Start A New African Violet From A Leaf

African Violets are enjoying an upswing in popularity. Homeowners are again discovering that violets aren’t that difficult, and a little care yields nice flowers. More retailers are stocking violets as demand increases. The only thing better than having an African violet, is having lots of African violets. They’re fun and easy to propagate from leaf cuttings. It does…
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Fifty Degrees In February Not So Fabulous For Plants

Why is it so difficult to have everything? Fifty degrees in February is fabulous, but it makes perennials heave. Now, I’ve got to admit every time I hear a grower say their perennials “heaved,” I try to hide a shouldn’t-laugh-at-a-funeral type of smile. Even though the term is funny, this is serious business. Remember in science class how…
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Coping With Brown Leaf Tips On Houseplants

Is there a remedy for the crisp, brown leaf tips on houseplants? Often the rest of the leaf looks great, but the dead-looking tips detract from the wholesomeness of the entire plant. What causes the brown tips? Some types are more susceptible, like peace lily, spider plant and dieffenbachia. The most frequent cause is a reaction…
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Purple Passion Adds Pizzazz To Houseplant Collection

I’ve never met a houseplant I didn’t like. Except maybe the fish-hook barrel cactus that attacked  me 40 years ago leaving a permanent scar. Other than a reclusive, overly aggressive barrel cactus, most houseplants appreciate living in groups. The shared humidity creates a favorable environment. Houseplants are even more attractive if there’s contrast in the group. Variegated foliage or colorful-leaved…
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How To Tell If Houseplants Are Getting Enough Light

Besides deciding when to water, deciding how much light to give a houseplant is the next biggest challenge. Sometimes we don’t have much choice. Maybe we have limited window space or our windows face a certain direction or we’d like a plant on a coffee table instead of in front of the window. How can we tell if…
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