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Hi to everyone.
My name is Karen Travis!

I’m a gardening enthusiast with over 25 years of experience. When not working, I love digging in my garden. I grow everything I can from veggies to plants. I hope you enjoy my blog and that my blog inspires you to garden.

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Flowers and Plants

Pruning Phalaenopsis Orchids

Phalaenopsis orchids are among the most popular types of orchids. To have your orchid thrive and bloom for a long time, there are several things you need to consider. For example, when choosing a blooming orchid, it’s best to pick…

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How to Care for Air Plants

Air plants are ideal for people who don’t have much experience with gardening or caring for house plants. They are very easy to grow and they don’t require much care so they are perfect for beginners. Air plants (Tillandsia spp.)…

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Purchasing and Growing Moth Orchids

The Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis) is one of the most common orchid crops on the market. It’s very popular during winter months and it often hits the stores for Mother’s Day. Orchids are praised for the beauty of their flowers and…

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Orchid Gardening Lingo

There are many specialized terms all orchid growers need to know. This lingo is not difficult to memorize and it will help you understand information and professional advice better. Orchids are among the most popular houseplants so it’s not surprising…

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How to Care for a Moth Orchid

Moth orchids are known as difficult plants to grow indoors. The truth is that they are not so complicated but they do require some dedication. They can be easy to grow as long as you follow some guidelines on how…

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How to Prevent Orchid Mistakes

Sometimes, gardeners – especially less experienced ones – are so critical of their mistakes they think even the smallest one can kill their plant. Many people actually do believe that any sign of neglect or improper care is fatal for…

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Making Bark Potting Mix for Orchids

In order to grow your Phalaenopsis orchid properly, you need to provide it with a good medium. Many orchid nurseries choose what is sometimes called “solite” This is LECA- Lightweight Expanded Clay Aggregate. It looks like a volcanic rock and…

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How to Water Orchids with Ice Cubes

Phalaenopsis orchids are popular house plants known for their beautiful flowers. They are among the easiest orchids to grow indoors. However, there is a common problem many plant growers face: overwatering. Overwatering is a problem for many plants and orchids…

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How to Make Your Orchids Bloom

Orchid flowers need some time and excellent care to develop properly and reach their full potential. There are, however, some things you can do to speed up their blooming process and produce better flowers. After orchids bloom, we want the…

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Preventing Orchid “Bud Blasts”

Plants such as Phalaenopsis (moth orchids) don’t tolerate cold and temperature changes. This is important to keep in mind when deciding to keep your orchids indoors during winter. Remember: it may be warm indoors but your orchid can still suffer…

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How to Cut Dead Flowers from an Orchid

It’s always a great experience to see your Phalaenopsis orchid produce gorgeous blossoms. We all want our orchids to grow beautifully. A Phalaenopsis orchid produce long-lasting flowers and they can last for months. However, they will eventually fade. Dead flowers…

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How to Sanitize Orchid Pruning Tools

If you want to trigger reblooming on your Phalaenopsis orchid, it’s important to prune it carefully. This pruning will cut away certain parts of the plant and make it bloom. Cutting is also necessary in some other cases, such as…

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