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Tales from a Plant Addict

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


Ideas for my articles sometimes come from unusual sources. The idea for this week's article definitely qualifies as unusual. If any of you have joined in on the current Facebook craze, you may be one of millions that play the game Farmville offered on Facebook. In this game, you manage a virtual farm, planting c...

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ZZ Plant-- Zamioculcas zamiifolia

The phrase "the right plant for the right place" is one way to think of choosing plants for your landscape. If you choose a plant not quite adapted to a particular space in your yard, you will struggle to get that plant to thrive, and it may not even survive. The same idea applies to houseplants. Some plants are better adapted to the typically low light conditions found indoors. These plants wi...

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Pomegranates are finally getting their fifteen minutes of fame. I remember eating them in grammar school, savoring the juicy red seeds, while classmates wondered what in the world I was eating, and brave souls ventured a taste. Pomegranates have been cultivated and consumed for thousands of years in the Mediterranean, Middle East, and...

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Sansevieria (Snake Plant)

One of my favorite catalogs of tropical plants has a section entitled "Indestructible Houseplants". Five species of Sansevieria , commonly known as Snake Plant or Mother-in-Law's Tongue are listed in this section. I know from personal experience that Sansevieria are extremely durabl...

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New Plants for 2010

It's typical after the New Year for my mailbox to fill with catalogs promising the best and most beautiful new garden plants for the coming spring. This year the deluge of catalogs began in mid-December, the earliest ever for me. Quite frankly, there is not enough room in my yard to accommodate all...

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