February: Growing Medium for Indoor Plants

Indoor plants should be grown in a growing medium that is formulated for potted plants.  Put the growing medium in a bucket and mix it with water.  The medium should be moist to the point that it will stay together…

February: Watering Your Houseplants

Check the soil before you water your indoor plants.  Stick your finger into the soil to a depth of about 2 cm.  If it feels dry, water it.  It is better to give your indoor plant a thorough soaking once…

February: Know Your Indoor Plant’s Needs

Plants are individuals and all have their specific needs.  Take time to research what your plant’s cultural requirements are.  Some indoor plants like to dry out before they are watered.  Others require that their soil remain consistently moist.   Growing indoor…

February: Early Start Seeds

Some annuals such as snapdragon, petunia, portulaca,  ageratum, and bacopa all need to be started from seed indoors 8 to 10 weeks before the last frost date.  Add on an extra week to allow time to harden off the plants…

February: Is Your Houseplant Pot-Bound?

Your plant will give you clues if it is feeling pot-bound.  Roots will be growing out of the bottom of the pot and growth will be very slow despite good light and regular feeding.  Turn the pot upside down and…

February: Clean Your Houseplants

Dust and oils can build up on the leaves of your plants, blocking light, making it difficult for them to “breathe” and increasing the risk of disease. For large, smooth-leaved plants, a wipe-down with a moist cloth works wonders. Plants…

February: Growing Medium for Starting Seeds Indoors

When starting seeds indoors, always select a growing medium that has been especially mixed for starting seeds.  It should not contain a slow-release fertilizer.  If you want to mix your own growing medium, combine 4 parts of very fine, screened…

January: Grow Paperwhite Narcissus

Bring some spring indoors with easy-to-grow paperwhite narcissus. Simply put a layer of stones or beach glass in a container and top with the bulbs. Place more stones or glass around and between the bulbs, leaving the tops exposed. Add…

January: Vegetable Families

Every vegetable is a member of a vegetable family.  For example – peppers, tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant are all members of the Solanaceae (tomato) family.   Members of the same vegetable family tend to attract the same pests and diseases and…