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When on the hunt for a plant for your brown thumb, there are many easy-care and hardy plants that come to mind. One of these plants is the snake plant, or Sansevieria. This plant checks off many boxes on the “plant grim reaper” list, but you may find yourself asking a few questions, like how fast does the snake plant grow? The Growth Rate of Snake Plants As a general rule, the snake plant tends…

Petunias make for gorgeous colorful hanging baskets and decorative lawn borders, lush with varied flower heads that last all summer long. Or they should. The thing the garden centers don’t advertise is that most varieties of petunias are fairly high maintenance. The only type of low maintenance petunias is Milliflora Petunias, which require no deadheading – removal of spent flowers. Names of this variety include the tradename Supertunia, Picabella and Petunia Fantasy. Spreading (Wave) Petunias…

The goal of keeping orchids as houseplants may be to enjoy the flowers, but don’t neglect the care of your plants after they have bloomed too. While an orchid doesn’t need a lot of special attention after flowering, there are a few tips that can help keep your plants healthy and providing lovely color for many years. How Often Do Orchids Bloom? We should start off by establishing how often you can expect flowers from…

Insects aren’t the only pests that you can repel with the careful choice of plants. Mice are also sensitive to strong smells and will avoid a number of plants, especially when outside in the yard. To combat a mouse problem inside, you can plant a bed or two of the right plants to help deter them from getting too close to the house. The best approach is to have these plants right up close to…

Even seasoned indoor gardeners can get confused when it comes to understanding succulents and cacti. They are both popular types of houseplants, yet it’s very easy to misunderstand the terms and the groups of plants they actually represent. Is a cactus a succulent, or is it the other way around? It’s not vital that you grasp all the botanical details, but knowing which care tips you need to use can hinge on understanding what kind…

Growing crops in your backyard can save money, provided you go about it right and manage your soil. Crop rotation is one method, but if you only have a small backyard or vegetable garden, chances are, year after year, your plants are depleting the soil of many nutrients faster than you can replenish them. You need fertilizer to feed your plants. The agriculture industry as a whole has been battling this same problem for decades,…

Orchids can be a challenge to keep though they are not quite as difficult as their reputation might imply. For all the care that does go into keeping orchids, are you going to get a decent return on your time and effort investment? In other words, how long are your plants going to live? It’s a very good question. What is the Lifespan of an Orchid? Like with any plant, there is no single time…

Though not for the novice, orchids are very popular houseplants due to their unique look and the challenge of growing them. Unlike many plants that can give you a lovely green cascade of leaves, orchids are all about the flowers. In fact, many of them are quite sparse in terms of leaves, creating a more bold display of color. Orchids come in a whole rainbow of possible colors, including many striking variegated varieties. Even though…

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