Can You Name That Plant?

Talking about plants is almost as much fun as growing them. I thought it would be interesting to occasionally feature a plant, see if you can identify it, and then discuss its care. And no fair peeking. Here’s today’s specimen. It’s a houseplant which was domesticated from its native habitat of Brazil. It grows nicely…
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Does Talking To Plants Help?

Do I talk to my plants? Of course. If by talking you mean communicating with them to understand what they need and want. Kind of like communicating with a pet when you know perfectly well they won’t answer back in English. Before I reveal whether I holler at plants or just croon softly, do you…
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My Christmas Wish For Gardeners

I wonder what’s the best way to wish Merry Christmas to everyone who enjoys gardening and growing things. “Have a holly jolly Christmas!” is a greeting that at least mentions a plant, even though we can’t really grow holly here in the north country. Maybe gardeners should have a secret handshake, or a secret phrase to…
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Quick Way To Kill A Poinsettia

Before we get to the tragic tale of a dead poinsettia, did you hear about the redneck gardener down South? He had to mow his lawn last week to find where he left his wheelbarrow. Although they might still be gardening way down South, we’re busy celebrating the holidays and keeping our poinsettias safely nestled…
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The Adventures Of My Homegrown Poinsettia

I’ve never been accused of being a wild and crazy guy, but where plants are concerned I throw caution to the wind. Much literature says it’s too difficult to coax poinsettias to rebloom, so I set out a year ago to prove the naysayers wrong. After Christmas last year, I kept our poinsettia growing in…
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