How to Propagate Philodendrons


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Philodendrons are tropical plants. This means, among other things, they will NOT survive outside when it gets cold. If you live in a tropical area, I imagine you could plop these babies in your garden bed, and they’d be happy campers year-round. The rest of us have to treat them as indoor house plants or outdoor potted plants during the summer.

Philodendrons are among the easiest houseplants to grow, keep alive, and propagate. Even a forgetful or somewhat neglectful person can successfully keep a philodendron alive and well.

Let me put it this way: they don’t even need dirt! Dirt! They can live forever in a jar of water. Trust me on this one.

I LOVE to encourage discouraged newbie gardeners when/if they experience a gardening “failure.” You might see me reply to a comment with something like, “Take heart. That’s how you learn. Failures, if embraced and learned from, are really the seeds of what turns a failed gardener into a seasoned and experienced gardener.”

However, if you make even the slightest attempt to keep a philodendron alive, but you SOMEHOW manage to kill it … {sigh} you and me … we need to have a talk. :)

If you want to purchase a philodendron at your local home and garden store and propagate (create baby plants from it) it, here’s how you’d propagate the plant.

Follow These Simple Steps to Propagate Philodendrons:

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An Easy 2-Step Process to Shine Your Indoor Plant Leaves


While outdoor plants are my preferred plants, I’ve had house plants for as long as I can remember.

Even in a well kept house with only one occupant, dust will find its way onto surfaces, even plant surfaces. Then, take someone like me who has a household consisting of two humans and a couple four-legged dust collectors (a.k.a. dogs), and the house can get embarrassingly dusty. Plants are no exception.

I do a [almost] weekly vacuuming and dusting of our downstairs/main level, but the dusting only gets done in the living room. Since we spend 90 percent of our in-the-house waking hours between the living room and the upstairs home office, it’s no surprise the living room gets so much dirt.

When life gets a little busy, or I choose to just take it easy, two weeks may go by before the vacuum and cleaning rags come out. That’s a scary time. When I see just how filthy the room gets in a two-week period, you’d think these dogs have marsupial pouches they cram dirt into all day long. As soon as we get home and turn our backs … that’s got to be when they reach into those DEEP pouches, grab hands paws full, and just throw it … everywhere.

I can’t imagine what our house will be like when we get a couple goats. JUST “kidding.” The goats won’t be allowed in the living room. That’s what the spare bedroom is for.

Stay focused, Holly. Shiny leaves.

Even if you don’t want to shine your plant leaves, it’s important to periodically clean the leaves. If the leaves get too much dirt on them, it can hinder the plant’s photosynthesis process.

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Rototillers – Everything You Need to Know


Those who follow Your Gardening Friend on Facebook, you know we purchased a rototiller about two months ago. Prior to that, we had been renting or borrowing.

When we needed to use a rototiller, we’d spend 2.5 hours hooking up the trailer, driving to the rental location, loading the tiller onto the trailer, driving back home, unloading the tiller, loading it back onto the trailer, driving it back to the rental location, unloading it again, driving back home, and unhooking the trailer. The 2.5 hours don’t even take into account the time to TILL the ground!

Now that we own a rototiller, when I need to till, I walk up to the barn, roll the tiller out, and till. When I’m done, I roll it back into the barn. What a time-saving difference!

As I add more organic matter and natural soil conditioners to this particular patch of land, in time, it won’t need to be tilled each spring.

I realize there are MANY ways to garden that do NOT involve the use of a rototiller, but for those who prefer to use a rototiller, here are a few things to consider when making a rototiller purchase (in case you’re currently renting or borrowing like I was).

I’ll cover five (5) main points:

- HP and CC
- 2-Stroke vs. 4-Stroke Engines
- Tillers vs. Cultivators
- Rear Tines vs. Front Tines
- Prices

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4 Things the Reluctant, First-Time Gardener Should Know


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Some want to start a garden, but are hesitant … reluctant … fearful of what they don’t know that might cause them to FAIL.

If you identify with that statement, my hope is that after reading this post, you’ll be encouraged, motivated, confident, and EXCITED about starting your first garden!!!

Experienced, green-thumb gardeners, try to recall your first garden. Is there any advice, a nugget of wisdom, you can share with these reluctant gardeners?

Reluctant gardeners, let’s get started! :)

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Pruning Roses – Why, When, What, and How

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Ideally, I would have had this post ready for February (the month of Valentine’s Day). But, that’s okay. It’s definitely not too late to be thinking about rose pruning. It might actually be too early to prune. It depends on where you live.

There are at least seven types of roses:

  1. Hybrid Teas
  2. Floribunda
  3. Grandiflora
  4. Shrub
  5. Old-Fashioned
  6. Climbing
  7. Miniature

Each type has some unique pruning needs. However, the pruning for hybrid teas, floribundas, and grandifloras are almost identical.

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