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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Cast Iron Plant-- Aspidistra elatior

The old saying that "everything old is new again" definitely applies to the cast iron plant, Aspidistra elatior . Honestly, I had never even heard of this plant until six years ago, but it was introduced into the U.S. over 100 years ago and was very popular during Victorian times. The name "cast iron plant" is a reference to its reputation of being a tough plant that can survive...

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Cut Flower Care

With a little extra attention, arrangements of cut flowers for Valentine's Day can last a week or more. It doesn't take a degree in horticulture to accomplish this feat, just a little bit of common sense and time. Preventing cut flowers from wilting requires that they receive ample amounts of water. In an intact plant, this job is accomplished by the roots and stems. Roots absorb water...

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Seed Starting

By this time each winter I am chomping at the bit to get my hands dirty. The seed catalogs fill my mailbox, each one taunting me with another new and improved variety of vegetable or flower. Many catalogs offer new varieties as transplants, but I find these a bit cost prohibitive. If they are available, seeds are usually more economical, but how hard is it to grow your own plants from s...

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