house·​plant | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌplant \

Definition of houseplant 

: a plant grown or kept indoors

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Today, the Persephone planter is their best-selling blob — fitting, given millennials’ habit of accumulating and Instagramming houseplants. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Some people feel a tenderness toward bulbous candles and planters. Why?," 21 Dec. 2018 Beautiful and unique houseplants are also easier to get than ever, what with their trendiness sparking a surge in e-commerce plant sellers. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Follow These Two Simple Steps To Save Your Plants (And House) From Bugs," 6 Dec. 2018 Overwatering is the most common cause of death of houseplants. Heidi Mitchell, WSJ, "Which Houseplants Grow Best in Low Light?," 10 Nov. 2018 One idea from the University of Tennessee: houseplants as sensors detecting environmental problems inside the house. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Genetically Modified Houseplants Could Help Save Us From Smart Home Hell," 23 July 2018 There would be a number of possible uses for such a houseplant. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Genetically Modified Houseplants Could Help Save Us From Smart Home Hell," 23 July 2018 Winter dormancy- Allow houseplants to rest during the winter period and move them to a cooler position. Olivia Rassow, ELLE Decor, "The Top 10 Indoor Gardening Tips," 3 Apr. 2014 Feed your palm with one of the slow release houseplant or container plant fertilizers. Tom Maccubbin,, "Most tomatoes won't grow in summer in Florida," 7 July 2018 Twitter @vikkiortiztrib Want the next hot houseplant? Vikki Ortiz,, "Thanks to rainy spring, 4 tree diseases expected across Chicagoland this summer," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of houseplant

1824, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of houseplant

: a plant that is grown or kept indoors


house·​plant | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌplant \

Kids Definition of houseplant

: a plant grown or kept indoors

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