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Care of Houseplants

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Richard E. Widmer
Horticultural Science
University of Minnesota
L.K. Cutkomp and Mark Ascerno
Extension Entomology
University of Minnesota
F.L. Pfleger
Extension Plant Pathologist
University of Minnesota

Ever wonder which window to grow your African violet in, or how to pronounce "alternanthera?" This publication provides a thorough discussion of houseplants as well as several helpful plant care information tables. For example, it lists which plants are best suited to hanging baskets or high temperatures, and how many months foliage plants remain attractive under various light intensities.

The bulk of the manual discusses plant care. It divides plants into four categories: flowering, fruiting, foliage, and cacti and succulents. Black-and-white photos accompany nearly every page as does specific information on the plants. Various cultivars are discussed where appropriate, as are tips such as forcing bulbs, disease and insect control, vacation care and more.

Plant names

  • Abutilon
  • Acalypha
  • Achimenes
  • Acorus
  • Adiantum
  • Aechmea
  • African violet
  • Agave
  • Aglaonema
  • Air plant
  • Aloe
  • Alternanthera
  • Aluminum plant
  • Amaryllis
  • Amomum
  • Ananas
  • Anthericum
  • Anthony's rick rack
  • Anthurium
  • Aphelandra
  • Aphrodite begonia
  • Aporocactus
  • Arabian coffee
  • Arabian wax cissus
  • Aralia
  • Araucaria
  • Ardisia
  • Artillery plant
  • Asparagus fern
  • Aspidistra
  • Asplenium
  • Astrophytum
  • Aucuba
  • Australian laurel
  • Avocado
  • Azalea
  • Baby ti
  • Baby's tears
  • Balsam
  • Band palnt
  • Beaucarnia
  • Beavertail cactus
  • Begonia ivy
  • Begonias
  • Beloperone
  • Billbergia
  • Birdsnest cactus
  • Birdsnest fern
  • Bishop's cap
  • Black pepper
  • Bloodleaf
  • Blue myrtle cactus
  • Boston fern
  • Bottle palm
  • Bowstring hemp
  • Boxwood
  • Brassaia
  • Bromeliads
  • Browallia
  • Bryophyllum
  • Buddhist pine
  • Bunchberry
  • Bunny ears cactus
  • Burrow tail
  • Buxus
  • Cacti
  • Caladium
  • Calamondin orange
  • Calathe
  • Calceolaria
  • Calico plant
  • California boxwood
  • California ivy
  • Calla lily
  • Camellia
  • Campanula
  • Candel plant
  • Cape primrose
  • Capsicum
  • Cardamon ginger
  • Caryota
  • Cast-iron plant
  • Century plant
  • Cephalocereus
  • Ceropegia
  • Chamaecereus
  • Chamaedorea
  • Chamaeranthemum
  • Cheiridopsis
  • Chenille plant
  • Cherry plant
  • Chinese evergreen
  • Chlorophytum
  • Christmas begonia
  • Christmas cactus
  • Chrysalidocarpus
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Cineraria
  • Cinnamon cactus
  • Cissus
  • Citrus
  • Clubmoss
  • Codiaeum
  • Coffea
  • Coleus
  • Columnea
  • Common boxwood
  • Copperleaf
  • Coral berry
  • Coral cactus
  • Cordyline
  • Cornstalk plant
  • Coryphantha
  • Crassula
  • Creeping fig
  • Crocus
  • Croton
  • Crown of thorns
  • Cryptanthus
  • Cryptocereus
  • Curlilocks ivy
  • Cyanotis
  • Cyclamen
  • Cyperus
  • Cyrtomium
  • Daffodil
  • Deer's tongue
  • Delta maidenhair
  • Devil's ivy
  • Dichorisandra
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Dizygotheca
  • Dogtooth violet
  • Dracaena
  • Dumbcane
  • Dwarf nerve plant
  • Dyckia
  • Easter cactus
  • Easter lily
  • Easter lily cactus
  • Echeveria
  • Echinocactus
  • Echinocereus
  • Echinopsis
  • Elephant bush
  • Elephant tooth cactus
  • Elkhorn fern
  • Ellen Danica
  • Emerald gem
  • Emerald ripple peperomia
  • English ivy
  • Epiphyllum
  • Epipremnum
  • Episcia
  • Euonymus
  • Euphorbia pulcherrima
  • Euphorbia splendens
  • Euphorbia tirucalli
  • Everblooming begonia
  • False aralia
  • Fatshedera
  • Fatsia
  • Faucaria
  • Ferns
  • Ferocactus
  • Ficus
  • Fig
  • Fire barrel cactus
  • Fittonia
  • Five fingers
  • Flame violet
  • Florida beauty
  • Flowering maple
  • Fluffy ruffles
  • Foam flower
  • Fountain dracaena
  • Fuchsia
  • Gardenia
  • Gasteria
  • Geranium
  • German ivy
  • Giant's watch chain
  • Gibasis
  • Ginger
  • Glacier ivy
  • Gloire de marengo
  • Gloxinia
  • Golddust ivy
  • Golddust plant
  • Golden barrel cactus
  • Golden birdsnest
  • Golden evergreen
  • Golden hahni
  • Golden laurel
  • Golden pothos
  • Golden stars cactus
  • Goldfish plant
  • Goldheart ivy
  • Goldthread
  • Grapefruit
  • Grape hyacinth
  • Grape ivy
  • Green gold
  • Green marble vine
  • Green ripple ivy
  • Grevillea
  • Ground pine
  • Gymnocalycium
  • Gynura
  • Haworthia
  • Hairy star fish flower
  • Hedera
  • Hedgehog cactus
  • Hen and chickens
  • Hepatica
  • Hibiscus
  • Hippeastrum
  • Houseleek
  • Howea
  • Hoya
  • Hyacinth
  • Hydrangea
  • Impatiens
  • Indian laurel
  • Iresine
  • Iris
  • Irish moss
  • Irish-cross begonia
  • Italian bellflower
  • Ivalace ivy
  • Ivy geranium
  • Ivy-tree
  • Jade plant
  • Janet Craig
  • Japanese aralia
  • Japanese ivy
  • Japanese yew
  • Java fig
  • Jerusalem cherry
  • Joseph's coat
  • Kalanchoe
  • Kangaroo vine
  • Kentia
  • Lace cactus
  • Lace flower vine
  • Lemaireocereus
  • Lemon
  • Lily
  • Lily-of-the-valley
  • Lithops
  • Little pickles
  • Little zebra plant
  • Live-forever
  • Living rock cacti
  • Living stone
  • Madagascar dragon tree
  • Maidenhair
  • Malpighia
  • Mammillaria
  • Maple queen ivy
  • Maranta
  • Marble queen pothos
  • Margaret berkery
  • Medicine plant
  • Merion beauty ivy
  • Mexican bread fruit
  • Milkbush
  • Mimosa
  • Miniature holly
  • Miniature peperomia
  • Ming aralia
  • Mistletoe fig
  • Monstera
  • Moon valley
  • Moss
  • Mother spleenwort
  • Mother of thousands
  • Muscari
  • Myrtillocactus
  • Narcissus
  • Needlepoint ivy
  • Nephrolepis
  • Neoregelia
  • Noble star plant
  • Norfolk island pine
  • Norse fire plant
  • Oak leaf aralia
  • Old lady cactus
  • Old man cactus
  • Old man head cactus
  • Opuntia
  • Orange
  • Orchid cactus
  • Orchids
  • Organ pipe cactus
  • Ornamental pepper
  • Oxalis
  • Pachystachys
  • Palms
  • Panamiga
  • Pan-American friendship plant
  • Panax
  • Pandanus
  • Panda plant
  • Paper white narcissus
  • Partridge berry
  • Partridge breast
  • Peace lily
  • Peanut cactus
  • Pedilanthus
  • Pelargonium
  • Pellaea
  • Pellionia
  • Peperomia
  • Pepper
  • Persea
  • Persian shield
  • Pewter plant
  • Philodendron
  • Phoenix
  • Piggy-back plant
  • Pilea
  • Pincushion cactus
  • Pineapple
  • Piper
  • Pittosporum
  • Pittsburgh ivy
  • Pixie ivy
  • Plain chin cactus
  • Platycerium
  • Plectranthus
  • Pleiospilos
  • Pleomele
  • Podocarpos
  • Poinsettia
  • Polypodium
  • Polyscias
  • Pamelo
  • Pony tail
  • Portulacaria
  • Pothos
  • Powder puff cactus
  • Prayer plant
  • Princess pine
  • Prickly pear cactus
  • Primrose
  • Primula
  • Prostrate coleus
  • Pteris
  • Purple passion plant
  • Pussy ears
  • Rabbit's foot
  • Rainbow cactus
  • Rat-tail cactus
  • Rattlesnake plantain
  • Red bird cactus
  • Red emerald
  • Red princess
  • Rex begonia
  • Rieger begonia
  • Rhapis
  • Rhipsalis
  • Rhododendron
  • Roman hyacinth
  • Rosary vine
  • Rose
  • Rose plaid cactus
  • Rubber plant
  • Saintpaulia
  • Sanchezia
  • Sand dollar
  • Sansevieria
  • Saracocca
  • Saxifraga
  • Scarlet paintbrush
  • Schefflera
  • Schismotoglottis
  • Schlumbergera
  • Schwabenland begonia
  • Scilla
  • Scindapsus
  • Screwpine
  • Sedum
  • Selaginella
  • Sempervivum
  • Senecio
  • Sensitive plant
  • Serissa
  • Shamrock
  • Shamrock ivy
  • Shinleaf
  • Showy rubber plant
  • Shrimp plant
  • Silk-oak
  • Silver evergreen
  • Silver hahni
  • Silver marble pothos
  • Silver queen
  • Silver tree
  • Sinningia
  • Sisal hemp
  • Snake plant
  • Solanum
  • Soleirolia
  • Southern yew
  • Spanish moss
  • Spathiphyllum
  • Spider plant
  • Spindletree
  • Spineless Indian fig
  • Spotted toad cactus
  • Spreading clubmoss
  • Staghorn fern
  • Stapelia
  • Starry ball cactus
  • Steel begonia
  • Stone cacti
  • Stonecrop
  • Strawberry cactus
  • Strawberry geranium
  • Streptocarpus
  • Strobilianthes
  • Succulents
  • Sundew
  • Swedish ivy
  • Sweet box
  • Sweet flag
  • Sweetheart ivy
  • Sweet potato
  • Swiss cheese plant
  • Syngonium
  • Table fern
  • Tahitan bridal veil
  • Tail flower
  • Teddy-bear vine
  • Thanksgiving cactus
  • Tiger jaws
  • Tillandsia
  • Ti plant
  • Tolmiea
  • Tradescantia
  • Training coleus
  • Tricolored jade plant
  • Trileaf wonder
  • Tuberous begonia
  • Tuftroot
  • Tulip
  • Umbrella sedge
  • Umbrella tree
  • Variegated wax ivy
  • Velvet plant
  • Victory plant
  • Vinca
  • Violet
  • Vriesia
  • Wandering Jew
  • Wax begonia
  • Wax ivy
  • Wax plant
  • Wheeler's dwarf
  • White anthurium
  • White flag
  • Wild strawberry
  • Window plant
  • Wintergreen
  • Yerba linda
  • Yucca
  • Zantedeschia
  • Zebra plant
  • Zebrina
  • Zygocactus

Keywords

  • Aphids
  • Bacteria
  • Cyclamen mites
  • Earthworms
  • Electric light
  • Fertilizers
  • Floriculture
  • Fungi
  • Fungus gnats
  • Humidity
  • Leaf polish
  • Mealybugs
  • Millipedes
  • Plant disease
  • Propagation
  • Repotting
  • Root rot
  • Scale insects
  • Slugs
  • Snails
  • Spider mites
  • Temperature
  • Thirps
  • Training
  • Ventilation
  • Whiteflies

Pages

  • 62

NCR99, reviewed October 1993


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