Although most plants are acquired already potted, they also can be grown from seeds or from leaf cuttings from another plant. Plants that have already been potted do not need to be disturbed until their roots have out grown the container or the minerals and nutrients have been depleted from the soil.
Various plants thrive only in certain types of soil, for instance, the sandy mixture suited to a succulent will cause an orchid which requires a great amount of plant fiber or peat moss to die. Plants supply their own food by means of photosynthesis but grow better when fertilized, which serve to replenish the mineral content of the soil.
Although indoor plant do not suffer as much from insects as do outdoor plants, pests can be carried into the house on a newly acquired plant. Insect that damage houseplants include aphids, spiders mites, mealy bugs, whiteflies and scales.
The amount of water that protect plant receives is important. Cacti, for instance, require very little water, a Boston fern, on the other hand, needs a great amount. Plants that are dormant require minimal watering, but these same plants need regular care when growing or flowering. The need of sun light also depend on the plant kind itself, Many plants thrive in full sunlight, including aloe, geranium, and kalanchoe, and some plants, such as aspidistra and cyclamen, can tolerate dim light.