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

Houseplants

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 […]

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 […]

Top 4 Houseplants for a NO-Window Area!

Top 4 Houseplants for a NO-Window Area!

Yes, you CAN grow houseplants with just artificial light and NO window!  I have recommendations below and it is based off of past experience so I know it can be done, and it can be done successfully.  Be wary of some sites that you might […]

Repotting Your Moth Orchid

Repotting Your Moth Orchid

Many people don’t realize that you need to repot moth orchids much more frequently than some of your other houseplants.  In fact, most people don’t realize that they need to repot, let alone know how to repot an orchid.  Let me subtly say…YOU NEED TO.  […]

Moth Orchids – Post Bloom

Moth Orchids – Post Bloom

I have had many people ask me what they should do with their moth orchid after it is done blooming.  Your beautiful blooming orchid that you purchased will rebloom for you if you follow a few simple steps that are outlined below.  I just had […]

Kitchen Gardening – Growing Ginger

Kitchen Gardening – Growing Ginger

I’ve decided to start a series of blogs on Kitchen Gardening.  There are SO many things you can grow from your kitchen!  Many things that probably never even occurred to you.  And I’m not telling you what they are.  You’ll have to keep reading and […]