Glossary

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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Pepper sprays are a great natural way to get rid of houseplant pests. Peppers and even some herbs contain the chemical “capasaicin.” Capasaicin can be found in paprika, chili peppers, cayenne pepper, dill, and red & black ... Read More
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
Leaves that are slender, narrow, and do not have a leaf blade are called needles.... 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
Propagating houseplants by plant division works well with plants that form root clumps as they mature. When the roots fill the pot, take the plant out and gently pull the root ball into sections, never use a knife to do this. Plan... Read More
Picture of various methods used to propagate houseplants
There are 4 major ways to propagate houseplants: plant cuttings, plant division, offsets, and air layering. Whichever propagation method you choose, the parent plant should be healthy and your tools should be clean and sharp. Root... Read More
Chart showing plant propagation by air layering
Propagating houseplants by Air Layering is used primarily for large plants with thick strong stems that are not easily propagated by other methods. The new plant is propagated while still attached to the parent plant. 1. Use a ... Read More
Offsets developing from plants
Houseplant offsets, or pups as they are sometimes called, are the baby plants that form at the base of certain houseplants. Plant offsets can be used to easily propagate new plants. Wait until the plant offsets have grown at least... Read More
Leaf cuttings used for plant propagation
Cut off a healthy section of stem, leaf, cane, or branch from a plant;  use this plant piece to start a new plant. Stem Cuttings: Use a sharp, clean scissors or razor blade to cut a 4”-6” piece from the end of a healthy s... Read More
American Ass. of Poison Control Centers 1-800-222-1222 WHEN SHOULD YOU CALL POISON CONTROL? *If you suspect a child has ingested a questionable plant remove any plant parts from his mouth. If the victim is choking or cannot breath... Read More
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