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Foliage Plants

A guide to commonly grown foliage plants.

Aeschynanthus—How to Grow Lipstick Vines and Basket Vines
Tips on how to grow and bloom lipstick vine and basket vines from the genus Aeschynanthus.

African Spear—How to Grow Sansevieria Cylindrica
How to grow the very resilient and interesting African spear plant (Sansevieria cylindrica), including tips on watering and feeding.

African Violets -- Growing Healthy Saintpaulia
An introduction to growing African violets. These popular houseplants have been a favorite for more than century because of their beauty, size and free-flowering. Tips on how to water, feed and keep them beautiful.

Aglaonema -- How to Grow Aglaonema Houseplants
How to grow aglaonema houseplants, including tips on moisture and warmth requirements.

Alocasia — How to Grow Alocasia Houseplants
Tips for growing successful Alocasia houseplants, including a variety of elephant ears

Amaryllis -- Growing Hippeastrum Bulbs
How to grow the popular amaryllis bulbs, including tips on managing both flowering and foliage phases and timing the flower for a spectacular winter bloom.

Amazon elephant's ear (Alocasia amazonica)
A description of the Amazon elephant's ear

Anthurium
How to grow anthurium plants, including the flowering A. scherzerianum and A. andreanum, as well as the foliage varieties. Including tips on watering and tricks for success.

Arrowhead Vine—How to Grow Syngonium
Tips on how to grow the tropical arrowhead vine as a trailing or climbing plants, including instructions on how to water and propagate.

Aspidistra—How to Grow Cast Iron Plants
Tips on how to grow the popular cast iron plants, including information on light, water and easy propagation

Basil — Growing Basil Indoors
How to grow basil indoors for year-round use.

Bird of Paradise—How to Grow Strelitzia
How to grow Bird of Paradise, including tips on watering and how to bring the plant into bloom.

Bougainvillea—How to Grow Bougainvillea as Houseplants
Tips on how to grow bougainvillea in containers and indoors, including tricks for getting the best blooms year after year.

Caladium—How to Grow Caladium
Tips on how to grow caladium plants, including propagation and overwintering them for great foliage displays year after year.

Calathea—How to Grow Calathea
Tips on how to grow Calathea plants, including water, warmth and light for maximum beauty.

Coleus—How to Grow Coleus Plants Indoors
How to grow coleus plants indoors, including tricks for keeping them looking full and bright.

Corn Plant—How to Grow Dracaena Fragrans
Tips for growing corn plants, including methods to reduce brown leaf tips and keep it looking healthy inside.

Cordyline—How to Grow Cordyline Indoors
Tips for growing cordyline plants indoors, including watering and humidity ... and an easy explanation to sort of cordyline and the closely related dracaena plants.

Crotons -- Growing Codiaum Variegatum
How to grow crotons as houseplants, including tips on bringing out the most vibrant colors, taking care of leggy plants and propagating.

Dracaena deremensis—How to Grow D. Deremensis at Home
Tips for growing great Dracaena deremensis as houseplants, including how to treat leaf tip burn and yellowing of leaves.

Dracaena Draco—How to Grow Dracaena Draco
Tips on how to grow the Dracaena draco houseplant, including how to propagate it and prevent leaf-tip burn.

Dragon Tree—How to Grow Dracaena Marginata
Tips for growing D. marginata, including methods for reducing leaf-tip browning and loss of color of leaves.

Dumb cane (Dieffenbachia)
A description of the dumb cane, or dieffenbachia houseplant

Ficus Plants -- How to Grow Healthy Ficus Trees
How to grow the three most popular varieties of ficus trees, including Weeping Figs, Rubber Trees and Fiddle-Leaf Figs. Tips include how to water, prevent leaf-drop and propagate these popular houseplants.

Gardenia—How to Grow Gardenia Indoors
Tips on growing gardenia plants indoors, including how to bring the plant to flower and prevent bud drop.

Golden Pothos Vine (Epipremnum pinnatum)
Tips for growing the golden pothos vine.

Golden Shrimp Plants—How to Grow Golden Shrimp Plants
Tips and tricks for growing golden shrimp plants (Pachystachys lutea), including how to encourage flowering and keep the plant bushy and strong.

Hibiscus -- Growing Tropical Hibiscus Inside
How to grow and bloom tropical hibiscus in a temperate home, including tips on overwintering and how to prevent lethal insect infestations.

Hyacinth — Growing Hyacinth Indoors
How to keep hyacinth looking great indoors, including tips for forcing another bloom.

Ivy—How to Grow English Ivy
How to grow English ivy, including tips on propagation, temperature and keeping a healthy, green plant.

Ixora—How to Grow Ixora Plants
Tips for how to grow flowering ixora as houseplants, including advice on the best light and warmth.

Ming Aralia — Growing Polyscias Fruticosa
How to grow Ming aralia, including tips on preventing leaf-drop and propagating

Narcissus—How to Grow Narcissus Bulbs
Tips and tricks for growing narcissus and paperwhite narcissus

Peace Lily—How to Grow Spathiphyllum
How to grow Peace Lily, including tips on light, water and propagation. These tropical plants feature striking white flowers that hover above shiny, pointed leaves. There are dozens of hybrids available.

Philodendrons -- Growing Philodendron Houseplants
Tips for growing trailing and non-trailing houseplants, as well as descriptions of the most popular species. Philodendrons are some of the world's most beautiful foliage plants and, given proper care, will thrive indoors.

Pilea
A description of the Pilea plant group, including aluminum plant, creeping charlie, artillery plant and moon valley

Poinsettias
What to look for in a healthy poinsettia plant and how to best care for these international symbols of the holiday season.

Sago Palm—How to Grow Sago Palms
Tips and tricks for growing healthy sago palms

Schefflera -- Growing Schefflera Plants Inside
How to grow schefflera plants indoors, including tips on watering and how to handle leaf-drop.

Snake Plant and Mother-in-Law's Tongue
Growing tips for Snake Plant and Mother-in-Law's Tongue houseplants.

Spider Plants (Chlorophytum)
How to grow spider plants, including tips on feeding and displaying as hanging plants.

Swiss Cheese Plant—How to Grow Monstera adansonii
Tips on how to grow Monstera adansonii, sometimes known as the Swiss cheese plant. Including advice on how to water and propagate, as well as identification information.

Tradescantia — How to Grow Wandering Jew Plants
Tips for growing Tradescantia group plants, including T. albiflora, Zebrina and Callisia species. These are sometimes labeled Wandering Jew in garden centers.

Xanthosoma — How to Grow Elephant Ears and Xanthosoma
Tips for growing xanthosoma, including advice on watering, temperature and species description.

Zebra Plants—How to Grow Aphelandra
How to grow zebra plants indoors, including tips for watering, humidity and feeding for the best blooms.

Ficus lyrata—Growing Fiddle-Leaf Fig Indoors
Tips on how to grow Ficus lyrata, or fiddle-leaf fig, indoors, including advice on watering and light levels.

Ficus elastica—Growing Rubber Plant Ficus Indoors
Tips on how to grow Ficus elastica, or rubber plants, indoors, including advice on avoiding leaf yellowing and dropping.

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