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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Growing Phalaenopsis Orchids at Home

It doesn't take a genius to observe that orchids, particularly Phalaenopsis orchids, are extremely popular houseplants. They seem to be just about everywhere and anywhere these days. At one time, buying an orchid plant to grow at home meant finding a specialty nursery and either making a special trip there or taking a chance and having one shipped to you. Today, I've seen P...

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Florigraphy (the meaning of flowers)

When sending flowers for Valentine's Day, most people automatically think of roses. In the language of florigraphy, or meanings attached to specific flowers, the rose symbolizes love and passion. Different colors and numbers of roses have slightly different meanings. But maybe you want to do something new and different this year. Or maybe an often-expensive rose arrangement just doesn't fit you...

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Resurrection Plant or Fern

Nearly ten years ago, a sign advertising a "miracle fern" caught my eye at a garden center. The plant being advertised, Selaginella lepidophylla , doesn't look like much, just a little cluster of brown, dead looking leaves. But place it in a shallow dish of water, and overnight, like magic, the leaves unfurl, and become green. Take it out of the water, and as it dries it reverts to the...

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