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Prayer Plant Guide: How to Take Care of a Maranta Plant

many varieties of maranta plant under white grow lamp in pots

This is the plant you have been praying for. Prayer plants are gorgeous house plants with large patterned leaves and a nighttime ritual of raising and lowering their foliage. The movement looks like bringing your hands together in prayer, hence the plant’s name. This complete guide covers everything you need to know about prayer plants …

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Snake Plant Guide: How to Care for a Sansevieria Houseplant

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Snake plants are beloved by plant enthusiasts and beginner indoor gardeners alike for their wide pattern and leaf variety, easy propagation, low level of care, and extreme air-cleaning abilities. And they look great in any space, too. We’ve rounded up the best info and care tips for all varieties of sansevieria, including light, water, and …

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Calathea Guide: How to Care for Your Calathea Plant

foliage of calathea house plant in pot indoors from above

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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Nerve Plant Guide: How to Care for a Fittonia Houseplant

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Tired of plants that get on your nerves with their endless care needs? Try growing a nerve plant! Nerve plants, properly known as Fittonia, are gorgeous house plants that are famous for their brightly colored veins. They look amazing, have incredible health benefits, and are relatively easy to care for—as long as you keep a few growing …

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

pothos easy care houseplant in diy hanging planter

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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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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Dieffenbachia Houseplant Guide: How to Care for a Dumb Cane

dieffenbachia dumb cane houseplant foliage indoors

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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15 Awesome Water Games For Families

A very colorful tub of water balloons sitting in the grass with hands reaching in to grab some.

We’re nearing the end of the Summer and you’re probably all bored of the same old outdoor activities. Swimming, hiking, camping, etc. It’s getting super hot, and no one, especially the kids, wants to go outside. So what’s a family to do? It’s time to get creative, that’s what! These awesome ideas should help inspire …

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