Category: Botany

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What I Learned from my Hipster Avocado Experiment 

One might argue that hipsters have claimed avocado toast. But sprouting avocado pits is hipsterdom on a whole different level. There are dozens of articles written on “How to Grow Your Own Avocado Pits”, and this project is all over social media. It’s trendy. But no one tells you how difficult it is to get actual avocados. I hate to be the one to … Read More What I Learned from my Hipster Avocado Experiment 

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Common Name Confusion

I predominately use the scientific names for plants. Why? It’s not to sound smart (although it does help). I use them because for one, they are the plants’ names, and two, to avoid confusion. Common names are thrown around so loosey goosey and are often used to describe totally different plants. Relying on common names alone is tricky and will lead to one person talking about … Read More Common Name Confusion

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My Top 7 Houseplants that are Completely Indestructible

All seven of these plants have stood the test of time. Out of my 100+ houseplants, I’ve never had an issue with any of the plants on this list whatsoever. They adapt to a variety of conditions, they are easy-going, and they all require very low maintenance. If you’re a beginner, if you have two black thumbs, or if you just don’t have the … Read More My Top 7 Houseplants that are Completely Indestructible

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Gardener in the Redwoods

I’m a gardener who lives in a redwood forest. I share a little cabin with my boyfriend, my two cats, and over 100 houseplants. It’s peaceful here. With majestic redwood trees that tower over everything, stillness in the fresh air, and wildlife that roams in our wooded backyard, it’s very calming, but it is a challenge keeping my plants happy. Why? I have little … Read More Gardener in the Redwoods

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Oh, Monstera adansonii, Where Art Thou?

Finally in my green thumbs, that’s where! This plant is grossly misnamed as Monstera obliqua, which you will find it identified as all over the web and in boutique plant stores. Check out this informative post by Muggle Plants – “Monstera obliqua vs. Monstera adansonii” that explains the rich history of this provocative plant.  It’s a cross between the popular “Swiss Cheese Plant” (Monstera deliciosa), … Read More Oh, Monstera adansonii, Where Art Thou?