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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What are air plants? Air Plants, commonly known as Air Ferns or Tillys, are coined as Tillandsia by plant experts. Available in 730 species of evergreen—perennial flowering plants they belong to the family Bromeliaceae. Air plants can thrive just about anywhere in forests and mountains to deserts and swamplands. The USP of Tillandsia plants is…

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Sabja is a name for seeds of Sweet Basil, which is a variety of Basil, popular in the Indian subcontinent. The scientific name of Sweet Basil is Ocimum basilicum, belonging to family Lamiaceae (Mint family). Sweet basil leaves and roots are highly aromatic and medicinal. When soaked in water, the seeds of Sweet basil (Sabja)…

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About Pudina: Pudina is the most popular kitchen herb in India along with Coriander. The scientific name of Pudina is Mentha spicata subsp. spicata, and it belongs to family Lamiaceae (The mint family). Pudina is commonly known as Garden mint in English. While other mint varieties are high maintenance, Pudina can be grown effortlessly in…

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Trees use water during photosynthesis and lose it during transpiration. Insufficient water or drought conditions can hamper tree growth, and make it susceptible to pest problems. Proper watering during summers and to combat stressful drought periods can work wonders. How to Water Trees? Check the soil moisture and water when it reaches a critical level….

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About Vetiver Plant: The scientific name of Vetiver is Chrysopogon zizanioides belonging to family Poaceae (grass family). In India, Vetiver is commonly known as ‘Khus.’ Vetiver is one of those multipurpose grasses that are economically and ecologically important. Vetiver is a bunch-grass that can grow up to 5 feet tall. Leaves are long and linear…

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What is a Bulb? Bulbs serve as storage lockers for plants. They contain vital nutrients that plants need to survive through challenging conditions and sprout new plants too. Different bulbs can be planted together in a single container for dramatic effects. Types of Bulbs: True Bulbs: These grow in layers. Corms: Unlike True Bulbs, Corms…

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Did you know that Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth’s land surface; which is now merely 6%, and experts estimate that these rainforests could be consumed in maximum 40 years. We are losing about 137 plants, animal and insect species every single day. Every second about 310 Kg of toxic chemicals are released into…

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On March 6, nearly 10000 farmers embarked on a long march from near Nashik to the Maharashtra assembly in Mumbai. By the time they reached Maximum City on March 12, walking about 25 km a day to cover the 180 km, their numbers, by some estimates had touched 40000. Farmers march to Mumbai in March…

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Plants can fall sick because of many reasons. It is important for gardeners to understand the difference between plant diseases and physiological disorders. The symptoms of both can be quite deceptive and confusing at times. In this blog, we will look at primary symptoms of plant diseases caused due to fungi, bacteria and viruses, signs…

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Building a birdhouse is truly timeless and fascinating. Also known as nest boxes, bird houses were earlier made from clay, wood, thin aluminum and other natural materials. Birdhouses ensure that your feathery friends never leave your garden and stay protected from the harsh weather conditions. In this blog, we will explore: Benefits of a birdhouse…

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Vegetable gardening can be exciting and somewhat addictive. Unlike ornamental and flower gardening, growing vegetables is a more demanding job, as a gardener has to engage in a whole lot of dedicated activities. One has to follow a routine of general gardening practices like sowing, soil mixing, land preparations, watering schedule, plant protection, fertilizers etc.;…

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Gardening is a reflection one style and taste, while container gardening is a reflection of the gardener’s personality. Before you get set onto exploring top 30 container gardening ideas let’s revisit the basics and keep the following things in mind: Material: The material of the container determines how easily you can move it around, the…

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Keyhole Salad Garden is not a garden style, in fact, it is an element that can be incorporated in a variety of garden types. You might be wondering what exactly a Keyhole Garden is? Read along. History of Keyhole Salad Garden: Keyhole Salad Gardens were created by charitable organizations to help emerging countries create a…

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