How-To Guides

This is a growing list of useful how-to planting and growing guides from around the web. We’ll be adding to it as we discover more, so check back often!

How To: Indoor Gardening
How to grow plants indoors and surround yourself with plants year-round.

Recharge Your Houseplants
Winter is the ideal time to spend a few hours trimming and repotting the plants around your home.

Houseplant Pests and Diseases
How to keep your houseplants healthy and pest-free.

Gardening Under Lights
Use lights to grow an abundance of stocky, green seedlings or pamper indoor flowering plants. The right lights will keep them blooming almost year-round.

How to Plant a Terrarium
Learn how to create a colorful indoor garden in this step-by-step guide. In less than an hour, you can plant a terrarium.

Coir: A Better Way to Start Seeds
Grow stronger seedlings, harvest bigger — and earlier — tomato crops and give yourself a green star for using a renewable resource. How? Simply add coir to your growing repertoire.

When to Start Your Seeds
Learn how to create a seedstarting schedule. By starting seeds at the proper time, you’ll have strong, well-rooted transplants when spring arrives.

Seedstarting FAQs
Expert advice and answers to frequently asked questions about starting plants from seed.

How to Start Seeds
Expert advice on starting your own plants from seed.

How to Choose a Grow Light
Learn how to choose the right light for growing plants and seedlings indoors.

Growing Bulbs Indoors
When winter’s chill forces the gardener to move indoors, windowsills come into bloom.

How to Grow Orchids
A comprehensive guide to orchid care

Fighting Fruit Flies
Getting fruit flies out of the kitchen takes a bit of persistence, but it isn’t difficult and doesn’t require any pesticides.

Worm Composting
All about creating compost with worms

Grow Tomatoes from Seed
Learn the best way to start your own tomato seedlings. Quick to germinate and grow, tomato seeds are best sown indoors about six weeks before your average last frost date.

Growing Annual Flowers from Seed
Some annuals are especially easy to grow. Learn how.

Choosing the Right Soil for Seedstarting
When starting seeds indoors, you don’t want to use regular potting soil. It’s too heavy and dense for the delicate, hair-like roots of a newly-germinated seed.

How to Care for Poinsettias

Easy Seeds for Beginners
Starting seeds for the first time? Here’s a list of seeds that are quick to germinate and don’t require a lot of extra fussing.

Amaryllis Care
How to grow indoor-blooming amaryllis.

How to Thin Out Crowded Seedlings
When faced with a flat of crowded seedlings, use a scissors to thin them out.

Prevent Seedling Disease With a Fan
Young seedlings are especially vulnerable to a disease called damping-off. It’s a fungus that enters young seedlings from the soil, causing the seedlings to die – often within days.

How to Grow Cyclamen
The key to keeping cyclamen happy and healthy is to replicate their natural environment as closely as possible.

How to Grow Sweet Peas from Seed
If you want to grow flowers from seed, start with sweet peas. The large seeds are easy to manage and most varieties germinate readily. Plus, the resulting blooms are gorgeous and sweetly scented.

Getting Orchids to Bloom Again
Pay attention to light, water and fertilizer and your phalaenopsis will rebloom.

How to Pot an Amaryllis Bulb
It’s easy to your own. All you need is potting soil and a pot.

How to Select the Right Seedstarting System
When starting seeds indoors, you’ll want to use the right growing medium and be sure to give your plants adequate light. But what sort of container will you plant the seeds into?

Why Choose Cowpots to Start Seeds
Cowpots are biodegradable, keeping plastic waste out of the landfill. And they’re not only made from a renewable resource, they’re taking a potential pollutant out of the waste stream. They’re made in the U.S. by farmers, and they grow happy seedlings. What’s not to love?

How to Grow Microgreens
With just a few simple items, you can grow microgreens at home. It only takes a few weeks to harvest your first crop, and you can do it all on a sunny windowsill.

All About Spring Bulbs
A guide to bulbs planted in the spring.

All About Perennials