Can Coffee Grounds Be Dumped On Houseplants?

What can we do with coffee grounds remaining from our daily pot of coffee? Spooning the grounds on top of the soil of potted houseplants is one of the handiest disposal methods. But are coffee grounds safe, beneficial or hazardous for houseplants? Here are guidelines: Coffee grounds are an organic material that improves soil condition and…
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Start A New African Violet From A Leaf

African Violets are enjoying an upswing in popularity. Homeowners are again discovering that violets aren’t that difficult, and a little care yields nice flowers. More retailers are stocking violets as demand increases. The only thing better than having an African violet, is having lots of African violets. They’re fun and easy to propagate from leaf cuttings. It does…
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Coping With Brown Leaf Tips On Houseplants

Is there a remedy for the crisp, brown leaf tips on houseplants? Often the rest of the leaf looks great, but the dead-looking tips detract from the wholesomeness of the entire plant. What causes the brown tips? Some types are more susceptible, like peace lily, spider plant and dieffenbachia. The most frequent cause is a reaction…
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Purple Passion Adds Pizzazz To Houseplant Collection

I’ve never met a houseplant I didn’t like. Except maybe the fish-hook barrel cactus that attacked  me 40 years ago leaving a permanent scar. Other than a reclusive, overly aggressive barrel cactus, most houseplants appreciate living in groups. The shared humidity creates a favorable environment. Houseplants are even more attractive if there’s contrast in the group. Variegated foliage or colorful-leaved…
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How To Tell If Houseplants Are Getting Enough Light

Besides deciding when to water, deciding how much light to give a houseplant is the next biggest challenge. Sometimes we don’t have much choice. Maybe we have limited window space or our windows face a certain direction or we’d like a plant on a coffee table instead of in front of the window. How can we tell if…
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