Houseplant books and hang tags often mention that indoor plants appreciate humidity. The typical home doesn’t always offer moist air, though, especially in winter, when the air is naturally more dry and most heating systems dry it even further.
Bonsai can make a wonderful houseplant (and a lovely gift) but only if some consideration goes into choosing a type. Here are guidelines for choosing and caring for a bonsai tree that will live its life indoors.
With their similar common names and some similar characteristics, winter hazel and witch hazel can be easy to confuse. Here are the differences between these treasured shrubs that flower when little else is in bloom.
Visiting a garden center at this time of year may reveal pots of white-blooming hellebores among the poinsettia, Christmas cactus and other holiday favorites. These hellebores are usually selections and hybrids of Helleborus niger, also known as the Christmas rose.
Some gardeners like to do their garden cleanup at the end of fall, while others prefer to put it off until spring. Both approaches have advantages, but delaying cleanup until spring is more beneficial to wild birds.
Whether you’re looking for a host/hostess gift that’s a little bit different or you want to add some living cheer to your holiday decorations, check out these houseplants. We’ve looked past the usual poinsettia, amaryllis, Christmas cactus and cyclamen to … Read Article
Even in the late fall and winter, plants, especially broadleaf trees and shrubs, still exhale, or release moisture. Meanwhile the seasonal winds wick that moisture away. Later, when the ground freezes, plants are not able to take up water to … Read Article
Air plants (Tillandsia spp.) are quirky little plants that are easy to fit into any interior. For the most part they’re very low maintenance, but there are a few tricks to air plant care, and one key step that will … Read Article
Can you compost pumpkins? Yes, pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns can be added to the compost pile, but you will want to follow these tips for the best success. No compost pile? This post includes tips for garden uses for your leftover … Read Article
You’ve heard of bird gardens, butterfly gardens, hummingbird gardens and bee-friendly gardens. Why not take your wildlife gardening to the next level with a bat garden?
When tank-type bromeliads are grown outdoors, whether as year-round garden plants in frost-free areas like southern Florida, or as summer container specimens in colder regions, they can become a breeding site for mosquitoes. You need not get rid of them, … Read Article