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Tales from a Plant Addict

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


Amaryllis If you were lucky enough to receive an amaryllis bulb for Christmas, you might be wondering what in the world to do with it now. If not pre-potted, they may be sold as single bulbs, or as a kit where you pot the bulb yourself...

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Poinsettia 'Winter Rose'

Poinsettia 'Winter Rose' If I asked you to name a flower associated with Christmas, most of you would instantly reply "the poinsettia". The picture in our heads is most likely the typical red, white or pink bracts surrounding the tiny yellow flowers in the center. Despite the color differences, most would agree that po...

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Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus The Christmas Cactus was one of the first flowering houseplants I bought with my hard-earned babysitting money in high school. I remember my mom remarking that she had heard you could never get them to re-bloom. Being stubborn, I was determined to prove her wrong. After that first spectacular year of blooms, I...

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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 di...

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