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

Author: rcdilallo@gmail.com

How to Grow Bromeliads

How to Grow Bromeliads

One day at work, one of my coworkers was asking me a plant question (I’m notorious as the go-to guy for plant questions), and when I finished advising him, he proceeded to tell me a story of his mother’s bromeliad that was languishing.  It just […]

Growing Christmas Cactus

Growing Christmas Cactus

I’ve had many people ask me how to re-bloom their Christmas cactus, so I’ve decided to write a blog post on the topic.  Plus, this is good timing at least in my area of the world, since our days are getting shorter and this is […]

Growing Elephant Ears!

Growing Elephant Ears!

I’m not a dainty gardener by any means.  I love bold, colorful, and unexpected elements in my garden. Each year, my garden looks less and less like Cleveland, Ohio, and more and more like the Seychelles. Tropical plants are my passion, and each year I […]

How to Control Japanese Beetles

How to Control Japanese Beetles

Japanese beetles…the bane of my existence!  As a passionate gardener, I’m fiercely protective of my garden.  My tropical garden in Ohio brings me so much happiness, but it is also a lot of work.  Gardens are always under attack by a variety pests, critters and […]

How often should I water my garden?

How often should I water my garden?

This is one of the most common questions I get, and the most correct answer is…drum roll…IT DEPENDS!  It’s not the answer most people want to hear, but it’s the correct answer.  This post is mostly focused on challenges and tips in watering your outdoor […]

How to Create an Amazing Garden

How to Create an Amazing Garden

What makes a garden fabulous?  When you see a garden that strikes you immediately as beautiful, what exactly makes it so pleasing?   I am not a garden designer, but I wanted to share my thoughts on what I believe are very important elements in […]

Orchid Root or Flower Spike?

Orchid Root or Flower Spike?

How Can You Tell the Difference Between an Orchid Root and a Flower Spike? When I first starting growing moth orchids, or Phalaenopsis, I got excited over every little new growth that would show up at the base of the plant.  I kept thinking that […]

The Absolute Best Thing You Can Do For Your Houseplants

The Absolute Best Thing You Can Do For Your Houseplants

Although they’re called “houseplants,” we seem to forget that these are living beings that evolved over the millennia outdoors!  Plants are not meant to be inside.  The “indoors” wasn’t even a thing until very recent times in the history of our Earth!  That being said, I […]

Why Won’t My Orchid Bloom?

Why Won’t My Orchid Bloom?

I often interrogate people with a barrage of questions once they tell me that their moth orchid isn’t reblooming.  My educational background is in Chemical Engineering, and the focus of my day job is solving problems for my company, and teaching people how to solve […]

Growing Dahlias

Growing Dahlias

My summer garden is not complete without dahlias.  A lot of dahlias.  In fact, I would never have a garden without a few dahlias.  Or maybe 19 dahlias…I planted 19 of them today in my Ohio garden in late April!  This blog post is a […]