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Houseplant Help: Is It OK to Move My Indoor Plant Outside?

succulents do well outdoors in summer months

The weather has turned warmer, the sun is shining brighter, and let’s face it, you are more than ready to enjoy the outdoors. Good news: So are your house plants! Being moved outside in the summer stimulates growth, supplying them with sunlight and fresh air, making them healthier overall. This complete guide explains everything you …

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How to Identify House Plants: Everything You Need to Know to ID a Mystery Plant

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Whether you want to increase your house plant knowledge, want to identify a tagless, nameless house plant you unexpectedly inherited, or just impress your friends with your ability to compliment their pothos without batting an eye, being able to identify house plants is a great skill to have. This complete guide will covers everything you …

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Pothos Guide: How to Care for a Devil’s Ivy Plant

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A plant nicknamed the “Devil’s Ivy” may not seem like a fun one to have around the house, but trust me: with heart-shaped leaves, gorgeous trailing vines, and a resilience that makes it one of the easiest house plants to grow indoors, you will absolutely love your pothos. We’ve pulled together all the best info …

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Dieffenbachia Houseplant Guide: How to Care for a Dumb Cane

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With large speckled leaves that come in a variety of gorgeous patterns and colors, dumb cane plants, also known as dieffenbachias, make incredible house plants. They are easy to care for, love indoor conditions, and have grow faster and larger than most houseplants. In other words, why don’t you have one already? Here, we’ve gathered …

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Calathea Guide: How to Care for Your Calathea Plant

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The leaves of a calathea, with their intricate, bold patterns, are some of the most striking and beautiful in nature. And they’re more than just a pretty face; calatheas make absolutely wonderful house plants with their compact size, preference for indirect light, and indoor air purification… but they can be a little tricky to care …

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Houseplant Care 101: A Simple Guide to Keeping Your Indoor Plants Alive

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Keeping houseplants has real-world benefits, including improving your indoor air quality and boosting your productivity and mood. But the task of keeping a plant alive can be daunting for new indoor gardeners, or for those encountering a particular indoor plant for the first time. To help you keep that pollution-scrubbing, brain-bolstering baby plant alive, we’ve …

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How to Care for Any Philodendron Plant from Brasil to Xanadu

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Philodendrons are the true everyman of the houseplant kingdom, filling every niche from dainty hanging plants to gigantic upright tropicals. While there are thousands of philodendron plant varieties, the care and maintenance is relatively uncomplicated across the board. This complete guide covers everything you need to know to grow philo plants indoors and out, from …

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Dracaena Guide: How to Care for a Dragon Tree Indoors

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Dracaena plants have a fascinating history! The plants today are mostly used to decorate the interiors of homes, but their blood-red resin was used centuries ago in toothpaste, dyes, and medicine.Aside from being mood-inflating, air-purifying wonders, dracaenas of every variety also just look really cool. Here we’ve gathered all the info you need to grow …

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Begonia Guide: How to Care for Your Indoor & Outdoor Begonias

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Begonias are beloved by plant enthusiasts and beginner indoor gardeners alike for their wide pattern and leaf variety, exuberant blooms, easy propagation, low level of care, and gorgeous red under-foliage. There is a begonia appropriate for every level of green thumb and every space, indoor or out. We’ve rounded up the best info and care …

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13 Best Cacti: How to Grow Easy and Beneficial Cactus Plants Indoors

small succulents planted in mugs and small pots in a windowsill

Let’s get straight to the point: cacti are awesome. They are extremely easy to care for, purify the air, and have a unique, funky look. When it comes to plant decor, cactus plants are all you need. However, because of their range of shapes, sizes, and colors, it can be hard to choose which ones you want to …

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