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How to Grow and Care for a Bear Paw Succulent

Beautiful Cotyledon Tomentosa succulent plant in the garden under the sun

Bear paw succulents or Cotyledon tomentosa are small, incredibly cute, and a perfect potted plant for your indoor house decor. This succulent displays plump green leaves with a slight fuzz. Tiny dark-red “teeth” point out from the tips, resembling bear claws, lending the plant its name. The succulent can also sprout red, yellow, or orange bell-shaped flowers during …

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5 Amazing Tropical Plants That Thrive Indoors

Want to bring the tropics indoors this winter? Tropical plants are loved for many reasons, but mostly because they create that little piece of paradise right at home! There’s just something about lush green foliage and colorful flowers that add a breath of fresh air to any living space. Are you a plant enthusiast looking to add …

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6 Ways to Keep Your Holiday Greenery Fresh for Longer

Gloved hands using a saw to cut branches at the bottom of the Christmas tree for installation in a plastic stand. Preparing for the New Year. Close-up.

There’s a reason so many people love fresh-cut holiday greenery. Steeped in tradition, there’s nothing quite like chopping down your own Christmas tree with your family or foraging cedar branches and boughs of holly from your backyard. On top of that, the fresh, woodsy scent is reminiscent of the festivities and holiday joy. Of course, getting creative with your fir, cedar, and pine cuttings …

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5 Common Problems With Your Christmas Cactus

Orange mug, pumpkin and yellow Christmas cactus flower on the windowsill. Window overlooking the autumn yellow garden

The Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) is one of the most popular holiday plants due to its wide range of colors, ease of growth, and long-lasting blooms. These plants can last ten years or longer with proper care and maintenance. So it pays to learn more about their growth habits, watering needs, and general care requirements …

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Why Mold Is Growing in Your Houseplant Soil

When it comes to gardening, you need to consider the climate, humidity, type of plant, and, most importantly, the quality of the soil you’ll be using to grow your plants. Soil plays a massive role in your plant’s life and health, so naturally, when you see mold growing in your houseplant soil, you’ll be terrified. …

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How to Grow and Care for Norfolk Island Pine

Soft needles of norfolk island pine plant against a hand for comparison

Norfolk Island pine (Araucaria heterophylla) is an elegant and classic tree decorated with symmetrical branches covered in short, inward-curving needles. The tree survives indoors and outdoors and is low-maintenance and hassle-free. Whether you grow them indoors in a pot or in your garden, Norfolk Island pine trees are a popular replacement for common Christmas trees (usually an …

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How To Spruce Up Window Boxes for Christmas

A close-up of the right side of a window planter box decorated for Christmas, set against a bright blue brick building.

While the time for popular window box flowers, such as petunias, geraniums, and zinnias, has passed, your window planters don’t have to be empty. These mini container gardens add beauty and color to your window frames, filling the outside of your home with even more personality. With Christmas in sight, it’s time to remove dying …

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6 Ways to Use a Cold Frame in Your Garden

Ornate, old-style cold frames seen on an outside allotment plot. Lettuce are growing in the cold frames, one of the glass panels has fallen out onto the soil.

Whether you’re interested in extending your crops or protecting your favorite potted perennial plants through the cool seasons, a cold frame is the way to do it. Easy to install and even easier to use, these set-ups are perfect for winter and spring gardening. As a bonus, there are ways to use them in the summer as well! The minimalist …

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Are Plastic Containers Safe For Gardening?

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Gardening is a great way to reconnect with nature and grow your own food, but what happens when all you have are plastic containers? Growing your own food is the first step to becoming self-sufficient, but maybe you lack the space? Container gardening is a trendy alternative for many gardeners as they can grow various …

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How to Propagate Monstera Deliciosa From Cuttings

Young plant of Monstera deliciosa in water - propagation of Swiss cheese plant, home gardening and connecting with nature

If you have a Monstera deliciosa or Swiss cheese plant in your collection, you know how beautiful it is. While Monstera plants grow beautifully in the great outdoors, they are also stunning as tropical houseplants. The large deep green leaves develop unique fenestrations, spreading wide and climbing up walls and door frames. With that said, the plants are fast growers …

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