The Glossary explains the meaning of different terms we use when talking about how to grow and care for plants. You can read information and see pictures about plant pests, diseases, propagation methods, clean air plants, poisonous houseplants, bonsai techniques, and helpful plant products. The Glossary can be accessed from  the link below or you can link to these terms from the plant detail pages. See Entire Glossary
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Some indoor and outdoor plants are grown from bulbs. Plant Bulbs, swollen underground stems with scaley leaves, store food and provide energy for the plants we see above ground. They are also used for propagation. Bulbs should... Read More
Learn how to identify and treat Spider Mites, a tiny sucking plant pest.
Spider mites, plant pests that are members of the Acari family, are very, very tiny insects about 1 mm in size. The most common indoor mite is the Red Spider Mite. These pests lay their eggs on the back surface of  plant leaves a... Read More
They can be eye-catching, breathtaking, or even useful—a simple and beautiful way to bring a bit of nature indoors. Houseplants are a staple of interior decorating and for good reason. But do you know many of these common, indoo... Read More
Image of over watered plant suffering from root rot
Root rot is a condition found in houseplants with poor drainage. The roots of the plant rot as a result of over-watering. The excess water makes it very difficult for the roots to get the air that they need, causing them to decay.... Read More
Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, literally means "the arrangement of living materials in water." *Flower arrangement picture thanks to the Ikebana of Arizona annual exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum.... Read More
Any plant that can grow in low light grows even better in medium light, so both low and medium light plants appear on this list. To benefit from medium light, a plant should be placed directly in front of a window with a... Read More
This small dark skinny pest flies and jumps around plants and people driving us all crazy. Fungus gnats develop in moist potting soil, feeding on root hairs and emerging as adults every 30 days. The best way to get rid of fungus g... Read More
About Humidity for plants refers to the amount of water vapor in the air that is available for plants and is not easily controlled. The good news is that although many houseplants, like the calathea or pilea prefer high humidity ... Read More
A hardiness zone is a geographically defined area in which certain types of plants can grow as defined by climatic conditions, including their ability to withstand the minimum temperatures of the zone. The hardiness zones are help... Read More
Here are a few fun & easy projects to teach children how plants grow. Do plants use water? Fill jar with water & add food coloring. Place celery stalk or white daisy in jar. As transpiration occurs, water is absorbed &... Read More
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