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Tired of Terra Cotta? Take Your Plants Thrifting, A Guide

Tired of Terra Cotta? Take Your Plants Thrifting, A Guide

It’s easy to grow tired of terra cotta. While these classic clay pots offer a lower-priced planter option complete with drainage, they can quickly become less charming when most of...
Gifts for Plant Lovers: Top 10 Picks from the Pistils Team

Gifts for Plant Lovers: Top 10 Picks from the Pistils Team

Searching for the perfect gift for the plant-lover in your life? Check out our staff’s holiday favorites, with ideas for beginner plant owners and flora aficionados alike. 1 - Tillandsia...
Light, Water, Soil: A Love Story

Light, Water, Soil: A Love Story

There are three basic components that (most) house plants need to live a successful life: light, water and soil. Understanding when to water, how to observe available light, and what...
A Guide to Prayer Plants: How to Grow Maranta, Calathea, and other Marantaceae Indoors

A Guide to Prayer Plants: How to Grow Maranta, Calathea, and other Marantaceae Indoors

Prayer plants perform a daily dance with their leaves, opening up in the day and closing in the evening. The upward, folded appearance of the leaves at night look like...
How to Choose the Right Pot: A Guide to Repotting Houseplants

How to Choose the Right Pot: A Guide to Repotting Houseplants

You might be feeling pretty confident in your houseplant prowess, but many of us who are new to the world of plants hesitate when it comes to repotting for the...
Signs of Spring: Selecting and Caring for Pelargoniums, aka Scented Geraniums

Signs of Spring: Selecting and Caring for Pelargoniums, aka Scented Geraniums

You might know Pelargoniums by their common name, Scented Geraniums, although they’re not technically geraniums at all. These are the charming scratch-and-sniffs of the plant world, with vibrantly green leaves...
Meet the Maker: Sissy Moon Ceramics

Meet the Maker: Sissy Moon Ceramics

Choosing new pottery is half the fun of getting a new plant, if you ask us. The right pot can make all the difference, highlighting a plant’s natural beauty the...
Winter Houseplant Care: Tips to Keep your Indoor Plants Thriving Through the Season

Winter Houseplant Care: Tips to Keep your Indoor Plants Thriving Through the Season

The last cold gold sun rays of fall give way to the small blue hours of winter. Just like the maple trees letting go of their last leaves or the...
Traveling with Houseplants: A Guide to Moving Plants by Car, Plane and Mail

Traveling with Houseplants: A Guide to Moving Plants by Car, Plane and Mail

Sometimes, as plant people, we are faced with the rather delicate task of traveling with houseplants. Maybe you want to bring all those stray propagations you’ve started along as gifts...
Dealing with Houseplant Pests, Part 3: Q/A with our Plant Health Specialists

Dealing with Houseplant Pests, Part 3: Q/A with our Plant Health Specialists

When it comes down to it, learning to appropriately treat houseplant pests has a lot to do with experience. Whether it’s learning to spot problems before they start, to decide...
Plant Podcasts: Five Favorites for Plant Education, Inspiration and Appreciation

Plant Podcasts: Five Favorites for Plant Education, Inspiration and Appreciation

Plants make us more at home in the world, offering a lifetime of fascinating perspective to those who take the time to look a little closer and educate themselves. Here...
Dealing with Houseplant Pests, Part 2: The 7 Most Common Indoor Plant Bugs and How to Eradicate Them

Dealing with Houseplant Pests, Part 2: The 7 Most Common Indoor Plant Bugs and How to Eradicate Them

When we bring a plant home, they become a part of the family. We take responsibility for their care. And just like children or pets, plants are dynamic living entities...