Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
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Tips on Bringing Houseplants Indoors for the Winter

The weather's getting cooler, and if you sent your houseplants indoors for a summer vacation, now's the time to settle them indoors before winter sets in. Read on for some tips to bringing your plants indoors.

Using a Lazy Susan for Potted Plants

A lazy susan comes in handy when potting or trimming a plant. Partially fill the pot with soil and set it on the lazy susan. Position your plants and slowly spin the lazy susan as you finish topping off the soil. When trimming plants, you can easily cut with one hand while carefully turning with the other. This technique would also work when decorating or painting pots.

How to Water Plants Without Splashing Foliage

Many fuzzy leafed plants, such as African violets, don't like water on their foliage because it leaves spots and can cause fungus. Deliver water past the leaves and directly to the roots with a simple funnel made from the handle of a plastic milk jug.

Painting Clay Pots

For a quick and easy way to paint clay pots give them a spin with an electric drill. Watch this video to find out how.

How to Grow African Violets

To grow new African violets, use a sterile knife and cut off a healthy leaf as near the base as possible. Dip the stem in rooting hormone then push it through a piece of paper and place the stem in water until it develops roots.
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How to Use Houseplants to Purify the Air in Your Home

You don’t always need to buy expensive products to purify the air in your home. Some houseplants act like a filter and absorb harmful chemicals while producing clean air. Watch this video to find out more.
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Using Household Products on Your Plants

Find out how household products from baby shampoo and corn syrup to sugar and soft drinks can be used to nurture plants and improve soil.
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How to Improve Indoor Air Quality with Houseplants

Houseplants can filter toxins and pollutants in stale indoor air and replace carbon dioxide with oxygen. Even though almost any plant can do this, some plants are better than others, especially when it comes to having them in your home.

Mossy Pots

Moss covered planting pots can give your garden an old world charm. But if you live in a dry climate you may be out of luck. Here's a trick to help out Mother Nature.