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postheadericon Fluorescent lighting for indoor gardening

Fluorescent lighting for indoor gardening

Image by Brandon Blinkenberg By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) In order for plants to thrive properly, they require sufficient amounts of light. Artificial lighting options for indoor gardeners can sometimes be confusing. Oftentimes they are left to question what types of lighting are best, such as fluorescent or incandescent. Gardenersw may also be unsure about how much light their plants should get. Read on to learn more. Light Requirements Indoors Plants with little or no light will become leggy and weak. Too much light, on the other hand,…

postheadericon Leaf curl on rubber plants: what causes rubber plant leaves to curl

Leaf curl on rubber plants: what causes rubber plant leaves to curl

Image by Victorburnside By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Rubber plant (Ficus elastica) is a distinctive plant easily recognized by its upright growth habit and thick, glossy, deep green leaves. Rubber plant thrives outdoors in USDA plant hardiness zones 10 and 11, but it is grown as an indoor plant in most climates. Although the plant is relatively trouble-free, it can fall prey to various pests and diseases that can cause leaf curl on rubber plants. What causes rubber plant leaves to curl? There are several possible…

postheadericon Cobra lily care: tips for growing a cobra lily plant

Cobra lily care: tips for growing a cobra lily plant

Image by pr2is By Bonnie L. Grant There is something otherworldly about the cobra lily plant. The undulating form and strangely built leaves call to mind old horror movies, yet give such a unique vision that the viewer is also reminded of the great diversity of life on our planet. This pitcher plant is not only unique in appearance but has an active appetite fed by insects and, occasionally, small vertebrates. If you are lucky enough to live in a zone sufficiently warm, learn how to grow cobra lily and…

postheadericon Voodoo lily info: information on how to plant a voodoo lily bulb

Voodoo lily info: information on how to plant a voodoo lily bulb

Image by Paul Morris By Jackie Carroll Voodoo lily plants are grown for the gigantic size of the flowers and for the unusual foliage. The flowers produce a strong, offensive odor similar to that or rotting meat. The smell attracts the flies that pollinate the flowers. They are not as difficult to grow as their exotic appearance may suggest, however. Learning how to plant a voodoo lily bulb and the subsequent care of voodoo lilies can actually be quite easy. Voodoo Lily Info Voodoo lily, also called Devil’s tongue, is…

postheadericon Bowiea sea onion info: tips for growing climbing onion plants

Bowiea sea onion info: tips for growing climbing onion plants

Image by Dave Pape By Bonnie L. Grant The climbing onion plant is not related to onions or other alliums but is more closely aligned with lilies. It is not an edible plant and can be described as an interesting, but not as pretty, specimen of flora. Bowiea sea onion is another name for the plant, which is a succulent plant without any leaves. The plant grows from a bulb which is often outside of the soil. Growing climbing onion as a houseplant will amaze visitors and give all who see it…

postheadericon Palm leaf oxalis plants – how to grow a palm leaf oxalis

Palm leaf oxalis plants – how to grow a palm leaf oxalis

By Liz Baessler Oxalis palmifrons is a fascinating and very attractive blooming perennial. Oxalis is the genus name of a plant from southern Africa that is made up of over 200 species. Oxalis palmifrons is one such species that gets its name from its leaves – tiny, symmetrical fronds radiating from the top of each stem, making it look for all the world like a tiny cluster of miniature palm trees. It also sometimes goes by the name palm leaf false shamrock plant, or simply false shamrock. But how do…

postheadericon Pruning lipstick vines: how and when to prune lipstick plant

Pruning lipstick vines: how and when to prune lipstick plant

Image by VirtKitty By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Lipstick vine is a stunning plant distinguished by thick, waxy leaves, trailing vines and brightly colored, tube-shaped blooms. Although red is the most common color, lipstick plant is also available in yellow, orange and coral. In its natural tropical environment, the plant is epiphytic, surviving by attaching itself to trees or other plants. Lipstick plant is easy to get along and requires minimal care, but it can become shaggy and overgrown. Cutting back a lipstick plant keeps the…

postheadericon Windowless houseplants: learn about using plants for a windowless room

Windowless houseplants: learn about using plants for a windowless room

Image by nayneung1 By Bonnie L. Grant If you work in an office space or lack a window in your room at home, chances are your only light is the overhead fluorescent bulbs or incandescent lighting. Lack of windows and exposure to sunlight can be bad for humans as well as plants but finding plants to brighten your cubicle or windowless room may be just the touch of outdoors needed to perk you up. There are many plants for windowless rooms that will thrive in artificial light. Let’s take a…

postheadericon Growing fruit trees as bonsai: learn about bonsai fruit tree care

Growing fruit trees as bonsai: learn about bonsai fruit tree care

Image by egal By Teo Spengler A bonsai tree isn’t a genetic dwarf tree. It’s a full-size tree that is maintained in miniature by pruning. The idea behind this ancient art is to keep the trees very small but retain their natural shapes. If you think bonsai are always tiny trees with fragrant flowers, you aren’t alone. However, this is a misconception. You can also choose from a wide variety of fruit trees as bonsai. Do bonsai trees produce fruit? Yes, they do. If you decide to try to use…

postheadericon Growing fruit trees as bonsai: learn about bonsai fruit tree care

Growing fruit trees as bonsai: learn about bonsai fruit tree care

Image by egal By Teo Spengler A bonsai tree isn’t a genetic dwarf tree. It’s a full-size tree that is maintained in miniature by pruning. The idea behind this ancient art is to keep the trees very small but retain their natural shapes. If you think bonsai are always tiny trees with fragrant flowers, you aren’t alone. However, this is a misconception. You can also choose from a wide variety of fruit trees as bonsai. Do bonsai trees produce fruit? Yes, they do. If you decide to try to use…