Houseplants add life and color to make indoor spaces a little more interesting. Successfully growing houseplants starts with understanding their needs.

Successfully growing houseplants starts with understanding their needs. Houseplants contribute to and become part of the interior decor, but they are not furniture or knickknacks. They are alive and, like all living things, they have certain requirements that must be met to be healthy.

The primary requirement among those is light. Light is the energy plants use to create their food. No matter how hard you try, you cannot grow a plant where there is not enough light — no matter how good it looks in the location.

Dr. William Johnson is a horticulturist with the Galveston County Office of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System. Visit his website at


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