Wednesday, January 12, 2011

In Praise of House Plants

It seems that a lot of being successful growing things in the garden has to do with observing the plants often. House plants are good training for that. I like the hardy office varieties that can thrive in low light and survive neglect. I also like anything that blooms in winter (like Paperwhites or the more muscular Amarylis, both of whom are shown here and neither of which are doing well enough to bloom). Many varieties that do well as house plants can also be propagated by cutting (i.e. cutting off a bit and sticking it in water until it roots). Start some and give them to a friend.

If your house is warm and you start now, you might even get roots before the upcoming SEED SWAP at the Birdhouse. Mark your calendars now: Sunday, February 6th, from 1-3 pm. Bring seeds, plant cuttings, seed catalogs, and any other resources to share. Tell your friends too. Spring is just around the corner. If you squint. Hard.

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