You Can Grow Queen’s Tears – A Bromeliad

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Blooming in my garden right now is the charming bromeliad called queen’s tears, (Billbergia nutans).  Since it’s blooming, it’s this month’s “You Can Grow That” topic.  In December I covered “Captivating Cyclamen.” Queen’s tears is native to Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina.  This lovely plant is an epiphyte and a  member of the bromeliad (bro-meal-ee-ad)Read moreRead more

Winter Fun – Grow Sweet Potatoes for Spring

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Holidays over and want to get back to the garden?  Can’t garden because of the weather?  Here’s a dandy garden related project for bored kids and adults alike – growing sweet potatoes! The sweet potatoes and yams we eat are the same species, just with different common names. They are all Ipomea batata, a closeRead moreRead more

Houseplants for the Holidays – 3 Books Reviewed

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Houseplants are all the rage right now, which is a great thing given that they offer a breath of nature to urban living. Dr. Jacqueline Soule reviews three books on houseplants that might make great gifts.

Days are Getting Shorter – Sun Light and Plants

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Plants don’t thrive in the dark.  I don’t either.  For a while I lived in Michigan and felt like a plant. I didn’t mind the cold and snow, but I really couldn’t stand the lack of light in the dark days of winter.  Some time later they coined the term “Seasonal Stress Disorder.” Too lateRead moreRead more

Plan Now – for a Living Holiday Pine Tree

As the holiday season fast approaches, its time plan and discuss if you might want a living holiday tree – be it a “Chanukah bush” or Christmas tree. Pines are found throughout the Holy Land (a climate much like ours), including some that produce nuts – so if you are moving towards an edible landscape,Read moreRead more

You Can Grow Bonsai

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In honor of Chinese New Year, Jacqueline Soule discusses growing bonsai in the Southwest – and which species would work well here.

Houseplants for the Southwest

Here in the Southwest, where humidity is low, you need to select your houseplants with some consideration.

You Can Grow – Orchids!

Orchids are gorgeous, beautiful, intricate, spectacular, and a number of other superlatives. They also have a reputation as being hard to grow, but that “ain’t necessarily so,” to quote the old song. The Massive Orchid Family The Orchid family is divided into four tribes, 800 genera, well over 20,000 different species with numerous varieties, andRead moreRead more