Category Archives: Ornamental Plants

How to Care for the Scarlet Star – Guzmania Lingulata

Guzmania is a popular genus of bromeliad. Their colorful flower bracts can be found in shopping malls, conservatories and many other plantscapes as well as kitchen tables and office desks. While they are a popular in public indoor spaces they grow naturally from Florida to Brazil and are particularly common in Costa Rica and Columbia.…
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How to Grow Amaryllis ( Indoors and Outdoors )

Why do so many people enjoy growing Amaryllis indoors? For starters, they are an easy bulb to grow. Forcing Amaryllis to bloom indoors is a snap. Many garden stores carry them boxed, potted and ready to grow by just adding water. Second, they have big, bright, trumpet shaped blooms cheering up the indoor winter scene.…
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Pothos – The Easiest Houseplant to Grow

Pothos is arguably the easiest houseplant to grow. It’s a long-growing, leafy vine that can reach 40 feet or more in tropical jungles. It usually confines itself to about 6-10 feet in containers, but don't be surprised if yours just keeps growing. A perk of growing pothos is that they are high on the list…
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African Violets: Tips For Feeding, Propagating & More

The wide assortment of colors, flower forms, and foliage to be found in African violets has made them a popular houseplant to collect. Propagating them has become a fascinating and absorbing hobby that’s easy to manage. Today’s beautiful flowers must be seen to be appreciated. They are a far cry from the early ones with…
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How to Grow and Care for Beautiful Maranta Indoors

The Maranta genus includes a few dozen low-growing plants native to the American tropics. Maranta have some of the most beautiful, most decorative leaves in the plant kingdom. The popular M. tricolor has deep green, velvety leaves with yellow splotches down the midrib and arching red veins traveling to the leaf margins. They are fairly…
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All About Schlumbergera – Christmas Cactus

Schlumbergera belongs to a small group of cacti. There are six kinds of them, which are found in the mountainous coasts of the southeastern Brazil.  These plants inhabit rocks or trees that normally provide shade, and where the humidity is great, there is a good possibility that they look very different from their counterparts that…
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How to Take Rose Cuttings and Grow Roses in Potatoes

How to Take Rose Cuttings and Grow Roses in Potatoes We show you how to take rose cuttings - plus how to grow roses in potatoes. Propagating roses by cuttings is easy, and it brings certain side benefits. In an out-of-the-way part of the garden, which gets some shade during the hottest part of the…
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10 Common Houseplants Problems (and Solutions)

Indoor plant problems are common. Many problems are similar to those experienced by you plants outdoors - too much water, too little water, insects, plant disease to name a few. It should not surprise you then, to realize that treatment is also similar. For many problems, like too much or too little water, both problem…
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Perennial Plants to Cut Back or Prune in the Fall

Perennial Plants to Cut Back or Prune in the Fall While it's tempting to cut back the whole flower garden in the fall, even in colder climates, it can be nice to leave some perennials standing throughout winter months. The seeds of Echinacea and Rudbeckia will attract and feed the birds: Sedum will hold onto…
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Fall Flower Garden Clean Up

Fall Flower Garden Clean Up When the snow flies I like to look out and see all my flower beds put to sleep for the winter, knowing they're nice and clean. When spring arrives I can start with a clean slate and not have to spend time cleaning up last year's mess before I start…
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Top 3 (Nearly) Indestructible Plants for City Living

If you would describe your thumb as red, purple, pink, blue or any other conceivable color besides green, then it's likely you discovered this little factoid through trial and error. Perhaps there's a long list of failed plant relationships in your past, casting doubt on whether you'll ever have a rose or daisy that lasts…
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Mix and Match These 10 Outstanding Succulents

Succulents are the modern designer’s favorite freaks and geeks. They are a celebration of geometric form so rigid that the plants hardly seem to be living things. They can look like stones, can be toothed as an alligator, and occasionally morph into monstrosities that defy genetics. Every gardener should have at least one succulent plant.…
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How to Keep Your Indoor Cacti Thriving

Cacti have a reputation of being easy to grow, which many of us have proven completely false. Cacti and other succulent plants are specialized houseplants that need certain conditions to thrive. But these conditions can be easily learned and applied to your own plants. Succulent plants, including cacti, are native to regions spanning from Canada…
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7 Most Expensive Flowers in the World

It was the rare ghost orchid that held the fascination of flora fanatic John Laroche, whose story of plant poaching and subsequent arrest were the topic of Susan Orlean’s famous book, "The Orchid Thief." While Laroche may be one of the better known contemporary plant collectors, the practice dates back to at least the 15th…
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Steps for Bringing Plants Indoors for Winter

Don't you just pity those people who do not have four seasons!? They do not get the joy of cleaning up and winterizing gardens against snow, cold and wind? They also do not get the fun (and it is fun) of bringing plants indoors for the winter. Because you are reading this article, you most…
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Freesia Planting Guide

Freesia Planting Guide Freesia flowers are “zygomorphic” which just means that they grow along one side of the stem, in a single plane. When you look at a flower stalk however, you'll see that the blooms are facing upwards. How does this work? Freesias stems have the unusual habit of turning at right angles just…
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