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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

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 durable plants. My mom has one that was purchased before I was born, and I remember the family dog yank...

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I imagine that a fair number of people reading this column are also enjoying a cup of coffee at the same time. Enjoying the newspaper over a cup (or two) of coffee is one of life's simple pleasures in my opinion. Coffee has been a popular beverage at least since the 9 th century when it was discovered in the highlands of Ethiopia. According to legend, a goat herder noticed his...

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Managing Houseplant Pests

After all the Holiday decorations have been put away, our homes might look a little bare. It is the perfect time to brighten the space with a houseplant or two. Most indoor gardeners encounter unwelcome pests at one time or another. Typically problems begin to escalate during the winter months. In general, during winter our houses tend to be warm and low in humidity and light, whereas h...

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This time of year, many of us are resolving to eat healthier. For one reason or another, many people will think of sprouts when people talk about "eating healthy". Sometimes this association is positive, sometimes negative, I think primarily because many people still think of them as unusual or exotic. Sprouts are really nothing new in the world of food. Growing sprouts of seeds as a fo...

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