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How to Grow: Orchids

Learn about the easiest orchids to grow and how to care for them. Listen to podcast: They're everywhere. In garden centers, florist shops, grocery stores and home centers. You'd think with such popularity, orchids would be easy to take care of. But, one of my frequent gardening questions is, how do I get my orchids to bloom again? First of all, the easiest and most widely available orchid type is the moth orchid. It comes in a variety of beautiful flower colors, blooms for months and can grow in our low light, dry homes in winter. But...

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How to Grow: Paperwhite Narcissus

In this podcast, learn how to grow Paperwhite narcissus and how to force them indoors for winter blooms If want to add some fragrant, holiday flowers to our home, grow paperwhite narcissus. Paperwhites are small flowered daffodils and feature fragrant flowers. The beauty of paperwhites is they're easy to force into bloom indoors this time of year. Simply pot them up and they'll be in bloom 3 to 4 weeks later. While we think of white as the flower color of paperwhites, there are other varieties. Try the yellow flowered 'Bethlehem' or white...

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How to Grow: Parlor Palm

Sun Requirements Bright sun is best for parlor palms when grown indoors as houseplants. An East facing window is good, but keep this palm away from South-facing windows where it will get direct light. Too much sun can cause yellowing leaves. Bloom Period and Plant Shape Parlor palms (Chamaedorea elegans) are grown for their light green fronds with a delicate texture and arching shape. Mature Height x Spread The plant grows slowly to 3 to 6 feet, but it may take a number of years to get that large. You often find these palms sold as clumps...

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How to Grow: Peace Lily

Sun Requirements Bright, indirect light from a nearby window Bloom Period and Plant Shape Blooms spring and fall and flowers last for a few months Mature Height x Spread Outdoors peace lilies can grow up to 6 feet tall. As houseplants in containers they mostly are 1- to 2-feet tall. Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum) are tropical evergreen plants most often grown as houseplants. They are known for their white blooms that look like peace flags. The blooms are actually modified leaves. In subtropical areas they also can be used as landscape...

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How to Grow: Peperomia

Sun Requirements Medium to bright sun is best for peperomia. An East facing window is good or artificial lighting turned on 14 hours a day will help keep the leaves brightly colored. Bloom Period and Plant Shape The flowers on peperomia are tall, narrow green or brown stalks. The plant leaves can be tiny or large depending on the selection. They often are thick and succulent and compared to rubber tree leaves. In fact, a common name is baby rubber tree. However, the two plants aren't related. Mature Height x Spread Peperomia can grow up to...

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How to Grow: Poinsettia

Learn how to poinsettia plants for the holidays including information on getting them to rebloom. Listen to podcast: I recently returned from a trip to India, and while visiting a friend in his garden outside Delhi, I was struck by one brilliantly colored, red plant. This five-foot-tall and -wide plant looked familiar. Upon closer inspection, it was a poinsettia. While we mostly know poinsettias as those potted holiday plants, they actually are a shrub in their native Mexico. The name comes from an American who brought them into the...

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How to Grow: Poisonous Holiday Plants

Learn about poisonous holiday plants, including information on which to grow and which to avoid. Listen to Podcast: It's fun to decorate the house with colorful holiday plants and seasonal greens. They create a warm, welcoming atmosphere during these cold, dark days. But whether you're decorating your own home or giving holiday plants as gifts, you should keep in mind some can be toxic to pets and young children. The reactions can range from a mild skin irritation, to stomach upset, to a serious reaction needing medical attention. If you...

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How to Grow: Pothos

Sun Requirements Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) or devil's ivy is related to Philodendron, another vining, popular houseplant. They both grow best in bright, indirect light. Pale green leaves usually means too much sun. The loss of variegation and the leaves may reverting to all green can mean too little light. Bloom Period and Plant Shape Pothos is grown primarily for its heart-shaped leaves and long vining stems. Some types vine more aggressively than others. Mature Height x Spread The plant vines almost uncontrollably outdoors in tropical...

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How to Grow: Rubber Tree

Sun Requirements Rubber tree houseplant (Ficus elastica) grows best in a bright room with lots of light, but no direct sunlight. A South facing window shielded with a sheer curtain is ideal. If your rubber tree starts getting leggy, it doesn't have enough light. Bloom Period and Plant Shape Rubber trees are grown for their large size and big, shiny, thick leaves. The plant grows in a tree shape, so you'll need to have enough ceiling space to grow this tree. Mature Height x Spread Rubber trees grow up 100 feet tall in their natural outdoor...

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How to Grow: Snake Plant

Sun Requirements Bright, indirect light, but will tolerate low light conditions. Bloom Period and Plant Shape Snake plants (Sansevieria) rarely boom indoors. They have stiff, vertical, sword-like leaves that can have a number of different colored edges depending on the selection. They are grown in tropical regions as a ground cover, often under trees and shrubs. They can become invasive in the wild. Indoors, snake plants are easy to grow houseplants. Mature Height x Spread Snake plants grow up to 4 feet tall in their native regions. In the...

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Growing Vines

Learn about a wide variety of annual and perennial vines to grow including mandevilla, passion flower, trumpet vine, honeysuckle and morning glory. Includes varieties, how to grow, prune and fertilize the vines and fall and winter care.