8 Indoor Trees for Anyone Who’s Over Teeny-Tiny Plants

Look into any millennial’s home and you’ll spot a bunch of green plant babies from teeny-tiny air plants to short stalks of bamboo. Indoor plants aren’t a new trend; they’ve long been a way for people to connect with nature and bring the outdoors in—an…

Look into any millennial’s home and you’ll spot a bunch of green plant babies from teeny-tiny air plants to short stalks of bamboo. Indoor plants aren’t a new trend; they’ve long been a way for people to connect with nature and bring the outdoors in—and the word “plantfluencer” has become part of our daily jargon. But, according to trend forecaster WGSN, indoor trees are going to be big in 2022.

Yes, trees. Inspired in part by hotel lobbies, indoor trees can act as the singular focal point in any space, bringing in even zen vibes and potentially even inspiring the rest of your decor or renos. I mean, have you seen the calamansi tree growing out of Hilton Carter’s floors?

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How to Protect Your Precious Plants from a Harsh Frost

When winter sets in, frost can be the hour of reckoning for gardeners. It’s that moment when the plants that have adapted to your local climate are going to be fine (even if a bit unsightly because they are shutting down until spring), while others wil…

When winter sets in, frost can be the hour of reckoning for gardeners. It’s that moment when the plants that have adapted to your local climate are going to be fine (even if a bit unsightly because they are shutting down until spring), while others will suffer, even die, without protection because they are not cold-hardy in your zone.

Shrubs wrapped in burlap are a common sight in winter across yards, but the question is: Do you really want to go through that effort year after year? For anything that you permanently plant—all the perennials, that is—you should only pick plants adapted to your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone. But that’s probably not what you want to hear when you are worrying whether the beautiful crape myrtle you planted in your front yard last spring will make it through the New England winter.

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So, What Is Ungardening Anyway?

while I consider myself lucky to have a beautiful outdoor space to call my own, the entire property is absolutely riddled with Oriental bittersweet. This invasive vine manages to strangle (and often kill) every plant it comes in contact with—we’ve lost…

while I consider myself lucky to have a beautiful outdoor space to call my own, the entire property is absolutely riddled with Oriental bittersweet. This invasive vine manages to strangle (and often kill) every plant it comes in contact with—we’ve lost full-grown, 100-year-old trees to it—and it’s near impossible to get rid of once it has a foothold.

Given how awful this plant is, I was shocked to find out that some nurseries actually sell it as an ornamental plant. In fact, it’s fairly common to find invasive species and non-native plants in garden centers, and while they might look pretty—bittersweet gets festive red berries with orange shells in the fall—these plants aren’t great for our local ecosystems. That’s where “ungardening” comes in. We spoke to an ecologist about how this new gardening movement can help reverse ecological decline and build habitats for local wildlife, and it turns out that it’s perfect for anyone with a laissez faire gardening style (like me!).

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Does This Internet-Trendy Plant Food Actually Work?

TikTok has brought us some of the greatest life hacks including cleaning tips, cheesy, creamy pasta recipes (feta pasta, anyone?), and all-around entertainment (raise your hand if you’re still scarred by #bamarush!). But today I’m not here to talk abou…

TikTok has brought us some of the greatest life hacks including cleaning tips, cheesy, creamy pasta recipes (feta pasta, anyone?), and all-around entertainment (raise your hand if you’re still scarred by #bamarush!). But today I’m not here to talk about Kendra Scott earrings or the Lululemon Align Tank that every 18-year-old freshman at ’Bama rocked on the Tok. I’m here to exercise my green thumb and get down and dirty with plant TikTok.

How to Make TikTok Plant Fertilizer

A few weeks ago, Armen Adamjen, aka creative_explained, shared a video on TikTok demonstrating how to use just three basic household ingredients—spent coffee grounds, cinnamon, and seltzer water—to create an instant plant fertilizer for indoor and outdoor plants. Armen’s instructions? Just combine 4-6 tablespoons of coffee grounds with one teaspoon of cinnamon and one cup of club soda in a large measuring cup. Mix together until combined. Pour the mixture over the soil of your plants once every two weeks and watch as your plants thrive. At first glance, it seems like the perfect way to get a second life out of used coffee grounds—but was it more than that? “What we have here is a super powerful mixture with potassium, phosphorus, nitrogen, and more minerals,” says Adamjen, adding that this combination of minerals is natural plant food. But does this combination actually benefit your plants?

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The Very Best Flowers to Plant in the Fall

Even the best cared-for yard can look a little worn by the end of the summer when many plants are covered with powdery mildew, a widespread and easily identified plant disease (for reassurance, it does not kill the plant, it’s just unsightly). Planting…

Even the best cared-for yard can look a little worn by the end of the summer when many plants are covered with powdery mildew, a widespread and easily identified plant disease (for reassurance, it does not kill the plant, it’s just unsightly). Planting some fall-blooming flowers for a fresh look is a perfect remedy to perk up your yard.

Fall is also the time to plant spring-blooming bulbs that provide the color splashes we crave after a long winter.

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Wait—Have We Been Watering Our Houseplants All Wrong?

I was just minding my own business, scrolling through Instagram, when I came across a video of plant care tips that “everyone should know.” Naturally, I watched it to see if I was following said tips, and in addition to basic things like using pots wit…

I was just minding my own business, scrolling through Instagram, when I came across a video of plant care tips that “everyone should know.” Naturally, I watched it to see if I was following said tips, and in addition to basic things like using pots with drainage holes and “quarantining” new plants to avoid bug infestations, one of the suggestions was to bottom-water your plants.

Now, I’ve always bottom-watered my African violets because… OK, I’m not sure why exactly, but my mom told me to. However, I don’t do it with any other plants. Curious if there were actual benefits of the practice, I went down a rabbit hole about bottom-watering, and it turns out it’s highly touted and actually recommended by a lot of plant experts. Here’s why.

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4 Steps to an (Almost) Bug-less Garden

“Something is eating my so-and-so plant, what should I spray?” is a question I get asked… very often. My answer is always short and rather brusque: “Nothing, before you know what you’re up against.”

There are almost one million insect species in the w…

“Something is eating my so-and-so plant, what should I spray?” is a question I get asked… very often. My answer is always short and rather brusque: “Nothing, before you know what you’re up against.”

There are almost one million insect species in the world but only three percent of them are viewed as pests. Indiscriminately treating anything that visits your garden plants in search of food or shelter with a wide-spectrum insecticide does more harm than good, because it kills everything that crawls and flies, including beneficial insects and the pollinators we need so badly. It’s also a waste of time, effort, and money—plus, it can create a health hazard for humans and pets.

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All the Signs That It’s Time To Repot Your Plant

There comes a time in every houseplant’s life when an upgrade in living accommodations is required, and it’s time for a repotting. This could be because your plant has outgrown its previous potting container or because it simply needs a soil refresh. E…

There comes a time in every houseplant’s life when an upgrade in living accommodations is required, and it’s time for a repotting. This could be because your plant has outgrown its previous potting container or because it simply needs a soil refresh. Either way, repotting is an important part of keeping your plants happy and healthy long-term. Here’s what you need to know when it comes time to transfer your plant to a new home.


Signs It’s Time to Repot

When it comes to how often houseplants should be repotted, it’s unfortunately not an exact science. It varies depending on the plant, the age of the plant, and the conditions in your home. Generally, young plants will need to be repotted more often than mature, established plants, but timing can ultimately vary.

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The Citrus Care Mistakes We Make (& What to Do Instead)

If your love of plants and indoor gardening has allowed you to graduate from the much-loved ZZ or a mini plot of herbs, you might just be ready to take on a citrus tree. Flowering, fruit-bearing, and lusciously green, they contribute more than just a p…

If your love of plants and indoor gardening has allowed you to graduate from the much-loved ZZ or a mini plot of herbs, you might just be ready to take on a citrus tree. Flowering, fruit-bearing, and lusciously green, they contribute more than just a pop of color to a space. But whether you’re a beginner or a pro plant parent, keeping a citrus tree alive and thriving takes a little effort.

To help you get started off on the right foot, we turned to experts for their insight on everything to do with caring for a citrus tree. Turns out, there’s a bit more to it than meets the eye. Here’s what we learned.

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The Vital Gardening Practice You Might Be Forgetting

A manicured yard with a picture-perfect lawn, mulched flower beds, and precision-trimmed shrubs and trees is a question of taste. For wildlife and native insects in search of food and shelter, however, it is anything but beneficial. Not removing fallen…

A manicured yard with a picture-perfect lawn, mulched flower beds, and precision-trimmed shrubs and trees is a question of taste. For wildlife and native insects in search of food and shelter, however, it is anything but beneficial. Not removing fallen leaves below trees, especially oaks, supports numerous beneficial arthropods, fungi, and bacteria that are essential for decomposition. Dried dead flower stalks provide nesting space for insects, and not removing the seed heads of flowers, such as the coneflower Echinacea, provides birds with food.

When it comes to edibles, on the other hand—your vegetable garden, berries, melons, and other small fruit, as well as fruit trees—keeping everything neat and tidy is not merely just for looks, it’s outright essential.

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