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Old 04-12-2009, 02:25 PM  
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My girlfriend is an avid gardener and I know nothing about gardening at all. I want to learn a bit so that I can be helpful. I want to start by having a few houseplants. What is an easy plant for me to start with?

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Old 04-12-2009, 09:59 PM  
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Welcome Dave-Morris:
My wife keeps strawberry begonia, wandering Jew, spider plants, hens and chickens. All regenerative plants, [I]i.e.[I] plants that have young off shoots that can be potted on their own. Its like rabbits multiplying.
I'm sure there are some better plants in your area. You might want to check with a gardening/landscaping pro.

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Old 04-17-2009, 10:19 PM  
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There are a lot of resources for you out there to figure out what plants you could keep that are hardy.

I think one of your best resources would be a plant shop. I would check in with local nurseries (if you have any) or maybe the major stores like Home Depot and Lowes. Tell them what you are looking for and they should be able to help.

Sometimes your water company will be able to provide you information, either in a pamphlet or their website. I know my local water company had a number of pamphlets that had information about outdoor and indoor landscaping

Of course to, just plugging into google "hardy indoor plants" should give you quite a listing.
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Old 04-18-2009, 04:50 AM  
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The easiest house plants, in my opinion, are Devil's Ivy. They have them every where, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, They are usually in a hanging basket, can be all green leaved or varigated. They are a low light plant, so there is no need to find a sunny location. Water them occasionally, if you forget and see that the leaves are starting to droop, stick it in the tub and soak it for about 15 mins. (Make sure it's done dripping before you hang it back up!) The vines grow extremely quickly and can be drapped anywhere making your home look so much nicer. And if you accidently break a piece off, just stick it in a glass of water and watch it reroot itself! Good Luck!

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Old 04-20-2009, 02:37 PM  
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IMHO, houseplants can be tricky. Sunlight and correct amount of water are key. Some outdoor perennials are usually much hardier, just make sure you have the right zone for your plants.
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Old 08-10-2009, 02:23 AM  
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ivy is an good choice, it is very easy to grow and has stong life

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Old 08-17-2009, 11:58 AM  
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You need to look at the environment where your plants are going to be and select plants accordingly.
For example, some plants don't like dry air which can be caused by some heating sytems, some plants don't like too much sun. When you have an idea of the type of "climate" you have, then go to a plant supplier and select the best plants for the conditions and your level of knowledge.
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ivy is a good plant to start with , but you did not say about the type of climate you have to select the apt plant.
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:57 PM  
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You should try garden with annuals. These plant are very easy and very fast to grow. Here are some tips to gardening with these plants.

1. Planting and spacing: Plant transplants closely so they fill in quickly. Usually, the tag will say to plant 8 to 12 inches apart, so pick 8 inches for a great show of flowers more quickly.

2. Watering: Annuals need water to thrive. Water them deeply two to three times a week after planting.

3. Feed your plants: Once a week, feed your plants with a balanced all-purpose 20-20-20 fertilizer that you mix with water.
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Old 11-24-2009, 02:39 AM  
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Gardening is very simple but its a commitment you make when you start growing you own garden.
they are just like humans, will feel bad if left uncared.
since you are a beginner and going to start a garden for your girl friend try any vegetable plants so that when they give flowers and then vegetables automatically you will develop interest once you see them infront of your eyes how your efforts are being rewarded.
first plant tomatoes, onions, chilli... they are easy to grow. the important aspect in gardening is the spacing of the plant see to it you dont place them very near and water them regularly. give them proper fertilizers.

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