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Mosquitoes can be a terrible nuisance when you’re outside during the summer, but they are even worse once they find their way indoors. Before you grab a can of chemical bug spray, you can take a stand against mosquitoes with a few well-chosen houseplants. There are several indoor plants that repel mosquitoes, and many are easy enough to grow for the novice gardener. Here are seven to consider for your home: 1 – Citronella This…

It’s natural to bond with your plants. They are living after all. You feed them, prune them, nourish them, and bathe them on occasion. No wonder you fall in love with them. You only realize how much when gnats, mites, mealybugs, whitefly, and any number of multi-legged and dual-winged creatures invade them, putting plant life in jeopardy. Remember the Daleks from Dr. Who? Can you say Exterminate (say aloud in robotic voice – Or YouTube it if…

One of the biggest drawbacks to growing plants indoors is the lack of access to natural pollinators, like insects, birds or even the wind. For many houseplants, it won’t make much difference, but certain plants are going to need pollination in order to produce fruit or seeds. Here’s how to handle it. Why Pollinate? Before we get into the details and techniques, you should understand the reasons why pollination is necessary for some plants. Pollination…

Most people know that spending time outside in a natural setting is wonderful for your mood, but you can get those same mental health benefits with indoor houseplants as well. There have been a large number of scientific studies into the effect that plants have on us, and there are many documented facts about keeping houseplants to better our lives. If you’re not convinced, here is a breakdown of the main health benefits that houseplants…

It’s super easy to learn how to care for an air plant. In fact, the number of things you ‘need’ to remember can be counted on one hand. Lighting Water Temperature Air Circulation Fertilization That’s for regular weekly/monthly care for tillandsias, which is the botanical name for air plants, but who uses them? Didn’t think so. It’s like everything else though, it’s only easy when you know how. Consider the following your cheat-sheet to keep…

Succulents have become extremely popular in the plant world lately. They are very easy to take care of and there are a lot of fun and beautiful ways to arrange them. I have even seen wedding bouquets made 100% out of succulents. They are everywhere and they are addicting to plant. Sure, you can go to the garden center of your local store and buy more succulents, but did you know that you can grow…

Can you imagine feeling responsible for your dog or cat becoming ill? And all because you liked the look of a beautiful plant that’s poisonous to cats and dogs but you never knew it? This probably isn’t something you want to think about. What you should be thinking about though is that cats and dogs like to sniff around things, are curious, and will lick and chew at plants… even if they are poisonous. If…

In today’s eco-conscious world, we are learning that our indoor air quality isn’t always the healthiest. But rather than resorting to air filters, why not take a more natural approach and add a few houseplants to help add more oxygen to your environment while also filtering out toxins? As a bonus, the extra plants can improve your mental health as well. Houseplants actually release oxygen during the day when there is natural light, through the…

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