Houseplants often come our way as presents - sometimes unwanted. But, if you have them, then you need to look after them properly - even if it is just to show the person who gave it you, that you are caring for it properly!
Our general advice - and the special links below - should set you on the right path to having happy houseplants.
Never forget, that houseplants - when grown indoors - can often tell us a bit about our own living environment. Generally, if a houseplant does well, then the environment is ok for us as well. To be successful with houseplant, you have to care for them and look after them as much as - or more - than plants in the garden.
Its always a good idea to do a little bit of research - either here or on the web to see if you can firstly accurately name your plant. Common names are generally alright but tend to differ between countries and also between different areas of your own country.
Once you have the real name you can double check by doing a search of Google Images - to make absolutely sure.
Then you are well on the way to know how to care for your houseplant. Start off by finding out where your plant had its origins - often Asian countries or the South Americas. If it is a rain forest plant, it will need different care and attention that one from the desert or dry woodland areas. This is where the real botanical name comes into its own.
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