Indoor Plants in Houston

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Green up your office cubby with a houseplant. Here are easy-care suggestions from Chronicle garden editor Kathy Huber and Initial Tropical Plants horticultural expert Ken Brewer:

ZZ plant
The fleshy 2- to 3-foot stems of this striking plant are lined with alternating glossy, dark-green leaves.You'll wonder how anything that looks this good could need so little care.
• Zamioculcas zamiifolia

Golden pothos
Goldon pothos, or devil's ivy, is an easy-care vining plant that will grow in any light except direct hot sun or total darkness.
• Scindapsus aureus

Snake plant
Snake plant, aka mother-in-law's tongue, are extremely easy-to-grow succulents that tolerate high to low light. Use one as an accent or mass them in larger planters.
• Sansevieria spp.

Chinese evergreen
Chinese evergreens, solid green or variegated, tolerate various settings and are typically long-lived.
Aglaonema spp.

Peace lily
Peace lily, also known as white sails, produces cobra hood-like spathes against glossy, dark-green, pointed oval leaves. The long-lasting spathes are first pale green then turn creamy white.
• Spathiphyllum wallisii

Commonly called green corn plant, this non-demanding dracaena is available in bush and cane form and as a braided tree.
• Dracaena 'Janet Craig'

Cast iron plant
This extremely low-care plant can be grown in a container indoors or out and in shady garden beds.
Aspidistra elatior

Bird's nest fern
This handsome plant with elliptical, erect fronds needs only moderate to bright indirect light and a drink of water every five to seven days.
• Asplenium nidus

China doll
The glossy, delicate foliage of this bushy plant holds up remarkably well under bright office lights. Keep it evenly moist. Plant your China doll outdoors and it will soar.
• Radermachera sinica

Handsome on its own, ivy also is a great mixer among other houseplants. Go dark green or opt for one of the numerous variegated varieties. All tolerate indirect to medium light. Avoid overwatering.

We use coffee and the old grounds on our plants

2008-05-02 19:07:41 by indoorsandout

The acid in the grounds works well to give a boost to many plants. If you have a compost pile, putting your leftover grounds into it will add much needed nutrients.
Houseplants love a good dose of the same stuff that outdoor plants enjoy.
I wouldn't do it weekly, but maybe a time or 2 a month for the houseplants.

You can get rid of them...

2008-01-31 11:11:12 by ThisiswhatIdid

I had these guys in all of my houseplants (about 25). I first noticed them one day when I watered and saw little larvae wriggling on the top of the water. I had noticed for about three weeks previous a lot of what I thought were fruit flies in the house - except I don't keep fruit or veggies out or around long enough to attract them. I did some research and asked a lot of questions and realized I was overwatering. I put all of my plants in an upstairs room we don't use, shut the door and pretty much ignored them for almost a month and a half. The larvae need overly moist soil to live - and while a couple of my plants got pretty sad looking - they've all come back and the flies and their offspring died off

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