Identifying House Plants

Identifying House Plants – How to Identify What You Have

Identifying house plants can be difficult if you do not garden all of the time.  You may have received a plant from someone as a gift and really have no idea what it is or how to care for it.  This can be a huge disadvantage for you and the plant.  You need to understand what plants you have so that you can care for them effectively.  This will also help you determine if it is poisonous to your house pets.  With so many plants available to the home owner, it is important to know how to recognize your plants.

Well there are a few different ways that you can begin this process.  The first way is to simply take the plant to the nearest nursery or flower shop.  There are a lot of people there that will be able to help you determine what type of plant you are caring for.  They will be able to tell you what type of needs this plant has and how you can care for it properly.  Make sure that you ask them how much sun it will need, how often you need to water it and if it will need any fertilizer or food.  You do not want to go through all the trouble of identifying house plants if you are going to let them die.

Another option that you have when attempting to identify your plant is to purchase a book on house plants.  You can purchase this book without ever needed it leave your home when you have access to the internet and bookstores online.  Many of these books are going to explain the numerous different types of houseplants that can be purchased and they will most likely have pictures in them as well so you can compare them to your plant.  Be sure to read up on the plant care as well.  You want to get the most out of your book.  It would be nice to own this book because you will have it available for future reference as well.

Now, if you are not willing to purchase a book, you can simply go to the library and look at the books there.  If you are unsure where to look the librarian will help you find what you need if you tell her what you are there for.  Many times there will even be a copy machine available so anything you find can be copied and taken home with you.   This may be a good idea if you do not want to have to take the book back to the library in a few days.

Finally, there is so much information available on the internet that you are sure to find what you are looking for online.  You can look up different nurseries and flower shops as well.  You can ask questions on blogs related to your new plant and have other people try to help you figure out the mystery.  Another option is to take a picture of the plant and post it so that someone may see it and be able to identify it.  Identifying house plants does not have to be that difficult if you know where to look.  You may be able to start by simply typing in house plants and see what pictures come up.  Once you have determined what plant you have you will be able to read about caring for this plant.

Identifying house plants is important because you want to make sure that you are caring for it properly.  You also want to make sure that it is not something poisonous that is going to harm you, your family or a pet.  Hopefully, your plant will be labeled when you get it and you will not have to search.  But, if not, you just found a few starting places.