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African Violets

African Violets

I think this is My Joy African Violet. I wanted to share some pictures of my blooming African violets. They are so gorgeous. These were  bought at the Ohio State African Violet show and sale last September. They need to be transplanted into bigger pots, but I just haven’t done

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Ferns with Feet

Ferns with Feet

Davallia fejeensis rhizomes up close Notice the shallow pot. Rabbit’s foot, bear’s paw, kangaroo paw, green worm. What do all these names have in common? They all describe types of “footed” ferns. The “feet” are really rhizomes that creep and crawl across the top of the soil surface, sometimes even

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Holiday Cactus

Holiday Cactus

               I love this time of year. The holiday season is here, and it’s time for the Thanksgiving cactus to bloom. Some of mine are in bloom, but the Christmas cactus are just budding up. What is the difference? Thanksgiving cactus, or Schlumbergera tuncata, is also called claw cactus, because

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Patterned Plants

Patterned Plants

Haworthia limifolia Gasteria batesia One of the most beautiful aspects of plants is the pattern of their leaves. I’m not just talking about variegation, but also the arrangement and texture. Some of the most amazingly patterned plants are succulents. Haworthias and gasterias are a couple of my favorites. Haworthia limifolia,

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Frozen Plants?

Frozen Plants?

Poor, cold brugmansia. Well, we had our first frost last night, here at my house. Where are some of my houseplants? Outside, freezing. I’ve been procrastinating bringing my plants in. Why? I’m a procrastinator. There you have it. Yes, they are coming in today. It barely froze, so they should

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Amaryllis Care

Amaryllis Care

Have you bought an amaryllis bulb, had it bloom beautifully the first year, and then never see a bloom again? I have. I’ve learned it is the post-blooming care that makes the difference. Let’s start from the beginning. Buy a large, firm bulb. By this I mean, buy the largest

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Pets and Our Plants

Pets and Our Plants

Sago palm (Cycas revoluta) A few days ago I received a call regarding a family who had  lost their puppy when it ate parts of a sago palm. My brother had seen the story on his local news.  Please see the following link:   http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/news/local/kent_county/Some-houseplants-deadly-to-pets. The dog in the story

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African Violet Tree?

African Violet Tree?

Is your African violet looking more like a small tree, than a normal violet?  Does it look like the violet in the picture? I’m embarrassed to even admit that this is my violet. I have let this get too dry, then watered it too much too quickly, and should have

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