China Dolls & Coconut Palms

Q: I bought a China doll (Radermachera sinica) about six weeks ago. It lost a great many of its leaves at the beginning. I have it on a table near a sliding glass window where it gets bright light bu...

Plants Thrive on Kindness, Too

Jack Flam is a Sherman Oaks locksmith who makes you feel secure. When I went in to his store to purchase some hardware for a gate that didn’t close properly, he handed me the parts he thought I...

From Woadwaxen to Miniature Anthurium

The exuberance I experienced upon the recent discovery of a new plant was tempered by the thought that this might be an invasive species that would not be wise to recommend to an unsuspecting public....

Foliage That Looks Great in a Vase

Floral bouquets and vase arrangements would not be complete without the greenery that frequently, albeit subtly, accompanies them. Even the most glamorous flowers — irises and gladioli, for ins...

Lucky Bamboo and Meyer Lemon

During the past few months, I have received several e-mails about lucky bamboo. In case you haven’t noticed, “lucky bamboo” is the name bestowed on those twisting stems with lanceol...

The Art of Growing Plants Indoors

Never has more information about more kinds of plants been so abundantly available. Browse the garden section of any bookstore and you will be overwhelmed by the glut of books on plants. You could bu...

Poinsettias Grow Outside, Too

Poinsettia’s time is now. During most of the year, a poinsettia is just stems, or stems and green leaves. Only from late fall until the end of the year does it take on its scarlet color. But if...

Spider Plants & Other Invasives

I remember the first time I saw a spider plant. It was hanging in a basket from the ceiling of a sun-splashed living room. I examined it with mouth agape, astonished at the numerous baby plantlets th...

Tending and Propagating African Violets

I have an African violet that was my mother’s, and I have had it now for about 25 years. The stem is gnarled and very big, but it still grows and blooms quite well. It recently developed some s...

History of Poinsettias

You have to be careful when surfing the Internet. Before you know it, the Internet will trap you in its web and keep you transfixed for hours. For instance, just the other evening, I started to look ...