Houseplant 411

Winter Houseplant Care Advice

Most plants grow very slowly during the winter months some even become dormant. They have very different care requirements when days are short and the weather is cold LESS is the word to remember. Since there is less growth, less light, and less humidity, plants need less water and less plant food. Light: During the … Read more

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How to Store Plant Bulbs for the Winter

Many of the bulbs we plant, such as Grape Hyacinth, Daffodil/Narcissus, Fall Crocus, Lily, Tulip, SnowDrop, Bearded Iris, are hardy and can survive cold winter temperatures. These don’t need to be removed from the garden unless you want to move them to a new location or they’ve become too crowded. When bulbs are too crowded, … Read more

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How to keep Your Nails Clean When Gardening

I love to garden both outside and indoors. I don’t like to wear gardening gloves. I always want my nails to look pretty. There is a way to make this work that is both simple and inexpensive. The only thing you need is a bar of soap. I use Ivory or Dove Soap since both … Read more

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Poisonous Flowering HousePlants

The holiday season is approaching and we all want our homes and offices to look festive. Flowering plants are a great addition to your holiday decor, but be careful, many are poisonousPlants are a great addition to homes and offices, but it’s important to know whether your plants are dangerous to children, pets, or even … Read more

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How to Get Poinsettias & Christmas Cactus to Bloom

Two of everyone’s favorite plants for the Holiday Season are the Poinsettia (Euphorbiaceae pulcherrima) and the Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera briggesii or Zygo Cactus)). However, these plants don’t necessarily bloom naturally during the month of December. They are both photoperiodic plants and have to be tricked into flowering at the right time. Poinsettias and Christmas Cactus, … Read more

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How to Water HousePlants When on Vacation

It’s finally vacation time, and one of the decisions we need to make is how to take care of those special houseplants we’ve babied all year. My first word of advice is to not go the easy route and ask a family member or neighbor who knows nothing about plants to care for them. Nine … Read more

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Why I Never Mist my HousePlants

Many houseplants such as Calathea, Ferns, Caladium, African Violets, and Prayer Plants prefer high humidity. The 40 to 50 percent humidity levelThese are general guidelines that describe different poisonous plant toxicity levels. It’s possible for an allergic reaction to occur from contact with any houseplant, toxic or non-toxic. If there is ever a concern, call: … Read more

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The Garden Island of Sark, One of the Channel Islands

Just returned from the beautiful Channel Islands that are located in the English Channel between the south coast of the United Kingdom and northern France. There are eight permanently inhabited islands but I only visited Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, and Herm. The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Commonwealth to be occupied by … Read more

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Water Causes Many Houseplant Problems

I’ve been in the plant business for over 35 years. For most of that time, I owned one of the largest interior plantscape companies in Arizona. I, along with my 20 or so employees, installed and maintained the plants at over 600 homes, offices, and businesses. Now I’ve sold that company and spend most of … Read more

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Sea Lions Everywhere

I know I promised more pictures from the Galapagos “next day” but getting caught up after being away for almost three weeks is hard! There were so many Ask Judy questions to answer, I’ve been working on them all day every day. But things are looking up and the back log of questions is dwindling. … Read more

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