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When to Plant Native Plants in Southern California

When to Plant Native Plants in Southern California

If you ask the average gardener what the best time to plant is, chances are they will tell you Spring. That’s the time when we think of things as waking up from winter dormancy and coming to life. But in our climate with its non-freezing Winters and dry Summers, plants play by different rules.

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How to Gain Nursery and Gardening Experience: 5 Places to Volunteer

How to Gain Nursery and Gardening Experience: 5 Places to Volunteer

If you’re like me and got into plants as an adult, you might find yourself wishing you had chosen a more botanically-inclined field of study when you had the chance. Don’t despair! There are plenty of free ways to gain plant experience, with the added bonus of helping others and the environment.

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5 Essential Pet-Safe Plants for Your Home

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5 Essential Pet-Safe Plants for Your Home

1. Maranta leuconeura (Prayer Plant) Marantas are known for their unique foliage that looks as if it was painted on by hand. They are native to Brazil and have low, spreading foliage. This can create a dramatic look on tabletops or in a container that allows the foliage to drape over the edge. In my experience they can get brown edges on the leaves if filtered water is not used. At night the leaves curl up, giving them their nickname. But leaves curling up during the day are a good indicator that the plant wants more light. The picture above...

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Is Aroid Mania the New Orchid Mania?

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Is Aroid Mania the New Orchid Mania?

Controversy in the world of rare plant collecting shocks and titillates us online, but there's more to the story than just Internet gossip. Expanded from my Instagram post last month.

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All Plant Collectors Should Know These 7 Ways To Fight Plant Poaching

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All Plant Collectors Should Know These 7 Ways To Fight Plant Poaching

1. Research your plant before you buy. If you scroll through some plant Instagram feeds, there’s a never-ending stream of people showing off their rare plants, detailing the conditions they keep them in, and unboxing new arrivals. In doing this, plant collectors have demonstrated that their collections are well worth the time, energy, and money they put into them. So what’s a little more research before you buy? If you are capable of doing the work to find out a plant’s light requirements, water needs, ideal potting mix, and where to get it, you can put that same energy into...

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