Guide to low-maintenance gardening

From low-water plants to simple projects, our guide to easy gardening will make a green thumb out of anyone

9 super-chic houseplants

Striking shapes, sizes, and colors make them more spectacular than ever. Plus: Easy care tips

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Watch for bugs

Watch for bugs

Healthy plants that get proper care are generally pest-free. Fungus gnats can appear atop soil that’s overwatered. Mealybugs, mites, and scale feed on leaves and sometimes stems. Check plants regularly so any pests don’t get out of hand; control small infestations by dabbing insects with rubbing alcohol or washing them off with soapy water. If unsuccessful, follow up with an organic pesticide, such as Houseplant Insect Killing Soap or Houseplant Insect Killer from Safer (saferbrand.com). Spray plants outdoors or in a well-ventilated area inside.

 

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