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Author Archives: Nell Foster

Organic Flower Gardening: Good Things To Know

Whatever flowers and colors you like and use, they draw our eyes right in. Greens are so restful and can certainly be interesting but those vibrant blooms steal the show. Flower beds need a little extra loving care in order to thrive but it’s not hard to do at all. These organic flower gardening tips will get you well on your way.

Spider Plant Repotting: Revitalizing An Unhappy Plant

I felt bad for my Spider Plant—it was so unhappy. But all that has changed in just a few months time. Now it's a healthy green and babies have appeared. What did I do to make this happen? The solution is simple: spider plant repotting. I revitalized my Spider Plant by repotting and moving it to a new location. 

My Spider Plant was happily growing outdoors in coastal California... Read more

Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium) Care & Growing Tips

When I saw my Arrowhead Plant hanging in the greenhouse at Green Things I wondered, "should I get it?" I grew one successfully in Santa Barbara for years but Tucson (where I now live) is a tougher climate for tropical houseplants. I've had it for almost a year and so far so good. Follow along, because I'm sharing Arrowhead Plant care and growing tips... Read more

Hoya (Wax Plant) Houseplant Repotting: When, How & The Mix To Use

I really do need to get more hoyas. Their leaf shapes, sizes, colors, and variegations run the gamut so there's at least one you'll find irresistible. These succulent like beauties are so easy to maintain - why wouldn't we want more? This is all about hoya houseplant repotting including when, how and the best time to do it as well as the mix to use.

Perhaps you know hoyas as Wax Plants... Read more

Bougainvillea After Hard Freeze Damage, Part 2

I did a post and video about bougainvillea after a hard freeze, part 1 and as promised, this is a follow-up about a month and a half later. Bougainvillea with hard freeze damage (as long as the roots aren't affected) is manageable.

I've had a lot of hands-on experiences... Read more

Anthurium: Care & Growing Tips for this Beautiful Blooming Houseplant

These anthurium care and growing tips will help you out. This may not be the easiest houseplant out there, but it's well worth it.

I first saw a picture of an anthurium in a magazine when I was in my teens (many moons ago way before the internet took over our lives!) and had never seen anything like it before. A few years later, when living in New York City, I walked into... Read more

How To Make A Rubber Tree (Rubber Plant, Ficus Elastica) Branch Out

Rubber Plants grow fast and can hit the ceiling in no time. Perhaps yours needs to be cut back because it's gotten leggy, is just too tall or maybe you want your plant to have a new look. Did you know that you can turn your tall, skinny Ficus elastica into a tree form? Here are some steps to follow if you want to learn how to make a Rubber Tree branch out.

How Does a Rubber... Read more

How To Plant Baby Rubber Plant (Peperomia Obtusifolia) Cuttings

The Baby Rubber Plant, or Peperomia obtusifolia, is an easy care houseplant which thrive even here in the hot, dry Sonoran Desert. I usually give away all the plants I've grown from cuttings but not this time. I'm keeping this propagated plant and it's already gracing a table in the guest room. Here's how to plant Baby Rubber Plant cuttings... Read more

How Much Sun Do Succulents Need?

I love succulents just as much as the next plant obsessed person. They're fascinating, colorful, easy to care for, and have reigned high on the popularity charts for many years now. Are you new to the wonderful world of succulent gardening? Have you ever wondered how much sun do succulents need? 

Here's the answer in short: it depends.

Peace Lily Care (Spathiphyllum) & Growing Tips

Peace Lilies are one of the most popular houseplants and have been so for years and years now. We love their dark green, glossy foliage but most of all the long lasting white flowers rise above. I've done lots of posts and videos on houseplants but can't believe this one hasn't made it to... Read more