What are the best resources for keeping houseplants alive when you are terrible at it?

asked by Jennifer Woodard
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    #112 Ways You’re Killing Your Houseplants

    12 Ways You’re Killing Your Houseplants

    12 Ways You’re Killing Your Houseplants is an article on the ProFlowers website that tells you twelve things you might be doing to your plants that affect them negatively, and how to fix each situation.

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    José Juan Tovar
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "Some of us are lucky enough to be born with a green thumb. For the rest of us normal people who can't keep a cactus well-watered, this guide is a great start. Some of us seem to do everything "right," yet just plain seem to have the touch of death - this guide explains twelve little things you might not have known or even registered as a problem. Make your house green today with this guide!"
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    #2How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged

    How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged

    How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged is a book by Veronica Peerless will help your plant live with horticultural survival tips. With over 50 different types of popular houseplants, this book summarizes what type of care your plants do (or don't) need. 

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    Edward Fernandez
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "If you're one of the many people that just can't keep your houseplants alive then this book is for you. It is packed with great tips and ideas to keep in mind to keep your houseplants looking fresh as the day you brought it home."
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    #3Why You Keep Killing Your Plants and What to Do About It

    Why You Keep Killing Your Plants and What to Do About It

    Why You Keep Killing Your Plants and What to Do About It is an article by Kristin Wong on LifeHacker that explains the most common reasons that make houseplants die. It then gives you tips so you don't make those mistakes and learn to keep your houseplants alive and thriving.

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    Ana María Castellanos
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "I found this article filled with interesting tips on why people like me kill our plants. It is very helpful information though I don't think I would take the time to follow it all so I have no houseplants. One thing I didn't see however, was what to do about cats. I mainly don't have houseplants because the cats will destroy them more than me."
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    #4[TUTORIAL] How To Grow Plants: The Ultimate Guide To Planting Seeds And Plant Care

    [TUTORIAL] How To Grow Plants: The Ultimate Guide To Planting Seeds And Plant Care

    How To Grow Plants: The Ultimate Guide To Planting Seeds And Plant Care is a book by Margaret Phillips teaches you how to grow, care for, and create a garden in any space that you have available.

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    Maria Diaz
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "I think it's a good answer because it's an "ultimate guide" which would be considered one of the best resources helping to keep plants alive. The guide explains how to plant seeds as well as plant care. Seems like all the information you would need."
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    #55 Reasons You're Killing Your Indoor Plants

    5 Reasons You're Killing Your Indoor Plants

    5 Reasons You're Killing Your Indoor Plants is an article by Apartment Therapy where they give you a simple list of mistakes you might be making when taking care of your plants. If you want to stop killing them, go to their website for a quick read.

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    Bruce Hernandez
    Written on October 6, 2017
    "This solution links to a 2013 article giving 5 reasons why your houseplants are not doing well. It includes improper watering, drainage issues, window placement and other tips. It still is relevant advice even today in 2017"
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    #6[TUTORIAL] How to Keep Houseplants Alive and Happy

    [TUTORIAL] How to Keep Houseplants Alive and Happy

    How to Keep Houseplants Alive and Happy: Buying, Growing and Displaying Plants in your Home is a book by Peter McHoy. It's a practical handbook packed with advice on choosing the right kinds of houseplants and keeping them in top condition.

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    Hemant Jayaraman
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "This was a great buy for me, i've had to stick to fake plants for the longest time, and this helped me to decide on better types of plants for my style of caring for them"
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    #7A Woman's Book of Herbs: The Healing Power of Natural Remedies

    A Woman's Book of Herbs: The Healing Power of Natural Remedies

    A Woman's Book of Herbs: The Healing Power of Natural Remedies is a Science, Gardening, Nature, Non-fiction book written by Deb Soule. It was published October 1, 2000 by Citadel.

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    Bruce Graham
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "It was a cute little book that helps people get interested in herbal remedies and alternative medicine. There were some tips on maintaining the plants but it was more of an overview on the actual healing practices of herbs as opposed to man made medicines. I like having it around it makes for a good coffee table book but in terms of gardening advice it was a bit lacking. "
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    #8Elderberries

    Elderberries

    Elderberries: The Beginner's Guide to Foraging, Preserving and Using Elderberries for Health Remedies, Recipes, Drinks and More is a Science, Gardening, Nature, Non-fiction book written by Alicia Bayer.

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    Diane Morales
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I absolutely love elderberries, but I was looking for a book on houseplant care. There is nothing especially useful in this book specific to houseplants, as elderberries would actually be grown outside."
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    #9The Filix

    The Filix

    The Filix is a website with numerous articles and tutorials about gardening, how to take care of different kinds of plans, how to grow seeds, how to plant vegetables, and much more. 

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    Craig Barnes
    Written on January 12, 2018
    "It helps you if you are new to gardening. It tells you what fertilizers to use and how much to water them. It will give you ideas if you are unsure about what to plant."
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