Amaryllis After Flowering Care Tips

A close-up photo of a vibrant red and white amaryllis flower in full bloom, surrounded by lush green leaves.

Amaryllis after flowering care tips are very specific; and if you follow these tips your plant should flower year after year for quite some time. 1. Cut the old flowers from the stem when they fade. 2. When the stem starts to sag, cut it back to the top of the bulb. 3. Continue to water … Read more

Poinsettia Care After Flowers Fade

A cluster of pink Poinsettia flowers, their star-shaped petals gathered in vibrant blooms, stand out against a dark background.

Here are some steps to follow that will help your poinsettia plant become colorful year after year. Late Winter/ Early Spring Poinsettias have long-lasting blooms so their colorful bracts (flowers) remain showy for several months. During this time, side shoots develop below the bracts. To have a well-shaped plant the following year, cut off any … Read more

How to Use Poinsettias as Cut Flowers

Vibrant red poinsettia blooms burst forth from a cluster of emerald leaves.

Poinsettias, with all their new colors and shapes make wonderful cut flowers if you just follow a few simple rules. 1. Cut some poinsettia stems with colorful bracts. The bracts are what most people refer to as the flowers of the plant. Think before you cut, so you won’t have to cut the stems a … Read more

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

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

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 level some houseplants like is rarely found in our homes and offices. During winter months, the humidity may be as low as 10-20%. Misting houseplants is not the solution to this problem. Misting does … Read more

Plants that Keep Pests Off Other Plants

The weather is getting warmer and Aphids, Slugs, Beetles, Stinkbugs, Mosquitoes, Spider Mites and lots of other pests are coming to visit our plants. If you want to avoid toxic chemicals, try a few of these “green”methods to get rid of them. Use plants in your garden or indoors that naturally repel insects. 1. Chives … Read more