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Tales from a Plant Addict

Fun (& a few serious) facts, tips and tricks for every gardener, new and old.

Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis Orchids are not finicky divas of the plant world, though you may think of them as a plant that needs endless attention and specialized equipment. On the contrary, orchids are some of the hardiest plants out there....

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African Violets in the U.S.

African Violets in the U.S. Though they are a very common houseplant in the U.S. today, African violets were an oddity familiar only to European plant enthusiasts for about 35 years after their discovery in East Africa in the late 1800's. In the 1930's the Ar...

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Discovering African Violets

Discovering African Violets Most everyone has owned or at least seen an African Violet. You might not think it's a very exotic or exciting plant, seeing as it's sold in such everyday places as the grocery store and local discount giants. But in fact, the lowl...

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