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History of the Poinsettia
Where does the poinsettia come from? Where was this traditional Christmas plant discovered? Are...
The aloe vera plant is an easy, attractive succulent that makes for a great indoor companion. Aloe...
Low-Light, Low-Care Houseplants
Less water, less light, and less care. If you’re like most people, you have little time to fuss...
Wandering Jews, also called spiderworts, are valued for the stripes of white, green, silver, and...
Spider plants produce a rosette of long, thin, arched foliage that is solid green or variegated...
Peace lilies are one of the most common houseplants because they are so easy to grow. Here’s...
Ponytail palms are a unique-looking, long-lived indoor plant that thrives on benign neglect. They...
September Gardening Tips
What do you do in the garden in September? After Labor Day, I can feel and see the slowing of...
Often considered only a minor houseplant pest, fungus gnats can quickly become a major issue if an...
Silver Foliage Plants: Add a Touch of Silver!
One of the joys of summer is attending garden tours. This time of year, many private gardens are...
Jade plants are succulent house plants, which makes them fairly resilient and easy to grow indoors—...
Houseplant Care Guide
Houseplants can add color, beauty, and character to your living space! Here are a few key tips for...
Without proper ventilation, it doesn’t take long for indoor pollutants to build up to unhealthy...
African violets are small, easy-to-grow houseplants that produce clusters of white, blue, or purple...
Top Succulent Plants for the Home
This time of year, the air in my house seems desert-dry and many of my houseplants are beginning to...
How to Grow Lucky Bamboo
For Chinese New Year (or any other time of year), an auspicious gift is a lucky bamboo plant. Learn...
Christmas Cactus, Thanksgiving Cactus and Easter Cactus
Our Christmas cactus is blooming its heart out right now. Did you know: A Christmas cactus is one...
Christmas cacti are a very popular houseplant—and for good reason! When they bloom, they produce...
Poinsettias: Unlikely Christmas Plants
Ruby-red poinsettias signaled Christmas to me as a child, especially growing up in balmy southern...
Amaryllis: How to Grow Amaryllis Bulbs
Amaryllises are beautiful Christmas bulbs that are easy to care for. Find out how to buy the best...
How to Overwinter Your Plants and Garden
Learn how to properly overwinter your garden plants to keep them protected from snow, wind, and...
Geraniums are a longtime favorite of Almanac gardeners. They are easy to grow, colorful, and emit a...
How to Make a Terrarium
Here’s how to make your own terrarium. What is a terrarium? A plant terrarium is a mini-ecosystem...
How to Grow Scented Geraniums
It’s only January, but already I’m tired of looking out at a bleak sheet of white. Luckily, I have...
Flowering Houseplants to Brighten Winter
Here are great flowering houseplants to brighten your winter days. These plants are practically...
Holiday Plant Care: Poinsettia, Christmas Cactus, and Amaryllis
Holiday plants such as poinsettias, amaryllises, and Christmas cacti are traditional gifts that can...
Cyclamens: A Christmas Houseplant
Cyclamens (Cyclamen persicum) are attractive, easy-care houseplants that will bloom continuously...
Forcing Bulbs Indoors for Winter Blooms
As the gardening season slows down, do you still have spring-flowering bulbs that you never planted...
Making New Plants From Cuttings
One of my favorite aspects of gardening is plant propagation. Whether it is from seed or a cutting...
Aloe Vera: A Self-Regenerating First-Aid Kit
Among the easiest-to-grow houseplants, aloe vera will decorate a kitchen shelf with quiet grace...
Plant Guides: Flowers, Bulbs, Roses, Shrubs, Houseplants
Our Growing Guides for flowers cover popular annuals, perennials, bulbs, roses, and shrubs—as well...
Beautiful Orchid Pictures and Growing Tips
Ready for a tropical interlude? Luckily, I only had to go as far as our state’s Orchid Society’s...
Overwintering Rosemary: Growing Rosemary Indoors
Find out how to overwinter rosemary and grow rosemary indoors to keep this wonderful herb growing...
African Violet Care: Grow African Violets
African violets are a beautiful indoor plant, so find out how to grow and care for African violets...
Tips and Treats
Outdoor gardening has ended for most of us north of an imaginary line drawn from Los Angeles...
Sleeping with Bananas and Other Ways to Overwinter Tropicals
Yes, I sleep with bananas all winter long. A ‘Super Dwarf Cavendish’ banana plant, that is. It’s...
Jasmine is known for its intensely fragrant blossoms that flower all year to brighten your home....
African Violets: Fusspots
African Violets are stunning tropical plants whose flowers resemble violets in color and shape....
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