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How To Work With Hanging Succulents Without All The Leaves Falling Off

You can see Trailing Jade & Fishhooks Senecio in this beautiful mixed succulent planting.Hanging succulents are the cat's meow, and if they're happy, will trail like crazy. I've gotten a few questions from Youtube viewers about how to work with them without all the leaves falling off. This shows you a little trick I use to minimize the amount which falls off and has always worked like a charm for me.I was simultaneously filming a video... Read more

How to choose the best gardening apron. Here are two of our favorites.

Let's be real here. Plants are flowers are wonderful but gardening can be down right dirty. Sometimes you want a bit of protection and that's how we became fanatics of aprons. Finding the one for gardening that best suits you is harder than you think. And that's why Nell decided to design two of them. These aprons are highly functional, sweetly stylish and made in America.If you're looking for a gardening apron, make sure to read this first. Nell has been... Read more

Take A Tour With Me: How I Decorated My Patio with Plants

I love nature and I love being outside. Don't get me wrong, living in New York City was a blast but it was those trips to Central Park which made my soul sing. My new home in the Arizona desert has 2 patios; 1 off the kitchen for dining and 1 off the living room for lounging.  Let's take a tour of the latter so I can show you how I decorated... Read more

Transplanting & Working With Cactus: A Mixed Planting Starring Golden Barrel Cacti

I've always been fascinated with cactus and was tickled pink to discover that they're all the rage in the fashion world, and everywhere else, these days. Go figure!  As cool and hip as can be, they're definitely not user friendly. Transplanting and working with cactus can be a challenge (no one wants their paws all full of spines) and I have a couple of secret weapons to share with you.First of all, a bit of history about the cacti which make up this mixed... Read more

Bromeliad Flowers Turning Brown: Why It Happens & What To Do About It

After 4 months of looking good, the Aechmea inflorescence is starting to turn brown in the center. It's been this way for about a month now & will last about a month more.Flowers are so beautiful and bring so much joy into our lives. We wish the flower fairy would flutter on down and place them into every room of our homes every week. How sweet that would be?! Bromeliads, though not as awe inspiring as a huge arrangement of Read more

Caring For Cast Iron Plants: What You Need To Know To Grow Them Indoors

Written by: Scott T. McNeill

The cast iron plant is a dream come true; for many who have had many plants die on them. They are low maintenance, survive almost anything (or anyone) and will grow in spite of many unfavorable factors. Also known as Iron plant, Barroom plant, and a few other names - it now has the reputation of being close to indestructible. It falls under... Read more

Propagating Bromeliads: How to Remove & Pot Up Bromeliad Pups

Bromeliads grow outdoors in temperate climates and also make wonderful and easy houseplants. They bring color and beauty into our homes and liven and brighten up whatever space they're in. The mother plant dies after flowering but produces pups (babies) before going through that cycle. Fortunately for us they're very easy to propagate! I want to show you how to remove and pot up bromeliad pups so your plants can live on.The Read more

Getting 2 Plants From 1: Dividing And Planting A Foxtail Fern

Shopping for plants is 1 of my favorite things to do. I set out last December in search of 2 Foxtail Ferns to plant at the edge of my pink grapefruit tree but the ones available in the 1 gallon size were on the puny side. The 5 gallon plants were looking much more pleasing to the eye, robust and healthy so I decided to get 1 and split it into 2. This is all about dividing and planting a Foxtail Fern.I love these plants and even though their called Foxtail... Read more

How To Plant Bougainvillea To Grow Successfully: The Most Important Thing To Know

A little hummer enjoying my "Rainbow Gold". This is 1 of the reasons you want to successfully plant your bougainvillea - hummingbirds & butterflies love them!I've maintained many bougainvilleas, and I've planted many of them. Planting a bougainvillea isn't too much different than planting any other shrub or vine except for 1 key factor. If you don't do this 1 thing, it's a crap shoot as to whether your bougainvillea will do well or even survive.... Read more

How I Potted My Staghorn Fern To Grow In The Desert

My Staghorn Ferns were happily living on the coast of Southern California just 7 blocks away from the beach. Not a climate exactly like the tropical rainforests these epiphytes are native to, but they were pretty dang happy. I left 2 of them behind with friends when I moved to Tucson last year and brought this 1 with me mainly because I wanted the vintage daisy... Read more