Are Clay Pots Or Plastic Pots Better For Plants?

Gardeners rarely quibble amongst themselves, except maybe to debate whether to pronounce peony PEE-uh-nee or pee-OH-nee. And maybe whether to use clay pots or plastic pots for plants. Considerations in the clay vs. plastic pot debate: Porosity of unglazed clay pots allows air and moisture exchange through the pot’s sides, allowing roots along the root…
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Adding Drainage Layer Inside Pot Is Dangerous

I truly appreciate old-time gardening wisdom. It’s invaluable. Time-honored, solid, quiet gardening techniques are what turns thumbs green, and are far more important than hot new trends and flashy headlines. Very few old-time gardening ways need updating. But one of the old practices that must stop is the habit of putting rocks, stones, gravel and…
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Pot Headspace Has Major Effect On Houseplants

I’ve noticed a common thread in houseplants that are doing poorly: their headspace is too great. ‘Headspace’ is the depth of space between the top of the potting soil and the rim of the pot. Now, not every houseplant with the proper headspace is guaranteed to thrive, but over the years I’ve notice that when…
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Can Indoor Plants Reduce Radon Gas?

With recent increased publicity about the dangers of radon gas in our homes, I was curious whether indoor plants could mitigate radon’s effects. It’s well-documented that houseplants can absorb and neutralize many toxic compounds indoors that exude from today’s building materials, carpeting and furniture; things like formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds (voc’s.) Common houseplants like…
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Fertilize Houseplants To Encourage Their Spring Fever

Houseplants are smart. They instinctively sense the longer days of spring, which tells them that light levels are now sufficient for a growth spurt. Plants respond to improved light levels by sending out new buds and shoots. You see, plants get spring fever, too. We can encourage this natural spring growth by fertilizing houseplants now. Fertilizer will…
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