Houseplants tend to be needier than garden plants. Moisture, food, and grooming are your responsibility. There are several ways to make you successful and your houseplants happy.

Houseplant Help

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Research each plant's origins and cultural requirements

Stromanthe sanguinea ‘Tricolor’

Stromanthe sanguinea ‘Tricolor’

Stromanthe is a gorgeous houseplant that loves indirect light. Here it is growing outdoors in a commercial Florida greenhouse.

Pilea microphylla ‘Variegata’

Pilea microphylla ‘Variegata’

This tiny Pilea seems as if it's flowering, but the impression comes from its colorful leaves. It makes a great accent plant in a mixed container outdoors.

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Another "can't do without" foliage plant is Euphorbia 'Yokoi's White', a relative of the Poinsettia.

Davallia fejeensis

Davallia fejeensis

This rabbit's foot fern grew happily on the north side of the house in summer. I dug it out of the planter, gave it fresh soil and a new pot, and brought it indoors. It loves humidity but not wet feet.

Curly rush

Curly rush

Curly rush makes a great accent in outdoor containers. It also will grow indoors.

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Chlorophytum Mandarin0871

Chlorophytum Mandarin is a spider plant relative with colorful stems and leaves. It can be grown in a shady spot outdoors in summer.

Succulents

Succulents

A wide range of succulents will love a sunny window or plant lights.

Senecio - Curio articulatus

Senecio - Curio articulatus

This succulent, also known as candle plant, comes from Africa and does its growing in winter. Formerly in the genus Senecio, it is now called Curio articulatus.

Albuca spiralis

Albuca spiralis

This silvery wonder brightens up spots in the garden. It's fairly new and eventually should become easier to find. Ask for Senecio 'Angel Wings'. Try it indoors as a houseplant.

Fuchsia autumnale

Fuchsia autumnale

This Fuchsia can be grown for its gorgeous leaves. In summer, when placed in a partly sunny spot, it will bloom.

Hoya carnosa

Hoya carnosa

Hoya carnosa is the most commonly grown species of this trailing succulent.

String of pearls

String of pearls

Senecio or Curio rowleyanus, better known as string of pearls can be a challenging succulent to grow indoors.

Clivia miniata

Clivia miniata

Clivia miniate grows from a bulb that originates in Africa. It blooms in winter, and can be grown outdoors in summer when left in its pot and grown in very well-drained soil.

Light

Invest in plant lights. Keep them on at least 10 hours per day. 

Moisture & Drainage

Plant in pots with holes in the bottom. Use a moisture meter to determine when to water. 

Temperature & Humidity

Keep the area cool--no warmer than 65 degrees F.  Mist.