African Violets: Make More Plants

This article by Eric Johnson originally appeared in the January/February 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. African violets. Could a name sound more magical? Even though they have suffered an identity crisis of late—sometimes being pegged as stuffy and old-fashioned—they are enchanting, easy-care bloomers. They are a colorful addition to the houseplant landscape, with countless varieties…

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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: Croton

If you’re looking for a houseplant to add color and drama to your home, consider croton (Codiaeum variegatum), a plant that comes in a variety of leaf shapes and colors, is relatively easy to grow and can go outside in the summer. A member of the euphorbia family, croton is native to Indonesia, Australia and…

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Book Review: Houseplant Party

Lisa Eldred Steinkopf is known as the Houseplant Guru on the internet, where she hosts a blog of the same name and frequently writes for home and garden magazines and websites. Her latest book, Houseplant Party, is geared to less experienced houseplant lovers and those with a crafty bent. It would be a great gift…

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Plant Profile: Norfolk Island Pine

What winter-bound northern gardener doesn’t love a tree that grows indoors? That may explain the popularity of Norfolk Island pine (Araucaria heterophylla), an easy to care for, textural plant that can grow to indoor-tree size over several years. Many people get Norfolk Island pines as a holiday gift because they have the look of a…

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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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Houseplant How-to: A Little TLC Goes a Long Way

Houseplants have so many benefits, especially for those of us living in northern climates. They reduce carbon dioxide levels, increase humidity in our dry winter homes, remove dust, and boost mood and overall health. Plus they are fun to care for and add vibrancy to any home, which is one reason so many millennials are…

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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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