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Year Five

Almost every year, one of my African violets starts to fade, and I have to put it out of its misery. I’ve also unintentionally killed off a half-dozen plants in my fairy garden, and yesterday I admitted one of my … Continue reading

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My Poinsettia is Alive (so far)

I’ve never really been all that excited about poinsettias, but when I saw this glittered-out version at the garden center where we bought our Christmas tree a few weeks ago, I couldn’t resist. I have a nice south-facing window for … Continue reading

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Amaryllis Angst

My mother-in-law’s amaryllis bulbs are blooming like crazy right now, and they look so pretty. I potted up my bulbs several weeks earlier than she did, yet mine are just starting to take off. My in-laws keep their house at … Continue reading

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African Violet Version 2.0

Late last summer I had to compost a couple of my African violets because they had what I presume was root rot. It was just another chapter in my long saga as a brown-thumbed indoor plant grower. Before I said … Continue reading

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One Day at a Time

“Oh what the heck. Let’s see what [plant] I can kill next.” Behind me I heard a garden center employee moan “Nooooo, it will be fiiiine. Everything will BE FINE.” I think she was trying to convince herself more than … Continue reading

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Christmas Cactus Collection

I was very careful about giving my Christmas cactus plants a dark treatment this year—12 hours of darkness each night for a month or two. Some people put their plants in a dark closet, but I just made sure I … Continue reading

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More Brown Thumb Woes

My houseplant brown thumb reared its ugly head again over the summer. It started when I bought a replacement plant for my fairy garden and managed to keep it alive for a whopping two weeks. I’ve tried about 10 different … Continue reading

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African Violet Rule-Breaker

The growing instructions for African Violets intimidated me for years. Don’t water them with cold water. Always use tepid, but not softened water. If you grow more than one plant, don’t put them so close together that the leaves touch. … Continue reading

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Cranky Christmas Cactus

I’ve been searching for a white-flowering Christmas cactus for a very long time, so I was thrilled to finally find one at an out-of-town garden center last November. I love Christmas cactus plants because they don’t seem to care that … Continue reading

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Another Houseplant Victory

My ‘Orange Marmalade’ phalaenopsis orchid is blooming for the third time since a friend gave it to me for Christmas several years ago. I consider that a miracle since orchids can be tricky (although phalaenopsis types are supposed to be … Continue reading

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