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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Chart of Plant Propagation Basics
There are 5 major ways to propagate houseplants: plant cuttings, plant division, offsets, air layering, and plantlets. Whichever propagation method you choose, the parent plant should be healthy and your tools should be clean and ... 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
Certain plants, such as spider plants, send off long slender stems called runners. New plants, or plantlets, that can be used for propagation, often develop at the ends of these runners. Place the plantlets on top of potting soil ... 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 e... 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
Plants are a great addition to homes and offices, but it’s important to know whether your plants are dangerous to children, pets, or even adults. Some plants contain chemicals such as oxalates, solanine, glycosides, or alkaloid ... Read More
These are general guidelines that describe how poisonous certain houseplants are. It's possible for an allergic reaction to occur from contact with any houseplant, toxic or non-toxic. If there is ever a concern, call: Poison Contr... Read More
Poisonous houseplants
They can be eye-catching, breathtaking, or even useful—a simple and beautiful way to bring a bit of nature indoors. Houseplants are a stap... Read More
There are several types of fungus that cause Powdery Mildew. The mildew appears on the surface of leaves and other parts of a plant as a powdery grayish-white substance. Grape Ivy, Begonias, and African Violets are prone to this d... Read More
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