juniper bonsai

Care for a Juniper Bonsai Tree?

6 Things to Pay Attention To. Wondering how to care for a dwarf juniper bonsai tree? Are you familiar with the fact that Juniper bonsai trees are actually the quintessential bonsai specimen? They are a worldwide favorite because they are low-maintenance and extremely easy to shape, which actually makes them excellent starter plants. We advise […]

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The rain lily plant

The Rain Lily Plant

The Rain Lily Plant (Zephyranthes).  Depending on the type of Lily they will bloom white, light pink, dark pink, and orange flowers after heavy rainfall.  It is considered a bulb and can grow almost one ft. tall. The rain lily can tolerate full sun even in the hot American Southwest providing you give it ample […]

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The Road Kill cactus

The Road Kill Cactus

The Road Kill Cactus. (Consolea Rubescens).  Flat paddle cactus that resembles something that was flattened by an 18-wheeler on a lonely desert road. But it is a cool-looking cactus that will look good in your indoor cactus collection.  Unlike most desert cacti this one likes more water than others.  It also likes humidity especially if […]

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The Kentia Palm Plant

The Kentia Palm Plant

The Kentia Palm Plant Howea forsteriana. An easy-to-grow and care-for plant suitable for indoor decoration.  Also known as the thatch palm and sentry palm. They will do great in USDA zones 9-11.  You can plant them outdoors where temperatures never get below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Most folks use them for indoor decoration including many office […]

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Pampas grass for landscaping

Pampas Grass for Landscaping

Pampas Grass for Landscaping (Cortaderia Selloana).  This grass is an ideal plant for a border wall or place it where there is essentially an empty space in your yard.  It is a very hardy perennial plant for the American Southwest.  Many places around the world say it is a large weed, and it is.  But […]

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FIddle FIg Plant

Fiddle fig leaf plant – Care and information

How to Grow Fiddle fig leaf plant (Ficus Lyrata) Indoors.  This amazing plant will look great indoors, especially in rooms with tall ceilings.  It can take lots of filtered light or underneath a skylight is a good Thick waxy, shiny leaves with thick yellow/green veins on each leaf. It will thrive in tropical or sub-tropical […]

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Dracaena Marginata

How to care for Dracaena Marginata

How to take care of Dracaena Marginata.  Also called the Madagascar dragon tree.  It is considered an indoor plant because it cannot endure outdoor temperatures below 32 degrees f. It is a slow grower and drought tolerant.  However, around the American southwest where temperatures can get above 110 degrees f. in mid-summer you should water […]

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Care of Purple Fountain Grass

Care of Purple Fountain Grass

The care of Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’) will do well in and around the American Southwest.  It does well in USDA zones 8 – 10 and needs to be cut down each year in cooler climates.  It produces nice spiky arching plumes and purple/bronze colored thin leaf blades thus its common name. Perennial […]

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Canna lily in pot

Canna Lily Plant Care

Canna Lily Plant Care how to water and prune.  The biggest care tip is that these plants like regular watering and fertilizing.  They can tolerate some shade but will need at least 5-6 hrs. of sunlight for the best results.  They are considered perennials in and around the Southwest regions, meaning they will come back […]

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Sharpen blades on lawn Mower

Every year I get folks who ask me if they should sharpen blades on their lawn mower.  This is what I say.  ” Yes, it is important.” If the top of your grass looks brown after cutting in all probability it is caused by dull mower blades.  Many maintenance landscapers just mow without ever sharpening […]

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