Staghorn Ferns: Mounting and Care

by John R.

 

The common staghorn fern, Platycerium bifurcatum, is an epiphytic species native to New Guinea and Australia. Striking, long grayish-green “antler” fronds (fertile) give the staghorn fern it’s name. Another type of frond, the shield frond (sterile),  starts out soft and green and matures into a hard, brown shell that protects the plant’s small root system. In their natural environment you would find them growing in trees or on other plants so we best mimic this indoors by hanging them using wood plaques and baskets. Read more

Beating Winter Blues

by Peter B.

 

I love my houseplants all year long yet I especially appreciate their presence in the fall and winter! The majority of my plants spend summer outside in various locations around my yard. I bring them in by mid-October and they instantly enliven my house once again. I grow a variety of plants including large leaf tropicals, cacti, and even some tropical cacti! Many have been with me for decades. Read more

Plant Profile: Monstera deliciosa

by John R.

 

Monstera deliciosa is known most commonly as the ceriman, split leaf philodendron, or swiss cheese plant. This flowering tropical native to southern Mexico can be found growing in the wild across parts of Asia, Australia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and even Florida. A popular indoor plant nearly everywhere else, its iconic leaves are printed on everything from clothing to dishes, jewelry, greeting cards, and all sorts of home décor. Watching new leaves of varying shapes, patterns, and sizes form is a lot of fun and makes M. deliciosa a particularly rewarding plant to grow.

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Forcing Paperwhites and Amaryllis in Potting Medium

by Peter B.

 

During the winter months, cold temperatures and bad weather force outdoor gardeners inside. One way to cope with a long winter is to force bulbs for indoor bloom. The top choices for forcing are bulbs that are native to warmer climates.  Because of this, they do not require a cold period to initiate blooming.  Read more