New plants from old, save money by taking cuttings. There are many ways to produce new plants without sowing seeds. Seeds don’t always grow up to resemble their parents, but cuttings are their perfect clones. Severing plant parts and inserting them into soil is a strange way of making new plants, but oddly enough it works.Read More
I’m off on holiday in a couple of weeks. Believe me, I really can’t wait for the escape. But being the obsessive house plant collector that I am, going away without having someone look after the beloved plants can leave me feeling quite anxious.
Most house plants will tolerate a week without water, while you're on holidays. But, if you're going away for two weeks, it's well worth making arrangements to keep them watered while your jet setting. Given I am currently watering my growing army of ferns, orchids and herbs virtually every other day in hot weather, a two week absence could be enough to finish off some of my more delicate specimens. But things don’t have to be this way!Read More
Vertical gardens have been around for centuries all though the designs were not as we know them today. Grape vines and fruit trees adorned the walls of ancient Egyptian Palaces, so living walls are certainly achievable in even the harshest of climates and quite capable of bringing our modern day residential and balcony walls to life.Read More
Terrariums are literary a collection of small plants grown in a sealed transparent container creating an environment like a mini ecosystem. They are a great way to add life to your space if you lack the free time or the “green thumb” to care for a bounty of houseplants.Read More
For city-dwellers who spend most of their day's indoors we are faced with constantly having to deal with toxins and we are not immune to the effects. Toxic compounds found in furnishings, upholstery, building materials and cleaning products contribute to making our air quality less then pleasant, and yes, we and our families are breathing these all in. But don’t panic as our green friend’s "plants" are perfect for helping us with this problem.Read More