Tips on Keeping Houseplants Healthy and Happy


November 8, 2017, posted by Gina – Occasionally, I take a long, hard look at my houseplants and conclude they have seen better days. I try to make them last as long as possible but replacing them at a certain point becomes inevitable. Several of mine had reached the point of no return this week and I bought some replacements. I am very happy with the plants I found.

This Lemon Button Fern is one of the easiest ferns to keep looking fresh. I water it about once per week and I occasionally run the spray water on it.

Neon Pothos is very reliable and easy to keep looking just as the day you purchased it. I water once per week.

This ivy topiary was so cute that I could not pass it up. Ivy seems to be prey for spider mites but one way to keep these pests at bay is to keep the ivy evenly watered. Don’t let it dry out but, conversely, don’t let it stay too wet.

Kalanchoe is my favorite house plant because of the beautiful, colorful blooms and it is the easiest plant to maintain. It requires very little water and its waxy leaves always look fresh. The blooms will fade and when that happens I clip them off and am left with a pretty green plant. These will bloom again but it takes a bit of time.

Asparagus fern is an easy fern to keep alive. This one is on my screened in porch to protect it from frost. Keep it evenly watered and it will become like a family member.

While proper watering is the key to having healthy plants, there are a few products that can help them along…


I use houseplant food, which is a fertilizer, every couple of months and follow the directions on the bottle. Triple Action Plus keeps insects and fungus from killing your plants. Spray this on every other month and you will have longer lasting plants. I suggest you take your plants outside for this spray as it is very strong. And finally, Leaf Shine makes most any plant look fresher and so beautiful.

I hope these tips help you keep your houseplants happy and hanging around for a while. Let us know any tips you have for keeping houseplants alive.

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