attractive appearance, make the spider plant one of the most popular houseplants.

The choice of plants and containers is a matter of personal taste but does also requires a certain artistic sense so that your overall design flows and blends rather than detracts. The intent is to enhance not to hinder the design.

There are few hard and fast rules that cannot be broken but there are guidelines that make good sense and will help you to determine and achieve the look that is best for your home.

The basic rule, when it comes to gardening either indoors or out, is get to know your plants and the space where they will grow. This will help you provide the care the plants need. The second rule is be sure to calculate how much time you have to look after the plants you let into your home; no matter how easy they may be to care for, they will always need some of your tine, but will more than pay you back.


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  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Yeah, I like a lot of houseplants.

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    GiftedGrandma 7 years ago from USA

    Have done that for years as well. Some of the best are slips from family and friends :O)At one time 30 plus years ago I had way to many but loved it!

  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome.

  • Hello, hello, profile image

    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for these helpful tips.