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Mealybugs and Whiteflies

Mealybugs and whiteflies are similar and can look like mold on your indoor plants. They both suck sap, causing curling and yellowing leaves, and are stealth in finding their way inside. Click through to how-to remedy your unwelcome guests.
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Fiddlehead Fig

Fiddlehead Fig Trees, also known as Fiddle-leaf Figs, have become quite a craze, and I can see why. They have foot-long leathery leaves that look like a fiddle, hence the common name. Fiddle-leaf Figs can be fickle, though. Learn the tips in making them happy in your home.
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Rainwater (& Snow) Harvesting

Hello Fellow Readers, About my Christmas cactus – the one that I wrote about early in our tenure of column chats that came my way by adoption from a then-husband. Neglected and riddled with old deadwood, I was able to revive it. It bloomed beautifully for many years, though alwa
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Terrariums: a Mini-gardening Warmup

Hello Fellow Readers, Just before our gardens kicked into gear, I had the privilege of dropping in on a succulent event hosted by A&J Messina Greenhouses in Blairstown NJ which served as a mini-gardening warmup. What a lively group of over seventy guests learning how to make a ter
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Flowers of the Holy Night

Hello Fellow Readers, Poinsettias are one of the most popular plants to decorate our homes for Christmas. I recall the first time seeing them growing outside in Florida while walking the neighborhood with my folks who lived there for over 30 years. Poinsettias were as tall as the hous
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Stealth Orchids

Hello fellow readers, I love questions on things I wish to learn more about. Gloria of Columbia NJ, has enjoyed her Lady Slipper orchid for 23 years. She divided it recently and the twins are now beginning their bloom cycle. However, some of the leaves are turning yellow and Gloria is
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Houseplants in Duress

Hello fellow readers, Some of my houseplants are desperate. The low humidity of the heated house has wreaked havoc coupled with some of their pots being too tight; much like my pants after the holidays. Thank goodness for stretchy jeans. Even if there were stretchy pots, it’s the lack
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‘Frozen in Time’

Hello fellow readers, ‘You can’t water their faces’ recalls brother Rick; one of Mom’s instructions on how to care for African violets as water on their leaves can cause spotting damage. Mom had quite a collection of violets when we were kids. As I write we are visiting her in a nursi
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Indoor Plant Intervention

Hello fellow readers, This time of year my indoor plants start to show signs of distress. Which, frankly, may have to do with over doting; that’s my gardening term for overwatering and maybe overfeeding. Because of the dry heat indoors, watering your indoor plants can be tricky. It’s
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Show me the Money Tree

Hello fellow readers, I recently visited with Diana of the Hospice Grief Center in Newton. What gifts her wisdom, kindness and the services of Hospice are. In the entry area is a beautiful tropical looking plant with a nifty braided trunk that I asked her about; teasing that it looked