Category: Houseplants

Taming the Monster(a)

Has your Monstera plant gotten so big that it can no longer support itself? Or do you want to encourage your Philodendron to grow tall and vertical? Consider using a sphagnum moss totem pole for plant support. They are especially helpful for plants with aerial roots. They are cheap, easy to install, and will give your plants the necessary support for optimal growth. My Monstera … Read More Taming the Monster(a)

Everything You Will Ever Need to Know About Propagating  Succulents

Propagating succulents is both a science and an art. Succulents are some of the easiest plants to propagate, but there are still several tried and true methods to it. Some are more effective than others. What you’ll get from this post are the fundamentals to set yourself up for the best results, along with all of the different techniques you can try. Before we … Read More Everything You Will Ever Need to Know About Propagating  Succulents

How to Treat  a Mealybug  Infestation  Naturally 

Chances are, even if you haven’t realized it, you’ve had those pesky little white bugs before. Mealybugs. Ugh, what a dirty word! I cringe just typing it. Mealybugs are unarmored scale insects that feed on the plant juices of our beloved plant friends. They suck out the sap from plants, cause wilted and yellow leaves, and decrease photosynthesis. Pierced plant tissue welcomes in infection and disease … Read More How to Treat  a Mealybug  Infestation  Naturally 

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Trimming to Promote Growth

Sometimes certain plants need haircuts. Just trims though. Like I tell my stylist, “No hack job please, just a light dusting”. I always hate removing material from the beloved plants that I spent so long watching grow into long luscious locks of greenery. But when necessary, it’s for the best. Pruning encourages bushier growth, and some plants can get lanky and lose their fullness. … Read More Trimming to Promote Growth

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Fangs and Foliage: Pet Safety Guide

When we have four-legged family members roaming our homes, it’s important to make sure any plants within paws-reach are non-toxic. Both dogs and cats alike can get very sick from ingesting poisonous plants, and the toxicity will mainly affect their gastrointestinal tract. Some symptoms include difficulty breathing, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive urination, and irregular heart beat. If you suspect that your pet has ingested … Read More Fangs and Foliage: Pet Safety Guide

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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

Drain Me, Don’t Drown Me!

I can’t stress the importance of drainage enough! Drainage helps keep your plants evenly watered and prevents them from drowning. Roots should never sit in soggy soil for prolonged periods of time. When a pot doesn’t have drainage, water fills up at the bottom of the pot and has nowhere to go. Over time, the roots will rot, and that will lead to plant … Read More Drain Me, Don’t Drown Me!

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Mad Props for Propagation

If you’re a plant hoarder like me, then you understand that you don’t always need to go to the plant nursery to acquire more plants. I can go shopping for more plants in my own plant collection, and I’m in a constant cycle of various leaf propagation starts and caring for cuttings. When it comes to my succulents, they multiply! Some are more vigorous … Read More Mad Props for Propagation

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LED Grow Lights

If you lack sufficient sunlight, but you love growing plants indoors, LED grow lights are a must! Since I live in a redwood forest with mostly shade (but I also love caring for plants that require bright indirect light all day), I had to figure out a way to keep my plants not only alive, but thriving. These LED lights work so well! I’ve … Read More LED Grow Lights

How to Save Stretched-Out Succulents

Do you have any succulents that seem like they are stretching towards the light? Were they compact like a rose but now have grown tall and leggy? When succulents (and most other plants) lack sufficient light, they will start to stretch. The technical term for this is etiolation. e·ti·o·late (ē′tē-ə-lāt′)  BOTANY v. e·ti·o·lat·ed, e·ti·o·lat·ing, e·ti·o·lates v.tr. 1. To cause (a plant) to develop without chlorophyll by preventing exposure to sunlight 2.  a. To cause to appear … Read More How to Save Stretched-Out Succulents

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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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From Sickly to Singing

I often acquire plants from unusual sources. Plant cuttings from yard sales, restaurant window sills, and thrift stores always come with an added challenge – keeping the plant alive from dire living situations. Such was the case with this (initially) very sad Sansevieria. This Sansevieria came from a hospice shop in Ukiah, CA. In the back of the dimly lit store past all the … Read More From Sickly to Singing