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Cultivate Time Together – The Modern-Day Victory Garden

The victory gardens movement was born more than 60 years ago during the World War II era when money and supplies were tight and tensions ran high. The United States government formally created a World War II Victory Garden initiative to focus on improving the health of the nation through homegrown produce as a role individual families could play to help the troops abroad. Planting a garden also served as a morale booster for Americans, where gardeners felt empowered by their contribution and involvement.

Fast-forward three decades, and we are now faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has shaken our economy and left millions across the country homebound. Today’s modern victory garden provides an opportunity to get outdoors, boost spirits, engage in physical exercise and take a break from pandemic news feed. Victory gardens — no matter the size — provide a place for the family to be together and work together. Here are some tips on how to get your garden started and what to grow:

Prepare the Soil - Soil is the key and the foundation of any good garden, so once you’ve chosen the types of fruits and veggies you’d like to grow, you’ll need to prepare the soil. If growing in raised beds, we recommend using a raised bed mix like Espoma Raised Bed Mix or for larger applications mix compost, topsoil, peat moss, vermiculite or perlite. Whether you have clay or sandy soil, our Green Team experts can help you to grow better with our complete line of soils and amendments available in both bags and bulk. To view our complete line of soil and amendments click here.

Growing in Containers - If growing in containers, we recommend McDonald Potting Soils, available in both All Purpose or Natural & Organic formulas that are specifically designed for growing in Hampton Roads. Our potting soils are always buy two, get one free, and come in 1 cu ft. bags. When growing in any container, it’s important to use a potting soil (not a planting mix), as other soils will clog the drain holes and prevent water from draining. One great container for growing amazing fruit and veggies is the Earthbox, a growing kit designed by farmers to take the guesswork out of growing edible plants. The Earthbox kit includes everything you need to be successful- simply add soil, plants, water, and sunlight. You can also grow great veggies and herbs in any type of pot, including clay, ceramic or plastic. The best advice here is to make sure to use a professional potting soil like McDonald Potting Soils and use a fertilizer like McDonald Organic Greenleaf or Espoma Garden Tone every 3-4 weeks, since nutrients flush through containers faster than in-ground plantings.

Watering Do's and Don'ts - After the initial planting, it’s important to keep the soil moist. Water two to three days a week for about 15 minutes a day, depending on your plants, your location, and the weather. Remember, overwatering can be just as harmful as leaving plants too dry! To learn more about proper watering practices click here.

Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor - There’s nothing like the taste and crunch of fresh veggies, the flavors of homegrown herbs, or the sweetness of freshly picked berries. So, grab the family and your tools and get digging in the dirt!

Not sure what to grow? You can grow a variety of edibles in Hampton Roads, many of which you can start from seed. We also carry a large variety of edible plants year-round, from herbs and veggies, to all types of berries and fruit trees. Here are some of our favorite edible plants:

Fig Trees – One of the easiest fruit trees to grow, fig trees are virtually pest and disease free and produce reliably year-after-year. Small and easy to pick from, getting approximately 10-15’ high and wide, they produce buckets full of ripe, sweet fruit in late summer through fall. Proven varieties are “Brown Turkey” or “Celeste”.

Persimmon Trees – Very durable and easy to grow fruit tree, persimmons grow well in Hampton Roads with little to no disease or insect issues. The Fuyu and Jiro non-astringent varieties are the best and can be eaten fresh off the tree. If left on the tree, they’ll ripen from a crisp texture to a softer texture. Store them in the fridge for two weeks or freezer for three months. Persimmons are a great source of vitamins A and C and good source of fiber as well, making them an amazingly healthy and tasty snack.

Strawberries – These sweet berries are easy to grow and produce year-after-year. In the ground, they make a great groundcover but can be aggressive and cover a lot of space. Strawberries are also easy to grow in containers.

Lettuce and Spinach –Iin our cooler seasons, two of the best edible plants to grow are lettuce and spinach. Both are easy to grow and can be harvested all season long. There are many different varieties to choose from but some of our favorites are Bibb and Red Sails lettuce.

Tomatoes – Tomatoes are one of the most popular edibles to grow every spring. Start them by seed or by plant. We recommend that you wait until after April 10 to plant, since the soil needs time to warm-up so the root system can grow. You can get started a little earlier if you are growing in raised beds or containers above ground.

Herbs – Nothing is better than to cook with fresh herbs from the garden. Classics like parsley, oregano, thyme, basil, dill, cilantro, and rosemary are some of our favorites. These plants love to be cut and used, so be sure to harvest often.

Blueberries – One of the healthiest and most rewarding fruits to grow, blueberries are not only a highly productive plant for fruit, but they also make a very attractive shrub. Newer varieties like Sunshine Blue hold their leaves virtually all year and change from an amazing bluish color in spring and summer to a mix of reds and maroons in the fall and winter. The best part is they are self-pollinating, so you can grow them by themselves or in containers around your home or apartment. Larger varieties get about 8-ft x 8-ft, and produce buckets full of berries. These varieties do need a cross pollinator, so be sure to get two different varieties and give them some space to grow.

Reduce Anxiety the Green Way

Reduce Anxiety the Green Way

Social distancing, quarantine, isolation- all things that we as humans are not wired to do and that can have psychological effects that are difficult for most of us to deal with. We all experience anxiety at one time or another and when worry and fear take over, they can become disruptive and even debilitating. According to the American Psychological Association, anxiety is linked not only to worry and unease, but also to physical effects, such as fatigue, restlessness, and muscle tension.

For many, gardening provides us with a way to reset. The sensory experience it provides brings us into the present, and the nurturing of plants promotes relaxation. Since the late 1700’s, nature and gardening have long been applauded for their calming and soothing benefits. Many studies promote the benefits of gardening and green space on mental health. In the March 2017 issue of Preventative Medicine Reports, researchers in Japan and the United Kingdom shared their review of 22 case studies (many of them from the US) on gardening and health. The data reinforced the positive impact of gardening on symptoms of anxiety and stress. Since stress can worsen the symptoms of anxiety, finding ways to alleviate or manage stress can be important to minimizing and managing the effects of anxiety.

With the recent push by the CDC to practice social distancing, it is more important than ever that we find ways to keep busy and engaged in activities to help reduce worry and anxiety. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of this time and get your hands dirty while performing some basic housekeeping gardening tasks:

  • Remove the last of the fallen leaves and other plant debris. Excessive leaf debris harbors disease and insects and can also prevent good water saturation to the root zone.
  • Clean out the insides and atop the root crowns of shrubs and perennials.
  • Cut back grasses, liriope and roses if you did not do so in the fall.
  • Remove any dead, damaged or crossing branches from various trees and shrubs and deadhead perennials.
  • Clear flower beds.
  • Rake leaves and mulch away from garden beds to allow the foliage of spring-flowering bulbs and perennials to poke through.
  • Check irrigation. Look for broken heads or inefficient spray patterns that can waste water. Also, adjust your timer so you aren’t watering your yard during the rainy season.
  • Dig and divide perennials.
  • Perennials such as hosta, chrysanthemum, and daylily can be divided as soon as they break dormancy. Use a sharp spade to dig and lift the clumps and break them into smaller sections with a large garden knife. Replant the divisions as soon as possible. Tip: Some perennials prefer being divided in the late summer instead of early spring. These include peony, lily, oriental poppy, and bearded iris.
  • Prune houseplants that might have grown leggy over the winter. Pruning will also encourage new, and a more compact growth habit.
  • Take a walk around the yard and pick up fallen limbs and debris.
  • Check your lawn mower and get blades sharpened to avoid the spring rush.
  • Check for insects and disease.
  • Deadhead perennials by using your thumb and forefinger to pinch off spent blooms.
  • Cut back perennials with brown foliage close to the ground.
  • Last but not least, sit back, take a deep breath and just relax in your green space.

Additional information on the gardening and its effect on anxiety and stress can be found here How to Use Gardening for Stress Release, and here Garden for Health.

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houseplant care essentials
assorted houseplants
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7 Must Know Tips for Plant Parents: Houseplant Basics

Houseplants are growing in popularity and a new generation of plant parents are visiting our greenhouses everyday. With that, we wanted to give everyone a few tips to be successful.

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR PLANT - Some plants require very little attention, while others need a bit more TLC. Certain plants such as tropical house plants need regular misting to boost humidity, others are sensitive to salts and chemicals in tap water. Reading care cards, doing research and asking our plant experts will all help to get to know your plants better and become a better plant parent.

H2-KNOW – Always pay close attention to watering instructions for your plants because each plant has its own watering needs. Some plants such as succulents prefer dryer soil and less frequent waterings, tropical plants need to be kept consistently moist, and many others prefer to dry out before another watering. Typically, even watering underneath foliage and directly to the soil is best, but If it feels like the soil is extremely or completely dried out, your plant may benefit from the bottom or soak-watering method. Be mindful that too much water, or ill-draining pots can lead to root rot, so always make sure to dump out any excess water.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT SPOT – Know how much light is right. Some plants are adaptive and thrive in a myriad of light environments, while other are more temperamental and thrive best in high direct light. Understanding which windows in your home will give the best light for your plants’ needs is a key component of being a great plant parent.

FEED ME PLEASE - Simply put, fertilizers are like vitamins for plants. When used properly, an all-purpose fertilizer can treat and help prevent plant “malnutrition” while promoting rapid growth and blooming. McDonald Green Leaf is an all-purpose, slow release fertilizer formulated with quality ingredients to ensure high performance and reliability. If using a liquid fertilizer, never apply directly to dry soil. It’s important that the soil is evenly moist before adding any fertilizing liquid. Dilute fertilizing liquid with water to half strength, or as directed on the bottle. Over-fertilizing can lead to shock. Carefully and evenly pour the fertilizing liquid over the top of the soil, until water begins to drip from the drainage hole.

THE MORE THE MERRIER - Houseplants love to be grouped together. Placing plants together will create a microclimate, making it easier for the plant to retain moisture and humidity. Plants have been proven to help you de-stress and connect you to nature. Adding multiple plants to your space will create an ultra-calming indoor jungle that you’ll love to spend time in. Caring for your plants can calm your nerves, too. Seeing your plant grow and flourish is incredibly rewarding, and we can guarantee that once you’ve mastered the care of one plant, you’ll want to challenge yourself with more.

KNOW WHEN TO ACCESSORIZE & REPOT - To promote continued growth and root health, it’s important to know when to repot your plants. The average healthy houseplant will outgrow its container and need to be repotted at least once in its lifetime. Check for roots creeping up along the top of the soil, or seeing roots growing through the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. This is a sign that your plant is root-bound and needs more space. Another indication when it is time to re-pot if when watering, the water rushes through the pot and out the drainage hole. This shows the roots are taking up too much room in the current pot and there is not enough soil to root ratio. Choose a container that is 4 – 6 inches larger than the existing pot. If any larger the soil to root ratio may be too large and can lead to oversaturated soil and root rot.

CLEAN & PEST FREE - Keep an eye out for pests. They usually will attack the new growth and also hide on the underside of the leaves and along the stem. They are not harmful to humans and are easily able to control. If you do discover pests grab yourself an organic insect spray. Lay out some plastic under the pot and start spraying at the bottom of the plant. Spray the foliage on the underside and then on top, working your way up. Your treatments may take several applications 7 – 10 days apart. The sooner you discover those pests, the easier it is to get under control, so check your plants often. Keep your leaves free of dust and grime this will keep your plants healthier – plus they’ll look better. Take a half of a lemon and squeeze it into a quart of water using a soft cloth. Wet it with the lemon mix and wipe gently. Support the foliage using your other hand so you won’t bend or break the leaf. Unless you live in a dust bowl, you’ll probably only have to do this once every six months or so.

2020 Garden Market Season
Offering Annuals, Perennials, Tree & Shrubs, Pottery and Garden Decor
Offering Convenience in Your Own Backyard
Markets from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach

McDonald Garden Markets – Our 10th Season & Still Growing Strong

In spring 2009, McDonald unveiled the first Garden Market in Poquoson, Virginia. Now, Markets have expanded throughout the Southside, the Peninsula and up into Williamsburg. Entering our 10th Garden Market season, we're excited to reveal our locations for 2020. This year we're offering ten convenient locations to serve garden enthusiasts on both the Peninsula and Southside. Click here to find a Market location near you.

Gardening in Hampton Roads reaches its peak during April, May and June. Our goal is to offer convenience, quality products and the McDonald shopping experience to communities throughout the spring season when gardening is top of mind. Markets open mid-March through mid-July, and offer annuals, perennials, edibles, trees and shrubs, garden solutions and outdoor accessories. Garden Markets are just another way McDonald can provide inspirational ideas to help you create and awe-inspiring space indoors and out.

McDonald Garden Center remains a family business with a loving and strong link to helping make Hampton Roads, Virginia one of the prettiest gardening spots in America. This spring and summer season, be sure and visit a Market near you.

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The Brother's Grimm
Exibits overflowing with fresh flowers, plants, herbs, bulbs, seeds, gardening books, garden equipments & more.

Kicks-Off Spring with the 27th Annual Outdoor Show

Spring in March arrives annually at the McDonald Garden Center Outdoor Show. As you can imagine, putting together a McDonald-worthy spring Show is a long and laborious process, but it's a challenge that our staff looks forward to each and every year. This year’s theme is “Dig into a Good Book” and igoes hand-in-hand with National Reading Month and the wonderful world of books. Attendees can stroll through the walkable vignettes featuring interpretations of some of our favorite time-honored tales – Treasure Island, The Brother’s Grimm, The Secret Garden and many more.

This Show offers a little bit of everything from the latest in spring gardening trends, home improvement, design, landscaping, food, and more. Back again this year is the Outdoor Show Speaker Series for 2020. Seminars are geared towards both the novice or the well-seasoned gardener and features presenters that will offer expert advice on everything from bees and camellias to orchids and pruning to solutions for moles and voles just to mention a few. For a complete listing of seminars taking place throughout the weekend click here.

“This time of year, everyone can use a little preview of spring. Outdoor 2020 will provide a real showcase for creating a colorful and much welcomed spring,” says McDonald Garden Center President, Mark Anderson. With more than 70 vendors, you’re sure to find plenty of inspiring ideas and creative options for flowering plants, trees, shrubs, edibles and outdoor furniture and accessories.

The 27th Annual Outdoor Show is free and open-to-the-public. The event will be held rain or shine under heated tents from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday through Sunday, March 6, 7 and 8, at McDonald Garden Center’s Independence Virginia Beach location at 1144 Independence Boulevard. Admission is FREE.

To learn more about the 27th Annual Outdoor Show click here.

McDonald Garden Center began in 1945 in Hampton, Virginia
in 1980, McDonald expanded into the Virginia Beach market on Independence Boulevard
In spring 2009, McDonald unveiled the first Garden Market
The Great Neck Virginia Beach location opened its doors 2017

The History of McDonald Garden Center

McDonald Garden Center began as a partnership between two brothers in 1945 in Hampton, Virginia. In the 1950's a diversity of plants and products made the operation a full-line garden center. New buildings and plant display areas met the growing needs of Peninsula gardeners. In 1973, Eddie Anderson and his wife Sara purchased the garden center. With a commitment to improving the quality of life through the business of gardening, McDonald Garden Center grew rapidly in size and structure.

McDonald expanded into the Virginia Beach market with a second location on Independence Boulevard in 1980. Originally a horse stable and riding academy, this site has retained and utilized some of the property’s original design and structure.

In spring 2009, McDonald unveiled the first Garden Market in Poquoson, Virginia. Now, Garden Markets have expanded throughout the Southside, the Peninsula and up into Williamsburg with ten seasonal locations. These Garden Markets provide quality plants and garden accessories from mid-March through July.

The Great Neck Virginia Beach location opened its doors in the fall of 2017 and offers the same high-quality products and services as our location on Independence Boulevard. Unique to this location is Angie’s Cabana, which features locally made jewelry, women’s clothing and shoes, and an assortment of gift items and accessories.

McDonald landscape design and installation division offers renovations of existing landscapes or the design of something new. All projects begin with the design process, where you’ll meet with a skilled landscape designer who will assess your needs and objectives and provide expert recommendations. Our Landscapes team provides complete installation services to ensure the professional appearance of your project. Our crews are specially trained to handle a broad range of horticultural and construction applications.

With two year-round Garden Centers, seasonal Garden Markets and a Landscape Design and Installation division, McDonald Garden Center offers a wide selection of high-quality products and services designed to enhance the lifestyles of our customers for all seasons. Our knowledgeable staff is committed to serving our customer and our community with integrity and enthusiasm. We strive to preserve both our customer’s trust and legacy since 1945 of unparalleled excellence in service and attention to detail.

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Sow, Now's the Time

Starting plants from seed is one of the most exciting and rewarding gardening activities. Growing seed is not complicated, it just requires a little thought and care. For best results, it is important to use fresh seed and follow the instructions on each seed packet which include specific planting tips, light source requirements and watering specifications. So grab a selection of your favorite seeds from annuals, to perennials to herbs & veggies -- and start from seed!

What you'll need:

  • Your choice of fresh seed packets
  • Clean pots or seed trays with drainage holes (egg cartons & Styrofoam cups work too but be sure to create a drainage hole). We recommend using seed starting supplies from Jiffy.
  • Seed starting mix. We recommend Black Gold Seed Starter Potting Mix.
  • Plastic spoon and or pencil - to make a hole for seed.
  • Jiffy seed starter greenhouse. This will allow the soil to heat up faster and help germinate the seed.
  • Plant labels and/or markers.
  • Light source such as a bright window or a grow light
  • Water

Sowing the Seed:

  • Read seed package for special instructions.
  • Start the seeds about 8-weeks before the last expected frost date. In Hampton Roads, that is about April 15.
  • Label containers with seed type.
  • Fill pots or trays with seed starter mix to about 1 cm below the rim of container.
  • Plant seed. For small seed, sprinkle on top of starting mix and for large seed push into mix until just covered (soil depth depends on seed type).
  • Cover seeds with a thin layer of starting mix - approx. ¼ inch deep (do not cover very fine seed).
  • Water

Finishing Touches:

  • Place pots or trays inside your seed starting greenhouse or use a large, loose plastic bag or cover with cling wrap to keep seeds warm and moist until germination.
  • Place in a warm, well lit area -- out of direct sunlight as it warms up.
  • If potting soil begins to dry out, remove cover and water gently.

Transplanting Seedlings:

  • When seedlings are 2-3 inches tall, transplant to a larger container for continued growth.
  • To transplant, fill the new container with pre-moistened mix and gently press the mix around the transplanted seedling and water to settle soil.
  • Plant seedlings in garden when the weather has warmed into the 50 degree range at night. Remember to acclimate the seedlings to outdoor life by slowly exposing them to sunlight in order to minimize stress on the plant.

To learn more about seed starting click here.

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The Language of Love

Flowers have been a long-standing favorite for Valentine’s Day, and February 14th is one of the busiest days for flowers. Looking for the perfect way to say it, try sending a flower that has a meaning. Here is a list of some ‘meaningful’ flowers that we adore:

ORCHIDS (Meaning: Love, Luxury, Beauty and Strength)
During the Victorian era, orchid symbolism shifted to luxury, and today this sense of magnificence and artful splendor continues, with orchids representing rare and delicate beauty. The 14th wedding anniversary flower, pink orchids convey pure affection, and the popular cattelya orchid represents mature charm.

ROSES (Meaning: I Love You)
The rose is a year-round favorite. It is the symbol of love and the most popular flower given on Valentine's Day. Each color offers a distinct meaning: red, the lover’s rose, signifies enduring passion; white, humility and innocence; yellow, expressing friendship and joy; pink, gratitude, appreciation and admiration; orange, enthusiasm and desire; white lilac and purple roses represent enchantment and love at first sight.

ANTHURIUMS (Meaning: Hospitality)
With their open, heart-shaped flowers, it’s no wonder that anthurium have come to symbolize hospitality. With bold, typically red flowers and shiny, dark green foliage, anthurium, are long-lasting and irresistibly beautiful.

TULIPS (Meaning: Perfect Love)
In the Victorian language of flowers, red tulips are a declaration of love, making them ideal Valentine's Day. A Turkish legend may be responsible for the red tulip's symbolism. The story goes that a prince named Farhad was love struck by a maiden named Shirin. When Farhad learned that Shirin had been killed, he was so overcome with grief that he killed himself - riding his horse over the edge of a cliff. It's said that a scarlet tulip sprang up from each droplet of his blood, giving the red tulip the meaning "perfect love."

LILIES (Meaning: Beauty)
Known as the May birth flower, and the 30th wedding anniversary flower. While white lilies symbolize chastity and virtue, white stargazer lilies express sympathy and pink stargazer lilies represent wealth and prosperity. Symbolizing humility and devotion, lilies of the valley are the 2nd wedding anniversary flower.

To discover other Valentine's Day gift-giving plant ideas click here.

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Assorted Succulent

The Wonderful World of Succulents

Succulents have never been more on trend than they are right now, and these low maintenance plants make the perfect houseplant for those of any age to learn how to nurture their green thumb. These eclectic plants come in silhouettes and growing habits that look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. Succulents are low-maintenance, get by on minimal water, and come in an amazing assortment of interesting shapes, varied patterns, unusual colors and many even boast beautiful flowers! Try your hand at succulents and see how exceedingly easy these gems are to grow.

Here are the general rules for growing top-quality succulents:

Light - Succulents prefer bright light, the brighter the better! Place your succulent in a window where it can get direct sunlight. Succulents don’t do well in the shade but will thrive when the sun is shining brightly on them.

Temperature - Keep your ambient room temperature anywhere from 55° to 75° Fahrenheit. Too hot or too cold can be detrimental to the health of the plant, however, normal home conditions are suitable for succulents.

Water - Water whenever the soil gets dry and pulls away from the edges of the pot. Water just enough to soak the soil evenly. Overwatering a succulent is as bad as not watering it at all, as these are drought-resistant plants designed to withstand extremely dry conditions.

Be sure to visit our Independence location for our complimentary succulent seminar, The Wonderful World of Succulents, to learn about the many succulent varieties available and how to care for and maintain them for succulent success! Click here for seminar details.

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Snake Plant
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Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen)

Warm-Up Your Winter with These Low Maintenance Houseplants

The winter season can be a peaceful time, but if you are longing for a vibrant pop of color to break up the drab browns and grays of the season, consider adding houseplants to your space. No matter if you’re lacking a green thumb or short on space and light, there are indoor plant options that can stand up to even the most harsh of conditions. Our houseplant experts recommend that before purchasing a houseplant consider these three simple questions: where is the plant going to live?; what kind of light does the area receive?; and what are the plants watering requirements? We’ve selected a few of our favorite low-maintenance wonders that can stand up to neglect while still bringing a touch of green into your life. Take a look at the list below, then see if any of these gorgeous plants could be a fit in your home.

Succulents are one of the most versatile plants on the globe. Because they have shallow roots, they can survive without a great deal of water or care and thrive in drought-like conditions. Succulents also have a variety of pleasing shapes and colors, looking good whether they have blooms or not! These stylish plants have moved to center stage and are being used in a multitude of ways both inside and out. Succulents used in all sorts of ways; as table arrangements, living sculptures, as cut flowers – the skies the limit when it comes to using succulents. Take advantage of these unique garden characters and challenge yourself to come up with new ways to display your succulents around the house.

Air Plants or Tillandsias survive mostly on air and an occasional watering. These unique plants, from the Bromeliad family, absorb nutrients, especially calcium and water, from the air which provides an abundant supply of nutrients to the plant rather than through their roots. Place them in glass terrariums, hang them from string on their own, set them in a shell or on a stack of books. They can even be glued, wired, pinned or tied to driftwood, seashells or baskets. The possibilities for the tough little plants is endless. Air Plants need plenty of fresh air and humidity. To water the plant, submerge it every two weeks.

Pothos are tough, versatile plants among the most popular of houseplants. This plant gets its name from its leaves, which are heart-shaped and glossy green. Pothos grow trailing, leafy vines that can reach 40 feet in tropical jungles, but usually confines itself to about 6-10 feet in containers, when allowed to trail freely. This hardy plant is able to withstand neglect and less than optimal lighting conditions. Pothos prefer natural, bright, indirect light. If they're exposed to too much light, they may slowly lose the lush color and slowly turn a pale green. As a general rule, check the soil and water when the top inch of soil feels dry. Keep the soil evenly moist but allow it to dry out between waterings.

Snake Plants are tough plants with heavy, sword-like leaves which shoot up from the base of the dirt and can grow to 4-feet in height. The snake plant prefers moderate to bright light. This houseplant prefers to be watered once every 7 - 10 days thoroughly, allowing the soil to dry in between waterings. Drooping foliage can indicate over watering. On the other hand if the foliages begins to wrinkle or bend over you are not providing enough water.

Chinese Evergreens are another versatile low light, low growing, durable houseplant. The distinctive foliage and compact size make it an ideal accent plant. Chinese evergreens are available in assorted varieties, but no matter which one you choose, rest assured they are all easy to care for. This plant tolerates low light but does best if located in bright indirect sunlight. Keep it constantly moist but not wet, since sitting in water can cause rot. A moderate drying between the waterings is okay, but the soil shouldn’t dry put completely.

To learn more about about houseplants click here .