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Nov 30, Arrowhead Plant Care – How to Grow Syngonium podophyllum Indoors https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/arrowhead-plant.html
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<p>Botanical Name: <em>Syngonium podophyllum</em></p><p><span>Arrowhead Plant is a member of the Araceae family — along with the philodendron — and is&nbsp;</span><span>just as easy to care for. Give it bright light and lightly moist soil, and you’ll find that&nbsp;</span><span>it’s otherwise low-maintenance.</span></p><p><span>Commercial growers have made big improvements to this beautiful foliage plant in recent years, giving it a better resistance&nbsp;</span><span>to disease. And that’s not all. Today’s plants offer more leaf colors with heavy variegation and a compact growth habit, adding to&nbsp;</span><span>its appeal.</span></p>
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<div class=”ImageBlock ImageBlockCenter”><img class=”ss-lazy” src=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/arrowhead-plant-whitepot.jpg” width=”650″ height=”433″ alt=”arrowhead plant, syngonium podophyllum, common house plants, house plants” title=”Arrowhead Plant” data-pin-media=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/arrowhead-plant-whitepot.jpg”><span class=”Caption CaptionCenter”>Arrowhead plant is a classic houseplant. Beautiful and easy-care, it’s no wonder.</span></div>
<h3>Get to Know Arrowhead Plant</h3>
<p>As a young plant, its leaves start out heart-shaped, then gradually become arrowhead shaped as it matures. <em>S. podophyllum</em> dark-green leaves&nbsp;<span>have silvery white or cream variegation, making this a decorative and popular house plant.</span></p><p>There are many named varieties. Choose a plant based on the color and size you want.&nbsp;<span>Among the most popular are <b>’Butterfly'</b> that features deep-green leaves with creamy white veins…</span><span><b>’Pixie'</b> is a compact cultivar with small leaves…<b>’Imperial White'</b> is stunning with green&nbsp;</span><span>leaves marbled with white. One new colorful cultivar is <b>’Neon Robusta'</b>, flushed with pink.</span></p><p><span>Display arrowhead plant alongside a group of other foliage plants or add it to a dish garden. Small plants mix well&nbsp;</span><span>with compact peace lilies and English ivy because they require similar care.</span></p>
<h3>Arrowhead Plant Problems, Answers and Houseplant Helps</h3>
<p><span><b>Stake it up.</b> Young plants form clusters of upright stems, with climbing stems developing later. Use a moss stick to support older stems,&nbsp;</span><span>giving aerial roots something to hold onto. Or, if you want to keep it compact…</span></p><p><span><b>Prune it back.</b> To keep arrowhead plant bushy and full, prune out the older, climbing stems as they grow. Cut them back in early summer and you can propagate the stem tip cuttings.</span></p>
<p><b>Dropped or shriveled leaves?</b> Arrowheads are always growing new leaves, but may drop them if&nbsp;<span>the plant gets too dry. Cut off dry, shriveled leaves and aim to keep the potting mix lightly moist at all times.</span></p><p><b>Brown, shriveled leaves</b> could indicate chemical damage. Arrowhead plant’s thin, delicate leaves are sensitive to&nbsp;<span>leafshine products, pesticides and pollutants.&nbsp;</span><span>If leaves are dusty, clean them with a fine spray of room-temperature water. Before using any pesticide,&nbsp;</span><span>read the label to be sure it is safe to use on this plant.</span></p><p><span><b>Repot in spring</b> every couple years, or when the plant becomes root-bound.&nbsp;</span><span>Use a container with drainage holes. If you want to dress up a plain pot, slip it into a cachepot. I put pebbles in the bottom of cachepots to hold the inside pot above the drainage water. As the water evaporates, it adds humidity to the air around your arrowhead plant — <em>and it will love the humidity</em>.</span></p><p><span><b>Something bugging your plant?</b><span> When you water your houseplants, look them over for pests. A few to watch for: <a href=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/scale-insects.html”>Scale insects</a>, small, round and brown, they are easy to spot along the stems and undersides of leaves. <a href=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/mealybugs.html”>Mealybugs</a> look like white specks of cotton and tend to group on plant stems. Among the most dreaded houseplant pests are <a href=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/spider-mites.html”>spider mites</a>; they leave fine webbing between leaves and stems, cause leaf damage, and are difficult to remove. Don’t use insecticide sprays because <em>Syngonium</em> is sensitive to chemicals, which damage the foliage. If your Arrowhead plant is badly infested, get rid of it.&nbsp;</span></span></p><p><span><b>Is arrowhead plant poisonous?</b> Yes.&nbsp;<em>Syngonium podophyllum</em> has sap that contains calcium oxalate crystals and is toxic to pets and people and can cause skin irritation.&nbsp;</span><span>I recommend wearing gloves when handling this plant or washing your hands thoroughly afterward.</span></p>
<div class=”ImageBlock ImageBlockCenter”><img class=”ss-lazy” src=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/syngonium-neon-robusta.jpg” width=”650″ height=”430″ alt=”arrowhead plant, syngonium podophyllum” title=”Syngonium podophyllum ‘Neon Robusta'” data-pin-media=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/syngonium-neon-robusta.jpg”><span class=”Caption CaptionCenter”>Some popular new cultivars are beautifully splashed with pink. Photo © Monikabaumbach</span></div>
<h2>Arrowhead Plant Care Tips</h2>
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<p><b>Origin:</b> South America</p><p><b>Height:</b> Newer compact varieties grow to 2 ft (60 cm), some varieties climb to 4 ft (1.2 m) or more.</p><p><b>Light:</b> Bright light, but no direct sun.&nbsp;<em>Syngonium podophyllum </em><span>can</span><span>&nbsp;tolerate low light, but the leaves may lose their variegation.&nbsp;</span><span>Turn pot in front of window regularly for even growth.</span></p><p><b>Water:</b> Keep the potting mix moist in summer, allowing the surface to dry out before watering again.&nbsp;<span>Water less often in winter, letting the top half of the potting mix dry out.</span></p><p><b>Humidity:</b> Try to maintain 40-50% relative humidity around your plant. Brown leaf tips can be caused by dry air. Take a look at these easy ways to <a href=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/humidity.html”>increase the humidity</a> for your tropical plants.</p><p><b>Temperature:</b> Warm room temperatures (65-80°F/18-27°C).</p><p><b>Soil:</b> Peat-moss based potting mix with added perlite and/or vermiculite for good drainage, such as African violet mix.&nbsp;</p><p><b>Fertilizer:</b> &nbsp;Feed every 2 weeks from spring through fall with a balanced house plant fertilizer&nbsp;<span>diluted to half the normal strength. In winter, feed monthly.</span></p><p><b>Propagation:</b> Take 3-4 in (7.5-10 cm) stem tip cuttings early in summer. For best results, dip the cut end&nbsp;<span>in <a href=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/rooting-powder.html”>rooting hormone powder</a> then stand the cutting in a pot of perlite or a half-half mix of vermiculite and peat moss.&nbsp;</span><span>Keep the cuttings out of sunlight and maintain the humidity around them by covering the pot with a plastic bag.&nbsp;</span><span>Cuttings should root in about a month.</span></p>
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Nov 26, Growing Olive Trees Indoors – Dwarf Olive Tree Care https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/growing-olive-trees.html
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<p>Botanical Name: <em>Olea europaea</em> and hybrids</p><p>Growing olive trees indoors has become popular in recent years — and for good reason. This Mediterranean native&nbsp;<span>is tolerant of dry air and (somewhat) dry soil, making it an extremely adaptable house plant.</span><br></p>
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<h3>Get to Know Your Olive Tree</h3>
<p><span>In its natural habitat, an olive tree can reach up to 20 ft (6 m) tall. However, indoors, planted in a pot, you&nbsp;</span><span>can keep it much smaller. Dwarf olive trees only grow to 6 ft (1.8 m). Pruning olive trees will keep them compact.</span><br></p><p><span>Olive tree branches are covered with attractive, narrow, gray-green leaves that grow 1-3 in (2.5-8 cm) long.&nbsp;</span><span>The undersides of the leaves are covered with fine hairs.</span></p><p><span>Clusters of small, creamy white flowers may appear in the axils of the leaves in summer, followed by ripening&nbsp;</span><span>fruits. Give your olive tree plenty of sunlight to get it to bloom. Although the flowers aren’t long-lasting, they are delightfully fragrant.</span></p>
<h3>How to Prune and Repot Your Olive Tree</h3>
<p><b>Prune your plant</b> back when new growth begins in spring to keep it compact. Pruning olive trees long branches will promote&nbsp;<span>vigorous new growth and an attractive shape. Use sharp pruners&nbsp;</span><span>to cut the stem at a 45° angle, 1/4-inch above a leaf node (where a leaf attaches to a stem).&nbsp;</span><span>Pruning will force branching from just below where the cut was made.</span></p><p><b>Repot in spring</b>. Move a young olive plant to a pot that’s just 1 size (1-2 inches (2.5-5 cm)) larger every couple years or&nbsp;<span>when it outgrows its pot. Keep the crown of the plant at the same level as it was; don’t bury the stem because the plant may suffer from stem rot. Always use a pot with a drainage hole to prevent soggy soil and root rot. Large plants&nbsp;</span><span>can be top-dressed each year, instead, by replacing the top 2-3 inches of soil.</span></p>
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<h3>Buy Olive Trees</h3>
<p>You can buy olive trees from online nurseries.&nbsp;<span>A dwarf olive tree is an attractive non-fruiting tree that will stay much smaller, making&nbsp;</span><span>it an ideal house plant. A bonsai olive tree also makes a beautiful accent for a sunny room.</span></p><p><span>You’ll find that growing olive trees indoors is well worth it. These evergreen trees are low-maintenance and long-lived.</span></p>

<h2>Tips for Growing Olive Trees Indoors</h2>
<p><b>Origin:</b> Mediterranean</p><p><span><b>Height:</b> Up to 10 ft (3 m) when grown in a container. Dwarf varieties reach up to 6 ft (1.8 m).&nbsp;</span><span>Pruning olive trees will keep them compact. A bonsai olive tree is pruned and shaped to stay much smaller.</span></p><p><span><b>Light:</b> Full sun.&nbsp;</span><span>Growing olive trees need as much direct sunlight as possible year-round.&nbsp;</span><span>Give the plant a quarter turn every week in front of the window to ensure even growth.&nbsp;</span><span>Moving your plant to a sun-drenched porch or patio for the summer will give it a boost. Olive trees also grow well under an <a href=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/indoor-plant-lights.html”>indoor plant light</a>.</span></p><p><span><b>Water:</b> Growing olive trees are thirsty spring through fall. Water thoroughly, then allow top 2 in (5 cm) of soil to dry out between waterings. Don’t allow&nbsp;</span><span>the soil to get soggy which can quickly kill this tree. Reduce water in winter, when plant growth has slowed.</span></p><p><span><b>Humidity:</b> Average room (around 40% relative humidity); tolerant of dry air.</span><br></p><p><span><b>Temperature:</b> Warm 65-80°F/18-27°C. Olive trees will tolerate high temperatures,&nbsp;</span><span>so don’t worry about putting your tree outdoors for the summer — it can take the heat. It will tolerate a&nbsp;</span><span>minimum of 40°F/4°C, so bring it indoors for the winter.</span></p><p><span><b>Soil:</b> Sandy, fast-draining mix, such as a cactus potting mix.</span><br></p><p><span><b>Fertilizer:</b> Feed every 2 weeks in spring and summer with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half.&nbsp;</span><span>Or apply a slow-release fertilizer, such as 10-10-10, in early spring.</span></p><p><b>Propagation:</b> Sow seeds or take stem tip cuttings in spring. With a sharp knife or razor blade, take a&nbsp;<span>4 in (10 cm) stem tip cutting with 2-3 leaf nodes. Dip cut end in <a href=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/rooting-powder.html”>hormone rooting powder</a> before inserting&nbsp;</span><span>in moist potting mix. Olive tree cuttings do not root easily.</span></p>
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Nov 23, Madagascar Dragon Tree Care: Grow Dracaena Marginata Indoors https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/dragon-tree.html
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<p>Botanical Name:&nbsp;<em>Dracaena marginata</em></p><p><span>Madagascar dragon tree is a bold accent if you have the space. Its daring, upright form punctuates the decor&nbsp;</span><span>like an exclamation point, adding excitement to any room.</span></p>
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<p><span>This beautiful tree starts out as a thick tuft of spiky leaves. As it grows, the lower leaves naturally fall, leaving a cluster&nbsp;</span><span>of dramatic, spear-shaped leaves above a bare woody stem. Its narrow, red-edged leaves can grow about&nbsp;</span><span>12-16 in (30-40 cm) long.</span><br></p><p><em>Dracaena</em>&nbsp;care is easy. Dragon tree thrives in average room conditions, tolerating dry indoor air and low light levels that&nbsp;<span>are deadly to most plants. This dynamic house plant also handles changing temperatures and humidity levels. Just don’t overwater.&nbsp;</span><span>It will not tolerate soggy soil, which can cause root rot.</span><br></p>
<h3>Caring for Dragon Tree Year-Round</h3>
<p><span><b>Clean it up.</b>&nbsp;Those tall, upright leaves tend to be dust-catchers.&nbsp;</span><span>If possible, take the plant outdoors when the weather permits and&nbsp;</span><span>gently spray the leaves with tepid water. Or wipe them off with a damp cloth.</span></p><p><span><b>Keep it short.</b>&nbsp;Slow-growing, this exotic house plant will eventually reach 6 ft (1.8 m) tall&nbsp;</span><span>indoors. You can control its height by simply cutting off the top.</span></p>

<div class=”CalloutBox” readability=”11″><p><span><b>Pruning tip:</b> Prune it back in spring or early summer&nbsp;<span>to control its growth. You can cut off the cane at any height. Within weeks, it will sprout a&nbsp;</span><span>new cluster of leaves from where it was cut. Use clean, sharp pruners to avoid tearing or infecting the stem.</span></span></p>
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<p><b>Take a stand.</b>&nbsp;Give a young plant a boost by placing it on an&nbsp;<a href=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/indoor-plant-stands.html”>indoor plant stand</a>.&nbsp;<span>The tall, spiky leaves of the dragon tree looks spectacular by itself on a pedestal stand. Or combine it with shrubby and trailing plants&nbsp;</span><span>for contrast. Take a look at these new ways to display your indoor plants.</span></p><p><span><b>Repot in spring</b> when roots become coiled in the container or grow out of the drainage holes. Always use fresh potting mix&nbsp;</span><span>when you repot a plant; old potting mixes become compact over time and nutrients become depleted. Take care not to bury the stems — keep the plant at the same soil level as before to prevent stem rot. Use a pot with drainage holes to prevent root rot.</span></p><p><span><b>Something bugging your tree?</b> Dragon tree typically shrugs off pests, although dry air may attract <a href=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/spider-mites.html”>spider mites</a>&nbsp;</span><span>to its leaves. Faded, yellowing leaves and webbing between leaves indicate an infestation. Regular misting with water will do double-duty, raising the humidity and keeping those pests away. <a href=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/scale-insects.html”>Scale insects</a> are small, brown discs that may be found on the underside of leaves. You can pick them off or treat your tree with an insecticide.</span></p>
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<h3>Buying Tip</h3>
<p>This popular <em>Dracaena</em> house plant is easy to find. A few varieties are available.</p><p>The cultivar <b>’Tricolor'</b> has green-and-cream stripes on its leaves with red margins and also goes by the name&nbsp;<span>Rainbow Plant. <b>’Colorama'</b> has similar coloring as ‘Tricolor’ with prominent red margins.</span></p>

<h2>Dragon Tree Care Tips</h2>
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<p><b>Origin:</b> Madagascar</p><p><b>Height:</b> Up to 6 ft (1.8 m) indoors; this tree is slow-growing and will take a while to reach this height.</p><p><b>Light:</b> Bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight in summer, which may cause dry, brown patches on leaves. Give your Dragon Tree a quarter turn every week to expose all sides to light for even growth.</p><p><b>Water:</b> Keep soil lightly moist spring through fall, slightly drier in winter. Do not let soil get waterlogged, which can cause root rot. Drooping, yellow leaves are a sign of root rot. Use a pot with drainage holes to prevent soggy potting soil.</p><p><b>Humidity:</b> Average room (around 40% relative humidity). Will tolerate dry air.</p><p><b>Temperature:</b> Normal room temperatures (65-75°F/18-24°C). This tropical native doesn’t like cold air, which can cause its leaves to fall off. Keep your tree away from heat/AC vents as well as blasts from windows and doorways in the winter.</p><p><b>Soil:</b> Good-quality, all-purpose potting mix.</p><p><b>Fertilizer:</b> Feed every 2 weeks in spring and summer with a balanced (10-10-10) liquid fertilizer diluted by half. Don’t forget to feed your tree — pale leaves are sometimes caused by too little fertilizer.</p><p><b>Propagation:</b> Cut sections of the cane into 4-6-inch (10-15 cm) pieces and root them like stem cuttings. For best results, dip cut ends in <a href=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/rooting-powder.html”>rooting hormone powder</a> before setting them in potting medium. Use a sterile medium, such as seed starting mix, or a half-and-half mix of peat moss-based mix and horticultural sand. Keep potting medium lightly moist and warm for roots to develop.&nbsp;</p>
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Nov 6, Fire Flash Plant Care – Houseplant with Orange Stems and Green Leaves https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/fire-flash-plant.html
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<p>Botanical Name: <em>Chlorophytum orchidastrum</em></p><p><span>Fire Flash plant is a newcomer to the houseplant scene and is already getting plenty of admiration from growers.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span>Lush and green, the fountain of broad leaves give this tropical plant appeal — however, it’s the contrasting orange stems that make Fire Flash captivating to all who see it.</span></p>
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<p>When you display this handsome plant in your home, don’t be surprised when people stop in their tracks to ask about it. Set a young plant on a table or plant stand to show it off.</p><p>Best of all, Fire Flash plant care is easy. Its thick roots store water, so it is forgiving if you forget to water once in a while. This low-maintenance houseplant doesn’t even mind low light levels, although it grows best with some indirect sunlight.&nbsp;</p>
<h3>Fire Flash Plant Problems, Solutions and Answers</h3>
<p><b>Brown leaf tips</b> are caused by dry air. Unfortunately, this is common. Give this tropical native the humidity it craves with a cool-mist humidifier when indoor air becomes dry.&nbsp;</p><p><b>Watch for bugs.</b>&nbsp;Fire Flash plant seems to shrug off pests, however it’s a good idea to check it occasionally. Scale insects, aphids, mealybugs and spider mites may invade indoor plants. Isolate any infested houseplant and treat it right away.</p><p><b>Is&nbsp;<em>Chlorophytum orchidastrum</em></b><span><b> poisonous?</b> No. While you don’t want your cat or dog nibbling on your houseplant, you can rest assured this one is safe around pets.</span></p>
<h2>Chlorophytum Fire Flash Plant Care</h2>
<p><b>Origin:</b>&nbsp;Tropical East Africa</p><p><b>Height:</b>&nbsp;1-2 ft (30-60 cm)&nbsp;</p><p><b>Light:</b>&nbsp;<span>Put Fire Flash plant where it’ll get plenty of light, but&nbsp;</span><span>protect it from hot midday sun, which may cause brown scorch marks on leaves.&nbsp;</span><span>Filtered light&nbsp;</span><span>from a south- or west-facing window will give it the light it needs.</span></p><p><b>Water:</b>&nbsp;Water thoroughly, then allow top half of soil to dry out before watering again.<span>&nbsp;Fire Flash has thick, strong roots that store water, making it drought-tolerant. It’s a good idea to use a pot with a drainage hole and empty drainage tray. Water less in winter, but don’t allow Fire Flash plant to dry out. Also, remember to always use room-temperature water when watering houseplants because cold water is a shock to them.</span></p><p><b>Humidity:</b>&nbsp;This rainforest native loves humidity. Aim to maintain 50% relative humidity or higher around Fire Flash plant. If the air is dry, especially in winter, use a&nbsp;<a href=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/humidity.html”>cool-mist room humidifier</a>&nbsp;or if your plant is still small, set it on a pebble tray.</p><p><b>Temperature:</b>&nbsp;Average to warm 65-80°F/18-27°C year-round. <em>Chlorophytum orchidastrum</em> will tolerate temps as low as 60°F/16°C.</p><p><b>Soil:</b>&nbsp;Good-quality, all-purpose potting mix.</p><p><b>Fertilizer:</b>&nbsp;Feed 4 times a year with a balanced (such as 10-10-10 NPK) water-soluble fertilizer.</p><p><b>Propagation:</b>&nbsp;Division</p>
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<h2>House Plants Safe for Cats</h2>
<p>Let’s face it, everything in your home looks like a toy to your cat. If your indoor plants have been chewed, pounced and pawed…you know what I mean.</p><p>Although house plants aren’t meant to be played with or eaten, there are some house plants safe for cats you can keep indoors without worry.</p><p>Here’s a list of common indoor plants that are feline-friendly.</p><br><div class=”ImageBlock ImageBlockCenter”><img class=”ss-lazy” src=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/african-violets-pink-flowers.jpg” width=”600″ height=”400″ alt=”african violets” title=”Pink African Violets” data-pin-media=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/african-violets-pink-flowers.jpg”></div>
<h3>African Violets</h3>
<p>Few other flowers bloom so dependably indoors as <a href=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/african-violet.html”>African violets</a>. Whether you have one plant — or several displayed together — these ever-blooming <em>Saintpaulia</em> hybrids bring instant charm to any table. <span>Fortunately, you won’t have to worry if your kitty admires them, too.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p>
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<h3>Chinese Money Plant</h3>
<p>Everybody’s talking about Chinese Money Plant. If you don’t have one yet, you will. Great for beginners, this sassy houseplant is undemanding and easy to propagate, too.&nbsp;<em><a href=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/pilea-peperomioides.html”>Pilea peperomioides</a>&nbsp;</em><span>adds energy to a room — j</span><span>ust look at those round leaves springing out in every direction</span><span>.&nbsp;</span></p>
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<h3>Phalaenopsis Orchids</h3>
<p>There’s a wonderful sense of extravagance growing <em><a href=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/phalaenopsis-orchid-care.html”>Phalaenopsis </a></em><span><a href=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/phalaenopsis-orchid-care.html”>orchids</a></span> in your home.&nbsp;<span>Phals do best near a brightly lit window, but out of hot, direct sunlight.&nbsp;</span><span>Treat them right, and you’ll enjoy a big show of beautiful blooms that last for months.&nbsp;</span></p><br><div class=”ImageBlock ImageBlockCenter”><img class=”ss-lazy” src=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/nerve-plants.jpg” width=”600″ height=”400″ alt=”nerve plant, fittonia” title=”Potted Nerve Plants” data-pin-media=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/nerve-plants.jpg”></div>
<h3>Nerve Plant</h3>
<p><span>Red-veined <em>Fittonia verschaffeltii</em> is one of the few Peruvian rain forest natives non-toxic to cats. And it’s dazzling. <a href=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/nerve-plant.html”>Nerve Plant</a> is as finicky as it looks, preferring high humidity, just-right light and frequent watering. But you don’t mind. You’re willing to pamper it just because you like how it looks.</span></p>
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<h3>Basil</h3>
<p>Scented plants seem to attract cats like…well, like cats to catnip. As a pet parent, you want to know which culinary herbs are safe to grow in your kitchen — even if you don’t want kitty nibbling on them. Some herbs are non-toxic for cats, but not all. Basil, rosemary and thyme are safe. Of course, there’s more. Check out the long list of safe and non-safe plants at the <a href=”https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants” onclick=”return FIX.track(this);” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>ASPCA</a>.</p>
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<h3>Gerbera Daisies</h3>
<p>Give any room a fresh look in an instant with potted <a href=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/gerbera-daisy-care.html”>gerbera daisies</a>. Put a pot near a sunny window to brighten your view. Better yet, group a few together for a big splash of color. Sunlight makes their vibrant colors glow like gems — and, of course, it also helps them to bloom.</p><br><div class=”ImageBlock ImageBlockCenter”><img class=”ss-lazy” src=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/airplants-safe-cats.jpg” width=”600″ height=”400″ data-pin-media=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/airplants-safe-cats.jpg”></div>
<h3>Tillandsia Air Plants</h3>
<p>Okay, these tiny, spiky <a href=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/bromeliad-air-plant.html”>Tillandsias</a> are just begging to be played with…<em>game of&nbsp;</em><em>soccer, anyone</em><em>?</em> Perhaps these rootless plants are better off displayed in a hanging terrarium or on a wall sconce — high off the floor, table and counter top. Wherever you display air plants, you can rest assured they’re house plants safe for cats.</p><br><div class=”ImageBlock ImageBlockCenter”><img class=”ss-lazy” src=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/christmas-cactus-safe-cats.jpg” width=”600″ height=”400″ alt=”house plants safe for cats, christmas cactus” title=”Christmas Cactus with Red Flowers” data-pin-media=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/christmas-cactus-safe-cats.jpg”></div>
<h3>Christmas Cactus</h3>
<p>Stage a showy display with a festive <a href=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/christmas-cactus.html”>Christmas cactus</a>. Every year, you can count on this South American succulent to put bursts of vibrant, cheery blooms into winter days. And unlike many popular holiday plants, this one is pet-friendly.</p><br><div class=”ImageBlock ImageBlockCenter”><img class=”ss-lazy” src=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/foliage-plants-cat-friendly.jpg” width=”600″ height=”400″ data-pin-media=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/foliage-plants-cat-friendly.jpg”></div>
<h3>Boston Fern, Peperomia and Baby’s Tears</h3>
<p>Group foliage plants together for big impact. Contrasting colors, forms and textures play well together. This awesome trio –&nbsp;<a href=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/boston-fern.html”>Boston fern</a>, <a href=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/peperomia-caperata.html”>peperomia</a> and <a href=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/babys-tears.html”>baby’s tears</a>&nbsp;– are&nbsp;all house plants safe for cats, and a breath of fresh style in today’s modern homes.</p>
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<h3>Palm House Plants</h3>
<p>Many tropical palm trees grown indoors are non-toxic — areca palm, parlor palm, kentia palm, lady palm and fishtail palm are a few.&nbsp;<span>You’ll find&nbsp;</span><a href=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/indoor-palm-trees.html”>indoor palm trees here</a><span>&nbsp;</span><span>with pictures to identify your plant.&nbsp;</span><span>Be aware that some plants commonly called palms aren’t true palms at all, and may be toxic. </span><span>It’s a good idea to check the list of pet-friendly plants at the </span><a href=”https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants” onclick=”return FIX.track(this);” rel=”noopener nofollow” target=”_blank”>ASPCA</a><span>.</span></p><br><div class=”ImageBlock ImageBlockCenter”><img class=”ss-lazy” src=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/hoya-carnosa-pink-flowers.jpg” width=”600″ height=”400″ alt=”Hoya Carnosa” title=”Blooming Hoya Carnosa” data-pin-media=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/images/hoya-carnosa-pink-flowers.jpg”></div>
<h3>Hoya Carnosa</h3>
<p>This trailing tropical vine doesn’t need a lot of help to grow and bloom. Give it plenty of sun and you’ll be rewarded with clusters of waxy, star-shaped flowers. </p><p>Put&nbsp;<em><a href=”https://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/wax-plant.html”>Hoya carnosa</a></em> in a hanging planter to admire it at eye-level. Suspending your <em>Hoya</em> plant will keep it out of your cat’s reach, too. Those beautifully scented blooms may be too tempting.</p>
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