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Feeling Lucky?

Lucky bamboo is perhaps the most popular houseplant in the world, for good reason. Not only is it reputed to bring good fortune (the number of stems is significant), it is also a very hardy plant that can thrive in a simple vase of water. Still, things can and do go wrong with lucky bamboo sometimes. Here are some tips on how to prevent and treat problems with your good luck houseplant.

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Yay! Ginger!

Monday March 31, 2014

Zingiber.Flickr.Maja-Dumat.jpgI'm clearly into the tropical plants, and it's a bonus when you can also eat them. In this case, we're growing the common ginger, which is widely available as a rhizome in grocery stores all over the world and used to make the cuisines of Asia and India delicious. Like many rhizomatous plants, it's actually easy to sprout and grow out, and yes, you can harvest your own ginger.

Photo Maja Dumat/Flickr

Mauritius Hemp

Monday March 31, 2014

foetida.flickr.morad.jpgThis is a cool plant native to the Caribbean. It has various common names, but is most often called the Mauritius hemp plant (unrelated to that other famous hemp plant). In fact, it's closer to a succulent and grows similar to an agave, except it's friendlier and not quite so dauntingly massive.

Photo Morad/Flickr

Bijilia: Living rocks from South Africa

Monday March 31, 2014

I think the "living rocks" succulents are pretty awesome, so I was excited to add a profile of the Bijilia genus to the page. They are, however, extremely rare in cultivation and I was unable to find a picture (at least one I could use--because apparently people who photograph Bijilia are not the same kind of people who also release rights to their photography to awesome websites like this one). Anyway, read on and imagine: small, rock-like, funky.

The Rafflesia

Sunday March 30, 2014

rafflesia.flickr.shankar.jpgI know I've covered a lot of rare and unusual plants...but I think I can say that this is the rarest and most unusual of them all (and, incidentally, probably the one you'll never actually see growing). The Rafflesia genus are sometimes known as corpse plants. They are unusual in every way. They have the largest flowers in the world; they are true parasites; and their flowers stink like rotting meat to attract the flies that pollinate them. Go figure.

Photo Flickr/Shankar


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