Plant Profile: Snake Plant

Snake plant (Dracaena trifasciata or sometimes Sansevieria trifasciata), is one of the easiest houseplants to grow, which explains its popularity in malls. It’s a great gift for a young homeowner, a perfect plant for those just getting into houseplants and one of the best statement plants to try if you have a corner of your…

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150 Tips: 5 Houseplant Care Ideas from the Past (That Still Work)

The Minnesota State Horticultural Society was founded by people who wanted to grow apples and other fruits in a northern climate. But from its earliest days of publishing gardening tips, the society had broad interests-including in houseplant care. Here’s how plant lovers of more than 100 years ago would have cared for their indoor plants.…

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Tips for Moving Houseplants Indoors for Winter

Most years, northern gardeners who bring their houseplants outside for summer would be done moving houseplants indoors by now. But with the warm temperatures we’ve had this fall, there may be a few hoyas, pothos, citrus trees or other houseplants still hanging out on the patio. The time for moving will soon be upon us,…

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African Violets: Make More Plants

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 of color and texture. I’ve had one violet for decades and a large part of…

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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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December Garden To-Do List, 2021

Plant an amaryllis bulb now for blooms in January. It’s hard to believe we have already hit December, especially given how little snow and cold those of us in the southern half of Minnesota have seen. As I write this, the high today is predicted to hit 50 degrees. December is one of the quietest…

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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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