How to Recognize a Salvia Divinorum Plant

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An herb in the mint family, Salvia divinorum is used by the Mazatec Indians for religious purposes. The plant is native to the Sierra Mazateca region of Oaxaca, Mexico, but can also be found growing outside of that region. Salvia divinorum contains the active compound Salvinorin A, also called Divinorin A, which is widely known…


Salvia Mellifera Plant

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Salvia mellifera, commonly known as black sage, is a native California wildflower. Once established it is a carefree plant that forms a full, rounded shrub. Both the leaves and flowers are pleasantly aromatic, and chewing on a leaf is said to relieve gas and indigestion and sweeten breath. Dried leaves are used to make incense,…


How to Plant Salvia Hispanica

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Native to South America, the salvia hispanica is a member of the mint family that grows 4 feet high. The bright green foliage of the salvia hispanica herb compliments the flowers that bloom in July and August. The leaves and stems of salvia hispanica plants taste great in sandwiches, soups, salads and stews. The seeds…


How to Cut a Water Hyacinth Plant

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The watery hyacinth (Eichornia) is a flowering water plant. Originally from South America, the water hyacinth is popular in water gardens and ponds across North America for its large purple and pink flowers. The water hyacinth is hardy, low maintenance and fast growing, with some types growing twice their size every couple of weeks. Aquatic…


Orchid Plant Care

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Orchids are a unique and unusual family of plants, and one of the oldest and most diverse in the world. They are luscious, mysterious flowering plants with beautiful colors, shapes, sizes, and fragrances that make them an enchanting species to grow and collect. Orchids grow all over the world in many different environments, and some…


How to Keep an Orchid Plant Alive

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Orchids require proper maintenance to remain alive and healthy. Many orchids are sensitive about getting the right amount of weekly watering, light, fertilizer, temperature and humidity. Because these plants are native to tropical island regions, they are prone to drying out and dying when planted indoors. If you’re growing orchids for the first time, it’s…


Orchid Plant Care Tips

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From stanhopeas to the popular phalaenopsis, orchids vary greatly in their form, color and bloom time. Yet they all share some basic needs that must be met to grow properly, flower and re-bloom. Taking care of orchids requires a bit of precision and dedication to meet their needs. Establish the right cultural environment from the…


How to Maintain an Orchid Plant

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Orchids, prized for their ornate flowers, are often grown as houseplants. These perennial flowers bloom in nearly every color and some also have spots or stripes on their petals. Many varieties of orchids are available, including those with variegated leaves and those with aromatic flowers. Orchids grow in two types—those that grow in soil and…


How to Care for the Super Sonic Orchid Plant

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Phalaenopsis ‘Brother Supersonic’ is a hybrid orchid that produces two arching flower stalks a year. Phalaenopsis species are commonly known as moth orchids, a reference to their flat petals, which resemble a moth’s wings. The original species is from tropical Asia and is an epiphyte, a non-parasitic plant that climbs another for physical support. Your…


How to Repot an Orchid Plant

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Orchids are beautiful, exotic plants that are often grown in warm, humid environments or kept indoors as houseplants. Orchids do not often outgrow their original containers, but sometimes over years the soil in the containers begins to break down. At such a time, you will need to repot the orchid. Because orchids are delicate and…


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