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Orchids: Not As Tricky As You Think

The majority of orchids we keep as houseplants are epiphytous, which means they grow not on the ground but in trees. In this post, when I speak of “orchids”, this is the kind of orchid I will be talking about. There is one notable exception which I will bring up at the end.

First of all, let’s talk about how “orchid” is not synonymous with “Phalaenopsis”. Pictured above are an Oncidium, Cattleya and Dendrobium, all of which sit in my window and flower regularly. Continue reading Orchids: Not As Tricky As You Think

How To Not Kill Your Houseplants

Every once in a while I get into conversations about houseplants. I’ll mention that I keep orchids, for instance, and immediately people think I’m some sort of plant wizard. Well, I’m not. Actually, for long periods of my life, I’ve been pretty crap at taking care of living things.

The point is, it’s really not a big deal. Keeping flowers healthy isn’t magic, you don’t have to sacrifice baby animals to obscure deities or even buy expensive equipment. Plants are less articulate than animals. Unlike dogs or cats they won’t make much of a fuss when they’re hungry or thirsty, so the main issue is really to remember to take care of them at all.

So, if you’re one of those people convinced they’re some errant offspring of a death god, destined to kill whatever they touch: You’re probably wrong. If you enjoy having greenery around you, here’s a few tips that’ll get you started! Continue reading How To Not Kill Your Houseplants