The Houseplant Guru Blog
Attend Your Local Orchid Society Meeting for Tons of Great Information
Not too long ago, I attended the Ann Arbor Orchid Society meeting. It was so informative and I want to share with you what I learned.
Fern Fronds Have Spores on their Undersides. What Is Their Purpose?
Fern fronds have spores on their undersides. Often they are mistaken for scale insects. Why? What are the purpose of spores on the fern?
The Pollen Sacs are Missing on My African Violet Flowers. What Happened?
Are the pollen sacs missing on your African violet? What happened to them? It’s actually a good thing for you and the violet. Read on.
Underplanting. Can It Be Done With Houseplants and What Plants are Best?
Underplanting? What is it? It will work great for your houseplants to add interest to large planters. No more bare potting mixture showing.
Why is Your Orchid Leaf Wrinkled and Pleated and Can It Be Fixed?
Is your orchid leaf wrinkled and pleated? Why? Can it be fixed? Red on to find out the answers to these questions about your orchid leaves.
What Plant Leaves Are Telling You About How To Care for The Plant
Plant leaves can tell you how to care for them. Does that sound weird? It is true. Read on to find out how they are talking to you.
Why Do Plant Companies Put Glued Rocks on Top of Plants?
Why do plant companies put glued together rocks on top of plants? It isn’t easy to remove, but read on to find out why you should.
Lycopodiums Now in the Genus Huperzia and How to Care for Them
Lycopodiums are now known as Huperzias and are easy to take care of if you give them the right growing conditions. I love mine!
Your Houseplants Are Trying to Talk to You. How? What are They Saying?
Did you know your houseplant is talking to you? What is it saying? It is talking about its environment and what it wants and needs. Read on.
Did You Know Zebra Mussels Are Affecting One of Our Favorite Houseplants?
Did you know about zebra mussels and Marimo balls? I didn’t. Where have I been? They have been found on these little algae houseplants.
Is Your Amaryllis Bulb Blooming? Did you Know it Contains Lycorine?
Is your amaryllis bulb blooming? Did you know it has a chemical called lycorine in it? Is it poisonous? Read on!
Have you Been to The Brooklyn Botanic Garden? It Is Wonderful!
Have you visited the Brooklyn Botanic Garden? I was lucky enough to visit a couple of weeks ago and it was wonderful.
Is Your Houseplant at The Permanent Wilting Point or Can It Be Saved?
Is your plant wilted? Is it at the permanent wilting point? How do you know? Read on to find out more about the permanent wilting point.
Many Plants Contain White, Milky Latex. What is Its Purpose?
Did you know many plants contain a white, milky substance called latex? What is it and what is its purpose? Let’s find out!
What is a Cyathium On a Flowering Plant? Does Every Flowering Plant Have One?
What is a cyathium on a flowering plant? Does every plant have one? The answer is no, but some specialized plants do have them. Let's find out more about these interesting plant parts. crown of thorns with bracts and flowers What is a cyathium? A cyathium is a whorl...
Do You Have Plants That You Are Thankful For? I Do.
Do you have plants that you are thankful for? I do. Read about the ones I am most thankful for, including a fern, and many blooming plants.
The Circa 1904 Belle Isle Conservatory is Closing for Renovations
The Circa 1904 Belle Isle Conservatory is closing for over a year for renovations. The dome glass will be replaced and the lead paint remediated.
Is Leaching Important For Your Plants And Why Should You Do It?
You may never have leached your houseplants, but it is a good idea. Don’t know what that is? Read on to find out the what and why.
What is Wick Watering? What Kind of Material Should You Use?
What are acrylic wicks and how do you use them to water your houseplants? With a wick watering system, which is easy and convenient.
What are Propagation Cups and Are They Hindering Growth?
Have you ever repotted a plant and found these plastic propagation cups inside the container? Are they hurting your plant? Read on.
How to Grow and Care for Spanish Moss
After seeing Spanish moss in the trees in the south, have you wondered if you could grow it as a houseplant? You can and I have.