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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Successful Way To Root Cuttings

Starting new plants from our own cuttings isn’t just about getting plants on the cheap. It’s about the thrill of the process. Seeing roots sprout from a bare stem still amazes me. As a young boy when I heard my grandmother say she was going to give Aunt Margaret the slip, I thought they were playing…
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How To Tell If Houseplants Need Repotting

I wish houseplants were a little more vocal. If they would only speak up a bit, their care would be easier. “I’m thirsty!” “I’m hungry!” “It’s too dark in here!” “What’s to eat?” “This pot’s too tight!” Actual plant care is a little more subtle, but they do let us know what they need, they just don’t scream…
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How To Tell If Your Houseplants Need Watering

The number one killer of houseplants is the watering can. And behind every watering can is a well-intentioned gardener wondering “should I or shouldn’t I?” More houseplants are killed by overwatering than all other problems combined. Overwatering doesn’t mean we apply too much at one time. Excess water can run out the bottom drainage holes and be…
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