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Crown of Thorns Guide: How to Care for a Euphorbia Milii Plant

healthy crown of thorns euphorbia millii flowering indoors

With a name like crown of thorns, you know this is a dramatic plant. And the drama is definitely delivered on with this plant’s unique succulent base, rows of thorns, and brightly colored, vibrant flowers. However, its care is rather drama-free as long as you keep a few key tips in mind. This comprehensive guide covers everything you …

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Pilea Peperomioides Guide: How to Care for a Chinese Money Plant

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In the 1940s, a Norwegian missionary was entranced by the unusual beauty of the Chinese money plant and took cuttings home to propagate. Friends and family were equally fascinated by the plant, so he shared cuttings with them. Over time, through friends giving cuttings to other friends, Chinese money plants spread across the world. Because …

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Christmas Bucket List: Make the Most of the Season by Planning Ahead

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All year long we look forward to the holiday season and all of the fun activities that come along with it. There is so much to do… which is part of the problem. When the holiday season arrives, sometimes the options are overwhelming. To help you organize and decide which activities you want to do …

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Kentia Palm Guide: How to Care for a Howea Forsteriana Tree

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Kentia palms have royal roots, famously decorating the parlors and homes of British monarchs. In fact, Queen Victoria loved them so much that she arranged for them to surround her coffin. Luckily, Kentia palms don’t just thrive in burial chambers, they also flourish in most indoor spaces. Being a very tolerant and resilient plant, that …

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African Violet Guide: How to Care for a Saintpaulia Plant

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African violets are one of the most popular house plants across the globe, with gorgeous blooms in an array of deep hues, a compact growing style that makes them ideal for the indoors, and low-maintenance care needs, as long as you keep a few growing instructions in mind. Those instructions are included in this comprehensive …

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Fiddle Leaf Fig Guide: How to Care for a Ficus Lyrata Tree

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Fiddle leaf figs are gorgeous, striking additions to interior spaces, with large, glossy leaves and a towering presence, the latter being contingent on your ability to help your Ficus lyrata flourish. These pricey plants can be hard to care for if you don’t know what you are doing, but lucky for you, our comprehensive guide …

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Bird of Paradise Guide: How to Care for a Bird of Paradise Plant

bird of paradise outdoor plant care guide

With striking bloom colors and a unique leaf formation, the bird of paradise is an absolute show stopper that will add a tropical flair to your garden or indoor spaces. This hardy plant isn’t just a pretty face, it’s also very hardy and adaptable, thriving in different climates and lighting situations. This complete guide covers …

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How To Start An Herb Garden: A Guide For Beginners

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Herbs are one of the most useful things you can grow. They make pastas more perfect, beverages better, and dips more delicious. These powerful plants have countless uses, but only a few maintenance requirements for growing, making them the perfect plants for beginners. This complete guide covers how to start an herb garden, addressing herb …

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Kalanchoe Guide: How to Care for Any Kalanchoe, From Coral Bells to Zebra

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If you are looking for a funky succulent, check out some kalanchoes! These crazy plants grow in otherworldly shapes, come in an array of colors, and sprout gorgeous, colorful blooms! They are perfect for people with brown thumbs because they require very little maintenance. In fact, they thrive on neglect. There are a couple of key kalanchoe care …

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House Plant Shopping: The Best Online Retailers for Indoor Gardeners

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It has never been easier to buy house plants without ever having to leave your house! You can stay planted in your favorite armchair while ordering quality plants right to your front door. Not all house plant sites are created equal though, which is why we have created this handy guide to help you weed through …

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