Expert Advice on Improving Your Home

Wild About Lavender: How to Grow This Beautiful, Versatile Plant

Lavender is a versatile plant which makes a beautiful hedge, helps keep deer away from your roses, and can even liven up your lemonade. Read on to learn how to grow, harvest, and propagate lavender; as well as some of the most popular types available.
Drilling a hole in the top of a plastic water bottle to make houseplant drip irrigation.

DIY Drip Irrigation for Houseplants

It’s easy to make homemade drip irrigation for your houseplants using nothing more than a plastic water bottle and a drill. Watch this video to find out how.
Houseplants

Guide to Poisonous and Nontoxic Houseplants

Houseplants can improve air quality and bring a little bit of nature indoors. However, if you have children or pets, it's important to be careful when choosing houseplants, since some varieties can be poisonous. Read on to find out which houseplants are poisonous and which are not.
Blooming, fibrous-rooted begonia in pot.

How To Grow Begonias Indoors During the Winter

Robert asks, “I have some beautiful wax and angel type begonias in pots. Can I bring them inside for the winter? How do I care for them?”

Many types of begonias can be grown inside during the winter. Read on for some tips on how to care for them.
Tulips blooming indoors in pot.

7 Steps to Force Spring Bulbs to Bloom Inside During Winter

One of the best ways to bring some color to the gray winter months is by forcing spring bulbs to bloom indoors. For most bulbs, the process begins in the fall, where they spend an “artificial winter” in your refrigerator. Read on to find out how to force your own potted spring bulbs to bloom indoors.
Peace lily plant

Do Houseplants Release or Remove VOCs in the Air?

Grace asks, “I've read how houseplants remove air pollution, but I've also read where some plants actually release VOCs into the air. Which is true?”

While a recent study found plants released some VOCs, it doesn't mean we should throw away our houseplants! Read on for more.
Exotic flowers on Bromeliad houseplants

How to Grow Bromeliad Houseplants

While bromeliads have a reputation as being hard to grow, many types are actually quite easy to keep as houseplants. They're low maintenance, adaptable to temperature and humidity shifts, and the blooms last a long time. Read on to find out how to grow bromeliad houseplants in your home.

How to Make Homemade Insecticidal Soap for Plants

Find out how to make your own homemade, organic, eco-friendly insecticidal soap for your garden and houseplants using ordinary household ingredients.
Spraying houseplant with insecticidal soap

How to Use Insecticidal Soap on Plants

Problems with spider mites? Give your plants a bath using insecticidal soap! Made from a simple soap solution, insecticidal soap is a greener, more eco-friendly approach to controlling soft-bodied insects in the garden and on houseplants. Read on to find out more about using insecticidal soap on your plants.