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Powdery Mildew in African Violets

Powdery Mildew on African Violets What it is, why it comes, and how to get rid of it! What is powdery mildew? Powdery mildew is a gray/white dust on the flower surface and/or leaves. It generally forms in patches and when [...]

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African Violets: LED light strips VS regular grow lights

African Violets: LED light strips VS regular grow lights. In the good ol' days... I've grown African Violets under what I call, "regular" grow lights - fluorescent tubes, for years. In the late 70s, lighted in-door gardens were the "thing" and people [...]

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Air Layering A Plant

Air Layering A Plant As simple as it can get. You have a monsterous Monstera Deliciosa, aka Swiss cheese plant or sometimes called split leaf philodendron. Whatever you call it, when it gets big and the leaves are touching your ceiling, you want [...]

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Christmas Cacti Potting Up!

Christmas Cacti Potting Up! The best method to pot your christmas cacti to ensure they thrive. Back in June of last year, I had a number of Christmas Cacti (Shlumbergera) segments to strike. I had well over 20 segments that I potted up in the 2 [...]

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Christmas Cacti Basics

Christmas Cacti Basics Sweet and short. Christmas cactus, Schlumbergera bridgessii Christmas Cacti are a very popular, winter-flowering houseplant that is very hardy and long-lived when given good care. Some people have kept them for ten years in a window indoors and they [...]

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Part 4 – Sub-Irrigated Gardening Soap Box

The Basics of Sub-irrigated Planters SOAP BOX. Not to beat a dead horse, but... Soap Box. Not to beat a dead horse, but... I'm a simple person who seeks the simple things in life, gardening being at the core. I've done the tilling, the [...]

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Part 3 – Plant Fertilizing Sub-irrigated Planters

The Basics of Sub-irrigated Planters Plant fertilizer and the sub-irrigated planter. Plant fertilizers - This is a HUGE subject but here's a basic tip. There are many schools of thought out there on this subject and for those of us who have been growing [...]

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Part 2 – The Joy of Sub-irrigated Planters

The Basics of Sub-irrigated Planters Part 2 - The Joy of sub-irrigated planters The Joy of the Sub-irrigated planter I think the main point of a SIP is that it's "self-watering" or "sub-irrigated", however you want to look at it. The point is to [...]

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The Basics of Sub-irrigated Planters

The Basics of Sub-irrigated Planters SIPs, or sub-irrigated planters explained Self-irrigated planters or pots are a closed-loop, self contained system preventing the water waste that comes from conventional gardens. Those of us who are aware of this can't stop preaching about this! [...]