The Piggyback plant is happy indoors or out; the Royal Horticultural Society lists it as being hardy to -20c. It isn’t a fan of direct sun, and hates drying out, so it is best planted or grown in shade. Native to the west coast of the US & Canada, it has naturalised in the damper […]
Is this a new plant? No, it’s actually been grown in Europe for over three hundred years, longer than its better known relative the Swiss Cheese plant. This is the story of how it got to us. Barefoot monk In 1693 a barefoot French monk came across a fabulously exotic looking plant in the steamy […]
Light is the most important need your houseplants have. Is your home light enough?
You’ve bought one (or many) air plants, you’ve got them home. Now you are looking at them on your kitchen worktop thinking, what the hell do I do with them now? I can help.
Do air plants live on air? No they don’t – learn more about these fascinating plants.
Do you have a sun-trap in your home that needs plants? Here’s what to do. First, let’s check that it’s really sunny. If you have a compass (most iPhones have them in the Utilities or Extras folder, or find an Android app ), check that the windows face south or west. I am a bit […]
I have had many cats, not nearly as many cats as houseplants, but quite a few, nonetheless. Kittens, elderly cats, posh cats, moggies. Sickly cats and frighteningly robust cats. But never have I had an more interesting cat/plant relationship to witness than I have with my current cat, Baldrick.
Good question. And I get asked it a lot, usually with a chuckle. And I always want to answer, ‘Sure, if you can find me a cat/dog/gerbil you can’t kill.’ But I don’t, or not yet anyway. The straight answer is that if a thing is living, then you can kill it. But if you […]
I did a talk last night to a horticultural society. They were great, very active and engaged, very little napping in the dark.
You want stunning, eye-catching and interesting plants to cheer up your rooms and bring in a bit of glamour. But you get soggy or crispy plant corpses. Over and over again.