• In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook explains how to choose houseplants.

    Steps:1. Know the sun exposure of each room for which you’re buying houseplants.
    2. To keep plants healthy avoid overwatering; water each plant thoroughly, then let top of soil dry out before watering again.
    3. When re-potting a plant, move up to a pot that’s about two inches larger.
    4. Loosen up root ball, then line bottom of pot with clay-pot shards or stones.
    5. Add some potting soil to pot.
    6. Set plant in pot and adjust soil so top of root ball is about 1 inch below top of pot.
    7. Pack soil tightly around plant.
    8. Soak plant, then water as needed.
    • Difficulty: Easy
      All it takes is a visit to a well-stocked nursery
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      1. Low-light houseplants,
      such as dracena marginata, dracena warnekii, phalaenopsis (moth orchid), kentia palm, rhapis exelsa (lady palm)

      2. Clay-pot shards or stones,
      used to line bottom of pot when re-potting a plant