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Houseplants Help Purify the Air

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Sure, most people know that houseplants can be used to improve the quality of indoor air. But a new study from the University of Georgia shows that certain houseplants that are better than others. Researchers tested 28 plants and identified a set of five “super ornamentals” that removed the most contaminants in a process called […]

Winter Flowers

Winter Flowers

The key to keeping cyclamen happy and healthy is to replicate their natural environment as closely as possible. They thrive in cool temperatures that drop as low as 40 degrees F. at night Cyclamen Slideshow Slideshow: Cyclamen Press “play” to start the show. To share comments or explore further, go to Flickr. Giving and receiving […]

Heirloom Christmas Cactus

Heirloom Christmas Cactus

Tough and long-lived, Christmas cactus can be passed easily from one generation to the next, blooming for family gatherings and cheering the darkening autumn days. I’ve given many cuttings of Grampa’s cactus to family and friends over the years. Someday, one of my kids or grandkids may inherit the original. Christmas cactus bloom when nights […]

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 (Sarracenia) stop growing […]

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 that ferns enclosed in glass […]

Getting Orchids to Rebloom

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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, some folks can. I haven’t had such good luck […]

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 summer warmth to return. Like […]

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 […]

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