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  • HOW NOT TO KILL YOUR FIDDLE LEAF FIG

    The  Ficus Lyrata, or fiddle-leaf fig is such a beautiful and popular houseplant, that if you have not heard about it by now, move the rock 😛 😛 . Its stunning foliage and compact growing habit make it the perfect edition for everyone who love to grow a tree indoors. Despite its popularity, that has left many of us “fiddle-leaf fatigued” it also has gained quite the reputation for being…

  • 5 Stylish ferns you cannot kill

    If you are a houseplant enthusiast, you may have considered adding a fern or two or five to your collection. And why not! they are a magnificent class of vascular plants and it`s no surprise that their ancient heritage (dating back as old as the ‘Carboniferous period’) and diverse design enchant many of us. Perhaps too much. For, you see, while beautiful and ethereal in their visage, the majority of…

  • 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…

  • 10 Houseplants that love water

    Us protective plant parents can sometimes tend to overwater 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 from…

  • 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 outlook, 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, and…

  • 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 organisms, plants have adapted to protect themselves from any kind of environmental threat. While some do not possess a great threat to anybody, some do, therefore…