tropicals

The Autumn Shuffle: Tips for Overwintering Those Tropicals

By | 2018-10-25T13:41:49+00:00 October 25th, 2018|

Peering out of the windows of my office, I see the two-story blackened, shredded tips of a hardy banana (Musa basjoo), and I am reminded of the work to be done this week to its less hardy cousins. Is it really that time already? Musa basjoo, the night before frost. In my weaker [...]

Not All Tropicals Are Divas: Here’s an Easy Way to Overwinter Them

By | 2019-11-04T20:27:44+00:00 November 4th, 2017|

Updated 11/4/19 Hopefully by now you have brought in the majority of your tender succulents and tropical evergreens/gorgeous houseplants for the [presumably] long winter ahead.  And hopefully by now, you have found room for them in living spaces that will soon bear the clutter of holiday decorating and higher-than-average persons per square foot. Dealing with [...]

It’s Time To Bring The Houseplants In

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:45+00:00 October 13th, 2017|

It’s a tough season for the gardener who loves to entertain.  We know that we should bring in big healthy houseplants that have spent the summer outside, such as schefflera, ficus, philodendron and sansevieria.  We know that they will benefit from a smooth temperature transition and react with less leaf loss and yellowing if we [...]

Facing, and Enjoying, The Garden in August

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:46+00:00 August 25th, 2017|

Where do you and your garden stand right now?  Let me take a wild guess. The spring flush of puppy love is gone, obviously.  That was so yesterday. I’m betting your excitement over a summer romance is also over. These things never last. In fact, with the first volunteer pumpkins ripening on the compost pile, [...]