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Natal Mahogany – House Plant for Overwaterers

Natal Mahogany - Trichila dregeana

The Natal Mahogany (Trichila dregeana) is a plant you can use in lots of different places. Trichila dregeana has been around for a few years but used mainly by the professional plantscaper. Most people are familiar with the Umbrella tree or Schefflera. This plant has a similar look. The botanical name is – Trichila dregeana […]

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Aspidistra elatior – The Cast Iron Plant

potted aspidistra

Aspidistra elatior Cast-Iron plant Ideal Houseplant for Cooler Areas of Your House Bringing the Tropics Indoors

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Christmas Cactus: Plant, Care, Blooming, Propagation

Christmas cactus in flower

Botanically, Christmas Cactus is, indeed, a true cactus; but for its own well-being, it really should have been given some other common name. To many people, the word “cactus” brings visions of extreme heat, sand, and dry air. Consequently these would-be gardeners give any and all cacti the growing conditions they assume (incorrectly, by the […]

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Phalaenopsis Watering: How to Water The Moth Orchid

yellow moth orchid flower

Learning Phalaenopsis watering begins by understanding that the moth orchid basically grows on trees. They attach to tree trunks and branches with their roots exposed to the air and absorb nutrients by clinging onto bark and pulling from the air, rain and whatever drips down the tree. This is why many orchids but particularly phalaenopsis […]

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Gas Plant: Lemon Like Aroma With Bluish Flames

Dictamnus albus

The gas plant – Dictamnus – few perennials give longer continuous bloom. One of the subtle joys of gardening is enjoyment of fragrant scented flowers – not only of flowers but of leaves. The variety of plants with leaf fragrance is amazing. Remembrance of the aromatic smell of the leaves of herbs comes easily to […]

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Hurricanes and Growing Houseplants – Lessons We Can Learn

Hurricane map

One of the biggest mistakes many people make in caring for houseplants is overwatering. The soil becomes over saturated and the roots drowned from a lack of oxygen. The result – roots die off, leaves begin to yellow and fall off. That’s what happens to plants indoors. Is there any difference between indoor plants and […]

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Trimming Palm Trees: 10 Tips for Landscape Palm Care

palm tree in need of trimming

A healthy palm can make an attractive statement in any landscape. Palms are not limited to the South Florida coastal areas but find themselves in many parts of the country used in the landscape. Palm tree care can be a little different than other plants, trees and shrubs. Check out these palm care tips below […]

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Sunburned Houseplants: What To Do When Plants Get Burned

leaf burn on leather leaf fern

House plants in general enjoy the same indoor climate as you. Temperatures in 70-80 degree range and some humidity. Sunburned plants seem to happen in spring and summer when people like to head outside to enjoy the warmth and sunshine. They move their plants outdoors to “breathe” and forget about them. Only to find them […]

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Welcome Birds to Your Garden

Thumbnail image for Welcome Birds to Your Garden

Recently while shopping at a garden center, I overheard a salesman suggest to his customer that she add a bird feeder to her purchases, which included insecticides, sprays, and dusts. “I’m interested in flowers, not birds,” she snapped back. Check out Kirk Mills Crafts for some cool custom feeders. Apparently she didn’t realize that if […]

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Plant Roots – Basics For Houseplants, Landscape and Lawns

tree root system

The roots of plants – unfortunately – are many times the most neglected and least maintained part of the plant. Yet they are probably the most vital.

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