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Bog in a Bowl Update

Bog in a Bowl Update
Earlier this summer I potted up a miniature bog garden in a bowl and it thrived! Even the dried sphagnum peat moss grew. Check Venus fly traps and pitcher plants for aphids before bringing indoors. Planted in early June, the bog garden is lush and healthy in September. North American pitcher plants (Sarracen [...]

Terrariums with History

Terrariums with History
Miniature greenhouses make indoor gardening stylish and easy. A slim, unobtrusive T-5 fluorescent light fixture in the peak of the roof provides enough light for nearly any plant in the Wardian Case ($249). Wardian cases revolutionized tropical plant collection and cultivation in the 19th century. After Dr. Nathaniel Ward discovered [...]

Getting Orchids to Rebloom

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When they’re not blooming, you can often find orchids at low prices. Pay attention to light, water and fertilizer and your phalaenopsis will rebloom. When it comes to orchids, phalaenopsis (moth orchids) are among the most easy to grow. Blooms can last for several months and you can get them to rebloom without a lot of effort. Well, som [...]

Sticky Houseplants

Sticky Houseplants
When aphids strike your houseplants, it’s fairly easy to gain control. Aphids suck the juice out of tender leaves, flowers, buds and stems, leaving sticky residue and discarded exoskeletons. Stickiness. Uh-oh. Tropical houseplants jostle for space under the grow lights in my basement from October to May, waiting for the summe [...]

Bamboo in the Bathroom

Bamboo in the Bathroom
New bamboo towels come in eco-friendly green — and white, too. Bamboo towels (60% bamboo, 40% cotton) are surprisingly plush. They feel cool to the touch because the bamboo fibers are so smooth that there’s little friction on the skin. I used to think towels were just towels. Well, it turns out that you can do better than [...]

Tiny Terrariums

Tiny Terrariums
Desktop gardens make delightful gifts for office-mates. Desktop gardens make delightful gifts for office-mates. Combining my passion for plants with a desire to craft some of my holiday gifts inspired me to make a set of “horticultural cocktails” for my work mates this year. For the containers, I paid a visit to ReCycle North, our lo [...]

Where My Tender Plants Spend the Wint...

Where My Tender Plants Spend the Winter
It’s easy to see how this idea of overwintering tender plants indoors can quickly get out of hand. It’s easy to see how this idea of overwintering tender plants indoors can quickly get out of hand. The first year it was one bamboo and two cannas. Now those original plants have multiplied and I’ve also become attached to a few other tender bea [...]

Big Bananas

Big Bananas
In the north, growing bananas isn’t about the fruit, we do it for the huge leaves. My Abyssinian banana (Ensete maurelii) gets bigger every year. When it comes to getting that tropical look in a northern garden, there’s nothing like banana trees. They grow fast and tall. And because it’s fairly easy to bring them thr [...]

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