About Plant Care

Gary Antosh Plant Professional

The genesis of Plant-Care.com started over 40 years ago, when my journey began into the world of plants.

My first “growing” job began at a small retail nursery where they grew orchids. They had a small area in the greenhouse where they grew a few anthuriums and spathiphyllums.

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The Learning Experience

My interest in and passion for anthuriums grew, acquiring hundreds of different species and growing them well. Before I knew it, at the age of 19, I had developed one of the best collections of anthuriums in the world.
Anthurium warocqueanum
It was not long before I found myself trading plants with collectors and botanical gardens around the world.

Through the collecting experience of rare and unusual plants I would get very small plants or a “one of a kind” plant cutting – many times without roots and definitely with no growing instructions. I needed to learn how to make these “rare plants” survive.

Despite the fact I was young, I was contacted and asked to teach a 6-week course on “aroids” (anthurium, philodendron, spathiphyllum, aglaonema) at Fairchild Botanical Gardens in Miami, Florida. (http://www.ftg.org) One problem surfaced immediately – there was no course. At Fairchild, no one to my knowledge had ever taught a course on aroids before – Fairchild is known for palms. I accepted the task, and offered the best and only thing I could – my experience.

As I think back it is hard to believe I could talk to people for two hours about one group of plants. I can still picture my wife sitting in the back laughing at my mistakes – but, what a learning experience.

Growing rare plants forced me to ask questions:

  • Why did I grow the way I did?
  • What soil is best for this plant?
  • Where did it come from? Climate wise
  • How much water does it need?
  • What is too much?

Rare plants pushed me and gave me a goal – to make them root and grow. All, so I could trade for other plants. End result – I learned how to grow plants!

Learning or should I say understanding how plants grow and react has always interested me. I’ve never been afraid to experiment, learn and even fail. Those learned growing principals can be applied inside or outside – they just need to be adapted to the environment.

In 1976, I purchased 4 acres of land and established a wholesale nursery operation, growing plants for the trade.

In late 1994, I discovered the internet and knew THIS was HOW to share plant care information and knowledge with others.

I started a website which eventually morphed into plant-care.com. Answering questions by email, turned into a FREE newsletter still published today and enjoyed by 1,000’s – (sign up here or down below). The answers to those first questions became the first articles published at Plant-Care.com

Over the years we have had millions of visitors at plant-care.com. Some just starting out with plants, new to lawn care, flowers or landscaping, and others visit with years of plant care experience. We’ve published care guides offering our decades of plant growing experience.

There is always something new to learn, and share with others… and that is why Plant Care is here today.

If you have any questions you can contact us here. We will do our best to answer them, usually through articles to help others. Doing a search is the first place to start as we have 1,000’s of articles (search is up at the top right side).

Each day new information is published to help others gain a better understanding of the wonderful world of plants.

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Gary Antosh

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Palm Coast, Florida
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