Snake Plant

Houseplant of the Month – Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata)

Look in old houseplant books and you’ll often find this succulent listed as mother-in-law’s tongue on account of its long, pointed leaves. These days it goes by the far more politically correct name of snake plant because of the shape of the leaves and snakeskin like markings that can be found on some varieties. Forming…

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Houseplant Doctor – Is my house plant dying?

“Why is my houseplant dying?” Many houseplants live a long life, brightening up your home without ever giving cause for concern. However, it can be very worrying when a cherished plant starts to go down hill rapidly and there is no obvious reason for its decline. Fortunately, most plants will make a full recovery once…

Devil's Ivy or Golden Pothos Plant

Houseplant of the Month – Devil’s Ivy (Epripremnum aureum)

Devil’s Ivy or Golden Pothos? If ever a plant was going to have an identity crisis, it would be devil’s ivy. Apart from the common name I’ve just mentioned, it goes by the nicknames of golden pothos, Ceylon creeper and money plant. Its current botanical name is Epripremnum aureum but to older gardeners it was…

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Houseplant Doctor – How do I get rid of bugs?

“How do I get rid of bugs on my houseplant?” There’s nothing worse than waking up one morning to find the leaves of your favourite foliage houseplant have been nibbled by a mysterious pest or that a flowering pot plant is starting to flag. Fortunately, indoor plants aren’t besieged by pests like their outdoor cousins,…

Kentia Palm at home houseplant

Houseplant of the Month – Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana)

If you’re looking to create a lush, leafy, tropical effect indoors, then kentia palms can’t be beat. This tender palm produces masses of tall, slightly arching stems clothed with long, tapering leaflets. Forming an elegant clump of foliage, it enjoys a reputation for being attractive as well as bombproof. This lovely palm has been a…

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Houseplant Doctor – Why are the leaves of my houseplant turning brown?

“Why are the leaves on my houseplant turning brown?” It’s a common concern for many owners of houseplants. You’ve just bought a stunning new plant, put it in your desired location and within a week or so, a leaf starts to turn brown and eventually falls off. Losing one leaf is bad enough, but before…

ZZ Plant Houseplant

Houseplant of the Month – ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

Flick through the pages of old houseplant books and you’re unlikely to come across Zamioculcas zamiffolia, a dramatic plant with wand-like stalks that are clothed with thick, glossy leaves. In fact, it was almost impossible to find in the UK until the early noughties, when imports from the Netherlands landed in garden centres. Today, this…