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    A GARDENING expert has revealed the six easy ways you can make sure your houseplants don't die during the upcoming heatwave. While houseplants can be difficult to look after at the best of times, these six tips should see them through the hot summer months. 2there are six easy steps to take that will make sure your houseplants don't die during the heatwaveCredit: Getty And unsurprisingly, the first tip Morag Hill, Co-Founder of The Little Botanical, suggests is to make sure you water your plants more. “An excellent tip is to take them out of their ceramic pots and pop them in shallow water in your bath or sink for two to three hours, so they can soak up the water they need," Mr Hill told the Express. And during the hotter months it's important to keep houseplants out of direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves and result in the plants dying. READ MORE GARDENING TIPSGROW WAY?! I'm a gardening expert…things you MUST consider to avoid havoc in your gardenBUG IT I'm a garden expert…here's the bugs you...
    HOUSEPLANTS are hard to keep alive, particularly with the soaring temperatures of summer. But they will quickly tell you if you're doing a bad job with drooping stems and browning leaves. 1There's no need to completely cut back browning leaves according to a proCredit: Getty These signs don't spell the end for your beloved greenery as the experts have a hack to pull them back to full health. The leaves on your plants are far more likely to go brown in summer when they need more water to keep hydrated in the humid conditions. Basically the issue arises when the water being lost from the plant through the day is more than is being absorbed through the roots. If you have a fully brown leaf - prune it off and give the rest of the plant a chance to survive without the dead weight. Read more on houseplantsGREEN FINGERS I'm a gardening guru - how to make sure your houseplants survive the heatwave But one plant expert shared a genius hack for keeping browning (but not completely dead) leaves intact...
    KEEPING your houseplants alive can be difficult at the best of times. But during a heatwave your leafy friends might need a bit more attention to stop them from wilting away. 2Knowing how to look after your houseplants during a heatwave is vitalCredit: Getty Luckily, gardening whizz Felix Wilson, from Unclutterer.com, shared some helpful hacks to ensure your plants thrive, even in scorching heat. He shared: “The common assumption is that when the UK is experiencing a heatwave, it is best to move houseplants into a cool spot near a fan. “This is actually one of the worst things that you can do." According to the pro, aiming an electric fan at your houseplants will totally dry them out, making them much more prone to shrivelling up and dying. Read more on gardeningGROW UP I’m a gardening pro & here's what you should be growing in July & AugustWATER FUSS I'm a gardening expert and here's how to keep your plants hydrated in a heatwave Make sure you only water your plant's soil, rather than pouring water directly on top...
    DECORATING your home with fresh, beautiful plants can create such an incredible ambiance. Unfortunately, too many people are making mistakes that shorten the lifespan of their plants. 5A gardening expert named Sheffield breaks down 10 bad habits killing your plants at homeCredit: Sheffield Made Plants/YouTube 5Sheffield has tons of good advice for plant lovers who want to take care of their household plants betterCredit: Sheffield Made Plants/YouTube YouTuber and gardening expert Sheffield uploaded a video breaking down the most common problems people have with their plants. He says: “These are 10 bad house plant care habits that you probably didn’t know you were making that are destroying your plants’ health.” Gravel in pots The first mistake you’ll want to avoid with your household plants is adding gravel or stone inside the bottom of their pots. Sheffield says: “The problem here is that you’re essentially reducing the amount of soil the plant can use." Read More About PlantsGROUNDWORK Six plants to add to your garden to deter bugs from your favourite plantsGOOD TIMING The right time of the day you really...
    IF you have killed every single houseplant you've ever owned, there's still some hope for you. There are houseplants out there that are next to impossible to kill, even for those without a green thumb. 3Gardening experts have revealed the beginner-friendly plants that they deemed "practically foolproof"Credit: Not known, clear with picture desk 3The super common spider plant is great for beginners since it only needs to be watered once a weekCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk The gardening experts behind Jordan's Jungle in Rhode Island shared the best beginner-friendly plants. In a video, they wrote out some common complaints when it comes to taking care of plants, such as "I kill everything," "I don't get a lot of light," and "I forget to water." Then they revealed multiple plants that they called "practically fool-proof." First, they showed off a pothos plant, which they clarified in the comments was actually a scindapsus, but both are beginner-friendly as they only need to be watered once a week. Read more gardening tips blooming issues I’m a...
    HOUSEPLANTS make an excellent addition to your decor, but if you're not careful, they can bring a ton of bugs to your home. One popular plant, loved for its cheap price and big leaves, is more bug-ridden than you may realize. 3Many people love adding plants to their homes, but you should be careful of bug-infested greeneryCredit: TikTok/tannertheplanter 3According to plant pro Tanner Mitchell, majesty palms are especially prone to spider mitesCredit: TikTok/tannertheplanter A gardening expert named Tanner Mitchell shared why you should never buy a plant called a majesty palm. In a video, Mitchell was at the gardening section in what appears to be Home Depot or Lowes. He said: "This is your reminder to never buy majesty palms, especially not from here." "They are spider mite magnets... and they don't do well indoors, not long-term." Read more houseplant tips GREEN FINGERS I’m a gardening expert - how to revive houseplants with cupboard stapleFLOWER POWER Freezer hack can help you keep houseplants like orchids watered for a week In the comment section, Mitchell...
    PET lovers who want help keeping their houseplants alive could already have the solution in their cupboards, thanks to an easy gardening hack. Making sure your houseplants get enough water and don't dry out is one of the most important steps to keeping them healthy. 2There are some basic household items you can lean on to make sure your plants stay hydrated for as long as possibleCredit: Getty 2A cheap trick gardening experts recommend is scooping some kitty litter into the soil in the pot for better absorption and drainageCredit: Getty And gardening experts say adding scoop of kitty litter to the soil will do the trick for some plants. The benefits come because kitty litter not only retains water, to stop the plants drying out, but also improves drainage and aeration, home design site Hunker explains. The drainage and aeration are important, as some plants can die if they sit too long in waterlogged soil. The kitty litter trick is particularly beneficial for plants like aloe and donkey’s tail succulents. Read more about gardeningGO GREEN I'm a gardening expert...
    There is a hack that can help keep the plants in your house watered for a week, and all you need is a little help from your freezer. Just a couple of ice cubes from your freezer can be a gardening game changer for your plant watering routine allowing for less frequent watering. 2Keeping your house plants alive can be a challenge, but a simple trick involving your freezer can help save you some headachesCredit: Getty 2By putting some ice cubes on the soil instead of pouring water straight into the soil, the plant will absorb the water more graduallyCredit: Getty The trick involves placing ice cubes on top of the soil of whatever plant you’re looking to water and it will allow for a more gradual watering process, according to Hunker. By using ice cubes, instead of pouring water from a can, the soil will soak up the water as the ice melts. This means the plant can absorb the water over a longer period of time instead of all at once. If you’re planning to try the ice...
    ARE you green-fingered? Well, the sun is out and we are sure that many of you will be spending the bank holiday weekend in the garden. 3If you're a fan of plants and need some advice on keeping your houseplants alive, you've come to the right placeCredit: Getty But it’s important that you don’t spend all your time in the garden and neglect your houseplants. Caring for houseplants can be difficult, with many of us ashamed (or not) to admit that we have accidentally killed a houseplant once or twice before.  Houseplants need the correct conditions in order to survive, including receiving plenty of light and water every day. The general rule is if your houseplant’s soil is dry, give it some water to quench its thirst. Read more gardening storiesGREEN FINGERS I'm a garden expert - the gross trick to help your flowers bloom perfectlyDIY DREAM My grotty garden was totally unrecognisable after I did it up for £100 And if the soil is too wet, move the houseplant so that it sits directly in the sun. But...
    MOULD can begin to develop in any damp space in the home. Once it's set in can be pricey and time consuming to remove. 2There are loads of cheap plants that can help purify the air and prevent mouldCredit: Getty It's always better to prevent it taking a hold in the first place, luckily there is a simple solution. Air purifying plants can greatly reduce the amount of humidity in the air, which can often lead to mould. Some of the most effective plants include English Ivy, which can reduce indoor mould counts. One study by West Coast Clinical Trials even found that the plant dropped the amount of toxins by 60% when added to a container with mouldy bread. Another great option is the Peace Lily, while plants don't usually fair well in bathrooms, this one will thrive. Since it doesn't need much light to survive, it is almost fool proof. It's a great spot to keep a plant as bathrooms can be hotspots for mould growth due to leaky pipes, dripping tips and damp. The Boston Fern is...
    For houseplant enthusiasts, now is the time to take care of those yearly maintenance tasks like pruning and repotting. Unfortunately, it can also be the time to deal with some common houseplant pest problems. Stressed plants are more susceptible to infestation, and houseplants can be quite picky about growing conditions. Inadequate light exposure, irregular watering, dry air and drafts can make for an unhappy houseplant. Check for and correct these conditions to lower the risk of pest problems. Before bringing any new plants home, inspect them thoroughly, paying close attention to the undersides of leaves. Most pests are tiny and difficult to spot, so a magnifying glass comes in handy when trying to figure out if that spot is a speck of dust or a bug. Use only commercial, bagged potting soil when transplanting indoor plants. Compost is wonderful in the garden, but it tends to harbor all sorts of critters and their eggs. You don’t want to find an earthworm crawling across the kitchen floor! Periodically wash your plants’ leaves. For sturdy plants, cover the top of the pot...
    HOUSE plants have become all the rage as of recent, with every corner now a house for large Monstera Deliciosa and adorable miniature cacti. But whilst the green tenants bring multiple benefits to your house, they can also be tricky to look after. 1Daisy Payne, a regular face on This Morning, shared her 15-minute trickCredit: Getty To give keen plant owners a helping hand in the confusing journey of ''How much water to use?'', the gardening guru, Daisy Payne, shared her top recommendations, reported the Express. ''I love houseplants!'' said Daisy, who regularly appears on This Morning. ''If you’re working at home right now, make sure you’ve got some lovely house plants in the room with you while you're on video calls galore.'' This, she explained, is because plants have been proven to improve one's mood and help with stress levels. read more gardening storiesSPRING READY I’m a cleaning whizz, a cheap cleaning product is the key to a spotless patioSLIDE AWAY Gardening expert reveals how to stop slugs and snails ruining your plants An avid gardener and plant expert,...
    DO you struggle to keep houseplants alive? If so, you aren't alone - as many people end up forgetting about the plants until they look like they're at death's door. 1There are three steps to follow to keep your houseplants aliveCredit: Getty But, according to Patch's plant expert Richard Cheshire, there are three things you need to have in place to keep your plants alive. “Houseplants are often a lot hardier than we give them credit for,” he told Stylist.co.uk. “Most houseplants will need three things to survive and thrive: 1. some healthy leaves attached to 2. a healthy stem, which should be connected to 3. some healthy roots. “The leaves are important to provide the plant with energy by absorbing light in the process of photosynthesis as well as allowing the plant to breathe, and the roots transport key nutrients from the soil, up the stem and into the leaves. Read more Gardening stories GREEN FINGERS I’m a gardening expert, these are the jobs to do NOW to prepare for springLAWN FROM THE BEST...
    NOT only do indoor houseplants add a pop of colour to your home, but they can also purify the air inside. Nasa reported that some plants can remove up to 87% of toxins in air and water in just 24 hours. 11Some of the best air purifying plants are also some of the easiest to keep aliveCredit: Alamy Plants act in the opposite way in which humans breathe. While we inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, plants release O2 and absorb CO2 removing harmful toxins and freshening the air. These ten plants are some of the best for purifying the air and as a bonus for those of us who aren't blessed with green thumbs, they're super easy to look after. 11English Ivy can help you get a better night's sleepCredit: Amazon English Ivy is very common in the UK and is often used on the outside of houses climbing on a wall or trellis, though they can cause damage to brickwork. READ MORE PLANT STORIESGREEN FINGERS I'm a gardening expert and you've been potting your plants all wrongMAKING...
    Houseplants are often seen as decorative features, but if your home is full of potted plants, you may also be reducing the levels of certain pollutants. New research led by the University of Birmingham has revealed that common houseplants can reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) – a common pollutant – by as much as 20 per cent. While the biological process behind the NO2 removal remains unclear, the researchers hope the findings will encourage people to fill their homes or offices with more plants. Houseplants are often seen as decorative features, but if your home is full of potted plants, you may also be reducing air pollution. Pictured: a corn plant (Dracaena fragrans) The psychological benefits of indoor plants The psychological benefits of indoor plants have been shown as: An improved mood Reduced stress levels Increased worker productivity (adding plants to office environments in particular) Increased speed of reaction in a computer task Improved attention span (in some scientific studies, but not all) Increased pain tolerance (for example, where plants were used in hospital settings) Source: RHS...
    They flit across your face, hover near your houseplants, or gather by the window. Fortunately, these fungus gnat insects are more annoying to us than harmful to our plants. This pest finds its way into our homes on plants added to our indoor houseplant collection or those moved inside after a summer outdoors. Some may enter on organically rich, non-pasteurized soil. The small, 1/8-inch adult resembles a fruit fly or mosquito but does not feed on overripe fruit and vegetables and it does not bite. Adults live for only seven to ten days, but the female can lay up to 200 eggs in the cracks and crevices of moist soil in that short time. Eggs hatch releasing worm-like larvae with black heads and elongated white or clear legless bodies.  The larvae begin feeding in the top two to three inches of soil, dining on fungi, algae and organic matter and occasionally plant roots and leaves on the soil surface. Plant damage is usually insignificant. If conditions are right, fungus gnat populations can reach damaging levels, resulting in root damage that...
    KEEPING your own houseplants has been on trend for a while now but many of us, while we love how they look, can't manage to keep them alive for long. To keep houseplants thriving their need to be well cared for with varying degrees of sunlight and water depending on the type of plant you're working with. 1An indoor plant expert gave her handy pencil hack for watering your houseplantsCredit: Getty Given that plants don't grow so much in the winter months, it's best not to water them as much until spring, but getting the right amount of hydration is a challenge to us all. An indoor plant expert shared her handy hack for testing the soil to work out how much to water your plants. Kate Lindley, Product Manager at Baby Bio, told Express.co.uk: "Instead of sticking to a rigid water regime of once or twice a week, insert your finger or a pencil into the top two inches of the soil  If this is still moist, there is no need to water. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A...
    MOULD and condensation build up can happen - particularly in winter, but aside from the unsightly appearance and sometimes the damp smell, it can be pretty bad for your health. There are plenty of pricey solutions like air purifying or recirculating systems, but for those who can't afford expensive building work, there's another solution that may surprise you. 5Adding plants to your home doesn't just give you a splash of colour, it helps reduce moistureCredit: Shutterstock Choosing the right houseplant can actually reduce mildew and mould plus they make a gorgeous addition to your home. Not all plants have the same effect so it's vital to pick the right greenery for your home. Here are four that are worth investing in: Snake Plants 5Snake plants absorb humidity and moisture and they're easy to care forCredit: Shutterstock A snake plant is a great beginner's houseplant for those who are prone to kill their indoor greenery (no judgement). The need a bit of a dust every now and again as the firm leaves can gather grime. But they...
    CARING for your pets can be tricky when something as innocuous as your house plants could be a danger to them. Luckily, houseplant experts at Flowercard have shared the flora and fauna that is most harmful to your cats and dogs. 4You may need to check the houseplants you have alreadyCredit: Getty Aloe vera, tulips, peace lillies, jade plant, succulents, ZZ plant, snake plant, daffodils, spider plant, oleander and the caladium houseplant are all toxic and probably best not to have in your house if you have pets. Flowercard explained: “Many common indoor plants can be harmful to pets, and while most won’t cause more than an upset stomach, some are lethal.” B Well CBD found that over 700 plants and flowers can be toxic for humans as well as animals, so there may well be more. Aloe vera and tulips made the most popular plants of 2022 list, however, tulips contain dangerous glycosides, which is also in all flowers from the lily family. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED Flowercard...
    Social distancing rules and self-quarantines look like they are going to be here for a while, which means it’s time to double down on our plants. Why? Because plants are the therapeutic relief we need during this time of adversity and uncertainty; working 24/7 to keep us mentally and physically healthier. Just the presence of plants in your environment can reduce feelings of anxiety and depression by 37% and 58% respectively, (New University of Technology in Sydney) and considering that most of us will be working from home for the foreseeable future, plants in our workspaces can boost our creativity and productivity by as much as 15% (Human Spaces Report). Plants are the friends we need more than ever, but it’s important to remember that we were already spending most of our time indoors. It is time to bring the outside in, and adding plants in our homes can help satisfy this human need and prevent us from going stir crazy. If you are new to plant parenthood and are looking for a green companion (or twelve), here are a...
    Houseplants have been keeping a lot of us company during the pandemic, and the good news is there’s a plant for any home, big or small, well-lit or not. There’s also a virtual jungle of stylish containers in which to show them off. “I love incorporating plants into our interior spaces,” says designer Mel Bean of Tulsa, Oklahoma, ”both for the sense of life that they contribute, and for their help in improving indoor air quality. I prefer significantly sized plants in large containers rather than many small pots. It creates a dramatic impact while feeling sculptural rather than cluttered.” Bean’s go-to shop is Bloomscape, which offers a range of simple pots, in muted hues, made of 80% recycled ocean plastic. There are handy wheeled saucers for larger plants, and bamboo stands that adjust to fit the pot. Other great options in planters and stands: IDEAS FOR SMALL SPACES Clever shapes, like a smooth-sided planter that can serve as a bookend on a shelf, can solve limited-space issues. “It’s unique, interesting, and an especially innovative idea for anyone...
    Why not start the new year by bringing a new houseplant into your home, or perhaps even by starting an indoor garden to enjoy during the cold winter months? Understanding the four basic needs of all houseplants can not only give you the knowledge you need to care for these plants, but also help you to select an environment in your home where the right plant can survive and even thrive. The four basic needs of houseplants are: ‘The Real Dirt’ is a column by various local master gardeners who are part of the UC Master Gardeners of Butte County.  Sunlight Water Airflow/Humidity Supplemental Nutrients (fertilizer) Sunlight: Never underestimate the importance of sunlight! If a plant isn’t getting enough, it will become leggy and thin. If it gets too much, its leaves can burn. An east- orsouth-facing window is typically the ideal choice for houseplants. Try to avoid placing a houseplant where direct sun will shine through the window on the plant, as this will cause leaf-burn from the bright reflected light. Instead, give the plant as much...
    Plants are great. They give us oxygen, make us happy, and add a little color to our lives. What could be bad about a plant–especially a houseplant that turns a barren apartment into a lush living space? Unfortunately, it’s not all good when it comes to houseplants.  In the United Kingdom, the Royal Horticultural Society saw a 60 percent increase in houseplant sales from 2019 to 2020. People are buying a lot more plants, but at what cost?  Shipping and Handling  We’ve become accustomed to asking where our food and clothes come from, so why not ask where our plants come from?   Not all the plants you can buy at a local plant shop are local. Many of them were grown overseas then shipped once they matured enough to make the journey. Fay Kenworthy, the co-founder of PlantSwap, says that “[plant] transportation represents a significant ecological footprint.” Some plants are grown in high sun countries like Zimbabwe and Kenya then sent over to muggy London or Seattle.  The main goal is to ensure that you aren’t buying a...
    By Margaret Roach, The New York Times It seemed like a simple question: What are a couple of standout houseplants to consider adopting before winter calls a halt to our outdoor plant engagement? But when you ask the staff at the Steve’s Leaves Inc. greenhouses in Lewisville, Texas — where the collection includes somewhere “between 1,500 and 2,000” species and varieties — you can expect a good-humored answer. “You’re asking us to choose among our favorite children?” Yes, I am. Even quantifying the exact number of choices was apparently not easy. “We’re too busy to stop and count,” said Steve Rosenbaum, who started the business as a wholesale operation 45 years ago, then built a website and added retail mail-order about 10 years back. “We have so many hybrids we’re trialing that are as-yet unnamed, which probably adds many hundreds to the total.” More than 900 orders go out most weeks, he told me, with more than 1,000 during summer’s peak shipping season, all miraculously propagated and nurtured to readiness in just 12,000 square feet of greenhouse space. This is a...
    ADULTS feel more productive and happier when surrounded by houseplants, according to research. A study of 2,000 adults found the perfect working environment should include a selection of plants (40 per cent) as well as bright colours (32 per cent) and decorative stationery (27 per cent). 1More than two thirds claim plants have a positive impact on their mental healthCredit: SWNS More than half claim they feel more productive when surrounded by greenery and 60 per cent feel happier in general. While more than two thirds claim plants have a positive impact on their mental health. According to expert James Wong, being surrounded by plants helps improve people’s moods and wellbeing because the rich colour green of houseplants can reduce stress levels, pain and improves feeling of self-worth. James also believes that having a living thing to concentrate on and nurture also acts as a mindfulness exercise, which can further relieve feelings of tension and anxiety. The research was commissioned by TheJoyOfPlants.co.uk to launch the Houseplant Hideout at BOXPARK, Shoreditch. Ethnobotanist, presenter and garden designer, James Wong, said: “As a botanist, I...
    ﹒ This article is part of our Life With Intention series about high achievers who exemplify intentional living. Plant stylist and author Hilton Carter said that he used to have a neighbor who walked his bulldog with his phone in front of his face. "I used to make fun of that guy," Carter told Insider. Now, Carter says that's him. The stylist, who's written three books about plant care and has a product line at Target, sometimes finds himself scrolling and responding to direct messages while he walks his dog. But when he's tending to his plants, he's unplugged from the rest of the world, which he cherishes — even if it's just for a few minutes. "It's my form of meditation ," Carter said. "Being able to check in on plants, watering plants — all those are the moments where I'm not tied to my phone, scrolling through social media, or checking an email. I'm only focused on that plant." With years of plant care and brand-building experience under his belt, Carter shared some of his strategies for...
    Nehemias de Leon-Martin has seen all kinds of plants as a manager of Planta in Southern California’s Highland Park, but some of the ones that impressed him most have been the dracaenas in his mother’s living room. For more than 20 years, his mom has carefully taken care of the plants, letting them dry out between waterings and rotating them to give them ample sun exposure on all sides. The plants are happy, and it shows. “They flowered and looked crazy,” de Leon-Martin said. Two decades may seem like a long time to keep a houseplant, but it’s very possible to keep some houseplants alive for generations. Danae Horst, owner Folia Collective in Eagle Rock and author of the book “Houseplants for All,” said she hears examples all the time of people inheriting plants from relatives that are 20 or 30 years old. We talked with experts about how newer plant parents can keep their plant babies thriving for decades. It’s possible to keep houseplants alive for generations. We talked with experts for their tips. (Getty Images)...
    A PET rabbit blocked a sink with soil while munching 12 houseplants — and then flooded the kitchen by turning on the tap. Owner Pema Ferris, 24, had only popped out for a while, but returned to “absolute devastation”. 4A pet rabbit blocked a sink with soil while munching 12 houseplants — and then flooded the kitchen by turning on the tapCredit: Kennedy News 4Continental giant Dorothea clambered up and ripped into plants including aloe vera and a tomato plant, which can be dangerous for bunniesCredit: Kennedy News The mum of one said: “It was a nightmare. All the plants that should have been on the windowsill were in the sink and the rabbit was on the windowsill instead of the plants. “My other rabbit is the most well behaved one in the world and he lured me into a false sense of security thinking all rabbits would be this well behaved — and then I got Dorothea.” Pema thought she had put the plants in a safe place. But continental giant Dorothea clambered up and ripped into ones including...
    LINE of Duty star Rosa Escoda's can unwind at quirky London home with views of the Shard when she's away from the cameras. The actress, is best known for playing Amanda Yao, AC-12's resident cybercrime expert on the BBC One crime drama. 9Rosa Escado plays Amanda Yao in the BBC One crime drama The TV star has a stunning pad in central London overlooking the tallest building in the UK. Rosa's quaint home is any working professionals paradise with easy access to the best hangouts in the city. The star has beautifully decorated her apartment with plenty of personal touches, including large mirrors perfect for taking selfies. The actress is also a fan of houseplants with several unique pots peppered throughout her flat. 9The actress has a stunning London homeCredit: Instagram 9The apartment boasts plenty of natural lightingCredit: Instagram 9She has incredible views of The ShardCredit: Instagram Rosa regularly shares snaps of the gorgeous skyline during the day and at night when it's glistening. She has a huge window which floods her master bedroom with natural light. The...
    Tarrah Schiller repurposed a vintage TV into a terrarium. Tarrah Schiller Tarrah Schiller, a houseplant and antiques collector, wanted to add prickly cactuses to her home. But she also wanted to keep her pets safe, so she repurposed a mid-century CRT TV into a terrarium.  The DIY cost $350 and took three days to finish. Schiller told Insider she's thrilled with the result. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Antiques and houseplants are two of Tarrah Schiller's favorite things. But what she loves even more is finding unique ways to combine the two.  From turning old phonographs into plant stands to upcycling antique glassware into planters, Schiller is constantly melding antiques and plants. Her recent project involved turning a 1950s TV console into an open terrarium for cactuses.  While it takes a few days to complete and costs about $350, Schiller told Insider anyone can do it  — you just need a little patience.  Schiller was inspired by a TV aquarium she spotted on social media She told Insider that it's her favorite project she's done. Tarrah...
    WADING RIVER, New York -- Since the pandemic began, more and more people have started filling their homes with houseplants.For Ina Pollifrone-Visich, taking care of houseplants was something she had done since she was a kid.She follows in the footsteps of her grandma, who has a growing collection of houseplants.To this day, Pollifrone- Visich calls her grandma for plant mom advice.It was not until the pandemic that she wanted to bring this passion to the masses, specifically to her yoga studio.She launched The North Fork Plant Co. as little as a month ago, and her shelves are already emptying."I think it's the health and wellness and the whole green movement that is bringing us closer to nature," said Pollifrone-Visich. "You can't always be outdoors, and a lot of people don't always have the space to garden necessarily, so it's like the indoor garden that people are turning towards."Related: Artist creates beautiful sculptures from trash she collects to bring awareness to marine pollutionAs soon as you walk into Solntse Yoga, you can find a unique selection of plants of all sizes...
    Brittany Goldwyn Merth's DIY hack for transforming an Fabrikor Ikea cabinet into a greenhouse is easier than you'd think, she says. Courtesy of Brittany Goldwyn Brittany Goldwyn Merth shared a DIY hack for turning a Fabrikor Ikea cabinet into a greenhouse. She added grow lights and a humidity gauge to the glass cabinet to help her plants thrive indoors. Goldwyn Merth told Insider that this hack is much easier than it looks — nearly anyone could do it. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Brittany Goldwyn Merth transformed a $170 Fabrikor Ikea cabinet into a greenhouse for her indoor plants, and she said pretty much anyone could do it. Her Ikea hack is part of a growing trend among plant enthusiasts. Goldwyn Merth told Insider she wasn't the first person to transform an Ikea cabinet into a greenhouse. In fact, she doesn't even remember the first time she saw it done.  "A lot of plant hobbyists use Ikea pieces to make greenhouses for their plants and their home," Goldwyn Merth said in a recent interview with Insider....
    Pediatricians share things to look out for in the living room, like heavy artwork or exposed radiators. Westend61/Getty Images Insider spoke to five pediatricians about things they avoid in their own living rooms. Unbracketed furniture topped their list of things to avoid when childproofing the home. Others mentioned avoiding baby walkers and exposed electrical outlets. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. From the kitchen to the nursery to the living room, a home is riddled with potential risks.  And when you have children, preventing those risks can feel overwhelming.  "Try not to overwhelm yourself, but start thinking about what your child could get into," Dr. Amna Husain, a pediatrician, lactation consultant, and mother, told Insider. Pediatricians are here to help. Insider spoke to five pediatricians who shared how they childproofed and babyproofed their living rooms to prevent injuries, electrocution, and other dangers. 
    No matter that winter winds and snow still come and go in much of the country. The sun’s earlier rising and higher climb into the sky let us know that spring is on the way. Even houseplants indoors feel the changing season. Take a closer look at the stems of your houseplants. Any young, new leaves? Swelling buds? Inside their pots, roots might likewise be awakening. All of this makes today, tomorrow, or sometime soon a good time for repotting and pruning. HOW TALL IS TOO TALL? The most obvious reason to prune a houseplant’s stems is to keep the plant manageable. For example, growing in the ground in a tropical climate, branches of weeping fig, a familiar houseplant, will reach skyward and spread as high and wide as a sugar maple’s. Indoors, at the very least, your ceilings limit the desired height of a houseplant. For looks, you might want to keep the plant smaller, perhaps much, much smaller. When pruning the stems of a houseplant, the goal is to reduce its size without giving it a hacked-back look....
    Who doesn’t love houseplants? Something about crisp, green, growing leaves seems to brighten up any room. But did you know that houseplants can elevate mood, enhance creativity, promote wellness, and according to studies by NASA, Associated Landscape Contractors of America, and the American Society for Horticultural Science, they also purify indoor air? Our modern-day homes are rife with pollutants that can cause a host of health problems. Chemicals from furniture, floor coverings, paints, detergents, air fresheners, and household cleaners can hover inside poorly ventilated homes, as well as those with good airflow. Fortunately, there are many houseplants that will filter these chemicals and clean air naturally, as well as brighten up your living space. Below is a list of the best houseplants for cleaning the toxins out of the air in your home: 1. English Ivy This charming evergreen vine grows happily in low or indirect light conditions. The leaves are poisonous, so keep them away from pets and kids. Fortunately, English Ivy enjoys containers and hanging baskets. They also brighten up shelves and dark corners beautifully. Studies have shown that English...
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    Robinhood and more companies that tried to trick us Watch Galpin Auto Sports Hand-Paint Our McLaren 675LT Cover Car Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft These Unsold Jeep Grand Cherokees Are Now Dirt Cheap Ad Microsoft Refinance rates at 1.98% APR (15yr). Calculate your rate now Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/15 SLIDES © MmeEmil/istockphoto Low-Maintenance Leafies Filling your home with plants has many benefits. They can boost mood and lower anxiety, improve air quality, and increase productivity, among other things. Plus, let's be honest — they just add a certain amount of life to a space you might otherwise feel pretty stale about. That said, visiting your local nursery can be an overwhelming experience. If you're a houseplant beginner or just want some suggestions for new options, read on. There's bound to be a plant or two among...
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    This was the minimum wage the year you were born 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe: Review Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft 19 Great Ways To Supplement Social Security Every Month That Many Didn't Know Ad Microsoft Expert: “This credit card is so good I signed up personally” Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/15 SLIDES © MmeEmil/istockphoto Low-Maintenance Leafies Filling your home with plants has many benefits. They can boost mood and lower anxiety, improve air quality, and increase productivity, among other things. Plus, let's be honest — they just add a certain amount of life to a space you might otherwise feel pretty stale about. That said, visiting your local nursery can be an overwhelming experience. If you're a houseplant beginner or just want some suggestions for new options, read on. There's bound to be a...
    Always do your research before bringing a new plant into a home with pets. kodachrome25/Getty Images Popular houseplants that are also pet-safe include spider plants, money plants, and Boston ferns. Even if a plant is pet-friendly, insecticides used to keep it pest-free may still be toxic. Popular indoor plants that are toxic for pets include devil's ivy, snake plants, and fiddle-leaf figs.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The love for our fur babies and plant babies knows no bounds, but when it comes to their health and safety, it's important to know the perimeters of plant toxicity to protect both our pets and our plants. "Do your research. Before bringing any new plants into your home, understand potential risks to your pets and prevent toxic exposures," says Scott Allshouse, CEO and President of gardening products company, Earth's Ally. Keep in mind that just because a plant itself is non-toxic to pets doesn't mean it's a go. There are still other factors to consider with plant care. "Houseplants almost inevitably face common pests like scale, aphids, and...
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    Loading the player... It all started with a small little Sansevieria Trifasciata named Diana. I was told if you love something, you give it power by invoking its name with meaning. So it only made sense that I named this ‘silver star’ snake plant after the one and only Diana Ross. Growing up, my mom had plants all over our house so greenery wasn’t uncommon in my life. However, I found it interesting from a distance. Watering the plants when my parents were out of town was basically where it started and ended.  Sansevieria plant in pot on white table Now, I’m a proud plant parent to six botanical babies and wondering, how did I get here? For starters, by 2020, reports state that millennials are in the lead of the house plant population and their numbers are continually growing. Tending to houseplants is in no way, shape, or form a new practice, however, it has become trendy thanks to the ‘wellness conscience’ generation. For most people, adding plants to their homes is more of a complement to their...
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