Wandering Jew – an introduction   Wandering Jew or the Inch plant can be credited for starting the whole trend of plant swapping. Years before indoor plant gardening became a profitable business, friends, family, and fellow plant parents swapped cuttings of the wandering jew. The Wandering Jew is native to the tropical and temperate climates…

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Pothos – An Introduction Pothos is without a doubt one of the easiest houseplants to grow at home. It doesn’t matter if you are an experienced or professional gardener or a completely inexperienced one, pothos is the first plant love of every gardener. With its heart-shaped leaves growing with abandon, the pothos can turn almost…

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How to grow and care for Fittonia One of the most compact potted plants for indoor spaces, the fittonia creates a big impact in a small package. A spreading evergreen plant, with delicately veined foliage in silvery white, the veins are so fine and intricate that they look like a network of spidery nerves, earning…

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Introduction You scroll through any social media feed and all the décor and home posts your likely to come across will have some or the other indoor plant. Indoor plants have taken over every home in recent years and we all know at least one self-proclaimed plant parent. While gardening earlier meant growing plants that…

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How to grow and care for a peperomia plant With over one thousand varieties, this Mexican and South American native plant is one of the easiest indoor plants for new home gardeners to start their gardening journey. The Peperomia, famously known as the radiator plants, are extremely low-maintenance tropical plants with thick glossy leaves that…

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  When we see insects in our garden, our first instinct is to destroy them, but they are not always bad and destroying them might not work in the best health of your garden and plants. Out of the 1.5 million insects species known, approximately 95% are either beneficial to the garden or simply benign….

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Irises are one of the most intricate and exquisite flowers in a range of colours that not only make your garden beautiful but also provide a burst of colour. Irises have over 70,000 registered varieties and these perennials sit atop tall, slender stalks, beautifully framed with fans of emerald, green, spear-like leaves that add handsome…

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Native to warmer parts of the world, where frost is a rarity, the ixora blooms all year round under full sun. Ixora is native to India and has been grown across Asia for millennia and enjoys a place of religious and cultural significance and has different names in different regions. The scientific name, Ixora, is…

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Whether you stay in the hilly snow-laden terrains of Himachal or the ‘not hot winters’ of Mumbai, if you have houseplants it is certain that they have undergone some level of winter dormancy. Let’s first understand what we mean by winter dormancy and why it happens. In winters, the temperatures dip and so does the…

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If you are a new gardener, or even an experienced one who wants to grow beyond indoor and foliage plants – herbs are a perfect solution. When given the right amount of water, sunlight, and the right kind of fertiliser, your herbs will reward you with a growth boost and excellent harvest that can be…

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With over 50 varieties the Hoya plant is slowly surely becoming every home gardener’s wish list plant. The sheer variety of foliage, growing patterns, flowers, and the overall look of the Hoya family will surprise you every time.  While the Hoya kerrii or the heart hoya is almost succulent like till it starts shooting stems,…

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Why is light important? Food and water are the two most basic and irreplaceable necessities for the sustenance of life – be it humans, animals, birds, or plants. For plants, water performs more functions than just hydration and light is the only source of food and they need plenty of it. For a healthy garden,…

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Getting pest infestation is something that every plant parent is scared of – seeing an unwelcome guest among you loved plant babies is a thing of nightmares. Whether the creepy crawlies appear in between your plant’s leaves or in the potting mix –  the situation is not as dire as it seems and it can…

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If just like me, you find Zamioculcas zamiifolia a little mouthful and difficult to pronounce then henceforth we will call this darling the ZZ Plant (pronounced zee-zee). Native to the Eastern African region, the ZZ can grow happily in the widest range of conditions. The plant is so cool that it is almost unreal and…

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History Derived from the Greek word ‘philo’ meaning love and ‘dendron’ meaning tree, the philodendron is one of the easiest to grow plants for indoor spaces. An evergreen perennial vine, native to tropical America, this family has plants from beautiful vining varieties to upright tree like plants. In the right conditions, philodendron varieties are vigorous…

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There are a number of vegetables, whose Microgreens are a nutritious and flavourful accompaniments to your regular meals. The quick harvest time and ease of growth makes them all the more tempting. Don’t get bogged down by the fact that you do not have the time and space for gardening. Growing microgreen is nothing like…

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Calatheas are some of the most stunning tropical plants in the indoor gardening world and they are the undisputed queens of foliage patterns. The entire family of plants is also sometimes referred to as prayer plants owing to their leaf movement that mimics the movement of the sun, the leaves close up at the end…

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The new year no longer just brings with it colour, makeup, and fashion predictions. It’s also about gardening predictions. Gardening, especially indoor gardening, is huge on the global scene at the moment and rightly so. With huge global trends come expert predictions and for trends such as these that are here to stay and get…

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We love to garden don’t we? But if you have gardened for long enough, like a hands on gardener, and repotted, pruned, raked, aerated soil and done pest control you know the importance of gardening tools. We don’t realise how easy they make our work until we use them well into our gardening journey and…

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The heat of summer is finally here! We know its officially (by the calendar) spring but with global warming going kaboom every passing day it feels more like summer. The dread of what the summer might bring is real. Summers can be a tough time for plants too if they do not get proper care….

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Indoor plants have been grown for centuries for their aesthetic value, be it in open terraces, windowsills, or in bright areas of homes. However, it is unfair to tag plants as purely décor items. They are a treasure trove of health benefits, both for you and your home. Nature has been a constant source of…

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  Whether you stay in the snow-clad northern part of the Indian subcontinent or the land of sunny winters in the south, there are flowers for every topography. Winter flowers might possibly be the easiest to grow of the whole spectrum, they need very basic care and some of the self-sowing plants grow back every…

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Interior design or home décor is all about altering the inside of the concrete structures we live in and call them home. If you sit back and think, it is astonishing at how much of the outside we want to bring inside through large windows, wood and stone finishes, and posters of far off places…

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Tubs or urns are classic garden ornaments, useful for display in the terrace, roof garden, backyard, veranda and on the doorsteps. Tubs and urns are portables and hence can be used for temporary decoration indoors or elsewhere. Ornamental plants displayed in these decorative containers at suitable places look beautiful. Even an ordinary plant grown in…

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Don’t give up on keeping houseplants just because you’ve had some disappointments, even spectacular disappointments, in the past. The trick to caring for houseplants isn’t mysterious. It’s really about being able to approximate their native environments well enough to keep them happy. Since houseplants are already well suited to human living spaces, most of the…

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We grab packaged food off store shelves packed in plastic. The inescapable pervasiveness of processed food has not only created a disconnect for us but also impacted our health, the planet’s health and our ability to eat mindfully. Studies have revealed that 60% of the calories are from highly processed food products. We all know…

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This blog is part of our series of blogs on Bonsai. Here we are going to learn about making a fresh new bonsai from a non-bonsai plant. To understand the basics of Bonsai gardening, read ‘Art of making bonsai’ & ‘The magic of Bonsai trees’ Aim:  To prepare Bonsai from the available plant. Requirements: Plant,…

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Once a plant has captured the entire pot, and if it is not practical to move it to a larger one, the division may revive it and will also give you a number of extra plants. Not all plants respond to the division. Those with a fibrous root system, like calatheas and most ferns, are…

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Edging is intended for the demarcation of spaces allotted for particular purposes, for instance, flower and garden if not cut out on grass should have an edging of some kind. Dwarf plants are generally used; but if water is scarce and the gardenbeds are not kept full of plants, an edging of neat tilesis ideal. In…

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Vegetables that grow naturally without any cultivation or care are called wild vegetables. These plants mainly grow in forests, wilderness, edges of farmlands, and barren fields. In the early days of the monsoon season, these vegetables are available for consumption. Along with being vegetables, a majority of them are also medicinal plants. Most of the…

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The lawn is the centrepiece of a garden, the canvas against which the rest of the garden is painted. For many gardeners this makes it worth all the mowing, feeding and grooming that a good lawn demands. If your lawn has to serve as a play area as well, be realistic and sow tough grasses,…

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Ideal for display on a bright, south-facing windowsill, succulents make the perfect houseplants. They look fabulous all year round but are appreciated especially when there is little color to be enjoyed outdoors. However, it’s not just their good looks that make them worth growing; they are drought tolerant, slow growing and virtually no maintenance plants….

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Palms are admired for their ornamental, economic and ecological importance. This unique group of plants contain about 212 genera and 2779 species belonging to family Palmae or Arecaceae. Palms inhabit nearly every type of habitat within their range from rainforest to deserts. Contrary to their typical coconut tree like appearance, palms exhibit an enormous diversity…

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Root cutting is a semi-artificial, vegetative plant propagation technique. While in stem or leaf cuttings, the process of rooting is essential, whereas in root cuttings the process of new shoot formation is essential. Quite a large number of plants can be grown by root cuttings. The general criterion is that root cuttings may propagate any…

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Imagine performing Adho Mukha Svanasana amidst the soft rustling sound of leaves, a delectable fragrance of freshly bloomed flowers, a touch of green grass and caressing nature. By practicing yoga in a garden amidst plants can bind together the mind-body-soul thus creating an everlasting ripple of relaxation and rejuvenation. In this blog, let’s look at…

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What are Bagworms? Bagworms are moths that feed on shrubs and trees during their larval stage. They pesky pests are small and create little diamond-shaped bags on arborvitae. They love deciduous trees, coniferous trees, fruit trees and perennial flowers. Bagworms are sneaky pests as they camouflage their web with bits of the tree they live…

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The concept of edible flowers has always fascinated me. Isn’t it great that you could use roses from decorating the bouquet for a loved one to preparing desert or a refreshing coolant? You can find edible flowers for cakes to edible flowers for salads that too from your backyard. Read this blog to get a…

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Are you living in Kanpur, Delhi, Varanasi, Faridabad, Gaya, Patna, Agra, Muzaffarpur, Srinagar, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Patiala and Jodhpur? If yes, then here is heartbreaking news – These 14 Indian cities have the worst average air quality worldwide, according to the latest air pollution database released by the World Health Organisation on 2nd May.  These cities…

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Landscape gardening is all about the right use of ornamental plants. All over the world, more or less a fixed set of popular ornamental plant varieties are used, regardless of their origin. In fact, most of the ornamental plants in our garden are exotic. One has to understand that even if these plants are lovely…

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