The Plant Penthouse: Favorite Houseplants

This article originally appeared in the January/February issue of Northern Gardener. Even in the dead of winter, Lakeville native and powerhouse plant mama Shayla Owodunni is growing—she shares her Northeast Minneapolis condo with more than 80 favorite houseplants, all beautifully styled to create a lush, tropical oasis in the middle of a frozen city. Shayla…

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Plant Profile: Monstera

For the past few years, Monstera—also called Swiss cheese plant and sometimes mistakenly split-leaf philodendron—has been the plant on social media. All the influencers on Instagram seem to have a big one in a corner of their living rooms. It is a great plant, especially if you want a houseplant with impact. Native to Mexico…

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New U of M Conservatory a Horticultural Hot Spot

There is nothing like a plant-filled glass-house to get you through a cold Minnesota winter, and we northern gardeners will soon have a new place to get our fix of humidity and plants. The University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences is opening a new conservatory this spring, which will house displays and a collection…

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Start Your Valentine’s Day with Our Strawberry-Mint Smoothie

Aw, the Minnesota State Fair. It’s been a long time since the fair, where we unveiled our popular “Garden to Glass” display, which included four wonderful recipes for drinks you can make with garden-grown produce and herbs. The garden is under snow now, but if you have some homegrown or store-bought strawberries in the freezer,…

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10 Houseplants Safe for Dogs and Cats

One of the most common questions we get at the hort society is “is this plant safe for dogs or cats?” Fortunately, the folks at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) have a long list of toxic and non-toxic plants for dogs and a similar list for cats. They also…

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5 Easy Houseplants for Beginners

Houseplants have been having a vogue the past few years, and about a third of houseplant sales are to millennials that generation born between about 1982 and 2000. These young adults love houseplants because you don’t need a yard to grow them, they are easy to care for and bring nature into your home. While…

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We Want to Hear Your Plant Story

Every plant has a story — some funny, some touching, some infuriating. In a recent issue of Northern Gardener, columnist Meleah Maynard wrote about her late mother-in-law’s beloved rabbit’s-foot fern and how its dry soil and wilting leaves were the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease encroaching on a lively personality. You can read a version…

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Happy Poinsettia Day! (Care Tips Included)

Today (December 12) is Poinsettia Day! Who knew this favorite holiday plant even had a day of its own. But, today is the anniversary of the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States ambassador to Mexico and an amateur botanist (among many other things), who took a cutting of Euphorbia pulcherrima and eventually…

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Houseplant Care Tips for Spring

With the sun higher in the sky and the days a bit longer, I’ve noticed my houseplants are starting to put on some new growth. It seems they are waking up from their winter slumber. Now is the time for some houseplant care before the outdoor garden starts calling. Here are a few tips from…

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Book Review: Succulents

Succulents have been having a vogue for the past several years, as everything from bridal bouquets to interior walls have been covered with these water-wise, geometric plants. Succulents include all plants that have a fleshy appearance and conserve water, including such northern favorites as hens-and-chicks and sedum. But many of us think of succulents as…

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