Check out facts on watering (and over-watering!) fertilizing and repotting, plus more good tips and advice for houseplant care... plus expert tricks to keeping poinsettias, Easter lilies, and other holiday or gift plants living longer...
Boston fern - Having trouble with your Boston fern? Try misting it several times a day when relative humidity drops below 80%. Although tolerant to drought, the Boston fern likes damp, but not soggy soil that is rich in nutrients.
Snake plant - Slow to grow, the snake plant remains popular not only for its ease of care and resistance to drought, but as an effective household air purifier. Water sparingly once a week, and even less so during the winter months.
Spider plant - Easy to grow and propagate, the spider plant is very tolerant of neglect, being able to thrive in a wide range of conditions, including drought. Spider plants have also been shown to reduce indoor air pollution.
Ficus tree - One of the most popular indoor trees for its easy care, the ficus loves being situated near a sunny window. Leaf drop is common when moved indoors, so be patient as your ficus adjusts to its new surroundings.
Peace lily - Not a true lily, but its ease of care make the peace lily a popular plant in any home. It thrives best in shade when watered once a week. The soil is best left moist but only needs watering if the soil is dry.
Lucky bamboo- With promised good fortune to any household that provides proper care, lucky bamboo is usually grown in filtered water or light, sandy soil. Place it in indirect sunlight, and be sure to change the water at least every two weeks.
Begonia - One of the easiest flowering houseplants to grow and care for, the begonia likes bright but indirect sunlight, and well-drained soil. Water frequently during the summer months and never let the soil become completely dry.
African violet - Eye-catching color makes the african violet another popular favorite that requires special african violet fertilizer and growing medium to thrive. Water when the soil is dry, and always keep it in indirect sunlight.
Orchids - Brighten up any room with the color and elegance of an orchid houseplant, which needs enough light to bloom, but not direct sunlight to avoid burning delicate buds and flowers. Water only once a week or when the soil is dry.
More facts & information about caring for houseplants around the Web:
Caring for Houseplants - Read up on how to avoid killing them with kindness, together with helpful tips to lighting, temperature, humidity and fertilizing, and a list of the most
common houseplants - from African violets to Zebra plants - with a short synopsis on caring for them.
Begonia Society - This is the organization dedicated to one of the country's favorite 'windowsill garden' flowers with feature articles, growers' forum, calendar of events, virtual greenhouse.
Horticultural Help - This is a great resource for the urban gardener from a New York City expert with tips and tricks, indoor gardening myths, problems and diagnosis. Also offers a monthly newsletter, related resources.
Bringing Houseplants Indoors - Discover good tips on acclimating your houseplants to wintering over inside the house, with advice on repotting, watering, and getting rid of those garden pests.
Poisonous House Plants - If you have kids or pets in the household, here's an A-Z listing including aloe, azaleas, dumb cane and up to and including Poinsettias - no longer considered, um, extremely dangerous...