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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A Friendly Little Plant To Cheer A Winter’s Day

I couldn’t resist the cheery little plant when I saw it in the store last week. I hadn’t grown one since I was a teenager, so I bought it. The clerk at the checkout counter wrapped it carefully so it wouldn’t freeze to death on the way home. The plant is Moon Valley Pilea, with the…
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Moving The Gardening Season Indoors

The north wind is howling. The snow is blowing. It’s unspeakably cold outside. The growing season is obviously long gone, right? No, we can’t have that. Gardening is a great hobby and a great pastime and winter give us extra time to focus on our indoor gardening. Growing plants indoors takes the edge off winter. It’s…
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Which Potting Mix Is Best?

In our gardening visits, I’ve often mentioned the importance of a high quality potting mix. Does it really matter what mix you use, or are they pretty much the same? Let’s go shopping. Notice that some brands are labeled potting mix and some are labeled potting soil. “Soil” has a broad definition, and the terms potting…
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Spring Therapy For Houseplants

We’re not the only ones who catch spring fever; houseplants do also. Plants are a lot like people, and they have more natural intelligence than we give them credit for. Spring is a good example of plant intelligence. As days become longer and light levels increase, plants sense the change and respond. During winter, houseplants often hunker…
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