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The Basics Of Over-Wintering Plants

Here are some tricks to help you protect your special plants and those that are marginally hardy. 1. Over-Wintering Plants in Containers One of the biggest winter headaches is what to do with potted containers. Plants that are at least 2 zones hardier than your growing zone should be able to survive the winter outdoors in containers. Read More…

Keep Your Christmas Cactus Blooming Year After Year

These colorful cacti have blooming periods corresponding to the holidays, hence their common name. They’re pretty stunning, too: The hanging branches, composed of glossy green, flat segments, can reach up to 36 inches long; while the flowers appear from stem tips and measure up to 3 inches long with several tiers of petals. Each bloom lasts for several days, Read More…

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How To Grow And Care For Aucuba Plant

The Aucuba plant comes from Japan, China and Taiwan. Japanese aucuba (Aucuba japonica) is an evergreen shrub that grows 6 to 10 feet tall with colorful, green and yellow-gold leaves as much as 8 inches long. The flowers aren’t particularly ornamental, but attractive, bright red berries replace them in the fall if a male plant grows Read More…

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10 Healthy Houseplant Hacks & Tips

1. Feed your ferns Schedule an occasional teatime for your ferns, gardenias, and other acid-loving houseplants. Substitute brewed tea when watering or work wet tea leaves into the soil to give the plants a lush, luxurious look. 2. Before vacation Water your houseplants thoroughly and arrange them, without saucers, on a dampened plush towel in Read More…

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How To Take Christmas Cactus Cutting

Part of the epiphytic cacti family, Christmas Cactus is the most commonly known name for them. They are a striking and exotic looking type of houseplant and the botanical name is ‘Schlumbergera’. They produce red, pink, white or purple flowers from around November and often well into January which is where the name ‘Christmas Cactus’ derives Read More…