Growing guide

How to grow houseplants

Many houseplants are easy to grow, long lived and can be very rewarding.  Whether you are a fan of large architectural plants to use as focal points in a room, miniature plants for growing in terraria, or fascinated by collecting and growing a particular group of plants like orchids or cacti, there are houseplants available to suit everyone's tastes.

Quick facts

  • Most houseplants are easy care and tolerant of many conditions
  • Choose for sun or shade or areas inbetween
  • Ideal for gardeners with homes lacking in outdoor space
  • A wide choice for rooms with high humidity such as bathrooms
  • There are many large-leaved architectural forms for a modern look
  • Many are addictive and very collectable

All you need to know

Before you get started
Ongoing care
While we think all this information will be helpful to you, we always recommend to read the instruction labels on your plants.

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