How to Grow and Care for Friendship Plants

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Friendship plants are tropical perennials with beautiful variegated, velvety, textured foliage, and are easy to grow and propagate indoors – perfect for sharing with friends! Learn more about Pilea involucrata, and discover how to propagate and cultivate these easygoing houseplants in this guide. Read more now.

What’s the Best Water for Succulents?

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Part of keeping your succulent plants happy and healthy isn’t just the amount of water that you provide, but what type. Municipal water can cause mineral build-up that can ultimately harm or kill your plant. Learn what water to use to raise your succulents to keep them looking and feeling their best. Read more now.

How to Repot Spider Plants in 5 Easy Steps

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Spider plants are fast growers and need frequent repotting. When it’s time to transfer your houseplant to a new container, there are some simple but important steps to follow to keep your plant happy and healthy. Find out more about this indoor gardening task and learn the 5 steps for repotting spider plants. Read more.

When and How to Plant Flower Bulbs After Forcing

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Forced bulbs add colorful indoor flowers and fragrance to our home decor over the winter months. And after they’ve finished blooming inside, they can be saved and replanted into the garden to return to their natural flowering cycles. Learn how to save and plant flower bulbs after forcing in this guide. Read more now.

Do Umbrella Plants Bloom? All About Schefflera Flowers

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Umbrella plants are beloved for their showy, umbrella-like foliage. But did you know that they also produce long stalks of colorful blossoms in the right conditions, inspiring the common name of octopus plant? This guide explains more about schefflera blossoms and how you can encourage yours to bloom. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Philodendron ‘Brasil’

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A heartleaf philodendron is a thing of beauty, but add the variegated lemon and lime hues of ‘Brasil’ to the leaves, and you have something truly exceptional. On top of that, this plant is as easygoing for as can be. Learn more about how to grow and care for the extraordinary philodendron ‘Brasil’ in this guide. Read more.

When and How to Propagate Bromeliads

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Do you love bromeliads and wish you could have more? You’ll be happy to know that these colorful plants are very easy to propagate via offsets or seeds. You can either divide and pot up a pup (or three!) or collect seeds from spent flowers to sow. Learn when and how to propagate bromeliads in this guide. Read more now.

When to Plant Succulents in the Northwest

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Growing succulents in the soggy Pacific Northwest takes skill. One essential piece of knowledge is understanding what time of year to put these plants into the ground or your outdoor containers. Learn the best time to plant succulents in the northwest, along with a few other growing tips in this guide. Read more now.

When and How to Prune Orchids

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Pruning orchids at the right time can be the difference between a healthy, vibrant plant, and one that never quite looks its best. Each species has its own specific pruning requirements. Learn when and how to prune species commonly grown as houseplants, including Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, and Cattleya in this guide.

Tips for Growing Strawberry Geraniums Outdoors

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With their gorgeous rounded leaves, delightful flowers, and low-growing habit, strawberry geraniums aka strawberry begonias are a lovely addition to an outdoor landscape. In this guide to growing Saxifraga stolonifera outdoors, we’ll cover propagation tips, cultivation guidelines, and methods for long-term maintenance.

How to Grow and Care for Banana Leaf Figs

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Flaunting gorgeous light brown bark and bursting with lush green leaves, banana leaf figs are a wonderful choice for well-lit indoor spaces. Growing and caring for Ficus maclellandii is pretty simple, too. In this guide, we’ll go over how to propagate, cultivate, and maintain these beauties properly. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Bamboo Palms

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With low light requirements and easygoing nature, the pretty bamboo palm is a perfect houseplant for laid-back gardeners with dim spots in need of some fronds. In this guide, you’ll learn how to propagate, cultivate, and maintain these lovely plants indoors, as well as how to keep them healthy. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Angel-Wing Begonias

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Angel-wing begonias feature attractive, wing-shaped foliage and bright flowers. They can grow outdoors in warm climates or you can keep them indoors as houseplants for year-round blooms. These cane-like begonias are appealing in hanging baskets, garden beds, window boxes, and oversized indoor planters. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Ficus Plants

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Fiddle-leaf, edible, ginseng, creeping, weeping, and rubber. Massive landscaping trees, quick-growing bonsai, adaptable houseplants, and evergreen shrubs. There are so many lovely fig plants to enjoy in so many different ways. This guide explains what defines a Ficus and how to care for this group of plants.

How to Care for Bromeliads After Blooming

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You may have heard that bromeliads only bloom once and then they die. It’s true, once they flower, their days are numbered as they’ll start to die off. But with the right care, they’ll send out pups which you can transplant and continue to enjoy. Learn how to nurture blooming bromeliads in this guide. Read more now.

How to Propagate Coffee Plants from Beans

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Coffee plants are attractive houseplants with their large, glossy leaves – and did you know you can propagate them from seed? In this guide, we cover how to harvest the seeds, or “beans” as they are known, and include step-by-step instructions for sowing and nurturing your coffee plant seedlings. Read more now.

How to Prevent Christmas Cactus Bud Drop

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Highly ornamental with bright, colorful flowers over the winter holiday season, Christmas cacti are easily cultivated. But conditions like humidity, lighting, moisture, and temperature all play important roles in producing the best floral display. Learn how to prevent Christmas cactus bud drop and enjoy gorgeous blooms.

How to Care for Cyclamen During Dormancy

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Are you wondering if your winter-blooming cyclamen is dead? Depending on the season, your plant could be entering its dormancy phase. These flowering houseplants need time to recharge, and with proper care your cyclamen will bloom brightly again. Learn more about cyclamen dormant period in this guide. Read more now.

When and How to Fertilize Spider Plants

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Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) are low maintenance, easy-care houseplants but they can still benefit from fertilizer applied correctly and at the right time. Our guide provides tips about when and how to feed your spider ivy plants and we offer suggestions on the best products to use as well. Read more now.

How to Grow a Ginseng Ficus Bonsai

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If you want an easy-to-care-for bonsai that can live indoors, a ginseng fig is the ideal choice. These tough little trees are happy when grown as houseplants and give you the “aged” look in just a few years. Learn how to plant, prune, and care for Ficus microcarpa bonsai plants in this guide. Read more now.

17 of the Best Flowering Houseplants for Low Light

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Are you looking for a flowering houseplant for a low-light spot in your home? It can be hard to find plants that flower indoors, let alone in low light conditions. In this guide, we introduce 17 excellent options for low-light flowering houseplants from colorful African violets to succulent kalanchoe plants. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Ferns Indoors

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Ferns make fabulous houseplants, adapting to our indoor conditions readily. Many of them thrive in low light, moderate moisture, and some even like low to moderate humidity. This guide will help you choose the right species for growing indoors as a houseplant and cover how to raise these beautiful plants indoors.

Why Is My Christmas Cactus Dropping Leaves? 7 Causes and Solutions

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Are the leaves dropping off of your Christmas cactus? There are several reasons why the cladodes may fall from your plant, from watering issues to pest problems. This guide covers seven common causes of leaf drop in holiday cacti and helps you figure out what’s wrong with your plant and how to fix it. Read more now.

21 of the Best Houseplants for Bright Light

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Bright-light, sun-loving houseplants range from desert to tropical species and grow best near south- and east-facing windows with abundant light. If you have sunny rooms in your home, you have the perfect opportunity to keep your green thumb honed year-round. Read on for 21 of the best bright-light-loving houseplants.

How to Identify and Control 11 Pitcher Plant Pests

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Pitcher plants are interesting and visually striking carnivorous plants that eat plenty of bugs, but there are some pests that can harm them. In this guide, you’ll learn about 11 common pitcher plant pests, including identification, control and management, and how to prevent them from striking in the first place.

When and How to Transplant Camellias

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Have a camellia plant that you love, but it’s growing in the wrong place? Don’t rip it out or give up on it. You could start over with a new plant or you could move the existing one. This guide will explain when and how to transplant your camellia, from how to dig it up and how to move it to a new spot. Read more now.

Common Reasons Why Cyclamen Fails to Bloom

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Winter-blooming cyclamen houseplants put on a colorful display, lifting our mood in the cold months, so it’s disappointing when they fail to flower. Learn about five of the most common reasons why cyclamen may fail to bloom and what changes to make to encourage flowering in this guide. Read more now.

When and How to Repot Orchids

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Orchids need a new growing medium and a larger pot as they age. Their medium tends to break down, and the roots become potbound over time, limiting growth and often leading to problems. When you think it’s time to repot your orchid, learn when and how to change the medium and put it in a new container in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Cape Primrose (Streptocarpus)

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Cape primroses, also known as Streptocarpus, are pretty incredible houseplants. These low-maintenance, easygoing plants offer up big, bold blossoms in colors including yellow, pink, purple, white, and red that can last all year long. Learn how to care for these bright indoor bloomers in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care For Linden Trees

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The fragrant flowers and classic, elegant presence of linden, aka basswood and lime trees, captures the hearts of gardeners everywhere. Learn more about these trees in our guide, including choosing a species suited for your growing Zone, how to plant and care for lindens, and typical pests and diseases. Read more now.

Tips for Growing Lemongrass Indoors

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Lemongrass is a tropical, perennial grass with fragrant stalks and leaves that add citrus flavor to a variety of dishes. If you want to enjoy this tasty herb year-round, you can cultivate the plants indoors. In this guide, we cover propagation and growing advice so you can easily cultivate your own lemongrass indoors.

How to Propagate Ivy from Cuttings

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Growing new ivy plants from cuttings is an easy way to increase your collection as they root easily and can be started in either potting soil or water. Propagating these plants makes for a fun indoor gardening project – even for beginners. Learn how to propagate ivy cuttings in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Waffle Plants

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The puckered, green, and purple leaves of waffle plants make this tropical perennial an absolutely gorgeous houseplant – one that’s easy to care for and maintain! Our Strobilanthes alternata guide will walk you through how to propagate and cultivate these plants, as well as how to keep them healthy.

How to Care for a Rosemary Christmas Tree

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If you don’t have the room for a full-sized tree, bring the cheer the holidays into your home but in miniature with a cute little pruned and shaped rosemary Christmas tree. Learn how to prune a rosemary plant into a mini Christmas tree and how to care for it during the holidays and beyond in this guide. Read more now.

What Are the Different Types of Holiday Cacti?

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It’s confusing trying to figure out the difference between a Christmas, Easter, or Thanksgiving cactus. Sometimes even reputable retailers mislabel these plants because they look so similar. Learn about the different types of holiday cacti most commonly find in stores and how to tell them apart in this guide. Read more.

Christmas and Poinsettias: History of the Christmas Flower

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Have you ever wondered how poinsettias came to be associated with Christmas and the holidays? It’s a story that involves missionaries in Mexico, a clever California grower, and Johnny Carson. This guide covers the history of how these wonderfully colorful plants became known as “Christmas flowers.” Read more now.

When and How to Fertilize Christmas Cactus

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Christmas and Thanksgiving cactuses are short-day wonders adding bright, fiery flowers to our indoor decor over the dark winter months. Easily cultivated and low maintenance, a regular fertilizing schedule helps them to stay healthy and looking their best. Learn when and how to feed a Christmas cactus in this guide.

Fan Palms 101: How to Grow and Care for Fan Palms

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Fan palms are known for their beautiful, pleated leaves that resemble fans. This common name refers to a diverse group of species in different genera that all share the characteristic fan-shaped foliage. Learn more about these striking plants and how to cultivate them indoors or out in this guide. Read more now.

How to Propagate Houseplants from Stem and Leaf Cuttings

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Propagation via leaf or stem cuttings is an easy way to increase your houseplant collection. There are multiple methods within each category, though the process is fairly similar regardless of which you use. This guide explains how to succeed with stem or leaf cutting propagation for a wide variety of plant species.

When and How to Repot Swiss Cheese Plants (Monstera)

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A healthy monstera grows rapidly, and it might need to be repotted before you know it. Once your plant outgrows its existing container, it needs a new, larger one and some fresh soil as soon as possible. This guide explains when and how to repot your Swiss cheese plant to keep it healthy and growing vigorously. Read more.

When and How to Prune Peace Lilies

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Peace lilies are easy-care houseplants that require very little maintenance to look their best. But sometimes they can do with a little trimming when the leaf tips turn brown, the flowers have faded, or just to provide some shape to an unruly plant. Learn when and how to prune your peace lily in this guide. Read more.

How to Grow Miracle Fruit Plants

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Miracle fruit is a tropical berry that transforms sour, bitter, and metallic tastes into sweet ones. This beautiful shrub grows outdoors in Zones 9 to 11 and as a houseplant in other Zones. It boasts elegant white flowers and a berry harvest twice a year. Discover how to grow your own miracle fruit in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Tortoise Plants

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Tortoise plants are wonderfully unusual tropical houseplants with an aboveground stem that resembles a tortoise’s shell. The beautiful climbing vines produce pretty flowers on this drought-tolerant, easy-care plant. Learn more about how to grow and care for tortoise plants indoors in this guide. Read more now.

Why Is My Peace Lily Drooping?

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Is your beloved peace lily wilting? Drooping foliage is a pretty clear warning that something is wrong with your plant. From pests and disease to water or light issues, there are several causes of wilting. Learn about the 7 common problems that can result in a drooping Spathiphyllum plant and how to fix it. Read more.

When and How to Repot Amaryllis Bulbs

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Amaryllis are perennial bulbs that produce tall stems loaded with brightly colored, trumpet-like flowers. And with each successive growing season, the bulbs grow larger and will need repotting into larger containers. To keep your bulbs healthy and floriferous, learn when and how to repot amaryllis in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Ginseng Ficus

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Ginseng figs (Ficus microcarpa) are adaptable houseplants that survive in a wide range of conditions and bring a tree-like appeal indoors. They can tolerate full sun or indirect light, a bit of drought, and are rarely troubled by pests and disease. Learn how to care for Chinese banyan houseplants in this guide. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Holly

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Hollies make up a beautiful group of plants in the Ilex genus, from winterberries to the classic holly. Most species are evergreen, though some are deciduous, and they all have eye-catching berries and attractive foliage, providing year-round interest. Learn how to plant and grow holly in this guide. Read more now.

Are Spirea Shrubs Evergreen?

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Different species of flowering spirea are perennial in USDA Zones 4 to 8, but none of them are evergreen. Instead, these pollinator-friendly shrubs bloom profusely in spring or summer, sport vibrant, multicolor foliage in fall, and are dormant in winter. Will they work in your landscape? Our guide will help you decide.

Why Is My Rubber Tree Dropping Leaves?

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When a rubber tree (Ficus elastica) starts dropping its huge, glossy leaves, there’s a big, obvious gap left behind. This guide will cover the common reasons why leaf drop happens, whether it’s a pest infestation or maybe just a change in environment, and how to fix the cause so that those leaves stay put. Read more.

Tips for Growing Ti Plants Outdoors

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Whether grown as a solitary specimen or as a mass of accent plantings, Hawaiian ti plants are beautiful tropical additions to the landscape. Capable of flaunting a variety of vibrant colors, Cordyline fruticosa is easy to care for. Read our guide to learn more about cultivating these beauties in the landscape.

How to Grow and Care for Starfish Flower Cactus

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With fascinating blooms, starfish flower is one of the stars of the plant world. These succulents have a simple care routine, are fast growers, and aren’t stingy with their blooms. However, with the nickname “carrion flower,” they may not be for everyone. Learn to grow and care for starfish flower in this guide. Read more.

How to Encourage a Venus Flytrap to Close

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Venus flytraps grow in Zones 7 to 10 and as houseplants elsewhere. These carnivorous plants are native to North and South Carolina marshes and are best known for their unique foliage that resemble tiny monster jaws. Learn more about how to encourage Venus flytraps to close their leaves in this guide. Read more now.

39 of the Best Companion Plants for Camellias

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Camellias are stunning on their own but even more spectacular with suitable companion plants. In this guide, we’ll go over 39 companions for camellias that thrive in similar conditions. From shade-loving ground covers to airy trees, we’ll talk about the species that can help make your camellia bushes pop all year long.

Tips for Growing Lemon Balm Indoors

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Aromatic and citrusy, lemon balm can be used to flavor a variety of beverages and foods from cocktails and tea to pesto. Plants are easy to grow in the garden and go dormant in cold weather, but you can still enjoy this tasty herb year-round by growing plants inside. Learn how to grow lemon balm indoors in this guide.

37 Types of Lithops Living Stone Succulents

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Lithops are fascinating little succulents that need lots of bright light and little water. These mimicry plants grow in an array of colorations and patterns that may seem difficult to tell apart at first glance. Explore the wonderful world of lithops, keep reading now to learn about 37 different types of living stones.

How to Grow and Care for Purple Passion Plants

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Purple passion plant is a beguiling foliage plant with furry, violet tinted leaves. Adaptable to medium or low light locations, it makes a great houseplant and is nontoxic. Though it’s easy to grow, you’ll want to know how to provide it with the best care. Learn how to grow purple passion plant in this guide. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Bridalwreath Spirea

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Early flowering bridalwreath is a highly showy shrub with elegant, arching canes and masses of attractive, tiny white flowers in the spring garden.. Low maintenance and cold hardy, many varieties also provide vivid fall colors. Learn how to grow and care for bridalwreath spirea in this guide. Read more now.

Tips for Landscaping with Yucca Plants

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Evergreens that grow in large rosettes, yuccas thrive in hot, arid conditions and add fantastic structure, plus striking flowers, to xeriscapes, water-wise gardens, and more. Unique specimens, they’re a natural in containers, gravel gardens, and mixed beds or massed into hedges. Read on for landscaping tips for yuccas.

How to Grow and Care for Red Oak Trees

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Wildlife-friendly and easy to care for, red oak (Quercus rubra) is unfussy and will thrive in almost any location. Perfect in a woodland setting, or as a shade or specimen tree for your garden, the red oak is easy going and adaptable. Learn how to grow this standout among native trees in this guide. Read more now.

Tips for Growing ‘Crimson Queen’ Japanese Maple Trees

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‘Crimson Queen’ is a top choice when it comes to weeping, red, laceleaf Japanese maples. These petite trees grow a bit wider than tall, with elegant, heavily serrated, palmate leaves that live up to the laceleaf name. With bright red leaves that persist until the fall, it creates a striking focal point in the garden.

Why Is My Venus Flytrap Turning Black?

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Venus flytraps are unique and beautiful carnivorous plants, known for their fussy care requirements. If you notice that the foliage is starting to turn black, you’ll need to act quickly to figure out what’s going on. Discover five common causes for Venus flytraps turning black and what to do about it. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Hawaiian Ti Plants

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A Hawaiian ti plant has the beautiful form and colorful foliage to make a wonderful houseplant. Easy to care for and a delight to look at, Cordyline fruticosa is perfect for bringing a bright, tropical vibe into your home. Propagation, cultivation, maintenance, and more are all covered in our guide! Read more now.

31 of the Best Sedum Varieties

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Sedum is a genus of flowering succulents, also known as stonecrop. Species and cultivars are available for USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 10. Heights vary from three-inch ground covers to 24-inch bed and border specimens, and bloom times range from summer to fall. Read on for 31 of our favorite varieties of sedum for the home landscape.

When and How to Prune Ficus Trees

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Whether you’re looking to create a fuller plant or clean up one that’s looking a little messy, weeping figs can benefit from a little pruning. Effective trimming can promote new growth, help limit disease, and encourage your ficus tree to grow into a neater shape. Find out when and how to do it in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Lithops Living Stone Plants

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Ultra drought-tolerant, living stones are intriguing succulents. These fleshy plants mimic rocks to survive and thrive in tough locations. However, their surprising resilience in nature means they have special needs when grown as houseplants. Learn all about lithops and how to care for them in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow Magic Carpet Spirea

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Magic Carpet spiraea is a beautiful, compact, and low-maintenance ornamental flowering shrub. This early bloomer welcomes us in spring with cheerful pink flowers and vibrant foliage. Its small stature is ideal for borders, rock gardens, and foundation plantings. Learn how to add it to your landscape in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Mugo Pines

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Mugo pines have so much character: they add texture, evergreen color, and pleasing shape to the garden. They come in a huge range of sizes, from dwarf types under a foot tall to 20-foot-tall trees. Some varieties sport colorful foliage in gold and yellow. Learn how to care for mugo pines in this guide. Read more now.

How to Graft Japanese Maple Trees

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Grafting is an excellent method for propagating a Japanese maple to create a new plant that you love. Learn all about the process, from selecting your tools and cutting the scion to prepping the rootstock and how to join them together. From there, you’ll learn how to care for the grafted tree until it’s ready to plant.

How to Prune Upright Junipers

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Pruning an upright juniper is about supporting the plant’s natural shape. It’s not about trying to turn a squat shrub into a tall tree, but gently highlighting what’s already there. You’ll need a few tools, the right technique, and an idea of when to start cutting. Learn how to prune an upright juniper in this guide.

Tips for Growing Japanese Yews

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If you’re searching for stunning evergreen shrubs that can look great throughout the landscape, try Japanese yews! With beautiful green needles and an easily-shapeable form, Taxus cuspidata is very easy to care for. Propagation, cultivation, maintenance, health care and more are all covered in our guide. Read more now.

Why Is My Ficus Dropping Leaves?

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If you care for a ficus houseplant, chances are you will experience leaf drop at some point. Why do these plants drop leaves so readily, and what can you do about it? Learn about the common causes of defoliation, as well as how to avoid it when possible, and what to do if the leaves are already falling. Read more now.

Houseplant Propagation for Beginners

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Every plant lover wants to add to their ever growing collection, but finding the right propagation techniques and tools can be confusing! This simple guide will walk you through four of the most common propagation techniques and give you the most helpful tools to add to your indoor plant family. Read on to learn more.

How to Grow and Care for Japanese Spirea

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Searching for a beautiful, yet low maintenance flowering shrub for your ornamental garden? With eye-catching foliage, and flowers in vibrant colors that pop, Japanese spirea shrubs will not disappoint. Learn how to plant, grow, care for, and choose the best cultivar for your garden in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Hicks Yews

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Is your garden missing an anchor to keep everything grounded? Look no further. Dependable, low-maintenance, and multipurpose ‘Hicksii,’ aka Hicks yew is your new best friend. Grow it in a variety of conditions and prune it to suit your needs. Learn about this resilient, evergreen beauty in this guide. Read more now.

Tips for Growing Skyrocket Junipers

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Skyrocket junipers are stately, low-maintenance evergreens that draw your eye to the heavens. It’s no wonder they’ve earned a place in many gardens as specimen plantings or windbreaks. They’re popular as living fences or as sentinels lining pathways. Learn how to grow these evergreens in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for American Bittersweet Vines

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The native alternative to Oriental bittersweet, American bittersweet has the same dazzling, bright, colorful berries without the tendency to overtake everything in its path. Excellent food for wildlife, and superb for wreath making and seasonal decoration, learn to grow this unusual woodland climber in this guide.

Leaf Spots on Japanese Maples: 7 Causes and Treatments

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Spots are cute on a puppy, not on a Japanese maple. Typically an indication that something bad is happening inside your plant, spotted leaves are like a big old warning sign from your tree. Fungal and bacterial disease can both result in spots that vary from pale white splotches to deep black tar-like spots. Read more.

How to Grow Yucca Plants in Containers

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Do you want to grow yucca in a pot? There are a number of advantages to growing yuccas in pots, such as greater accessibility, more placement options, and a wider variety of style choices. If you want to grow your yucca plants in containers with ease, this guide provides all the essential know-how. Read more now.

15 of the Best Brussels Sprout Varieties to Grow at Home

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Looking for a type of brussels sprout that won’t tip over in the wind, or one that won’t succumb to deadly mildew? How about a cultivar with tiny buds that are perfect for freezing? No matter what you’re looking for, we have 15 of the best varieties of brussels sprouts to share that are sure to suit your needs.

How to Grow ‘Polish Hardneck’ Garlic

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‘Polish Hardneck’ is the garlic lover’s garlic. The flavor is rich, robust, and complex. It lasts in storage somewhere cool for months, and the skin comes off the cloves readily, so it’s easy to cook with and eat. The big, white bulbs are ready in about 240 days and they contain lots of cloves. What’s not to love?

How to Grow and Care for Birchleaf Spirea Shrubs

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An exceptionally hardy ornamental shrub even in northern climates, birchleaf spirea offers three-season interest. Its spring blooms, summer greenery, and multihued autumn foliage are ideal for borders, mass plantings, and erosion control. Learn how to grow and care for this pollinator-friendly spirea species now.

Are Yucca Plants Edible?

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Can you grow yucca plants for food? In this article, we’ll discuss topics such as yucca vs. yuca, edible parts, harvesting times, preparations, common yucca species, nutrition, and the ultimate question: should you cultivate yucca for edible use? Gain valuable insights to make informed choices on your culinary journey.

How to Grow and Care for Winterhazel

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Beautiful, hardy, and easy to care for, winterhazel shrubs will add beautiful yellow blooms to an otherwise dormant winter landscape. This guide walks you through how to propagate, cultivate, and maintain species of Corylopsis shrubs, as well as where to place them in your landscape for maximum aesthetics. Read more.

How to Grow Begonias as Houseplants

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Begonias are beautiful in the garden, but some types also grow as colorful houseplants. Rex, wax, cane, and rhizomatous varieties will thrive indoors in an office, sunroom, or apartment with proper light, temperature, and humidity. We’ll share the best begonia types to grow indoors and ways to keep them healthy.

How and When to Harvest Chicory Roots and Leaves

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Learn everything you need to know about harvesting chicory plants in this comprehensive guide. Find out when to harvest for optimum flavor, and master the best methods for harvesting both nutrient-rich leaves and roots. Discover valuable tips for preservation and storage to enjoy this herb year-round. Read more.

How to Plant and Grow Shallots

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Shallots are a type of onion that has a sweet, mild flavor beloved of fine-dining chefs that can be difficult to find in the grocery store. Why not try growing your own? Discover how to plant and grow gourmet shallots in your garden now with this guide. Plus, we’ll share our favorite recipe ideas! Read more now.

How Do I Know When My Pumpkin Is Ripe? Picking and Harvest Tips

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Are you having trouble figuring out how to tell if your homegrown pumpkins are ripe and ready for picking? In this guide, we reveal the five signs that your gourds are ready to harvest. Plus, we discuss the proper way to pick a pumpkin and the one important step you shouldn’t miss. Learn all you need to know now.

How Nutritious Is Raw Kale?

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Often labeled as a superfood, kale is a trendy leafy green that’s found in everything from salads and grain bowls to smoothies and juices. But how nutritious is raw kale actually, and are there any potential downsides to eating it? Read more about the potential health benefits of eating raw kale now.

How to Grow and Care for Lace Aloe

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An unusual indoor/outdoor succulent that’s the lone species in its genus, lace aloe forms white-flecked rosettes with lacy, soft bristles. Grow it as an evergreen in Zones 7-10, especially where water is scarce. Or, pot it up for dish gardens indoors. Its flowers attract bees, hummingbirds, and pollinators.

How to Store Your Pears After Harvest

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Fresh pears are sweet, juicy, and delicious. But most varieties need to be picked green and ripened off the tree before they can be enjoyed. With the right environment your crop can be stored for several months to extend the goodness. Learn on how to store, handle, and ripen pears in this guide. Read more now.

How to Plant and Grow Savoy Cabbage

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You’ve probably heard of green and red cabbage, but what about savoy? This variety has crinkled green leaves with a sweet flavor. Its deep green color and visually interesting texture make it a beautiful addition to your garden. Crunchy yet tender, this is a fantastic variety for using in slaws. Learn more now.

When and How to Blanch Maturing Cauliflower Heads

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Cauliflower is a cool-season crop that can be challenging to cultivate. Did you know that some varieties require your intervention to be able to produce unblemished heads? The technique is called blanching, and it protects the developing heads from sun damage. Learn when and how to do it. Read on for easy instructions.

19 Apple Tree Varieties That’ll Knock Your Socks Off

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Selecting the best apple tree varieties can be disappointing and fruitless (pun intended) if you don’t pick the right trees. Cold hardiness, flowering groups, and chill hours can be overwhelming, and don’t get me started on the trouble with triploids. Read more to learn about picking the right ones for your yard.

27 of the Best Echeveria Varieties

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With unique rosettes ranging in colors from icy blue to dusty plum, echeveria succulents are easy-care, frost-tender perennials that thrive in lean soil and arid conditions, making them an excellent choice for containers, xeriscape gardens, and houseplants as well. Learn about 27 of the best echeveria varieties now.

How to Grow and Care for Oregon Grape Holly

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With gorgeous fall color, eye-catching berries, and bright yellow flowers, Oregon grapes are fantastic for landscaping. These shrubs come in various shapes and sizes, and can serve multiple purposes in your yard – plus their fruits are edible. Keep reading to learn more about growing and caring for Oregon grape.

Growing a Three Sisters Garden: Beans, Corn, and Squash

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Discover the rich history of the three sisters garden, a sustainable planting method rooted in Native American traditions. Learn how to cultivate corn, beans, and squash together to harness their companion planting benefits for a bountiful harvest. Explore the synergy of this agricultural technique.

How to Transplant or Repot Aloe Vera in 3 Simple Steps

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Are you noticing your aloe becoming too big for its current pot or space? No worries, we’ve got you covered! Discover the three simple steps to transplant or repot your aloe. Not only is it enjoyable, but you’ll also be providing aloe with a new home that will support its longevity.

Tips for Growing Garlic in Containers

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If you love the aromatic flavor of garlic in your cooking, why not try growing it at home in containers? Planting in pots saves space in your garden and gives you a head start on the long growing season. With our tips, you’ll be enjoying your own homegrown harvest of deliciousness. Learn how to grow garlic in containers now.

13 Common Beet Pests: Identification, Control Tips, and Prevention

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Beet pests can completely derail your harvest. From maggots that chew up the roots to miners that tunnel through leaves, there are plenty of bugs to watch out for that can quickly destroy a healthy plant. This article will arm you with the knowledge you need to identify and eradicate the most common beet foes.

How to Grow and Care for Lipstick Vines

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A vining houseplant ideal for indoor hanging baskets, lipstick plant has flowers that look like little lipstick tubes. This quirky, showy epiphyte needs a few extras to thrive and bloom indoors, including indirect light, and ample warmth and ample humidity. Learn how to keep it happy with our tips. Read more now.