11 Nov 2019

Light, Water, Soil: A Love Story

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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 types of soil substrates to use is paramount to caring for our house plants. But how exactly do plants use these three components?  Plants make […]

18 Sep 2019

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

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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 a pair of praying hands, which earned this lovely group of tropical plants, species in the Marantaceae family, its recognizable common name. Also known as […]

8 May 2019

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

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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 first time. How to choose the right pot and making the switch can seem daunting as you realize how many variables there are to consider […]

1 Apr 2019

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

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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 that release heady perfumes when gently rubbed between your fingers. These perfumes mimic with uncanny elegance some of our most beloved scents, such as rose, […]

4 Mar 2019

Meet the Maker: Sissy Moon Ceramics

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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 same way your favorite sweater highlights yours! Each year, we scour catalogs, search the internet, and follow local tips to find the most beautiful, finely […]

24 Jan 2019

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

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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 squirrels busily collecting acorns outside, your houseplants know. They have to make that little bit of light count. They slow down, growing less vigorously (and […]

11 Dec 2018

Gifts That Grow: Pistils Holiday Gift Guide, 2018

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Gifts That Grow: Pistils Holiday Gift Guide, 2018

It’s that time of year! Delight your loved ones this holiday season with gifts that grow, or beautiful tools and trinkets for the home and garden. Whether gifting to friends, family or treating yourself, we believe everyone can have a green thumb.  Gifts that Grow: Pistils Nursery Holiday Gift Guide, 2018 For the beginner Know someone who […]

3 Dec 2018

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

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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 for the holidays. Maybe you need to move to a new state with your collection. Or maybe while traveling, you stop by a little nursery […]

30 Nov 2018

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

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

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 what treatment is appropriate, or when it might be time to throw in the towel, you’ll get better alongside your level of exposure to issues. […]

12 Nov 2018

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

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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 at Pistils, we love our trove of botany and gardening books, but podcasts are another easy, engaging way to find new information and fascinating ideas […]

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