Category: Plant Rescue

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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So Lush and So Green, Green

“Ain’t no planter dope as me, I’m planted so lush and green (so lush and so green, green)”. Wait, those are the Outkast lyrics, right? These succulent planters are the most lush ones I have. Just look at the size of those Blue Chalksticks! Plants pictured above: Crassula perforata Curio talinoides var. mandraliscae “Blue Chalksticks” Pachyphytum oviferum “Moonstones” Sedum kimanchii Sedum oaxacanum Sedum pachyphyllum … Read More So Lush and So Green, Green

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Fighting the Winter Blues

I was faced with a conundrum. With the California winter rains upon us, it has been continuously wet outside, and my succulents were getting very soggy. As I’ve previously mentioned, I live deep in a redwood forest with limited light. I do use LED grow lights that help tremendously, but since my cabin is less than 700 square feet, I’ve ran out of room for … Read More Fighting the Winter Blues

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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

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