My blog site is primarily dedicated to growing tropical and subtropical plants, whether as a houseplant or in the garden


I’ve had a love affair with gardening and photography all of my life.  Growing up with a deep-rooted Italian heritage, where I was the only one from my entire family that was born in the U.S., I was different from the other children.  From an early age, I was surrounded by large vegetable gardens, oleanders, geraniums and fig trees. I developed an obsession with growing houseplants when I was a small child, and it stemmed from my desire to purify my indoor air because my father smoked heavily!  I have an obsession with growing orchids, and my outdoor gardens have taken on a decidedly tropical appearance. So much so that it doesn’t look like it’s Ohio!  Houseplants and Midwest gardens with a tropical flair are my main interests, although I dabble in everything.  I’ve shared a lot of gardening advice over the years with classmates, co-workers, and on social media.  The questions keep coming, so I decided to start this blog to share my love of gardening, photography, and the knowledge I’ve accumulated over the years.  I hope you can join me on my journey.

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    • Thank you so much Diane! It means a lot when my readers message me. I like to hear from each and every one of you and it gives me satisfaction to help people. Thank you for taking the time to comment, and I hope you continue to follow my journey! If you have anything that you’d like me to write about, please send it my way!

      • I divided my bromeliad today. Now I have 3 big pots with 2 plants in each!! Don’t know where I will put them all!! I will have to share them! Do you leave yours outside during the summer? I left one in the shaded area last year and it did ok. I am going to try the apple and plastic bag that you suggested.

        • I would let your plants grow for a year or so before doing the apple method to force them to bloom. You’ll want to get the root system established. Maybe next year you can force them to bloom with the apples in a clear plastic bag. Send me some pictures! I think I left my 3 bromeliads indoors last summer. But they should be thrilled to be outside! Are you keeping the central vase filled with water? I also put a drop of fertilizer in the central cup.

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