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Just like SAD lamps get rid of the blues for those with seasonal affective disorder, indoor grow lights have an even better effect on house plants. Plants are alive and to keep them that way, they need light (not necessarily sunlight). While we need Vitamin D from natural sunlight, plants don’t. That means you can grow any type of plant indoors with the right light systems or just bulbs, because light energizes plants through photosynthesis (it’s…

Don’t like getting dirt under your finger nails, or pesky plant bugs that annoy you (see my simple solutions for this) – and kill your plants? Worry-free houseplants not only exist; they’re super easy to take care of! Take your pick from the following: 10 herbs you can grow and use in your kitchen (and bedroom too) 6 air purifying plants that’ll grow in water helped by a few drops of liquid fertilizer (every now…

Using indoor houseplants to help control insect pests isn’t a new idea, though it tends to be more common to get rid of flying bugs like mosquitoes. But you can also use plants to deter spiders from making themselves at home in your house as well. Here are six of the top houseplants that can get the job done. 1 – Peppermint The crisp and unmistakable scent of peppermint is an excellent insect deterrent, and…

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…

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…

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