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Indoor Plants for Low-Light Areas

Low-light plants are usually defined as those that can survive in 25 to 75 foot candles - that is, a spot that is 4 to 5 metres from a bright window, just enough light to read by comfortably but where artificial lighting switched on by day would give a brightening effect.

Aspidistra

It was a long search but finally I found it - the indoor house plant that will brighten up the end of any corridor. The Aspidistra, commonly known as the Cast Iron plant, has graced the drawing rooms of many an otherwise drab Victorian English manor.

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A Home Without a Coleus Houseplant is not a Home!

Many of us have done gardening at some time in our lives and some have carried this hobby indoors. One plant which can spread beauty throughout homes or apartment is the Coleus. Easy to keep alive through even lengthy non attendance and very simple propagation techniques, it can bring much joy to the plant enthusiast.

Coleus Houseplant

The most popular is known as Coleus Hybridus (painted nettle) and a much more vibrant Coleus plant, simply called "Rainbow Mixed Colors" on the seed package, is unbeatable in color variations.

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Growing Miniature Roses at Home

If you're someone who can go completely nuts over a little baby or a puppy simply because they seem like such small and innocent versions of the regular-sized thing, you'll complete fall in love with growing miniature roses.

Miniature Roses

It's hard to look at one of these tiny things that look exactly as beautiful, as detailed and as complete as a rose and not lose your heart to it.

The effect can be exquisite, to see a rose composed literally of dozens of petals, all wrapped up tightly into a bloom that's no more than an inch across.

Now of course, growing miniature roses can be wonderful in any kind of circumstance. They can be especially useful though, to gardening enthusiasts who live in apartments and other confined spaces.

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Lucky Bamboo Plants – The best no-fuss plants anyone could hope for Whether or not you believe in the luck part of getting lucky bamboo plants, you have to admit that there is something truly captivating and cheerful about them. Those little bundles of slender green bamboo shoots in their little dishes of water can never fail to cheer. Lucky bamboo plants are not so difficult to find these days - they have them at many department stores and plant nurseries. Once you get one for your home, you'll find that they don't even need direct sunlight to stay alive and to thrive. A nice shady part of a room that's about 21 degrees Celsius is all it needs. Here's what you need to know about caring for your little bamboo plants and to raise a few new plants yourself. Bamboos don't need much water; but you do need to supply them with what little they ask for. You need to make sure that the roots are always completely underwater but that the water never rises up so high that it reaches the base of the cane. Since tap water usually has chlorine and other water treatment chemicals added, it would probably be a good idea to let tap water stand a while for the chemicals to settle before you use it for your lucky bamboo plants. Rainwater or mineral water is also fine. Do not set your bamboo shoots out in the sunlight. These plants really are as delicate as they look. They do best in the shade. Fertilizer isn't a good idea; a little bit of plant food should do about once every two weeks. Bamboo plants need to be allowed to grow to about 70 centimeter (by which time, they should have been transplanted into soil) before you cut them to plant elsewhere. Before you attempt any cutting and replanting, you should make sure that the plant is healthy and that the leaves are a wonderful deep green. Cutting a bamboo plant is best done with a neat oblique slash. The point you choose to make your cut needs to be a few leaves below the top of the plant. Make sure that you use a very sharp blade for the job. Once you do that, you can take your new cut of bamboo and place it in a glass of water somewhere away from sunlight. If you notice a little algae or mold in the water that's a good sign - these help the roots grow.

Many people stick a fake tree in a corner, dust the leaves off every week and call it indoor gardening, but there is much more into it than that. Some people think plants belong and should stay outside, but there are many reasons for starting an indoor garden. For instance, plants don’t only remove carbon dioxide from the air, they also remove many poisonous toxins and pollutants as well. Indoor gardening will result in beautiful decoration in your house as well as cleaner air. When picking out plants for indoor gardening, make sure the plants are adaptable and will be able to thrive in the conditions in your house. Consider how much time you will be able to spend caring for the plants, how much light your house offers, and how much money you want to spend. If you are on a low budget, start with seeds or cuttings. If you have a little more money to dish out you can buy a plant that is already grown. Another thing to consider is if you want a plant that can be displayed all year or just for a season. Herb gardens are a good thing for indoor gardening; they are both attractive and edible. They will grow quick and you won’t have to wait a long time to see results. Some popular herbs, especially for cooking, are chives, dill, sage, thyme, and oregano. When deciding to start an indoor garden, consider the amount of experience you have before choosing a plant. Some plants are stronger and harder to kill and therefore better for a novice gardener. Examples are Fatsia, Cyperus, Scandens, Popular Succulents, Coleus, and Bromeliads. Some things, such as the basic rules of maintaining plants, are different in indoor gardening that in a regular outdoor setting. Since plants won’t get the sunlight they do outdoors, lighting is essential. You need to know exactly how much light your plants need and pick plants that only need medium to low light, such as ferns or Philodendrons, unless you plan to supply artificial lighting. If you buy a plant already grown, wherever you get it probably has better lighting than your house so you will need to “condition” your plant and gradually reduce the light it receives. Once you get the plant inside, make sure and rotate the plant to encourage upright growth. Just because they are indoor, don’t think the plants don’t have to have water; they still do. How often you water, once again, depends on what type of plant you have. Make sure the water can drain out of the bottom of the pot and try to use water that is about the same as the temperature of the room. Pay also attention to temperature in your house in order to ensure healthy plants. A 10-15 degree range won’t hurt any plants, but rapid changes could cause damage. Indoor gardening is not all that difficult; in fact, it is pretty much the same as outdoor. There are even some [...]