Growing Geogenanthus ciliatus

Growing Geogenanthus ciliatus

One too many nights of restlessness introduced me to Geogenanthus ciliatus. Here I am, minding my own business while I crawl the internet looking at plants. With black, glossy leaves I was immediately intrigued. I squelched my desire to buy one online, but became determined to locate this plant. Geogenanthus ciliatus is a mouthful of a plant. I simply call it the “geo plant.” You might think the “geo plant” as having rigid, geometric edges but that is not so. Geogenanthus ciliatus is prized for its distinctive, luxurious leaves. They start brilliant green with a broad purple stripe, and then the leaves turn a dark, shiny purple as they mature. It’s almost dark. If your environment is suitable, it forms a beautiful ground cover, but it is best kept as a terrarium or potted plant due to its complex needs.… Read Full Post
Flowers with Spots

Flowers with Spots

It is almost embarrassing to admit that for years I have been against flowers with spots. Too gaudy perhaps? Too in your face? Almost like a gimmick for plants? I don’t know if any of these were the reason or not, but after many years on the market I am now the proud owner of a petunia with spots and it is gorgeous! Petunia Surprise ‘Sparkle Red’ by Dummen Orange How to use flowers with spots in containers I actually think containers are the VERY best way to use flowers with spots. These little gems need to be up close to fully be appreciated. I’ve planted my petunia Surprise ‘Sparkle Red’ at the edge of a container near our front door.… Read Full Post
Are Calathea plants toxic to pets?

Are Calathea plants toxic to pets?

Calathea, also known as the Prayer Plant, is a common houseplant with gorgeous foliage. For many of us adding this to our homes, it is important to ask the question: are calathea plants toxic to pets? Calathea plants earn the name prayer plant because when the sun shines on its leaves it opens very wide, and when the sun sets, they close up like folded hands. Calathea is a genus of nearly 300 plant species native to tropical America in the Marantaceae (arrowroot) family. I am one of those people who will be fighting the new genus name, Goeppertia, for a long time. I will forever call my rattlesnake plant Calathea lancifolia instead of Goeppertia insignis. Because of its attractive leaves and relaxing properties, it is one of the most popular plants.… Read Full Post
Are ZZ Plants Toxic for Cats?

Are ZZ Plants Toxic for Cats?

Zamioculas zamiifolia, also known as the ZZ Plant, is a dream plant for every plant lover and is often preferred by homeowners because of its low maintenance. It can grow in almost every condition and won’t require too much of your time to take care of. Despite its low maintenance, it is the most beautiful looking plant which often features in Instagram posts about beautiful indoor house plants. Nonetheless, it may leave you asking, “Are ZZ Plants Toxic for Cats?” ZZ Plants have a maximum height of 3 feet, which is another reason why homeowners prefer this plant as an indoor plant. The fresh green-colored leaves are enough to make the interior of any office, apartment, or house a much more lively place.… Read Full Post
Are Pothos plants toxic to cats?

Are Pothos plants toxic to cats?

Pothos, Plants, Cats-What you need to know! Pothos plant, also famous by the names of golden pothos, devil’s ivy taro vine and ivy arum, are quite toxic to cats. The leaves and stems of pothos contain calcium oxalate crystals. Such minerals are dangerous for cats if they take a bite of the plant. These crystals penetrate the soft tissues in the mouth, throat, and the stomachs of the cats. Pothos plants and cats are, thus, a poisonous combination. The danger of Pothos plants compels the pet owners to be extra cautious with cats when they are around different kinds of plants. Even though cats recover in a short time after getting proper treatment, the effect of the virus is quite detrimental to their health.… Read Full Post
How To Water Phalaenopsis Orchids

How To Water Phalaenopsis Orchids

Phalaenopsis Orchids are believed to be the most popular kind of orchids. People commonly refer to the them as the “Moth Orchids”. Taking good care of them is very important, same as knowing the dos and don’ts when dealing with them. They are not your typical houseplants you water in whatever way you feel like. For Phalaenopsis orchids, you have to be deliberate when watering them. You can’t afford to overwater them. Underwatering your orchid is a manageable situation unlike overwatering which is more dangerous to the health of the plant because it is not able to absorb the water. Overwatering is believed to be the number one reason most Phalaenopsis orchids get into trouble. These orchids, being epiphytic plants, naturally cling to trees in their natural tropical environment.… Read Full Post
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