Resource list curated by Carrie Falotico (Master Gardener Trainee), Leo Sherry (Master Gardener Trainee), and Elizabeth Records (Education Program Assistant, OSU Extension Service)
- Why this list?
- Which houseplants are right for me?
- How do I start houseplants from cuttings?
- How do I care for houseplants?
- How do I fix houseplant pests or diseases?
- What kind of houseplant is this?
Why this list?
The internet is full of tips for houseplant care. But not all of them are based on science or proven to be safe and effective. So Master Gardener Trainees Leo and Carrie researched these suggestions just for you! Whether you are new to houseplants or are familiar with growing them, we hope this list of research-based resources will support your success.
Which houseplants are right for me?
How much light your dwelling gets, how much time you have, and the people and pets in your home, are things to consider when picking houseplants.
- Selecting Indoor Plants
- Houseplants for the Forgetful Gardener
- No green thumb? No problem. 10 Easy Indoor Plants
- Toxic and Non-Toxic Plant List – Cats | ASPCA
- Toxic and Non-Toxic Plant List – Dogs | ASPCA
- Poisonous and Non-poisonous Plants | National Capital Poison Center
How do I start houseplants from cuttings?
You got a cutting of a houseplant! How do you grow it into a full-grown plant?
How do I care for houseplants?
Different plants have different needs. Keep your plants happy with these resources.
- Houseplant Care
- Houseplants: An excerpt from the Texas Master Gardener Handbook
- Washington State University – Houseplants – Tip Sheet #15
- Guide to Growing Houseplants
- Caring for Houseplants
- University of Maryland Extension: Growing and Caring for Indoor Plants
- University of Georgia Extension: Growing Indoor Plants with Success
How do I fix houseplant pests or diseases?
Your houseplant looks sick or has bugs. These resources can help.
- Five things to watch to keep your houseplants happy | OSU Extension Service
- Houseplant Problems (Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California)
- Houseplant IPM (National Pesticide Information Center)
What kind of houseplant is this?
Knowing the types of plants you have is key to successfully growing them. Find your plants in this list, or contact your local Extension office.
TAXONOMICAL FAMILIES of HOUSEPLANTS (PDF)
Small Aloes – Interesting, Colorful, and Easy Succulents
Asparagus fern, Asparagus densiflorus
Boston Fern, Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’
Burro’s Tail, Sedum morganianum
Crown of Thorns, Euphorbia milii
Elephant Bush, Portulacaria afra
Fiddle Leaf Fig Houseplant – Proper Care
Haworthias – Super Succulents for Small Spaces
PoinsettiasPolka Dot Plant, Hypoestes phyllostachya
Ponytail Palm, Beaucarnea recurvata
Snake Plant: A Forgiving, Low-maintenance Houseplant
Spider plant, Chlorophytum comosum
Split-leaf philodendron, Monstera deliciosa
Staghorn Fern, Platycerium bifurcatum
String of Hearts, Ceropegia woodii
String of Pearls, Senecio rowleyanus
Stromanthe sanguinea “Tricolor”