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Get Growing: Orchids and bromeliads will brighten your winter, and are easy to care for

Bright colors awaken us from a winter ... time of year. Orchids are the first flower that most gardeners identify for luscious indoor blooms. Orchids are not as difficult to grow as you might think. Recently, while attending the Tropical Plant Industry ... read more

Orchids: sirens of the plant world

But then I remember the enormous pots of cymbidiums with their pointy strap-like leaves in their buckets outside; I visualise my cousin’s pretty Phalaenopsis moth orchids growing on her ... by these beguiling sirens of the plant world – there are ... read more

Keeping house plants healthy during the winter months

However, these plants survive quite well in our oftentimes plant-unfriendly homes, because they’ve evolved in rather difficult-to-grow sites in ... that bloom during the winter (for example, Christmas cactus, poinsettias and orchids) may need slightly ... read more

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How to help your houseplants through winter

When it comes to houseplants and the people who love to grow ... Orchid Center at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. "The remedy," she said, is the real estate mantra of "location, location, location — and some attention." Another way to show houseplants some ... read more

Orchids are tough house plants and easy to care for

Those are actually roots, growing in the air instead of underground. All orchids do not make aerial roots ... Fungus gnats may be startled when you pick up the plant they inhabit. But they are the winter bugs that fly in front of your face, making you ... read more

How to match your personality and motives with the right houseplant

Potted orchids make great gifts and décor items to wake up a winter interior. Just be sure you read the growing instructions that should be attached to every plant along with the name of the variety. The easiest to grow orchids for our area are the ... read more

Hershey and Longwood Gardens offer winter delights and a cure for cabin fever

Hershey Gardens features a butterfly house in the conservatory, so you can forget about winter for a while. And Longwood is hosting its Orchid Extravaganza through ... a biologist with expertise in plant ecology. It’s held from, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday ... read more

Safely manage insects on indoor plants

Winter can be hard on gardeners ... amount of light and water. A healthy plant is better able to resist and recover from insect infestations. Check the plant tag, internet or plant book for the recommended growing conditions. Make needed adjustments ... read more

Gardening jobs for the weekend: Plant winter shrubs, pea shoots and snowdrops

Deep winter ... value. Plant in clumps, rather than singly, as they do best in company. Note any congested clumps; once flowering finishes, lift, divide and immediately replant to boost numbers. Remove any nearby smothering vegetation. Avoid growing ... read more

Helen Chesnut: Nasturtiums do best if they're spread out

This one is called ‘Orchid Cream ... the plants and flowers pristine by growing them in the sun. One gardener deposits clumps of coffee grounds in the plantings to deter aphids. I have found it helpful to plant small patches of nasturtium in different ... read more


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