Must have plant tools (and how to get them cheaply):

For those who have recently started, or who are looking to start, their houseplant collection, it can be difficult to know what you actually need to purchase and what you can repurpose or go without. If you have the money or the resources you may be tempted to just buy everything brand new – and you definitely can – but you can also easily find things cheaply second hand, re-purpose things from around the house, or even buy things at the dollar store.

How to Deal with Houseplant Pests

Houseplant pests have become the bane of my existence (dramatic, but also true).  There are days when I stare at now empty pots while I spray wilting and yellowing leaves with pesticides and insecticidal soaps, BEGGING for those little bugs to die instead of my plants.  I have pruned my sad Calathea and sadder AlocasiaContinue reading “How to Deal with Houseplant Pests”

Why are so Many People “Hot for Hoya”?

Hoya are making huge waves in the houseplant community.  The plant genus has gained momentum in the houseplant market in recent years and is showing no signs of slowing down.  But what makes this waxy, trailing genus of houseplant so popular? And why now? Well, for starters there are hundreds of available species of HoyaContinue reading “Why are so Many People “Hot for Hoya”?”

How to Re-Pot for a Fuller Plant

Sometimes houseplants grow to be sparce, or unstable, or a little strange looking.  This can often be fixed with a repot.  You can rearrange the stems of hanging plants quite easily – planting them closer together or more centred in the pot; you can easily create a fuller looking plant this way. So, if yourContinue reading “How to Re-Pot for a Fuller Plant”

Soil Additives

There are many different products that you may choose to add to your houseplant soil mix.  What products you choose and how much you add really depends on your houseplant’s individual needs.  This article isn’t going to be a thorough guide on soil for each individual plant, but it will overview some of the additionsContinue reading “Soil Additives”

We’ve All Killed a Plant or Two

We have all been there.  We become confident in our ability to care for our houseplants; we collect and collect and maybe gain some praise [from] friends and family for our green thumb.  Then we look around and notice a plant has dropped a leaf – or two.  Maybe your leaves just keep yellowing.  YouContinue reading “We’ve All Killed a Plant or Two”

Crispy Leaf Tips

Who would have thought that watering your plants would so be complicated?  One of the many common struggles of plant ownerships is crispy leaf tips. These are incredibly common on prayer plants like Marantas, Calathias, Stromanthes, and Ctenanthes.  In most cases, this is from the metals and chemicals often found in tap water. Some peopleContinue reading “Crispy Leaf Tips”

Why do Plants get Mislabeled – and How to Identify your Houseplant

There are many reasons why your houseplant might be mislabeled; it could be a lack of knowledge on the part of the shop, but more commonly the answer has a lot to do with marketing.  This marketing is apparent in a couple of different ways.  Often a grower will label a plant based on aContinue reading “Why do Plants get Mislabeled – and How to Identify your Houseplant”

I Have Root Rot – Now What?

Most gardeners have seen, at some point in their journey, root rot.  What is it, what causes it, and what can be done? Roots Require a few things to be healthy and to function properly.  They require moisture, nutrients, and air.  Proper aeration of the soil is essential to prevent waterlogging and suffocation.  If rootsContinue reading “I Have Root Rot – Now What?”

Let’s Talk Terracotta

Many of us know about terracotta pots.  Whether we have many plants of out own or have never cared for a single houseplant, we have seen terracotta pots in homes, businesses, every garden centre, and even the dollar store.  But why is terracotta so popular? For many the answer may be as simple as accessibility. Continue reading “Let’s Talk Terracotta”