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September Plant of The Month - Mr Mosquito

September Plant of The Month - Mr Mosquito

Did you know there’s a way to deter insects without the need for aerosols emitting unhealthy sprays of choking chemical clouds? Step forward, Mr Mosquito, your new houseplant friend! Mr Mosquito is also known as a Sarracenia, or in some cases, the Pitcher Plant. This plant can amazingly capture and digest its own prey; and is pretty easy to raise too. Out of all carnivorous (insect eating) plants, Mr Mosquito is known as the most effective and has evolved some pretty smart ways of capturing and chewing on prey. You can treat Sarracenia as a houseplant, or outdoor plant, as...

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7 Reasons You Need Plants In Your Life

7 Reasons You Need Plants In Your Life

PLANTS ARE SO GOOD FOR YOU! And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! Whether we realise it or not, most of us probably come into contact with plants- or plant-derived products- at least a few times during our normal day. Have a read of the article below, and then have a think about what you’ve done today, and you’ll see what I mean! Clearing our air: We need oxygen to survive! Plants are kinda amazing, as they absorb carbon dioxide from the air, and replenish that with oxygen. What an importance position the plant takes up in our eco chain....

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A Plant For Every Room

A Plant For Every Room

Houseplants are fabulous! And, now, everyone knows. Houseplants are bang on trend right now, and there’s so many reasons why you should get with it. Houseplants can help to purify the air, make you feel good, jazz up interior decor, impress your friends, and give you that sense of achievement when they grow. What’s even more exciting is there’s a plant for every room too - from the kitchen worktop to that lonely bookshelf! Let’s take a tour of your virtual home, as if it were filled with houseplants… The hallway: The perfect place to start our tour of your...

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Common Ways To Murder Your Plants And How To Save Them

Common Ways To Murder Your Plants And How To Save Them

Water Torture Let us set the scene. A chirpy little plant has caught your eye and you've taken it home, moved it 17 times in the past twenty minutes and you're now admiring it lovingly. Your very own plant! Maybe it needs some water...bit more...bit more. You're supposed to water them every day right?  Err...no, would be the short answer. Water needs of different plants vary hugely. Some orchids for example (notoriously fussy, but probably just loved to death in truth) only need two ice cubes worth of water a week. Not a lot hey! Research your plant and its...

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Plant of the Month: Alocasia AKA Spiderman Plant!

Plant of the Month: Alocasia AKA Spiderman Plant!

The more I delved into the heritage of the Alocasia sanderiana, the more nicknames I found for this striking plant! Although, I am still rather fond of my own suggestion, The Spiderman Plant! With dramatic foliage that appears almost metallic, this Alocasia has jet-black leaves, etched with white veins. This plant is modern, sleek and everything the haters don’t expect a houseplant to be! In it’s native Philippines, the Alocasia sanderiana is sadly marked as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), however many shorter growing clones have made their way to European shores, and into...

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