Molly Williams


Molly Williams is a born-and-raised Midwesterner transplanted in New England, where she toils in the garden and teaches writing at a local university. She is the author of "Killer Plants: Growing and Caring for Flytraps, Pitcher Plants, and Other Deadly Flora." Her second book "Taming the Potted Beast: The Strange and Sensational History of the Not-So-Humble Houseplant" is forthcoming in spring 2022. You can find her online at @theplantladi and
Surprise! Now's Actually the Best Time to Plant These Iconic Fall Flowers
Plan ahead and you can have a garden full of big, colorful blooms this fall.
Apr 25, 2023
The 5 Things I Do When Buying a New Plant, According to a Plant Writer
Take these steps before buying a new houseplant to ensure it’s happy and healthy.
Apr 17, 2023
These 4 Golden Rules of Houseplant Care Can Turn Anyone into a Green Thumb
Home Projects
Convicted plant serial killer? Don’t let past failures get you down. These four tips will help you set up a plant care regimen that will turn you into a green thumb in no time.
Mar 30, 2023
5 Fancy-Looking "Difficult" Houseplants That Are Actually Pretty Easy
These plants look intimidating, but they're easier to care for than they seem.
Mar 21, 2023
3 Signs You Might Be Able to Bring a Sale Rack Houseplant Back from the "Dead"
Some plants are goners, but others might just need a little TLC to transform them from compost pile rejects to thriving masterpieces. Here's how to tell which is which.
Mar 9, 2023
3 of the Best Trader Joe's Houseplants for Brown Thumbs — and 3 You Should Skip
Beginner plant parent? Set yourself up for success by choosing a low-maintenance variety.
Feb 13, 2023
8 Totally Free Junk Drawer Items That Can Help Your Houseplants Thrive
Decluttering? Keep an eye out for these common household items — your plants will thank you.
Feb 8, 2023
What to Plant in July (Because It's Not too Late to Start Gardening)
You didn't miss your window! These picks would look great in your yard.
Jul 1, 2022
19 Things You Can Plant in June, Whether You Have a Tiny Patio or a Huge Garden
Pull on your gardening gloves — it's the perfect time to get these plants in the ground.
Jun 1, 2022
7 Houseplants That Are Safe for Pets (And 4 You Should Definitely Avoid)
Starter Packs
At this point in the history of our world, I know two things to be true: People love their pets, and people love bringing plants indoors. 
May 25, 2022
Turn Your Home into a Jungle for $0 with 5 Super Easy-to-Propagate Houseplants
What's better than more plants? More plants for FREE.
Nov 13, 2021
Not-So-Still Life: These 4 Easy-to-Find Houseplants Move All on Their Own
Want something a little more mobile than a succulent? Try one of these dramatic picks.
Nov 6, 2021
This $0 Hack Plant Shop Pros Swear By Makes Potting Big Plants a Breeze
This easy hack helps lighten your load — literally.
Oct 8, 2021
Killed Your Plant? It’s OK! Here’s What to Do Next
A few quick steps will get you back to where you started — ready to give houseplant ownership another go.
Sep 27, 2021
These Plants Will Kill Your Fungus Gnat Problem
Place one or a few of these among your houseplant menagerie and let nature run its course. 
Sep 17, 2021
Your Too-Big Pot Is Actually Sabotaging Your Houseplant
Here are a few rules you should consider when you’re shopping for plant pottery.
Sep 14, 2021
How to Find Native Plants for Your Garden
By understanding what you're planting in your garden and why, you’re furthering your connection with the planet and with Mother Nature.
Sep 3, 2021
5 Low-Maintenance Houseplants That Basically Thrive on Neglect
These plants seldom need re-potting, which means one less chore on your to-do list.
Aug 11, 2021
What to Plant in August, Because Gardening Season is Still in Full Swing
Yes, you can still plant in August!
Aug 1, 2021
These 5 Mini Versions of Your Favorite Plants Are Perfect for Your Small Space
Yes, you can still have a fiddle leaf fig even if you're short on space.
Jul 16, 2021
8 Easy Tips to Turn You from an Orchid Killer to an Orchid Master
Orchids are intimidating, but these tips will help you master them.
Jun 17, 2021
5 Tiny Plants to Fit in Awkward Corners, Cramped Spaces, and Other Tight Spots
You can bring greenery into your home no matter its size.
Jun 11, 2021
This Spring Cleaning Task Will Make Your Plants So Much Happier
It only takes a few minutes per plant.
May 13, 2021
5 Houseplant Care Tips Passed Down from My Great-Grandmother
These tips have stood the test of time.
May 8, 2021
6 Things to Plant in May for a Colorful Garden All Summer Long
These picks will thrive in garden beds and containers alike.
May 1, 2021
5 Ways to Make Big Plants Work in Your Small Space
Just because you live in a smaller home or apartment doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice having large houseplants.
Apr 26, 2021
The Sneaky Way Your Dirt Is Sabotaging Your Houseplants
Here's the dirt on, well, dirt.
Apr 20, 2021
6 Plants These Houseplant Pros Will Never (Ever!) Buy Again
From needy plants to un-killable plants, here's the "do not buy" list according to experts.
Apr 16, 2021
The Must-Have Guide to Grouping Your Plants
One of the most effective and stylish ways to display your plants is to group them. Of course, we have suggestions to get you off on the right foot!
Apr 12, 2021
Are You Being Plant Scammed? 5 Smart Tips for Avoiding Sneaky Sellers
If you're starting to dip your toes into the world of social media or online forum plant buying, read these tips first.
Apr 7, 2021
6 Things to Plant in April, from Colorful Perennials to Tasty Veggies
Feel that? That's warmer weather telling you it's time to plant.
Apr 1, 2021
8 Spring Gardening Tasks You Should Do Before You Begin Planting
March is the perfect time to check these things off your list.
Mar 29, 2021
5 "Easy" Plants That Are Actually Really Hard to Keep Alive
Don't feel bad if you've killed one (or more) of these.
Mar 22, 2021
The Money-Saving Trick for Planting Roses — Even For Beginners
Get the champagne look on a seltzer budget.
Mar 17, 2021
Keeping Your Plant Alive Might Mean NOT Following Instructions
It sounds counterintuitive, but here's why it works.
Mar 15, 2021
5 of the Best XXL Houseplants to Splurge on for Big-Impact Style
It's worth it to shell out the extra dollars for these five picks.
Mar 12, 2021