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Pink Quill Plant Care Tips: The Tillandsia with The Big Bloom

The Pink Quill Plant, or Tillandsia cyanea, is one sweet little plant. Although these are much smaller than the other commonly sold bromeliads, like the Aechmea that I showcased last week, the size of their flower makes up for that. It’s not only a very easy and tough houseplant, but it handles dry conditions like… Read more

Aechmea Plant Care Tips: The Bromeliad With The Pink Flower That’s Easy And Tough

Bromeliads have rocked my world for many, many years so today I’m sharing the love. I’m starting out with the Aechmea fasciata, aka Urn Plant or Silver Vase Plant, because this tropical beauty makes a great houseplant and is so easy to care for.  Beginning gardeners fear not, for this bromeliad with the patterned silver… Read more

Updating A Decorative Plant Pot With Painting

Change is always in the air and for me this has meant settling into a new home in a new state. My house is surrounded by foliage on the outside but I still want plants inside. I have a Ficus elastica “burgundy” which sits in my new dining in a very dull but beautiful fiberglass… Read more

The Hard Pruning Of An Overgrown Bougainvillea

Here I go again, yet another adventure in bougainvillea pruning coming down the pike. I had 2 large bougainvilleas in Santa Barbara and now have 4 smaller ones in my new garden in Tucson. What I believe is Bougainvillea “Rainbow Gold” grows right near my front door and I’m not sure when it was last… Read more

9 Ideas On How To Nourish Your Soil Naturally

Written By: Blake Akers When growing plants, you usually need a fertilizer. Rather than spend a fortune on chemical products, why not opt for a natural plant fertilizer? You can buy natural fertilizer in the store or on the Internet. However, there are other low-cost options to give your plants a boost. Today I am… Read more