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Updated on December 21, 2015
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Healthy Chlorophytum Comosum

Chlorophytum comosum, often called the spider plant, airplane plant or hen-and-chickens
Chlorophytum comosum, often called the spider plant, airplane plant or hen-and-chickens | Source

My First Indoor House Plant - Spider Plant

Most people know what a Spider plant or airplane plant is, but did you know it's real name - Chlorophytum Comosum?

There are quite a few different species of this plant.

The spider plant was one of the first indoor plants that I had, actually I have got some still alive, from the one that I had when I first got married some fifty years ago.

Young plants, duplicates from the parent, they form at the ends of long stems merging out from the parent plant, just remove one and plant it in new soil and it will be growing in no time.

They like bright light, plentiful watering, they have roots adapted to water storage and prefer to dry out between waterings, so it is a plant that you can go away in the summer holidays and not worry about it getting too dry, as long as you don't have it in the hot sun all day.

Just one point about watering don't use water that has no fluoride, all other chemicals in it, catch some rainwater, it's one of the main reasons, that kills indoor plants.

It is one plant that I have never had need to worry about pests and disease, quite a healthy plant.

It is not a plant that I feed very often, just repot every year, but if it is going a little off color, just give it a little liquid fertilizers in the water when watering, it will respond very quickly with new growth.

You don't need to talk to these plants, as they know you love them, that why they look so nice in any position in the home, a plant that shouldn't die on you, as so many people, will not have inside plants because a once-healthy shop-brought plant decline and dies.

Spider plants make fine hanging baskets, which look very attractive when the new baby plants hang over the sides.



Maidenhair Fern

This  Maidenhair Fern is a new one I'm growing from a seed taken from under the fern leaves. It is in a shelter area beside bricks which surround the fireplace.
This Maidenhair Fern is a new one I'm growing from a seed taken from under the fern leaves. It is in a shelter area beside bricks which surround the fireplace. | Source

Maidenhair Fern

Ferns are attraction plants for the indoor environment, by nature they are shade lovers and are suited to rooms with a low light intensity, the bathroom is a place that's perfect for them, in years gone-by it would have been unthinkable to add them to the toilet, but it's a perfect place and the foliage adds calmness to the room perfect for relaxing and taking care of nature.


As I said at the beginning of this article indoor house plants have become very fashionable, to have plant displayed throughout the house, this fern is one perfect example.


Never let the Maidenhair fern dry out as it will die, water at regular intervals, but don't saturate the soil, let it drain, don't leave it sitting on a saucer containing water.


They require a moisture retentive yet porous poting mixture which allows air to reach the roots


They don't like draughts so it's better not to sit them by an open window.


Just remember Maidenhair ferns are not so hardy but are most attractive with a little loving care they will last.


If it does dry out and the foliage dies, cut it all off with a pair of shears, water again as I said above and put it in a shady corner, it will regrow again and look as good as before.


To sum it all up ferns like cool containers, muted light and relatively high humidity and bathrooms are perfect.

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Keeping Indoor House Plants Healthy

  • It is not always easy to grow healthy house plants, it can be very disappointing watching ones healthy shop brought plants, decline and die, they just give-up. (Very sad).


  • To be successful indoor gardener, you will need to become fully conversant with the conditions that growing indoor plants need to be healthy.
  • Every house plant is different, so you need to take note and follow directions on plants that you buy, always make sure they are looking their best and no bugs on them before purchasing.


  • Light, temperature, humidity and watering are all important key factors.


  • Certain plants are of course, more likely to make successful house plants than others.


  • Few plants grown mainly for their flowers will put up with room conditions for too long so most permanent house plants are evergreens for their foliage.

Containers for House Plants

Containers come in all shapes and sizes, there's no strict rule about what you use.

Here's a few helpful hints.

  • Always use a container with drainage holes to grow healthy plants.


  • Select a container big enough for the plant when it has matured.


  • Good idea to buy a drip saucer when you buy the container.


  • Clay pots are generally better than plastic pots, because they are porous and absorb moisture and allow air to circulate.


  • Provide a thin layer of stones and pebbles below the potting mix to improve drainage.


  • Never stand the container in water or the potting mix will become too wet, most plants don't like it and will die or fail to grow.


Pest and disease

  • Pest and disease can be a problem with indoor house plants.


  • The atmosphere in the house is often quite dry and this can encourage certain pests to multiply rapidly and cause sudden damage.


  • Aphids, thrips, mealybug, and scale can all be troublesome.


  • The modern approach is to use a house plant spray marketed in an aerosol can, always read the directions on the can before spraying as all spray are not suitable for some plants and can damage them or even kill them.


  • Check for hazards especially on some spray cans, are not all friendly and can be dangerous to humans if absorbed through the skin, also for domestic animals.


Beautiful Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums as House Plants

In the past years I have received many indoor plants for Mother's day, birthdays, and christmas.

I enjoy the peaceful attractive environment, the addition of indoor plants as a gift is appreciated, as they last year after year, giving me many memories of the gift giver and the Chrysanthemum is one of my top flowers for beauty.

Chrysanthemums are a nice indoor plant, they have been shown to reduce indoor air pollution by the NASA Clean Air Study


In New Zealand and Australia, traditionally the chrysanthemum is given to mothers for mother's day gifts as the flower is naturally in season during autumn, they are beautiful reminder that autumn has arrived, making a excellence mothers day gift.

What House Plants would you Like in Your Home?

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Peace Lily

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Peace Lily

  • The Peace Lily is an evergreen herbaceous perennial plants.
  • The plant does not need excessive light or water to survive it cleans indoor air of many environmental contaminants, including benzene, formaldehyde, and other pollutants, therefore making it a perfect indoor plant.
  • They let you know quickly when they are dry by a noticeably droop in the foliage.
  • They'll bounce back quickly once watered.
  • The proper time to water them is when the leaves start to droop, just a little.
  • They are one of the best low lighthouse plants you can have, I have always had these of indoor plants, I just love looking at the flower it's beauty is perfect.

Go Green With House Plants

Peace Lily

Watch this video it tells you what plants are best for going green in your home, yes the Peace Lily is one of them.

© 2014 Elsie Hagley

What Indoor House Plants Do You Have?

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      Brett Hoover 2 years ago from Livingston

      Insightful hub and beautiful plants.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      peachpurple: Spider plants are easy to grow it makes a very nice balcony plant.

      Not sure about the Snake plant as I don't know much about it, must search for it here on HubPages and found out more, maybe we don't have it in NZ.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I don't have indoor plants but i do have spider plant and the snake plant at the balcony

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      @anglnwu Nice to met another houseplant lady thanks for the vote up.

      I was brought up with the Maidenhair ferns, my father was the proud owner of many of them and he was the one that looked after them, not my mother, which was a little strange as I haven't come across other men caring for indoor plants, and he was a busy farmer.

      Nice memories I have of Maidenhair ferns.

      Hope you have success with them after reading my tips.

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      anglnwu 2 years ago

      I'm a houseplant person. I've a variety of houseplants and have done reasonably well with most. However, I can't seem to grow maidenhair, so I'm happy you've include a portion on how to grow maidenhair. Useful information and rated up.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      @Kenneth

      yes I do recommend the Peace Lily. I think you would enjoy it, they do have a very relaxing flower, to me anyway, so peaceful.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      @ Elsie,

      I have a variety of plants--mums, and other species. Those that need to be inside when cold weather (for me) comes in, which is Dec. 21, our Winter.

      But you mentioned a Peace Lily to anohter hubber. I think I would love that one.

      You are the expert. Thank you.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      @snakesmum: That was a very thoughtful person doing that, peace lily's are very relaxing, I use them often, by just looking at that flower, so perfect.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      @kenneth avery: Spring ends, end of November in NZ.

      1st Dec is the start of summer, christmas, barbecues and days spent at the beach.

      Poor indoor plants suffer because of the heat and everyone will be on holiday, means no watering unless you leave them sitting in a little water in the bath or tub, depends how many you have, or maybe you have one of those automatic watering system for indoor potted plants, could be very helpful.

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      Jean DAndrea 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      My niece was having a bad day at work a while back, and a customer went out and bought her a peace lily. Lovely thought, and she didn't know her at all - there are some nice people around.

      I have spider plants in the front garden, as they seem to like it there, but can't keep maidenhair ferns alive. No indoor plants here, except a lucky bamboo ( a gift) in the bathroom. Maybe I should get some more.....

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      @ Elsie,

      Just wondering, how long is it until Spring?

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      After looking at your hubs, I know you will love the Peace Lily, because just looking at the flower it will bring serenity to your life, it is a flower like no other.

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      Ireno Alcala 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I must have that peace lily and the spider plant, too.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Elsie,

      I hope that you are having a sensational evening and turning out more of these great reads.

      Peace and happiness to you.

      Kenneth

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      @Mary615: So nice to meet you. Sometimes I think it's a good idea to grow house plants outdoors, as there would be a little less work to do with them indoors like watering, and cleaning up after accidentally bumping them, as I have some that hang on corners, which are easier knocked.

      I also have large gardens outside to weed, so I think I need to take a serious look at this, far too much gardening.

      Happy days.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Before I downsized from a large home, I had many African Violets indoors. I am now in a tiny apartment, so I grow my plants outside in contaners (not the violets, though).

      Nice Hub, voted up, etc. So nice to meet you!

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      @WriterJanis: Nice to see you and thanks for the comment. The peace lily is one of my favorites, so charming those flowers are sitting gracefully viewing the scene. They last a longtime on the plant also.

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      You've picked some great images to go with this. I love the peace lily.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      @ Elsie,

      I mean it. You can be the "go-to-girl," for plant information for I do not know the first thing about them except what I am allergic too.

      Keep up the great work.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      @kenneth avery: thanks for the visited and nice words, it's great to have a friend like you, that lifts my heart and gives me strength to continue on.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Elsie,

      Keep up the terrific work.

      Your Friend for Life,

      ME

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      @kenneth avery, Thanks for those kind uplifting words, I appreciate it.

      Will be working on improving, but not so sure of the "go-to girl "for plants information and advice. It's a nice thought though.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      @ Elsie,

      Fantastic information and well-written hub.

      You can be the "go to" girl for plant information and advice.

      Keep up the fine work.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      @bibliopola I like geraniums very much, they are a very attractive plant, but I don't have any at the moment.

      Thanks for reminding me, must look for them next time I'm in the nurseries.

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      Işın Tuzcular 2 years ago from Istanbul

      I loved your plants. My plants are in the balcony. They are all healthy as Istanbul is not very cold inwinter. I have geraniums mostly.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      @That Grrl Thanks for visiting. House plants are a great assert in the home and some are very good for keeping the air you breath in healthy. Why wouldn't you like the dirt in your home? Just interested for that comment.

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      Laura Brown 2 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I like the plants but not so much all that dirt in the house.

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      julieannbrady 2 years ago

      Save the Earth sounds like a good like of products. Never thought of quarantining my plants from others ... but that is a great idea! Thanks for all the tips!!!

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      @Julieannbrady It may work on newly purchased indoor houseplant, then again it could kill some of the tender plants. Even then there are eggs that are hiding or just don't fall off and die. It is better to put them away from other plants, like quarantine them until sure that there are no pests and save the other house plants from getting them also.

      There are some great house plant sprays on the market that you can buy in a aerosol can or recycled containers, like Save the earth that maybe worth checking out and using on the plants when you buy them, in most cases indoor plants brought of a nursery are all healthy.

      Hope that helps you.

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      julieannbrady 2 years ago

      Oh boy ... that you bring home plants from the store and the insects come along. ;) Would it make sense to place the plants outside and give them a wash with perhaps light soap in water? Would that shake off some of the bugs?

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      @Brite-Ideas thanks for commenting.

      Yes some indoor plants are harder to grow and keep healthy than others.

      Just stick to the ones you have success with, as sometimes it is very disappointing losing an expense plant even after you have been treating it with tender loving care.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I struggle sometimes with indoor plants because of the direction our house faces - have to be careful to choose areas with sun when the plant needs it - I have 2 plants that have lasted 10 years or more, and that's a miracle for me! Good tips here, I need them.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Julieannbrady - That is a good question, it sure makes you wonder so where do those aphids, thrips, mealybug, and scale come from on an inside plant? Many of these bugs can come from new plants brought into the house, so it is better to isolate them from other plant for a while until you are sure they are all good, no disease and bugs. Mealybugs can be hiding under dead leaves and sticks left decaying in the soil . Aphids can come indoor through open doors and windows. Those are a few of the ways how those bugs get on your house plants. You need to be alert and as soon as you see signs of plants looking poorly take action, there is plenty of help on the internet if you are unsure what is wrong, the important step is to take action quickly, then you will have healthy happy plants.

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      julieannbrady 2 years ago

      Where do those aphids, thrips, mealybug, and scale come from on an inside plant? I'm pretty sure I would recognize an aphid, but what about the rest? At the moment, I have a lot of outside garden plants, but nothing inside.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Jessica, Thanks for your visit and comment. I find Peace Lilies very easy to manage and they are are great asset to help keep your home healthy. I am sure you won't regret investing in a plant. Happy indoor plants happy home.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for the nice comment. Glad you enjoyed it. As for the plant you wrote about, common name (hen & chicken) Chlorophytum comosum, I must look it up as I cannot picture it in my mind. Sorry to hear it has aphids they can be very annoying in indoor plants

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      Jessica Barst 2 years ago from Dallas, TX

      I love these gorgeous houseplants! Thanks for this great info - I didn't realize peace lilies were so easy to care for. Sounds like they will be a great addition to my small-windowed rooms :)

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      Love the spider plants. Pretty and easy to grow.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      What a lovely hub. My home is full of houseplants. I never thought of writing a hub about them. Your post reminded me of the one plant - common name (hen & chicken) Chlorophytum comosum that has Aphids and I need to make my mixture and spray it.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for the vote up! I can understand how your house must look in the winter, a gardener always care well for their plants and winter is a very trying time for gardeners. Here in Taranaki NZ it is nearly spring thank goodness it has been a cold winter and my orchids are just starting to flower they look nice sitting in my kitchen. Happy gardening.

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      TIMETRAVELER2 2 years ago

      Nice hub! I never have had a "green thumb", but I can say that the most success I have ever had with plants is with Spider Plants. Voted up!

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      Caren White 2 years ago from Franklin Park, NJ

      My houseplants have taken over my house! It gets worse in the winter when I bring in my tender herbs from the outdoors. My kitchen looks more like a greenhouse than a kitchen all winter. Great hub! I'm looking forward to reading more from you. Voted up.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Jodah - Thanks for the vote up. Actually Spider plants growing well outside even in plant hangers. If you live in a frosty area it is better to hang them inside or even in the shed in the winter as the frost can damage them. Though it gets pretty frosty and cold in NZ, I have been caught leaving then outside, but they seem to recover and start growing in the spring. So really they are plants that are pretty hardy to most outdoor conditions. Happy days. - keep smiling.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for commenting Billrrr. It goes to show you have a green finger or you wouldn't keep indoor plants of the snowbird couple plants alive, especially in the winter.

      Thanks for the nice words about "keep on writing and I will keep on reading" I like that, thanks once again.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very good hub Elsie, and a big help. I have a 'spider' plant outside in a pot. Never knew what it was called so thanks. Nice pics and information. Voted up.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Very pretty. Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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      Bill Russo 2 years ago from Cape Cod

      Great work Elsie and welcome to the Hub. During the winter I take care of the indoor plants of a snowbird couple who leave Cape Cod for Florida every October. When they return in May, they are always thrilled to find that their little green babies are in great shape. Though I do well for them, I have NEVER had any luck with my own plants. I am not sure why. This winter, I will try again and this time I will succeed. Keep on writing and I will keep on reading.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Zsuzsy Bee! Thanks for visiting and commenting, for sure you don't seem to have much luck with indoor house plants sad.

      Spider plants are good and easy to grow, it is worth a try.

      Sometimes it is the water that has chemicals in that kill the plants , it is better to water with saved rain water.

      At least you can get good results from your out door ones.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 2 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      I can grow most anything outside in the flower bed or veggie garden but house plants and I just don't see eye to eye. My Mom was the one with the indoor plant green fingers. She would come over all the time with a new plant. It would do well for a month or two then slowly die a painful death.

      I inherited her whole jungle (some of those plants were gorgeous and at least 20- 30 years old) I faithfully watered, fed and even talked to them.... 6 months that's all it took me to kill them all. So no more inside plants for me, well I might try one of those spider plants again. I read somewhere that spider plants are really great air fresheners in the house too.

      great hub

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for stopping-by and commenting esmonaco. It's never too later to start working with Indoor House Plants. As I said at the beginning of this hub the spider plant is very easy to grow and I don't think it will died on you. Your grandchildren will love watching the young stems growing from it, you can give them one and let them watch their own plant grow.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 2 years ago from Lakewood New York

      My wife and I love indoor plants, but never have any luck keeping them healthy. Thanks for the the helpful advise, and tips.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Colin you got me then. I had to google it as I haven't heard of Gloxinias, they says it's a big, ruffled, bell-shaped blooms that last for several weeks that is the reward for growing gloxinia flowers indoors. So from that description it must be a very beautiful plant. I will be looking around in NZ for this as an indoor house plant to add to my collection. Thanks for sharing with me.

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      Colin323 2 years ago

      I've been growing Gloxinias this year in the conservatory. They are beautiful plants, and were popular in the 1960s & 70s, but for some reason fell from grace. Indoor plants bring a burst of nature into the home and a house can feel pretty lifeless without them.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks Phyllis for the information, I will have a go at another African Violet and follow what you have written here which is very helpful to me and I'm sure other readers of this page. Appreciate your reply.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Elsie, I once had about 20 African Violets then moved into a very small apartment where I did not have room for any plants, so gave them away.

      African Violets like a north or east facing window where they get a lot of day light, but no direct sun. If there is a counter with fluorescent lights above, the AVs will thrive, as long as the light is turned off at night so they can rest. They love to be in small pots that crowd the roots, for this sends up more foliage and bloom growth, but do need to be re-potted about every 2 years with fresh AV planting mix in a pot no larger than 1 inch bigger than the old one. The violets should never be watered from above. The pot should sit in a saucer that is filled with pebbles and water can be added to the saucer so the plant pulls it up to the roots. Fill the saucer to just barely past the bottom of the pot. If the water does not disappear within a few minutes, the plant does not need it and water should be discarded. The soil should always be moist, but not soggy. Over watering will make the plant rot. The soil should never dry out.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Favored - Thanks for commenting. I wonder why we pick the spider plant? Most likely because is very attractive and for some reason it just goes on growing and duplicates more young plants that are so easy to start a new one if the originally one start to look untidy.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Anthony - Thanks for visiting. I have orchids also, I like that plant very much the flowers lost so long.

      I know you are a great garden so your top talent is in the out door area.

      Happy days gardening.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Phyllis - Thanks for visiting and commenting. African Violets is one indoor plant that I have not been successful with. In the winter it usually dies either I put it in a room that's too cold or too hot.

      I will does some study of this plants and add it to this hub, if I find some helpful info, or maybe you can add some tips here about them..

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      Same here .. the spider plant was my first from what I recall. I never have had mums inside except for the holidays and then I plant them.

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      Anthony Altorenna 2 years ago from Connecticut

      We have a variety of indoor house plants ranging from orchids to cactus. Most are thriving, though sometimes it takes a bit of trial and error to find a place that a plant likes. I've also had more problems with over-watering a plant than having it wilt from drying out too much.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      I love houseplants and the Spider Plant is one of my favorites. I have been thinking about starting another collection of African Violets. I have a good spot for them now. Great hub, Elsie.

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      mumsgather 2 years ago

      They were outdoors and watered but maybe had a little too much sun. :)

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Mumsgather: that's sad, chrysanthemums are great here in NZ because of autumn flowering and there usually is plenty of showers for outdoor plants. Not like autumn 2014 two months of rain after a drought in the summer.

      Just a thought where they indoor plants or outdoors? Not watered.

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      mumsgather 2 years ago

      Our chrysanthemums didn't do so well. After the initial flowering they all dried up!

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      Tanya Jones 2 years ago from Texas USA

      I love houseplants, but I'm no good with them. My most recent plants have been those which seem to like me well and thrive. Even pothos barely hangs on. Great hub.

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      Edith Rose 2 years ago from Canada

      Love your house plants. I have never had much luck with them, so I work on making sure my outdoor plants do well.

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      Merry Citarella 2 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I don't have many house plants, but love the lilies. Also grape ivy. After those my moods come and go. I need invincible selections. Love the photos!

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      Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

      I love the spider plant and it was my first plant as well. This is funny because I was just working on a plant article and had downloaded a picture of my spider. Mine isn't the striped though.

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      Currently, I have a large ficus tree, several orchids and an anthurium. Long ago, and for many years, I had a spider plant, which I adored. I hope to have another one day soon. Would hate to have to survive without living plants in my home. Thanks for sharing your tips.

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      June Campbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I have a spider plant. I have had spiders on and off for years, and I quite like them. Not all plants do well in my environment but certain kinds like hoys and lemon geraniums and spider plants flourish. And pothos of course. They do well anywhere.

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I have a peace lily that does very well. I still need to get a spider plant. In fact, that may be exactly what my mantle is missing. Thanks, Elsie!

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      Cecilia Karanja 2 years ago from Nairobi

      You are hilarious! I did not know that you need not talk to your plants. I tell mine that I love them all the time. :-)

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      Clairissa 2 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      I have a peace lily, which I have had for about 14 years. It is an amazing plant and not very fussy at all. Which is great for me. After reading this, I realize I need more.

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      Jackie Jackson 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      My mum was a genius when it came to looking after houseplants and they always thrived. (She used to water them with any cold tea left in the pot - she said that was her secret).

      I'm just the opposite. I can't keep indoor plants alive. That's probably why I love Florida - there's so much glorious foliage right outside every window!

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      Ilona E 2 years ago from Ohio

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks Ilona1, for the comment. I got surprise to receive a email about your comment as I didn't even know it was published. This page isn't as I would like it as I don't know yet how to change the pages (or whatever they are called here on Hubpages), to where I want them.

      Interested what the Swedish Ivy is, must Google it.

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      Ilona 2 years ago from Ohio

      Great hub :) I used to have more houseplants than now, but still have a reliable spider plant! I have some Swedish Ivy that I really like now. My dad used to neglect it something terrible, but it managed to survive. I think that is the mark of a good houseplant.

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