Glossary

This Glossary is a list of terms and words relating to plants. Read information and see  pictures about plant pests, diseases, propagation methods, clean air plants, poisonous houseplants, bonsai techniques, and helpful plant products. You can explore the Glossary as a list, or link to these terms from various plant detail pages. See Entire Glossary
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Very few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes... Read More
When you select “Low Light” a list of the most adaptive plants in our database appears. These plants can live in lighting conditions too low to support any other plants in our database, but will grow faster in medium and high ... 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 ... Read More
White, fuzzy Mealy Bugs on a plant
Mealy Bugs are one of the most annoying and destructive pests that attack houseplants. These tiny sucking insects look like small pieces of cotton. When young, mealy bugs have legs and can crawl. This is the best time to treat an ... Read More
Neem Oil is a natural oil made from the pressed seeds and fruits of Neem Trees. Organic, non-poisonous insecticides and pesticides made from neem oil are excellent alternatives to toxic chemicals when treating houseplant pests and... Read More
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
Plant cleaners are commercial products that clean and shine the leaves of indoor plants.  Always read the instructions thoroughly and test any houseplant cleaner on one or two leaves to be sure it won’t damage the plant. Move t... 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
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