Category: Houseplants

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