Can You Name This Week’s Plant?

Can you identify the following plant? And remember, no fair peeking! Our featured plant this week is an easy-to-grow houseplant known by several common names. Plant breeders have been busy developing improved varieties that are more compact than previous types. As the plant ages, it often develops a trailing habit. While solid green-leaved types are…
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Check Winter Rabbit Damage Before It’s Too Late

Lots of rabbit tracks in the snow show they’ve been very active this winter. It’s easy to ignore them until our shrubs and trees turn up dead in spring. Rabbits often work inside shrubbery, gnawing away the bark of branches and twigs near the base. If branches are completely “girdled,” to use the gardening term,…
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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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