Thinking of adopting a new plant? Here are some plants that will bloom even in the wintertime.
We've all been there: The houseplant that was so vibrant when you brought it home from the garden center is suddenly shriveled and sad-looking. Perhaps you forgot to water it, or watered it too much, or overdid it on the sunlight--but don't give up.
There are things we can do to avoid getting trapped in our winter doldrums and are eco-friendly at the same time. Here are six green techniques that can improve your mood each winter.
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Dragon Fruit. Having gardened in places other than Hawaii, I assumed this was a gentle euphemism for red dye No. 40, from the folks selling sports and vitamin waters. I was wrong, wrong, wrong.
Emily surprised me with a new plant on my birthday. We named her Federika. I thanked Emily a thousand times, all the while thinking, Holy, shit, if this thing dies I am totally f*cked. Please, God, don't let this f*cker die.
As a new plant parent you have to get to know your plant: how tough it is or isn't, how much water it really craves, and if it prefers classical music or perhaps an 80s throwback.
The first rule of making a terrarium is that you don't talk about making a terrarium -- you just go buy one.
When you take a few minutes to care for something, it requires you to step outside yourself. It requires you to change your focus and put it onto the wellbeing of something else. The magic is that in nurturing the wellbeing of the plant, you are also nurturing your own wellbeing: positive action results in positive responses.
Since my daughter has left the nest and seems to be taking wonderful care of herself with, of course, several attempts on my part to always remain important and necessary, I have noticed that I have become a bit motherly with my plants. I know exactly what it is like to be motherly because I have been in the parenting game for over 20 years.
In a study published in August, researchers from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences found that working in an environment
For more from Maria Rodale, visit Peace Lily. Although not a true Liliaceae family lily, the
Photo by Flickr: GOLBENGE Though these fast growers are best left in full sun, they can tolerate part shade. Prune your forsythia