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African Violet Watering Guide: How To Water An African Violet Plant

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-09-17 18:00
Watering African violets (Saintpaulia) isn’t as complicated as you may think. Actually, these charming, old-fashioned plants are surprisingly adaptable and easy to get along with. Wondering how to water an African violet? Read on to learn more about African violet water needs. How to Water an African Violet When watering African violets, the main thing to remember is that overwatering is the number one reason a plant fails to thrive, or just up and dies. Overwatering, without a doubt, is the worst thing you can do for your African violet. How do you know when to water an African violet? Always test the potting mix with your finger first. If the potting mix feels moist, try again in a few days. It’s healthiest for the plant if you allow the potting mix to dry slightly between watering, but it should never be bone dry. One easy way to water an

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Air Purifying Plant Numbers – How Many Plants For Clean Air Indoors

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-09-17 15:00
Houseplants have long been known to purify our toxic indoor air. How many houseplants do you need to purify your indoor air? Keep reading to find this out, and more! Air Purifying Plant Numbers There was a famous NASA study that was conducted back in 1989 that found that many houseplants are able to remove many toxic and cancer causing volatile organic compounds from our indoor air. Formaldehyde and benzene are two of these compounds.  Bill Wolverton, the NASA scientist who conducted this study, provided some insight into the number of plants per room that you would need to help purify indoor air. Although it is difficult to say exactly how many plants are needed to purify indoor air, Wolverton recommends at least two good sized plants for every 100 square feet (approximately 9.3 square meters) of indoor space.  The bigger the plant and leafier the plant, the better. This

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African Violet Leaves Are Curling – What Do Curling African Violet Leaves Mean

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-09-17 11:09
African violets are among the most popular flowering houseplants. With their fuzzy leaves and compact clusters of pretty flowers, along with their ease of care, it’s no wonder we love them. But, there can be issues with these houseplants. If your African violet leaves are curling, there are a few potential causes and easy solutions. African Violet Leaf Curl Caused by Cold If the leaves on your African violet are curling under, the most likely cause is temperature. These plants grow best when temperatures during the day are around 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 Celsius) and not much cooler at night. Watering African violets with cool water can also be problematic. Let water warm to room temperature. Being too cold for too long will cause the leaves to turn brittle and curl under. Other symptoms of cold stress include center leaves that are tightly bunched together, stunted growth, and extra fur

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What Is A Pebble Tray – Keep Plants Humid With A Pebble Saucer

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-09-17 07:00
A pebble tray or pebble saucer is a simple, easy-to-make gardening tool used mostly for indoor plants. Any low dish or tray can be used along with water and pebbles or gravel to create a humid local area for plants that need a little moisture. Read on for tips on using a humidity tray for plants and how you can make your own. What is a Pebble Tray? A pebble tray is exactly what it sounds like: a tray that is full of pebbles. It’s also full of water, of course. The main purpose of a pebble tray is to provide humidity for plants, typically houseplants. Most houseplants are tropical varieties, but most houses have dry, conditioned air. A pebble tray is a simple, low-tech way to provide those plants with a healthier, more humid local environment. Orchids are examples of houseplants that can really benefit from a pebble tray.

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African Violet Repotting – How To Repot African Violets

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-09-16 18:00
African violets can live a long time, as long as 50 years! To get them there, you need to provide good care which included repotting African violets. The trick is knowing when to repot an African violet and what soil and container size to use. We’ll go over some of the tips on how to repot African violets for a successful transition for your plant. When to Repot an African Violet Most plants need repotting at some point to either increase the container size or to refresh the soil. There are several schools of thought on the right way to repot, but all agree you can buy or make your own African violet mix. Before removing your plant, select a container that is one third the size of the plant’s leaf spread. Most collectors recommend repotting at least once and up to twice per year. The timing is not terribly

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Hydroponic Mason Jar Garden – Growing Hydroponic Plants In A Jar

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-09-16 15:00
You’ve tried growing herbs or maybe some lettuce plants in the kitchen, but all you end up with are bugs and bits of dirt on the floor. An alternative method for indoor gardening is growing hydroponic plants in a jar. Hydroponics doesn’t use soil, so there is no mess! There are hydroponic growing systems on the market in various price ranges, but using inexpensive canning jars is a budget-friendly option. With a little creativity, your hydroponic mason jar garden can be a quintessential part of your kitchen décor. Making a Hydroponic Garden in Glass Jars In addition to mason jars, you will need some specific supplies to grow hydroponic plants in a jar. These supplies are fairly inexpensive and can be purchased online or from hydroponic supply stores. Your local garden supply center may also carry the supplies you’ll need for mason jar hydroponics. One or more quart-sized wide-mouth canning

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How To Display Houseplants: Clever Ideas For Arranging Houseplants

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-09-16 11:12
Not only are more and more people growing houseplants these days, but they are now part of interior décor. Houseplants add a living element to interior design and can make any space more peaceful. Let’s take a look at some houseplant display ideas that you can use for your interior space. How to Display Houseplants Let’s explore various ways of arranging houseplants on your walls, ceilings and floors. Displaying Potted Plants on Walls There are many interesting ways to display potted plants on your walls: Create a living wall with numerous hanging plants placed on a book shelf or even on a mounted wall shelf. Choose trialing plants such as spider plants, pothos, philodendron, and hoyas. As they grow and trail, you will be creating a living green wall. Display plants on a ladder shelf against a wall, or even a free-standing ladder. Instead of a piece of artwork on

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Types Of Prayer Plant: Growing Different Prayer Plant Varieties

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-09-16 07:00
The prayer plant is a fairly common houseplant grown for its stunning colorful leaves. Native to the tropical Americas, primarily South America, the prayer plant grows in the understory of rainforests and is a member of the family Marantaceae. There are anywhere from 40-50 species or types of prayer plant. Of the many varieties of Maranta, only two prayer plant varieties make up the bulk of nursery stock used as houseplants or for other ornamental uses. About Maranta Varieties Most Maranta varieties have underground rhizomes or tubers with corresponding sets of leaves. Depending upon the variety of Maranta, leaves may be narrow or broad with pinnate veins that run parallel to the midrib. Blooms may be insignificant or spiked and enclosed by bracts. The most common prayer plant types grown are those of the species Maranta leuconeura, or peacock plant. Commonly grown as a houseplant, this species lacks tubers, has

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Pepper As A Houseplant – Learn How To Grow Indoor Peppers

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-09-15 18:01
If you’re a pepper fan, be it hot or sweet, and regret the end of summer and the colorful fruit, you might be wondering if you can grow pepper plants inside. It is possible to grow peppers as a houseplant; in fact, many floral departments sell ornamental peppers to be grown as indoor ornamentals. If you want indoor pepper plants for the purpose of eating, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that growing peppers indoors is a success. About Growing Peppers Indoors Fruit from a pepper plant grown inside will never get as large as those grown outdoors; however, they will still pack the same amount of heat. The best pepper plants to grow inside are smaller peppers such as pequins, chiltepins, habaneros and Thai peppers, or small ornamental varieties. Indoor pepper plants need the same requirements as those grown outside. They need enough space

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Growing Squash Indoors – How To Grow Squash Inside Your House

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-09-15 15:00
Can you grow squash plants inside? Yes, you can, and it’s relatively easy as long as you provide the proper growing conditions, primarily a large pot and plenty of sunlight. Sound like fun?  Let’s learn about growing squash indoors. Growing Squash Indoors Although vining squash needs a large growing space, smaller bush-type squash plants are suitable for growing indoors. They may be smaller, but indoor squash plants can produce a hefty harvest beginning about sixty days after planting. Some popular available in compact bush varieties include: Buttercup Butternut Acorn Yellow Crookneck Patty Pan Zucchini How to Grow Squash Inside Bush squash doesn’t require a huge growing space like standard vining squash, but it’s still a relatively large plant. A container measuring approximately 24 inches (60 cm.) across and 36 inches (91 cm.) deep will provide ample space for the roots. Fill the container with good quality commercial potting mix. Be

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Can You Grow Eggplants Indoors: Tips For Growing Eggplants Inside

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-09-15 11:00
The versatility and nutritional appeal of eggplants make them a perfect food for many recipes. These heat loving veggies need a long growing season and plenty of sunshine. Can you grow eggplants indoors? It will be a bit tricky and requires some extra attention compared to garden grown plants, but it can be done. Keep reading for some tips on indoor eggplants and the secret to getting them to fruit. Can You Grow Eggplants Indoors? Some people call them aubergines, but by any name eggplants are a dining treat. Growing eggplants inside is a bit tricky because it is difficult to provide enough heat and candle hours of light. The obvious solution is to build a grow system that not only enhances heat but includes grow lights. It still might not result in fruit, but you will have an elegant eggplant as a houseplant. Eggplants are in the same family

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Growing Peas Indoors – Learn How To Grow Peas Inside

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-09-15 07:00
Low on gardening space and you want to try your hand at growing peas? Can you grow peas indoors? The answer is yes. Growing peas indoors requires plenty of light and a bit of commitment but, in time, you will be enjoying fresh pods that you grew yourself. The trick is selecting the right variety and providing enough hours of either natural or artificial light to get plants to produce pods. Can You Grow Peas Indoors? Indoor gardeners rejoice. You can learn how to grow peas inside and enjoy either the sprouts in salads or fully formed pods. Plant successive crops and you can even have fresh peas year around. An indoor pea plant needs 8 to 10 hours of bright light. You can either place it in the sunniest location of the home or use grow lights. Many varieties grow well in containers and will flourish indoors but snap

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Drying Wet Soil – How To Fix Waterlogged Plant Soil

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-09-14 18:00
Did you know that overwatering is one of the leading causes of houseplants dying? You shouldn’t despair though. If you have waterlogged plant soil, there are a few things that you can do to save your houseplant. Let’s take a look at how to dry houseplant soil so you can save your plant. Drying Out Overwatered Soil Why is wet soil such an issue? If your indoor soil is too wet, this can be very problematic because it can cause root rot. Plants use their roots to take up moisture and also oxygen. If your soil is constantly wet, there won’t be enough air pockets for your plants and the roots will not be able to breathe properly. This can cause your roots to rot and, therefore, your plant will suffer. Some symptoms of overwatered plants include dropping leaves, both new and old, at the same time. The plant’s leaves

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Deadheading A Cactus – Should Cactus Blooms Be Deadheaded

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-09-14 15:00
Your cacti are established and settled into your beds and containers, flowering on a regular basis. Once you’re getting regular flowers, you may wonder what to do with spent blooms and ask should cactus blooms be deadheaded? This is a good question, but before you jump in and start working with faded flowers among the painful spines, let’s look more closely to see if it’s always necessary to deadhead cactus flowers. Should Cactus Blooms Be Deadheaded? Sometimes, deadheading a cactus is not needed, as blooms drop when they’re finished. Removing spent cactus blooms is easier in this situation, you can just pick them up from the ground or other area where they’ve fallen. Careful, though, you may still have to get near the dreaded spines that can cause painful punctures. Other faded blossoms cling to the plant and can create rot following a rain. After a few times of seeing

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Succulent Fairy Garden Ideas – Tips On Planting Succulents In A Fairy Garden

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-09-14 11:00
Fairy gardens give us a way of expressing ourselves while releasing our inner child. Even adults can get inspired by a fairy garden. Many of the ideas involve a small area of the outdoor garden, but the notion can also translate to container and indoor plantings. Mini succulent gardens are a fun, easy, and low maintenance way of developing a fairy garden. A fairy garden with succulents is also an innovative and creative way to introduce plants and their care to children or beginner gardeners. Succulent Fairy Garden Ideas Remember reading a favorite story book as a child and the magical feeling that swirled around you as you imagined strange new worlds and fantastic beings? You can get a smaller version of that sentiment by using inspired succulent fairy garden ideas. Succulents in a fairy garden should be as inventive as your imagination. The whole idea is to create a

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Popular Curly Plants – Growing Plants That Twist And Turn

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-09-14 07:00
Most plants in the garden grow relatively straight, perhaps with a graceful curving aspect. However, you can also find plants that twist or curl and plants that grow in spirals. These uniquely twisted plants are sure to attract attention, but their placement has to be planned carefully. Read on for information on common twisted plants that make great additions in the landscape. Common Twisted Plants Twisty and curly plants are fun to look at but a little more difficult to position in a garden. Usually, they do best as the focal point and more than one in a small garden may be too much. Here are some of the more commonly seen “twisted” plants: Corkscrew or Curly Plants Plants that twist have stems that are contorted or grow in spirals like the contorted hazelnut (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’). You may know this plant by its common name, Harry Lauder’s walking stick.

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Terrestrial Aquarium Plants: Can You Grow Garden Plants In An Aquarium

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-09-13 18:00
If you’re looking to liven up your fish tank by incorporating some unconventional aquarium plants, keep reading. The addition of fish tank garden plants really does make the aquarium look better. Plus, plants in an aquarium give your fish friends a place to hide out. What about terrestrial aquarium plants? Are there suitable land plants for aquariums? How about garden plants in an aquarium? Using Terrestrial Aquarium Plants The thing about terrestrial aquarium plants is they don’t usually like to be submerged in water and end up dying. House or garden plants in an aquarium may hold their shape for a while, but eventually, they will rot and die. Another thing about land plants for aquariums is that they are often grown in greenhouses and sprayed with pesticides or insecticides, which can be harmful to your fish friends. Even so, when shopping for fish tank garden plants, you may still

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Feeding Fish Plants – What Are Some Plants That Fish Eat

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-09-13 15:13
In their natural environment, both herbivorous and omnivorous fish are adept at finding edible plants, and “domestic” fish like fish plant food as well. Whether your fish are in an aquarium or a pond in your backyard, you can provide plenty of aquatic plants for fish to munch on. Fish Plant Food Info Edible plants for fish should be sturdy and safe, and if you’re feeding fish plants in an aquarium, they should be attractive to look at, even when they’ve been nibbled on. Plants that fish eat should also be fast growing, but not so aggressive that they take over the water habitat. Plants That Fish Eat Below are a few ideas of edible plants for fish: Hygrophila: Hygrophila is a hardy, fast-growing tropical plant. “Hygro” is good for beginners and is readily available in nearly any pet store. Pinch back plants if they grow too fast. Duckweed: Also

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What Is Spirulina: How To Make A Spirulina Algae Kit

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-09-13 11:00
Spirulina may be something you’ve seen only in the supplement aisle at the drug store. This is a green superfood that comes in powder form, but it is actually a type of algae. So can you grow spirulina and enjoy its benefits from your own water garden? You sure can, and it’s easier than you think. What is Spirulina? Spirulina is a type of algae, which means it is a colony of single-celled organisms that produce foods by photosynthesis. Algae aren’t exactly plants, but there are a lot of similarities. Like our more familiar green vegetables, spirulina is nutrient dense. In fact, it may be one of the most nutritious of all green foods. Some of the spirulina benefits you may get from supplementing your diet with this green powerhouse include: A complete protein from a non-animal source. Just one tablespoon of spirulina powder has four grams of protein. Healthy

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Fish Tank Plants To Avoid – Plants That Hurt Fish Or Die In Aquariums

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-09-13 07:00
For beginners and aquarium enthusiasts alike, the process of filling a new tank can be exciting. From choosing fish to selecting the plants that will be incorporated into the aquascape, the creation of ideal aquatic environments requires careful planning and attention to detail. Unfortunately, things may not always go according to plan. This is especially true when incorporating submersed live plants. Here we will learn about fish tank plants to avoid. What Shouldn’t You Put in a Fish Tank? Buying aquatic plants for the aquarium can add a unique design to tanks. Not only can live aquatic plants provide natural habitat for fish, but may also improve the overall water quality of your tank. While bright and vibrant foliage is appealing and adds visual interest, owners may frequently find that these are plants that die in aquariums. When purchasing plants for the aquarium, it is important to thoroughly research each

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