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  • How not to kill your miniature roses

    I have been in love with roses ever since I can remember, nothing has enchanted me more than their elegant and sophisticated design. And while they are too big for my apartment, I have turned to the miniature hybrids to satisfy my need for fresh uncut roses all year round, only to watch them wither and die just as quickly as their cut brethren. So, what gives? Miniature roses, despite…

  • 20 Pet friendly alternatives to popular houseplants

    Like with most trends, we all desire that new hip and Instagram-popular houseplant for our indoor jungle. Unfortunately not all fall under the pet-friendly category which can sadden some of us pet-conscious apartment gardeners. So, since the plant kingdom is vast and glorious, I thought it would be a fun idea to start a series dedicated to pet-friendly alternatives to popular houseplants.   Monstera deliciosa Starting off with the ever…

  • 10 Houseplants that love water

    Us protective plant parents can sometimes tend to over water our plant babies, so much so that some of us, yours truly, need a moisture meter to help them stay in check with how much they water their plants. This is important because, depending on where you are in the world and what your natural climate is, not all plants like to have wet feet and can end up dying…

  • Houseplants & Cats: 5 hacks for a stress free indoor jungle

    Houseplants and pets don`t always go together, for many reasons: from curiosity to playfulness and even boredom, sometimes our fur babies can consider our plants fun toys that enrich their interest.  This is especially true when it comes to cats. Being natural-born predators, frisky playful cats that hunt down everything that wiggles indulge in their favorite activity of playful pouncing, or in this case, chew or scratch our indoor plants. This…

  • Why I love Phalaenopsis orchids

    There’s no secret that from the point of view of popularity and ease of access, that phalaenopsis orchids, especially the complex hybrids, are one of the most mass produced artificial epiphytic plants out there. Found in more homes around the world than probably any other orchid or houseplant, these elegant beauties stand the test of time thanks to the diverse selection of colors, shapes, fragrances, sizes, patterns and, of course, ease of…

  • Etiolation (stretching) in succulents and how to fix it

    Etiolation (stretching) is one of the biggest challenges of growing succulents indoors, especially if you live in a temperate climate that does not get much sunlight during the cooler months. The main culprits that sport this tall and stretched out look, thanks to the lack of sunlight, are echeverias. Famous for their beautiful rosette shapes and beautiful colors, they are the ones that suffer the most and lose their shape,…

  • How to not kill your Calathea: Prayer Plant (Marantaceae) Care

    So one day you find yourself walking into a garden center, or maybe you are at your local supermarket or maybe even Ikea. And then you set your eyes upon it. Oh isn’t it beautiful! That lush and sticking foliage. Your heart starts racing, love at first sight and you know you just have to have it. And so you buy it and proceed to take it home. Looking at…

  • TOXIC PRINCIPLES FOUND IN COMMON HOUSEHOLD PLANTS

     A brief lesson in botanical chemistry #PART 1 As discussed in previous articles, there are a number of toxic principles that can be found in common houseplants, which have various side effects on our pet’s overall health. This is because just like other living organism, plants have adapted to protect themselves from any kind of environmental threat. While some do not posses a great threat to anybody, some do, therefore let’s look…

  • Understanding pet metabolics

    Understanding our pet’s metabolic system is not only important when it comes to their general health but it also helps us understand how the consumption of plants (if consumed of course) play a role in our pet’s pattern of behavior. While these facts might bring a downer on our excitement for decorating our homes with gorgeous plants this should not come at the expense of our pet’s health. As a…

  • Apartment gardening and houseplant toxicology

    An overview When it comes to apartment gardening we have a couple of things to consider regarding the plants that can actually thrive indoors. From lighting to proper air flow and humidity, not all plants can survive in our closed environment. Balancing this with being a responsible caregiver to our fluffy family members, things can get a little bit tricky. Because unknowingly to us, not all plants are safe for…