Houseplants for Winter Gardening Indoors

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Growing houseplants isa rewarding, sometimes addicting hobby. There are so many plants to choose from that sometimes it can be overwhelming. But, once you become a houseplant fan, you can become a real collector. So, here are a few tips to get you started on your houseplant journey.

  • Pots and Baskets – houseplants can utilize many different types of planters  including plastic pots, clay pots and hanging baskets.
  • Lighting  – Medium-light plants like the African violet, Boston fern do well indoors near a window. Low-light plants such as philodendrons or ‘parlor ivy’, Holiday cactiChinese evergreencast-iron plantpothos, and peace lily thrive on very little natural light.
  • Other indoor plants  – these plants require varying degrees of light intensity – Forced bulbs (Amaryllis, daffodil), cacti and succulents, ochids, geraniums, wood sorrell/oxalis, citrus, asparagus fern, bromeliad, bonsai.
  • Watering  – Water your indoor plants when the soil is dry to the touch—it’ll be less often than you think.
  • Salt build up  – Salts from irrigation water can build up in potted soils. Calcium, sodium, magnesium and other minerals can reach toxic levels after years of irrigating. Soils should be regularly changed to prevent build up of soluble salts.


  • Repotting  – simply separate the root ball from the pot. Disturb the roots so a good portion of the old soil is removed. Add new soil.
  • Pests  – main pests are aphids, whiteflies, mealybugs and scale. Use insecticidal soap or a systemic .
  • Bathing  – wipe off leaves regularly to remove dust and hydrate the leaf cuticle.
  • When you are away  – be sure to water well before travel. Most houseplants can go days or even weeks. If you are going to be gone for an extended period, ask someone to care for your plants.
  • Caring for poinsettias after the holidays  – poinsettias are simply tropical plants. They like warmth, good soil moisture and adequate fertility. Poinsettias can be kept for years reaching heights of several feet.
  • Inheriting plants/finding a good home  –

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