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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Keeping Gift Plants Healthy

This Holiday season, you may have received a plant or two as gifts, won the centerpiece at a holiday party, or purchased a plant to decorate your home. With a little extra attention, their beauty can last well past the Holidays. After safely bringing your plant into your home, it is important to remo...

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Gifts for Gardeners

In my opinion, if you have a gardener to shop for this holiday season, you will find no shortage of ideas for gifts. There are many options out there, but my favorites are items that solve some common problems experienced by gardeners of any level. A great gift for your favorite gardener is a high quality pair of gardening gloves. A good pair will cost around $20 or more. I...

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Vanilla

Most of us don't give vanilla a second thought. You might think of vanilla as a very "plain" flavor. But in fact, vanilla has a very colorful past that is anything but plain. I never really stopped to consider the origin of vanilla past the grocery store shelf until fairly recently. My interest in orchids is what really made me appreciate vanilla. Vanilla extract comes from...

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Cyclamen

'Tis the season for gift giving, and as a plant lover my favorite gifts to give and receive are plants. One of my favorite flowering houseplants is the cyclamen, whose growth cycle is well suited to holiday displays. The cool days of autumn promote dazzling winter blooms in cyclamen. There are 23 different known species of Cyclamen in the world. They are native to the Mediterranean regi...

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