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Types of Christmas Trees

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People have been decorating Christmas trees for hundreds of years. Fir, pine and spruce varieties are among the most popular.

There are about 30 million Christmas trees sold in the United States every year. More and more Americans have been buying their Christmas trees in stores to avoid a tree removal fine. Most of these trees are conifers, or cone bearing trees with needles. Pine trees have their needles in clusters of two, three or five while the needles on fir and spruce trees are individually attached. Needles of fir trees look flat and those on spruce trees are more squared. In the southeast, Cypress trees, particularly the Leyland Cypress, is popular as a Christmas tree. Its needles are arranged in flat sprays. Read More→

So many of my readers are just happy to know how to take care of their plants, to just keep them alive. However, after we learn how to be successful in taking care of our plants maybe it is time for the next step. Propagation is perhaps the most exciting procedures for increasing your plant family. It’s simple and satisfying to create offspring from favorite plants. Try it! You have nothing to lose because you still have your original plant. Read More→

by Roger Vernon

Bamboo is an excellent, exotic and fun addition to ant garden and is one of the best office plants. It is a versatile choice for a variety of purposes in any yard or garden. It grows rapidly and requires little maintenance. This article gives insights to caring for bamboo.

Where Does Bamboo Grow?

When many people think of bamboo, images of overgrown swamps and jungles come to mind. But this versatile plant has many varieties and can add an exotic flair to almost any area. Read More→


Do Plants Need Soil to Grow?

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I try to include many different topics in my blog, not only issues that relate to interior plantscaping. After looking back on my many blogs, I noticed that there us a very important type of growing plants that I have never addressed: hydroponics. Sharon Falsetto wrote a great article to introduce my readers to hydroponics. There are some types of plants which grow without the need for soil; these types of plants are known as hydroponic plants and air plants. I hope you find it informative and that sparks your interest.

by Dennis Holley

We always hear about plants, both indoor and outdoor, being poisonous. I have addressed this topic in a previous blog a while ago. I recently found this article by Dennis Holley which I feel is more informative as it addresses different kinds of “poisonous”, taking into account allergies. Add this to your list of articles on poisonous plants. We can never have too much information on such an important topic.
There are nearly 70,000 reported plant poisonings a year in this country on average.

Plants with poisonous parts can be found in homes, flower gardens and vegetable gardens. In fact, more than 700 species of plants located in the United States and Canada have caused severe illness or death in humans.

While not highly toxic except for some food allergies, other plants can cause a host of irritating problems such as respiratory allergies, contact dermatitis, and food allergies which can make life miserable. Read More→

by Christine Eirshele
Houseplant gardeners who grow tropicals can use this list of indoor plant ideas to add green foliage to shady dark corners away from windows.

Houseplant gardeners, as the moniker implies, grow their gardens inside. To take full advantage of every open space, indoor gardeners try to find plants that will not only survive for the moment but thrive and become part of a healthy plant collection.

The challenge for a houseplant gardener is the shady location, that dark corner away from windows streaming bright light. Although the Sanseveria plant, also called mother-in-law tongue, is famous for growing well in low light, there are more tropical houseplants for indoor shade. This short list includes a fern, some sturdy tropicals with large green leaves and dramatic tall plants that will add structure to the indoor garden. Read More→

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