Safest Non-Toxic Houseplants for Cats and Dogs

We get a lot of questions about which plants are safe to grow around your pets. Finally you can bring some green into your home without the worry! We do want to preface this list by saying that any plant ingested in large quantities can cause severe problems. If you believe that your animal is […]

Our Favorite Houseplant Instagram Accounts

With over 1 billion users and 100 million photos / videos uploaded each day, Instagram has rapidly become a wealth of information. We love it for the wonderful tips, tricks, and ideas that it gives to houseplant lovers such as ourselves. Whether you have a green thumb, or just love to look at green and […]

Waking Up Indoor Plants for Spring!

If houseplants could yawn, stretch their limbs, and look sleepily around like a bear coming out of hibernation, the end of February would be the time! Days are getting longer, which is noticeable to indoor plants, letting them know it’s time to come out of dormancy. Because you love your plants and are responsible for […]

Hanging Houseplants for Any Light Situation!

Running out of space for plants on your shelves and sills? Look up! Just imagine all the available real estate for future hanging jungles. Indoor plants are really having a moment right now and there’s no reason to stop collecting your dream list just because you’ve used up your counter space. No matter what your […]

10 Amazing Aloe Facts!

Our favorite spiky green gem of a houseplant has a history spanning myriad cultures who used the plant’s moist middle to treat many physical complaints. Ancient civilizations, among them the Greeks, Chinese, Egyptians, American Indians, and Meso-Americans, used aloe vera to treat everything from baldness and insomnia, to burns, wounds, and fever. Here are ten […]

November and December Garden Checklist for Northern Colorado

Download this article as a PDF Northern Colorado’s winter weather is rarely predictable. From warm sunshine, to frequent snow storms and freezes, the temperatures and the weather conditions in our area present unusual gardening challenges. In order to stay ahead of these challenges, flexibility is the key. Use the following tips to help guide your […]

Air Plant Care

Tillandsia, commonly known as air plants, are fascinating plants that are among the easiest indoor foliage to grow. But don’t be misled by the name, they do require more care than just air, especially if you’re looking for blooms! Light Air plants should receive bright, indirect sunlight or be placed under fluorescent home/office lighting. Periods […]

January and February Garden Checklist for Northern Colorado

Download this article as a PDF Temperatures typically dip to their lowest during the months of January and February across the front range. Average low temperatures for Northern Colorado range from 15-19F with high temperatures ranging from 43-47F. Additionally, our area is known for its ‘semi-arid’ climate. Combine low temperatures and dry conditions, and you […]

Overwintering Annuals

Download this article as a PDF Annual Bulbs Did you plant Dahlias, Cannas, or Elephant Ears this spring that you absolutely adore? Are you thinking about overwintering them? Here’s our quick guide on overwintering annual bulbs. After digging up the bulbs, place them into a baggie with shredded newspaper or wood shavings (something that’ll hold […]

Considering Containers

It’s the age of creative containers for your beloved houseplants! Designers are making stunning pots out of ceramics, metals, woods… and plant lovers are going wild for them. So wild, that we get many wonderful questions each day about sizing and functionality. Sometimes the cutest pot you’ve ever seen doesn’t have a drainage hole but […]

Common Disease Problems in Colorado House Plants

Houseplants can be susceptible to disease. Some examples are: Chlorosis Dropsy or Edema Gray Mold or Botrytis Leaf Drop Leaf Scorch Powdery Mildew Root Rot Solutions for fungal diseases:Good cultivation practices are important. Fungal spores need a wet surface to germinate so keep plant matter as dry as possible. Do not use overhead watering, or […]

Common Insect Problems in Colorado Houseplants

Having insects in your plants can be frustrating. Many times you will have to create a better environment for the plant to be able to save it and get rid of the insect. Some examples are: Aphids Fungus gnats Mealybug Scale Spider Mite Thrip Whitefly Solutions for aphids include: Neem oil, insecticidal soaps, horticultural oil, […]

Selecting Your Houseplant

An important key to your success will be to start with a healthy plant. Avoid plants with off color or abnormally yellow foliage and check the underside of the leaves for signs of pests. LIGHT: Your foliage plant will decline very quickly if placed in an area where light intensity is too low. If light intensity […]

How to Build a Fantastic Terrarium!

In January our green thumbs begin itching to plant. Choosing seeds and dreaming of warm days only takes you so far… but building a terrarium is a quick way to get your hands in soil now! Follow these instructions to make miniature gardens inside even if snow is falling outside your window. Materials Glass container […]

Use Root Stimulator in All Seasons!

You know you’re supposed to stop, or drastically cut back, fertilizing your plants between September and March to aid in their necessary dormant period. But, did you know you can work on root health all year long? Because root stimulators are a hormone that encourages root growth, rather than a chemical that forces plant growth, […]

Houseplant Highlight: Fatsia Japonica

Japanese Aralia (Fatsia japonica) An evergreen shrub native to the sub-tropic areas of Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Due to climate needs, Fatsia japonica is more commonly found as a houseplant rather than a landscape plant in the US Fatsia japonica likes bright filtered light. Direct sun can cause major leaf burn. If you put […]

Houseplant Highlight: Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera genus) Named “Christmas Cactus” because of its habit of blooming during the winter holiday season. Called a cactus but is actually an epiphyte originating in Brazil. Epiphytes grow in/on trees and prefer humidity and filtered bright light. Christmas cacti don’t like drafts and can drop their buds before opening if exposed to […]

10 Hoyas for Your Houseplant Haven!

Hoyas, also called wax plant or porcelain flower, are regaining popularity as beloved houseplants. It’s hard not to end up a collector as each one is uniquely different with foliage color, size, shape, and heavenly-scented bloom. If there’s a plant with the reputation for being one anybody can grow… it’s a hoya. They seem to […]

Gardening Podcasts to Inspire, Indoors and Out!

If you’re like us, you’ve constantly got gardening on the brain. You commute while thinking about gardening, exercise while thinking about gardening, clean the house while thinking about gardening, and even GARDEN while thinking about gardening! With thousands of topics covered in podcasts (free pre-recorded audio shows) it’s no wonder that there are many excellent […]

Houseplants are Great for Your Health!

While most people who love gardening in Colorado appreciate houseplants for their ability to add life to long winter days, few understand just how healthful it is to have these green beauties inside of the house. Houseplants have been shown to increase happiness, speed up the healing process and even lower blood pressure; all by […]

Kokedama Tutorial

Kokedama, or moss balls, are beautiful living planters you can enjoy for years! Using very basic materials you can create your own indoor garden. Display balls in saucers or hang them to make a “string garden.” Materials List: Sheet Moss Soil (a mix of potting soil and bonsai soil is preferred due to the clay […]

Bringing Houseplants Indoors for Winter

If you let your houseplants vacation on the back deck or front porch this summer, then by early September it’s time to get them ready to move back inside for the winter. Letting your indoor plants spend their summer at “camp” is a great way to give them extra air circulation, increased surround lighting, and […]

A Few of Our Favorite Houseplants

Filling your house with green living plants is the best way to bring the outdoors inside. When choosing which plant to get, the choice itself can be difficult. We have compiled a list of some of the most requested types of houseplants, from hard-to-kill to fast growing, and pet-friendly to blooming… we have the information […]

Biologicals: “Good” Bugs for the Greenhouse and Garden!

Biological control is the release of natural predators to manage plant-harming insects. Biologicals help greenhouses and gardeners avoid the need to use pesticide sprays and dusts! Many beneficial insects are already in your garden, patrolling for (and munching on) unwanted pests like aphids and borers. You can also purchase sachets and egg cases of different […]

The Wonder of Roots

When we look at a maple tree in its autumn glory, or smell an eye-catching rose, or profess admiration for a friend’s lush philodendron, we are rarely as cognizant of the magnificent roots happening right below. “Out of sight, out of mind” is the hard truth for many gardeners, indoors or out, but the wonder […]

Waking Up Indoor Plants for Spring!

If houseplants could yawn, stretch their limbs, and look sleepily around like a bear coming out of hibernation, the end of February would be the time! Days are getting longer, which is noticeable to indoor plants, letting them know it’s time to come out of dormancy. Because you love your plants and are responsible for […]

The Vanilla Bean Orchid

Everyone knows the scent and taste of vanilla… at the very least we smell it in perfumes and enjoy it in ice cream! But did you know that all vanilla comes from the fruit of an orchid? Of the tens of thousands of orchids known to the world, Vanilla planifolia is the only orchid to […]

Orchids

There are few flowers more widely desired than the orchid. With their delicate, graceful beauty and tropical appearance, orchids carry an unmatched implication of elegance. One of the oldest recognized flowers, orchids are cultivated in a wide variety of colors and delicately shaped blossoms. Different cultures throughout history have believed orchids to possess healing, disease-fighting, […]

Winter Care for Houseplants

Were you aware your houseplants sense changing seasons too? Although much slighter than in outdoor gardens, the changes in light and temperature do affect your indoor plants and can have fairly drastic consequences for some of the more delicate foliage. Here are some coping strategies to keep your houseplants happy this winter! Watering Over-watering is […]

The World of Epiphytic Houseplants

Epiphytes are a fascinating type of plant! In the wild they grow on tree trunks, in the forks of branches, on the sides of rocks, and even in aquatic settings. Common epiphytes are some types of ferns, orchids, bromeliads, and cacti. Because true epiphytes don’t require much soil, if any, they make excellent houseplants. Here is […]

Safest Non-Toxic Houseplants for Cats and Dogs

We get a lot of questions about which plants are safe to grow around your pets. Finally you can bring some green into your home without the worry! We do want to preface this list by saying that any plant ingested in large quantities can cause severe problems. If you believe that your animal is […]

Top Things to Do In Your Garden… Early Spring

Spring time is the time to begin thinking about your garden. Learn some tips and solutions for many gardening problems. PREPARE YOUR SOIL Give your garden soil the energy it needs to sustain bountiful crops by preparing it now. Using last year’s soil with out adding in new nutrients is like asking a racecar driver […]

The Language of Flowers

According to the Society of American Florists, an estimated 196 million roses were produced for the 2015 Valentine’s Day holiday. With over 75% of these being red, it is obvious that most everyone knows that red roses signify romance and love. However, roses are not the only flowers that have a meaning associated with them. […]