• Terrariums

    Hi there, I am making a terrarium for my friend's wedding and am looking for air plants. I've noticed air plants are quite expensive here in Toronto, but I would rather order locally than order online. Would you have any ...

  • Vines for a north-east facing balcony

    What kind of vine could grow in a container on the 14th floor of a north-east facing balcony in downtown Toronto? There is a concrete wall but we thought we could set up a wide trellis to add some structure ...

  • House plant soil formula

    I wish to make up my own soil for indoor and tropical plants. I have available a compost pile, peat moss, pearlite and sand. Is it easy to make your own? What do I need and how much of each? Thanks

  • Rhus typhina ‘Tiger Eyes’ for container garden

    I would like to try growing Rhus typhina 'Tiger Eyes' in a container on my south-facing balcony in Toronto. While I do have a bit of container gardening experience a little further south (and east), I am wondering if someone ...

  • Must I buy new soil each year?

    Can I reuse the same soil for my pots for this year’s plants?  

  • Thinning plants

    I just threw a bunch of basil seeds into a pot and now I have quite a few little plants poking up. My concern is whether there are too many in one pot.  I’ve done the same thing with my ...

  • Sterilizing wooden containers

    I have containers made of pine with hardwood bases. What is the best way to sterilize the pine wood and hardwood in the containers so that any fungus harboured in the wood (we had early blight last summer for the 3d year ...

  • Caring for plants when repairing planters

    Several large wood planters are integrated with the deck and need to be repaired. We plan to empty each planter, one at a time, repair it and reintroduce the plants. What should we do with the existing plants to ensure that they ...

  • Sweet potato vine problem

    All the sweet potato vines in my hanging baskets seem to be suffering from the same problem - the edges and veins of the leaves are turning purple, and now holes are starting to appear as well. What's wrong?  They flourished last ...

  • Sweet potato vine tubers — can they be used?

    I just removed a sweet potato vine from a planter and noticed that there are many small tubers underneath. Can one hold these tubers over the winter and start new plants in the spring?