• Growing Ferns as Houseplants: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

    Light Ferns generally grow best in filtered or diffused light, for example a bright position out of the direct rays of the sun or near a window filtered by a sheer curtain. Northern windows, except perhaps a bright unobstructed one…

  • Beginner’s Guide to Growing Houseplants: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

    Growing houseplants can be just as rewarding as outdoor gardening. Healthy houseplants add beauty to the home and, for many, growing houseplants is the only way to express an interest in horticulture and love of plants. Plants in the natural…

  • Growing Cacti and Other Succulents: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

    With a sunny window, growing succulents is easy and rewarding. Cacti are one of the best know groups of succulents, but there are many succulents that are not cacti. Cultural Requirements To stimulate flowering, keep plants potbound. Flowers usually occur…

  • Growing Gesneriads: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

    Several members of the Gesneriad family of plants originate in tropical forests where they have adapted to relatively low levels of light and fairly constant moderate to warm temperatures. As a result, many make good houseplants. A few of the…

  • Growing Orchids: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

      There are 15,000 to 35,000 different species of orchids and they are not all easy to grow. The orchids most generally cultivated are Cattleyas, Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchids), Paphiopedilums (Slipper Orchids) and Cymbidiums. Even within these general groups cultural requirements…

  • The Art of Bonsai: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

      Bonsai is the Japanese name for the art of growing trees in small containers and has been a tradition in China and Japan for centuries. It is also the name by which these miniature plants are known. They range…