house·plant | \ˈhau̇s-ˌplant \

Definition of houseplant 

: a plant grown or kept indoors

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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 At one point, Depp's bank accounts were so low that TMG advised Depp's employees to stop buying houseplants. Rebecca Farley,, "The Biggest Bombshells From Johnny Depp's Revealing New Interview," 21 June 2018 People are pouring their hearts and wallets into houseplants, forming emotional bonds with ferns and Philodendron. Amber Burton, WSJ, "Forget the Cat Ladies, Meet the Plant Parents," 11 July 2018 You’ve probably read by now that houseplants are an easy way to liven up a space while purifying the air too. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Where to buy plants online," 8 May 2018 Not since the 1970s have houseplants been such a sought-after part of interior design. Cindy Dampier,, "#PlantShelfie: Houseplants are having a social media moment," 1 May 2018 What makes mother of thousands a good, solid houseplant is its ability to reproduce vegetatively, by growing plantlets along the margins of its leaves. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "5 Of The Easiest Houseplants To Grow From Cuttings," 14 Dec. 2017 Antonio Johnson, 31, a production manager living in Brooklyn, has 40 houseplants and has no plans to stop buying in the near future. Amber Burton, WSJ, "Forget the Cat Ladies, Meet the Plant Parents," 11 July 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 \

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: a plant grown or kept indoors

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