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Question: i live in a basement apartment..and i love plants..can you recommend any types that can survive in a basement?also is there a wed killer that kills wild mushrooms?

Answer: There are several houseplants that not only tolerate but thrive under low light conditions. Consider growing Aglaonema. This family of low light house plants has some very tough plants in it. You do not need a green thumb to get these to thrive. The Aglaonema has many narrow stems with large, oval leaves on them. Leaf variations come in dark green and silver, green and chartreuse variegates, and green with creamy white markings.

Dieffenbachia is also called ?dumb cane? since it contains an injurious sap that will make the inside of your mouth and tongue swell if tasted. This low light house plant grows a tall stalk, which is circled with giant leaves in varying shades of green and white variegations.

Snake Plant
The snake plant is also called ?mother in law's tongue,? and is one of the hardest plants to kill. This low light house plant has strong, upright leaves that look like green and yellow ribbons. They will grow up to four feet tall.

Peace Lily
The peace lily is one of the few low light house plants that flowers regularly. It prefers shade and cooler temperatures. It has glossy green leaves and flat white flowers. This low light house plant grows from one to one and a half feet tall.

The philodendron family of house plants tolerate shade, but do better with diffused sunlight. There are many varieties of this low light house plants with leaves ranging from deep, glossy green to yellow-veined styles, and red tinged ones.

Pilea comes from a large family of low light house plants that enjoy diffused light or shade. There is creeping pilea, which has small, bright green leaves. Other varieties have larger, more ornamental leaves with silver or yellow variegations.

Silver Lace Fern
This plant is one that can grow in the lowest light. It is a small fern with green and silver colored fronds or leaves. This low light house plant will add a splash of brightness to dim rooms. There are also all green varieties.

There are no weed killers to eradicate mushrooms. They are growing because there's something decaying at or below the soil surface. Knock them down when they appear. To keep them from showing up year after year, dig down into the ground and remove the decaying organic matter.

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