Category: Houseplants

Prayer Plant

One of the most striking houseplants is the Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura). It is a bushy, compact, low-growing plant with distinctly marked oval to oblong leaves. The plant’s common name comes from the leaves’ habit of folding at night, as if in prayer. Maranta leuconeura kerchoveana is a popular variety with light green leaves and … […]

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Protecting Potted Plants

Protecting tender plants from cold weather can present a problem when the pot is too heavy to move inside for the winter. There is a solution that will save your back. Wrap the exterior of the pot in bubble wrap and secure. I use duck tape but stretchy tie-downs would work as well. Do whatever … […]

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Red Bird Plant

The house plant Pedilanthus is a leafy shrub known by its zig-zag stem. The stem is green and grows to about 2 feet long. It changes direction every inch or so, first to the left and then to the right. In addition to the common name “red bird plant,” Pedilanthus is also known as “devil’s … […]

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Indoor Plant Pests

With fall here and freezing temperatures approaching, potted plants should be brought indoors. Do not bring them straight inside. You may bring unwanted pests along with them. Sprinkle a granular systemic insecticide on the soil. Spray the foliage with insecticidal soap and keep the plant in a protected area outdoors or in the garage. Do … […]

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Pruning Ivy

Many vines make excellent houseplants, but in an effort to reach sunlight, vines can become leggy, producing shoots with widely spaced leaves. Although this activity is common with such vines as English ivy (Hedera helix) and Boston ivy (Partnenocissus trieuspidata), the long tendrils can be unsightly and in the way. Here are two ways commonly … […]

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Keep Gift Plants Beautiful

If you were lucky enough to get a potted plant for Christmas, you will want to care for it so that it remains a healthy, colorful addition to your home. The most important thing is to read the tag that came with your plant which will tell the light and water requirements. Remove the foil … […]

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Moving Plants Outside

House plants can make a healthy transition from indoors to outdoors. To prevent sun damage, first place your plants in a protected shady spot such as under a tree, hedge, or north side of your house. Over a two-week period, gradually move your plants into a sunnier location. Cool-temperature plants can be moved out as … […]

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Norfolk Pine

Several years ago, I received a Norfolk Pine tree as a gift at Christmas time. It was in red foil and decorated with bright tiny red balls. The tree survived through the spring, summer and fall. When winter arrived, I thought it would do fine outside because it is a pine tree. Right? Wrong! Native … […]

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Office Ivy

At my work place, paper work and office supplies far out number windows and natural elements. An easy plant to have in the office that lives well in office environments and offers a lot of green is the Golden Pothos Ivy (Epipremnum aureum). This ivy plant requires little sunlight, grows long vines, and no green … […]

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Orchids

CYMBIDIUM ORCHIDS Of all the orchids, cymbidiums are best suited for outdoor culture. They’re prized for their sprays of large flowers, used as cut flowers or for corsages. Cymbidiums can be kept outdoors from early spring until late fall and can endure temperatures as low as 28 degree F for a very short time. After … […]

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