Violet-Pink Plants

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Plants and flowers provide color and beauty to your garden landscape and in home décor. Flower blossoms generally last through the spring and summer months, whereas colored foliage can bring life to your garden up until the first frost. A mixture of violet-pink plants and flowers is a lovely way to add depth and color…


How to Care for Hoya Lanceolata Plants

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Hoya lanceolata, also called miniature wax plant, is a perennial evergreen native to India. It has shiny, lance-shaped leaves and small white blooms that are fragrant in some varieties. The plant will attach itself to a small trellis or other structure and gradually climb, much like an ivy. Hoya lanceolata cannot survive temperatures that drop…


Hoya Carnosa Plants

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The Hoya carnosa is a wax plant that is a member of the Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed) family. The plant, which is a common houseplant, was named after Thomas Hoym, who served as the Duke of Northumberland’s personal gardener in England in the latter 18th century. The Hoya carnosa originates in Australia, India and areas of Eastern…


How to Repot Hoya Plants

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Hoya, or wax plant, is an easygoing houseplant that will thrive for many years with a minimum of care, as long as it has adequate warmth, light and water. However, like all indoor plants, hoya will grow too large for its container from time to time. When this happens, it’s time to re-pot the hoya…


How to Grow Hoya Plants

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The dark green leaves and clusters of small flowers with bright centers that hoya plants produce form a striking combination. Propagation is a simple process, and once the plants are established, they continue to produce flowers for years, though it may take several years before the first blooms form. The plant can be grown indoors…


How to Care for Blooming Orchid Plants

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Orchids are beautiful plants, and they can brighten up any room with their graceful stems and bright, colorful flowers. According to the American Orchid Society (AOS), phalaenopsis orchids are the most popular for indoor growing, although there are nearly 20,000 recorded species of orchids around the world. Taking care of your blooming orchid is not…


When to Re-Pot Orchid Plants?

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Orchid plants must be re-potted when they outgrow their containers. When the growing medium in which they are planted is degraded to the point that it has a spongy consistency and remains saturated instead of draining freely, the orchid must be re-potted with fresh medium. Do not re-pot your orchid while it is blooming. Remove…


How to Trim Orchid Plants

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Orchids are beautiful and delicate flowers. When pruning an orchid, it is important to do so in sync with the orchid’s natural rhythm in order to prevent causing the plant shock. Since orchids have few leaves and blooms, not much grooming is required; it is important to prune orchids as infrequently as possible to prevent…


How to Care for Moth Orchid Plants

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Known botanically as phalaenopsis, moth orchids are exotic-looking, flowering plants native to tropical Asia. Moth orchids earned their odd name due to the shape of their flowers, which resemble a colorful moth with its wings spread. Despite their showy appearance, moth orchids are the easiest orchid cultivar to grow at home. Because moth orchids tend…


How to Add Ice to Orchid Plants

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A large greenhouse operation in Ohio supervised by an even larger floracultural enterprise in Holland has created the "Just Add Ice" orchid craze. They grow their orchids in specially designed pots to force the leaves up and away from the potting mix which allows ice cubes to be put on the mix by the consumer…


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