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Common Poisonous Plants: Protect Kids and Pets

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The first step in protecting your kids and pets from common poisonous plants is to know the plants in your yard and know your child and pets behaviour. 

Do you know what kind of lawn you have?

How about your trees, hedges, shrubs, vines and flowers?

Can you name them?

 

Curious Kids and Hungry Pets Stay Away From Poisonous Plants!

 

Is your child prone to exploring the world by putting everything and anything in his or her mouth?

"Things" meaning plants, bark, seeds, flowers- the place where plant poisons reside.

 

Does your dog or cat forage and nibble on plants and grass?

Does your dog like to fetch sticks?

 

If your answer to the above questions is "YES," and you don't know what plants are in your yard, please educate yourself!

 

The only way a plant can poison humans or animals is if one actually touches, smokes, or eats it.

Plants will not chase and attack you but they can stop you dead in your tracks if you try to eat them!

This is natures way of protecting plants from predators and securing the safety of their seeds for future generations.

 

 

You may have watched my presentation on "Poisonous Plants with Shirley Bovshow" on the Home & Family show on the Hallmark Channel recently.

This is it!

 

Check out these common poisonous plants that have landed people and pets in hospitals fighting for their lives.

There's a good chance you have one of these plants in your yard or have seen them in someone else's.

 

NERIUM OLEANDER

 

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There's a lot to like about this dangerous beauty.

Oleander is an attractive and fragrant evergreen shrub, popular in warm climates.

As a hedge, it's an excellent choice, growing rapidly as a vertical screen and it doesn't need good soil or much water to flower prolifically.

Some people call it the "freeway plant" because it's a popular freeway shrub.

 

On the other hand, Oleander is one of the most potentially poisonous plants on earth.

Neither human nor animal is safe from a toxic encounter with Oleander.

Touching or brushing up against the Oleander leaf may cause major skin and eye inflammation.

 

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Photo by Jeremy Lee for Crown Media 2014

 

Eating one leaf is enough to cause death in a small child or small animal within hours!

Oleander sap contains "Oleandrin," a cardiac glycocide that regulates heart rythym.

  • Never use shredded Oleander leaves, stems and branches as a mulch or firewood.
  • The Oleandrin is released into the air causing respitory distress.
  • Wear gloves when handling the Oleander plant and never let Fido fetch a stick from this plant!

Do you have Oleander in your yard?

Lot's of people do.

Proceed with caution.

 

LILY OF THE VALLEY (PIERIS JAPONICA)

 

Lily of the Valley shrub, Pieris japonica in bloom. Can be a poisonous plants keep small kids and pets away from seeds, flowers,

 

For hundreds of years, "Lily of the Valley," (Pieris japonica) has been written into literature as the "poisonous plant" used in countless murders!

Yes, this gorgeous plant has a shady reputation and for good reason.

LIly of the Valley shrub has over 30 different chemicals that act as "cardiac glycocides" that will take your heart for a deadly ride!

 

Are you a fan of the hit show, (now available on Netflixs), "Breaking Bad?"

The Lily of the Valley makes an important appearance on the show, but I don't want to spoil it for you if you haven't watched!

 

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There's another plant with the common name, "Lily of the Valley, " (Convallaria majalis)  that has toxic parts whose flowers look very similar to Pieris japonica.

Both have leaves, flowers, stems and seeds that are poisonous if ingested.

Potential side effects include:

  • heart arrythmia
  • gastrointestinal distress
  • mental confusion
  • coma
  • death from heart failure

Needless to say, "Please don't eat the Lily of the Valley" and keep foraging pets away from it!

 

On the other hand, if you don't have kids or pets who eat plants, the Pieris japonica is an extraordinary flowering shrub for the shade garden.

Urn-shaped, pendulous white flower clusters ornament this spring blooming plant.

Slight fragrance too.

 

Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis)

 

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Surprised that Wisteria is on the list of "poisonous plants?"

I am!

NO wonder they named the show "Wisteria Lane" after this dangerous plant!
 

I love the cascading clusters of purple flowers that make a romantic show during spring time.

From the seeds to the stems, to the flowers, Wisteria has the toxic glycocide, "Wisterin," that's present in its seeds, pods, and bark.

Sometimes mistaken for bean or pea pods, curious children and hungry pets are especially vulnerable to Wisteria seeds.

 

Side effects include:

  • Digestive upset
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • trouble breathing
  • fatal (when large amounts are consumed)

 

Exploding Wisteria Seeds!

 

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Photo by Jeremy Lee for Crown Media 2014

Safegaurding your children and pets away from the Wisteria plant is important, but you must to be aware of "exploding wisteria seeds" that can sabotage your plan!

Even if you block access to the Wisteriavine, Wisteria seeds "explode" from their pods in the summer and scatter all over the yard!

Wisteria seeds can be found up to 50 feet away from the vine, making them "accessible" again.

 

Nature has encoded plants with a "will to survive" and exploding seeds is one of the ways to ensure that seeds have a chance to sprout on fertile soil.

 

If you don't have hungry kids and pets, enjoy your Wisteria vine, there's nothing like it!

 

 

CALLA LILY (Zantedeschia aethiopica) 

 

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Calla lilies aren't "true lilies" but part of the Arum family and a plant to "watch" when kids and pets are around.

Showy tall flowers emerge from slender stems in spring, just in time for Easter.

 

All parts of the Calla lily are poisonous if ingested, exuding oxalic acid and other potent chemicals.

The roots are most toxic.

Once oxalic acid enters the bloodstream, it binds to it and can't be released from the blood resulting in toxicity to the kidneys, nerves, brain, heart, eyes and skin.

If you compare the toxicity of Calla lilies to other plants in the "Lillium" genus, or "true lilies," it seems less dangers.

Read on!

 

 

Plants in the Lilium Family are Lethal, Especially to Cats!

 

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"Lilies" are one type of plant that you want to remember the scientific name of.

If you see "Lilium" on a plant tag and you have a cat, keep these plants out of your house!

Liliums are "true lilies" and lilies are not your cats best friend.

 

Plants in the Lilium family are lethal to cats and it takes only a small dose of it's toxins to gravely injure or kill your cat.

Lilies include plants commonly known as:

  • Asiatic lilies
  • Easter lilies
  • Tiger lilies
  • Daylilies

There are others, but this is a good list to start with.

 

The poison in lilies are found throughout the plant including the stems, flower, seeds and pollen!

 

What makes lilies especially scary for cat owners is that pollen from lilies fall onto tables, get on your clothes, and can end up on your cats fur or nose!

If your cat grooms himself and ingests small amounts of lily pollen, time is of the essence to get to your cat to the veterinarian.

Irreversable damage to vital organs can begin within a few short hours!

Lilies are the #1 plant related poisoning leading to feline death according to medical sources.

 

Lilies are also poisonous to humans and dogs but not to the extreme degree of cats.

In any case, don't give lilies to friends with cats, don't bring them into your yard or house if you have a cat.

I've said my peace.

 

Learn more about poisonous plants:

Cornell University

ASPCA

 

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Do you have any stories about your experience with poisonous plants?
I want to hear about it.

Shirley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staghorn Fern Mount Displays From Repurposed Materials

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I have  some creative ideas for displaying mounted Staghorn ferns using repurposed materials and no nails!

This tutorial was presented on the Home & Family show on the Hallmark channel where I appear as the garden lifestyle and design expert.

Fans of home and garden TV will love this unique talk show!

 

Enjoy this rainforest wonder plant indoors and learn how to care for it.
 

ABOUT STAGHORN FERNS (Platycerium bifurcatum)

Staghorn ferns grow into a huge plant under ideal conditions which are warm, temperate and humid conditions.

  • The Staghorn fern is an exotic epiphyte plant that grows directly on trees and stone and draws nutrients from falling leaves that are caught by the ferns "antlers."
  • Native to Australia and tropical, South East Asia, the Staghorn fern has two distinct leaf forms with its own function.
  • The smaller leaves cover the roots and help take up water and nutrients and are sterile, (they don't bear spores).
  • The larger fronds resemble a stag's horn and bear spores on its underside which help propagate the plant.
  • The large fronds can grow up to 3 feet long, depending on variety.

 

SHIRLEY'S STAGHORN FERN MOUNTED PLANTS

Browse some of my designs and if you are interested in replicating them, read the instructions below on "Preparing Your Staghorn Fern for Mounting."

 

Staghorn Fern Mounted to Acacia Wood Cutting Board

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Staghorn fern mounted to an acacia wood cutting board with burlap 

 

After preparing the Staghorn fern for mounting, I wrapped it in burlap and hung it from the cutting board handle.

This is a unique and affordable way to display your Staghorn fern.

 

HomeGoods offered this acacia wood cutting board for approximately 10 dollars.

In a few years, the Staghorn fern will outgrow the cutting board and become very heavy.

At that point, the basal fronds will attach themselves to the board and not rely on the burlap for support!

 

Staghorn Fern Mounted to A Driftwood Photo Frame

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Small Staghorn fern mounted to a driftwood photo frame.

 

My head started spinning with ideas when I came across this rustic driftwood photo frame from HomeGoods.

The opening for the photo measures 5" x 4"-inches, perfect for my small Staghorn fern plant.

The back of the frame is open so it will be easy to water it by taking the frame down and dipping the back of the plant into a bucket of water!

As the plant grows it will basically "swallow" the frame, enveloping it completly.

I suggest that as it outgrows the space, move it and replace it with another small Staghorn fern.

 

Staghorn Fern Mounted to a Black Metal Fruit Bowl

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Staghorn fern mounted to a black metal fruit bowl.

A black metal fruit bowl from HomeGoods, (again!) is repurposed as a planter!

I was  looking for a contemporary style product to reinterpret as a planter- what do you  think?

Mounting the fern to the open grid was easy to do with metal wire and will be easy to take down for a good soak of water!

If I allow the plant to grow in the metal planter indefinitely, two things may happen:

  • The metal may rust after a few years
  • The plant will swallow the metal basket

I can't think that far in advance, so I'm not sure what I'll do!

 

Staghorn Fern Planted in Large Driftwood Stump

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Staghorn fern planted in crevice of large driftwood stump.

 

There's a special story behind the stump of driftwood that I used as a "living sculpture planter" for the Staghorn fern.

A homeless man who I befriended entrusted the beautiful driftwood stump to me to be it's "guardian" as he had no place to keep it.

This man found the stump when he was out and about with his daughters when he still had a home and they were very young.

The memory of him being with his girls is connected to this momento so it's a precious possession for him.

He is estranged from his daughters now, making this unassuming stump even more important.

The Staghorn fern is planted in a large crevice along the top.

 

Now that I've served up some inspiration of repurposed Staghorn fern mounts, are you ready to make some of your own?

 

PREPARING STAGHORN FERN FOR MOUNTING

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Materials

  • Small Staghorn fern
  • old pantyhose
  • sphagnum moss
  • fishing wire (25-50lb capacity) 
Directions:
 
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Remove any soil surrounding the roots of a small Staghorn fern and cover with wet sphagnum moss.

 

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 Place inside a piece of pantyhose. Secure with wire.

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Cover the exposed pantyhose with decorative sheet moss or coconut fiber, WRAP with wire.

You are now ready to attach the prepared Staghorn fern to your selected mounting material!

 

WATERING AND MAINTAINING INDOOR STAGHORN FERN

  • Staghorn ferns thrive  outdoors in humid climates (50-90 degrees) or indoors in high humidity rooms such as a bathroom or greenhouse.
  • Indoors, watering should be light but often, approximately every other day in the summer and twice a week during the winter as moss dries up.
  • Apply water to  the root area which is blanketed in sphagnum moss when it feels dry.
  • During spring through summer, fertilize your Staghorn with a balanced, (1:1:1 ratio) half diluted plant food added to the water once per month.
  • Mist-spray your Staghorn regularly to maintain high humidity. 

 

LOCATION NEEDS FOR INDOOR STAGHORN FERN

Bright light but not direct sunlight or it will scorch your plant.

 

OUTDOOR LOCATION FOR STAGHORN FERN

If you live in a tropical and humid area, you can grow Staghorn ferns outdoors!

Ideal temperatures are between 50 and 90 degrees.

Older, established plants may fare well in slightly colder and warmer temperatures, but this is the comfort zone.

Place your Staghorn in light to partial shade and bring indoors to humid room when temperatures dip below 55 degrees.

 
 

STAGHORN FERN FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Why should Staghorn ferns be hung?

In nature, Staghorns are epiphytes and grow attached to tree trunks and stone and make ideal vertical plants.

The beauty of the shape of the Staghorn fronds are more visible when the plant is hung on its side.

 

How do you water an indoor Staghorn fern? How often?

Indoor Staghorns are dependent on you for their humidity needs and should be watered when the moss area is dry to the touch and misted regularly.

During the summer, this can be as often as every day or every couple of days, depending on how hot and dry you keep your house.

In wintertimes, you may only need to water once per week.

 

Apply water directly to the moss root area. 

You may need to take down your wall mount and dip the roots in a bucket of water, so plan for this when creating your display mount.

Don't drench the roots with water, water lightly as Staghorn roots and basal fronds may rot.

The rule of thumb is frequent, light watering over drenching your plant each time you water it.

 

How big do Staghorn ferns get?

Outdoors, under ideal temperatures and high humidity, Staghorns and their pups, (plantlets) can span 6 feet wide or more!

Staghorns can become very heavy, reaching hundreds of pounds.

 

What other plants can you combine with Staghorns for a pretty display?

Combine your small indoor Staghorn fern display with other epiphyte plants such as bromeliads, orchids and tsillandsias for a pretty combination.

Be aware that with time, the secondary plants will be overtaken by the larger Staghorn fern.

Succulents also combine well with Staghorns as their roots can also be wrapped in moss and watered as needed.

 

How long do  Staghorn ferns live?

Well maintained Staghorns can be passed down from generation to generation as "legacy plants" and live hundreds of years through their progeny.

 

Should the small fronds be removed as they turn brown and old?

Don't remove the small, infertile fronds that attach themselves to surfaces when they turn brown.

Your Staghorn will grow many layers of these round fronds which help capture nutrients from air and water for your plant.

The natural breakdown of these fronds provide hummus for the plant.

 

How do you propagate a Staghorn fern?

Staghorn ferns have spores that can be used for propagation but it's an involved process that takes patience and experience.

An easier way to cultivate more plants is by dividing small plantlets that emerge at the base of the plant.

 

Do you have any questions about mounting Staghorn ferns?

Please leave a comment below!

 

 

 
 
 
 

Legacy Plants: Cloning Your Plants on Home & Family Show

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My latest segment on "Home & Family" show is about "Legacy Plants," or special plants that have been passed to others through cloning.

There is nothing new about taking cuttings to multiply a plant but what is unique about my Legacy Plant design is the way the plants are shared.

 

Take a Closer Look!

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Instead of handing over a cutting of your special plant in a plastic bag or in a small growing pot, create a "gift package" that elevates your plant to heirloom status.

I know I would treat a gift plant with much more importance if it looked like the plant in the photo above.

 

Legacy Plant Gift Kit

Place your plant cutting into a beautiful container after it has grown a decent size.

Don't leave it in your plastic grow pot.

 

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I blinged out my plant with sheet moss and decorative shells.

 

An important feature of the Legacy Plant kit is a framed photograph of the plant and the plant owner that accompanies the gift plant.

In addition to this, I designed a custom plant tag that tells the story of the plant including the year the plant was first received, the occasion, and the person who received it!

The materials are from Michaels Craft store. 

Popsicle stick glued to a pre-shaped wood marquee and painted copper.

The inscription was printed on computer paper and Mod Podged over the marquee.

 

No one will ever forget the significance of your Legacy Plant when it comes with these details.

Take a look at more Legacy Plant packages and start passing on your treasured plants!

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African Violet with photo and plant tag.

I displayed the plant with a cute "Pass it On" decorative piece I had made with birch tree slices and etched ink.

 

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Closeup of African Violet gift tag.

 

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I love the textured photo frame that compliments the rugged container holding the Arrowhead or Nephtitis plant.

 

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Closeup of the Legacy Plant custom tag.

 

Watch my gardening segment on Home and Family, titled, "Creating Legacy Plants for Generations to Come" as seen

For instructions on multiplying a geranium, read Propagating Geraniums by Taking Cuttings.

Subscribe to EdenMakers Blog for blog post updates.
I'll post an article on cloning your plants as seen on the show, shortly!

 

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See you soon!

Shirley

Plant Bare Root Roses: Save Money, Huge Selection!

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January and February may be winter months, but it's prime time to plant bare root roses and save money on a huge selection of roses!

Bare root roses cost a fraction of the price of  a container grown rose- as much as 30-60 percent.

 

Because they are dormant and have no soil clothing their roots,  bare roots are lightweight and easy to ship.

Garden Centers usually stock up on a huge variety because the bare roots take up little shelf space.

If you're looking for a special hybrid tea, floribunda, climber, rambler, miniature or landscape rose, chance are good that you will find one now.

If you live in a cold climate area and your soil is frozen, you'll have to wait for it to thaw before planting.

 

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My assignment on the Home & Family show today, (where I appear as the garden design expert) was to plant a hedge of red Knock Out roses in bare root form.

 

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The unpainted startk wood fence needs softening and color, especially since its a backdrop for a television show.

 

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My first choice was Knock Out roses.

WIth blooms flushing every 5 to 6 weeks throughout the year, low maintenance and disease resistance, Knock Out is a workhorse rose.

I selected the area in front of the fence because it receives at least six hours of direct sunlight every day, which is ideal.

After removing the lawn, we mixed in lots of compost from Gardner & Bloome and spaded it in to a depth of 8"-inches.

 

 

BTW- Never plant a rose bush directly into the lawn!

The thirsty lawn competes for water and nutrients with the rose.

Give your rose at least a few feet of clearance from the lawn.

 

 

Quesions and Answers About Bare Root Roses

1. Is winter a good time to plant roses? 

      Yes, you can plant as long as the soil is not frozen or in danger of freezing.

    

2.  What are bare root roses and how do you select a healthy one?

      Bare root roses are dormant roses that have no soil around their root area, so the roots are exposed.

      Bare root roses are graded between #1 and #2, with #1 being the best.  #1 bare root roses have at least 3 well formed canes that are 5/16th in diameter.

      Grade #1.5 and grade #2 have thinner and fewer canes.

      Look for an extensive root system that is pliable and well developed, and at least 3 well shaped canes with nice structure.

 

3. What kind of roses did you plant and why did you select this variety?

     We planted red "Knock Out" roses, a popular landscape rose that is considered a "work horse" rose, is low maintenance, disease resistant, cold hardy and blooms every 5 to six weeks. 

      They will grow about 4 feet tall and wide.

      They are spaced to grow together as a hedge.

     

 

4. What did you have to do to prepare the area for planting?

      First, we selected an area that gets at least six hours of full sun per day.

      We removed a 4-foot wide strip of sod along the front of the fence and added 6-inches of compost to the soil and spaded it in.

      Roses require nutrient rich soil so prepare your soil with plenty of compost. 

      Never plant roses in your lawn, they will compete for nutrients and water."

 

5. How do you plant a bare root rose? 

     Soak bare root roses overnight in water so they are well hydrated before planting.

     Dig a planting hole with sides that slope outward from top to bottom.

     Mound up soil in the center of the hole and spread the roots on top of it. 

     Dig the edges deeper to help roots penetrate into the soil.

     Fill with soil and set the graft union at soil level, (a couple of inches below the soil in cold winter areas where soil freezes).

     Create a small donut-shaped area around rose as a water basin.

     Mulch your soil to keep your soil warm and the moisture in. 

 

 6. How often do you water a Knock Out rose and fertilize it?

     Bare root roses have no leaves, so they require less water but don't allow soil to dry up! Depending on your weather, water 1 to 3 times per week.

     Don't fertilize a bare root rose until after it's first bloom period. Afterwards, you can fertilize with a rose fertilizer throughout the summer.

 

 

Watch the video of my segment, "Planting Bare Root Roses With Shirley Bovshow!"

 

TIP OF THE DAY!

    If you experience unexpected  freezing weather and just picked up or received your bare root roses, don't plant them!

    Leave bare root roses sealed in the bag in a cold but preferably frost free place such as a garage or shed.  Do not expose to sun or lots of light.

    You can also plant them in large pots, keep the roses bundled together and bury the roots and at least half of the stems with soil or compost.  

    Leave your pot in a sheltered shady spot. You can provide extra protection by insulating the whole pot and the stems with fleece.

    When ready to plant, soak roots in water for few hours before planting.

Three Reasons To Repot Your Container Plants

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There are three obvious reasons to repot a container plant.

1. Your Plant is Sitting Low in the Container.

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Geraniums plants, for some reason, are especially vulnerable to sinking low into their planters after a few years.

The soil erodes, creating a large space between the top of the rootball and the rim of the container.

Not only does this look ugly, but a low-lying plant is vulnerable to root rot as the water tends to pond in this space.

 

I replanted the geranium above into a smaller container using new potting soil and pruned off the hollow, dead stems and kept only the live stem.

DON'T REUSE THE SAME OLD SOIL!

 

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This plant belongs to my mom and she is guilty of plant neglect, as many of us are.

 

Luckily for my mom, I presented a segment on the "Home & Family" show, (which airs on the Hallmark channel) on repotting plants, and I used her plants as an example.

She got a container garden makeover!

Hopefully, she'll enjoy some blooms after a few years of non-performance.

 

2. Your Plant is Top Heavy and Leaning Over Container

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Mom, why did you let your corn plant outgrow this short, squat planter?

 

My mom isn't the only gardener guilty of keeping tall, top-heavy plants in containers that are not suitable for them.

Her corn plant (Dracaena fragrance) was root-bound, with roots exposed, and the plant was listing over the rim of the container.

When plant roots are exposed and stressed out from stretching over a container, they are unable to properly draw up water and nutrients from the soil.

That's another detail.

What soil?

The soil in the container was quickly eroding too.

 

I repotted the dracaena into a container that is one size larger and has a taller profile.

Pay attention to the shape of your planter and don't repot in a container larger than two times the size of the present container!

 

If you have a tall growing plant, make sure that the profile of the container is not shallow.

Opt for lightweight containers that make moving plants easy while you are at it.

 

Don't fertilize a newly repotted plants so that the roots are not stressed by fast growing foliage.

Allow your plant to recupperate from it's stressful move!

 

3.Your Plant is Rootbound and Has "Muffin Top" Soil!

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This Asparagus fern has an interesting story.

 

My brother gave it to my mom for Mother's Day, 15-years ago!

 

The poor Asparagus fern has been stuck in this container all these years, creating a mounded, "muffin top" look to the soil!

"Muffin top" in a plant is when the root ball is exposed and mounds above and beyond the top of the container.

It looks like the plant doesn't fit in the container and "squishes" out of it.
Think of tight jeans and the extra flesh that squishes above the waistline.

 

 

Asparagus ferns actually prefer to be a little root bound, but this scenario is not the ideal.

When a plant doesn't grow after many years and sports a dull yellow color, do something!

 

I repotted the Asparagus fern on the Home & Family show with the help of hosts, Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare.

In order to remove the plant from the container, Mark and Cristina had to take a hammer and break it free!

If you are in this situation, make sure to cover your pot with a towel or tarp  before hammering away.

Don't lose an eye over a plant!

 

Next, we opened the root ball using a knife and cutting blade to untangle the roots a little.

While repotting, separate the rootball of an Asparagus fern and create a few new plants if you like.

We didn't propagate any new plants from root cuttings, but you can if you like!

 

The new container was two times larger and was filled with rich potting soil to which I added a couple of handfuls of packing peanuts to create air circulation.

I can't wait to see this "legacy" plant grow and turn a rich, green color. 

I'm done with the anemic, chlorotic condition of this plant!

 

Watch my garden segment on Home & Family on repotting plants.


Take a look at your plants.

Do they resemble my mom's container plants and are not growing, blooming or have a healthy color?

Consider repotting them.

 

Please comment below if you have any questions!

 

 

 

 

Pink Hydrangea and Pine Floral Arrangement

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Creative people inspire and invigorate my spirit!

One of the pleasures in my life is working with Cristina Ferrare, the multi-talented host of the "Home & Family" show where I appear as the garden lifestyle contributor.

Every week, Cristina sources fresh cut flowers from her local farmers market or from around the Home & Family "set" and creates a unique floral arrangement.

 

 

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This particular floral arrangement caught my eye the other day.

 

Cristina submerged a fresh, pink hydrangea flower head in a clear vase and topped it with more hydrangeas, baby's breath, pine stems and pine cones.

Underwater, the hydrangeas bract is magnified so that you can appreciate all the subtle shades of pink that make up the flower.

Sometimes, Cristina mixes fresh flowers with silk ones for a long-lasting display.

 

If the idea of submerging flowers is new to you, this is a novel way to display cut flowers.

When submerged in water, most flowers will last a much shorter time than when they are above water.

Bacteria grows faster, degrading the flower, but it can still be enjoyed for four to five days under water.

 

Visit Cristina Ferrare's blog, for delicious recipes and creative entertaining and lifestyle ideas!

 

How to Pronounce Poinsettia Correctly

Poinsettia Plants for Christmas and Holidays. Do you know how to pronounce Poinsettia correctly?

How do YOU pronounce "Poinsettia?"

Do you say "POIN-SETTA?"

How about "POIN-SETTIA," with emphasis on the long "i" at the end?

 

Watch Shirley Bovshow in this fast 20-second video,  "How to Pronounce Poinsettia Correctly" from her Garden World Report Show and see how well you did!

 

Watch Shirley on the Home & Family Show on the Hallmark Channel for weekly gardening segments!