Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
Greenhouse in yard

Dealing with Cold Temperatures in a Greenhouse

Dianne asks, “What is the lowest temperature suggested for a greenhouse? Most of the plants inside are tropical."

The minimum temperature for a greenhouse depends on the types of plants stored in them. Read on to find out more.
Red flower on Holiday Cactus

Caring for Holiday Cactus

Holiday cactus are easy to grow and often passed down through the generations. With holiday cactus, the question isn't how to grow it, but how to make it bloom. By following these easy steps, you'll have your plant blooming in time for the holidays.
Watering houseplant.

Tips on How to Water Houseplants

Watch this video for tips on how to make sure houseplants receive the correct amount of water by recognizing the warning signs that indicate they’ve received too much or too little water.

How to Grow African Violets

To grow new African violets, use a sterile knife and cut off a healthy leaf as near the base as possible. Dip the stem in rooting hormone then push it through a piece of paper and place the stem in water until it develops roots.

How to Water Plants Without Splashing Foliage

Many fuzzy leafed plants, such as African violets, don't like water on their foliage because it leaves spots and can cause fungus. Deliver water past the leaves and directly to the roots with a simple funnel made from the handle of a plastic milk jug.

Using a Lazy Susan for Potted Plants

A lazy susan comes in handy when potting or trimming a plant. Partially fill the pot with soil and set it on the lazy susan. Position your plants and slowly spin the lazy susan as you finish topping off the soil. When trimming plants, you can easily cut with one hand while carefully turning with the other. This technique would also work when decorating or painting pots.

Painting Clay Pots

For a quick and easy way to paint clay pots give them a spin with an electric drill. Watch this video to find out how.

Potted Seedling Humidity Helper

A good way to increase humidity around potted seedlings is to set a couple of seedling pots in a larger container of pebbles. The pebbles should be about fingernail size, and there should be just a small amount of water in the pebble container- enough to create humid conditions but not enough to touch the bottom of the pots.

Mossy Pots

Moss covered planting pots can give your garden an old world charm. But if you live in a dry climate you may be out of luck. Here's a trick to help out Mother Nature.