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

Container gardening

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 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 […]

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 Banana Plants

Growing Banana Plants

Growing banana plants outdoors does not have to be limited to frost-free areas of the world. Bananas are fun to grow, instantly gratifying, and can be grown even in colder climates!  I love growing banana plants because they provide a tropical flair to my Ohio […]

Waking Up Your Overwintered Geraniums!

Waking Up Your Overwintered Geraniums!

If you’re like me, you have a lot of plants, bulbs and tubers that have been stored in a dark, cool spot over the winter months.  My garage is turning into the Noah’s arc of plants.  I want one or two of everything!  In the […]

Growing Plants from Seed

Growing Plants from Seed

Why grow from seed? Depending on where you live, it’s either time to start growing your prized annuals or vegetables from seed, or it will be soon!  In this blog post, I will discuss when to start seeds indoors and how to plant a seed […]