Category Archives: Houseplants

Houseplant Heroes!

By Ellen Barredo (This article was first published in a shortened form in The Gateway Gardener March 2012 issue) Houseplants, our Green Heroes, work tirelessly purifying our home and office environments removing common pollutants and continuously releasing oxygen and moisture into our homes and offices. Houseplants improve our lives, naturally cleansing the very air we breathe. A recent news report

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Orchid Care for the New Year

A photograph of a pink phalaenopsis orchid

January and February are top months to purchase blooming orchids of all types. But buyer beware! Don’t be tempted by the “Just add ice” plants found in groceries and mass merchant stores. The ice watering method may reduce the store’s loss but is not best for the plant. Plus, “grab n go” orchids’ sitting around by drafty doorways in winter

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‘Flavor Trippin’ with Miracle Fruit

a photo of Miracle Fruit shrub

This article appears in the June 2011 issue of The Gateway Gardener magazine on stands now. By Ellen Barredo Early this winter, my local supplier of tropical plants, Rich, called with an interesting story about Miracle Fruit, Synsepalum dulcificum. While touring a Florida supplier Rich and his daughter Danielle encountered a greenhouse that contained potted Miracle Fruit with small red

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Houseplants for Indoor Pleasure

By Barbara Perry Lawton (This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2009 issue) Take a close look at your houseplants. Are they looking healthy and vigorous?  If not, this is an ideal time to do some judicious pruning. Throw away that swan-necked African violet. Pitch the stringy old philodendron. If some are reclaimable with a hefty bit

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Stress Relief for Indoor Plants

By Ellen Barredo (This article first appeared in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2008 issue.) We all know what happened to your houseplants in December. As decorating and celebrating the holidays took place, plants were shoved into dark, dry corners, and erratic watering schedules were followed; as a result, they’re showing their displeasure with symptoms of stress, like wilting, leaf spots,

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Orchids Give Your Home a Tropical Touch

By Maury Frein, Ahner’s Garden and Gifts (This article first appeared in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2006 issue.) As the final flowers fade on the poinsettia and the darkness of another Midwest winter takes control, we are starving for any sign of the warmth of the tropics. Welcome to orchid season. Every January and February in St. Louis we have

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Greenhouse Windows and Plants That Love Them

By Ellen Barredo (This article originally appeared in The Gateway Gardener Jan/Feb. 2006 issue) There are many plants that will enjoy the bright, warming environment of a greenhouse window. Greenhouse windows also allow you to rotate plants to different rooms for display and then return the plant to the window’s favorable light conditions for rejuvenation. Before selecting plants for the

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