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Oh dear.

Turns out, moving my Carruanthus plant was a bad idea.

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Aaaahhhh! Poor baby!

A few months ago, I moved her to a place I thought she would thrive – the bookcase in the living room:


See her down in the corner? I thought she’d be so happy there!

And she might have been, except that I didn’t do a good job taking care of her recently. I noticed she had a few crispy leaves last week, and thought it was because she was thirsty but I didn’t check. I just gave her water last week and then again about four days ago.

Then Saturday, I was horrified to see how little green remained on her.

I guess she wasn’t happy with the amount of water she got. (It’s not a lighting issue – she’s fine in the shade.) Her decline was rapid.

Nothing like an overwatered plant to remind you how fragile life is.

I’m doing my best to save her.

First, I cut off all remaining green parts, and let them set overnight.

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The reason to set them out overnight is so the cuts have time to scar over.

The best part of succulent plants is their ability to grow anew from their leaves. Hopefully that one quality will save the plant from doom.

I saved the root stem, too, hopefully that can grow some new leaves as well.

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I took a small container (I didn’t paint this one myself) and put a small amount of soil on the bottom of it:

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I filled the rest up with vermiculite:

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I chose vermiculite because I’m hoping it’ll help promote the growth of new roots. The plan is to keep the vermiculite moist for the coming weeks and months.

Here’s what the green pieces look like in their new container:

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Fingers crossed she survives. It would be such a bummer to lose her.

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The pieces are back on my kitchen windowsill, but in the shade to protect them from direct sunlight.

I hope the Carruanthus roars back to life better than ever. I’ll keep you posted.

Ya’ll know how much I love flowers. Here are my favorite flower photos – taken in and around my casa – in the month of September:

Thanks to our hostess Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for suggesting we post photos of what’s blooming on the 15th of each month.

Hope you have a great weekend, I’ll be back Monday.

When houseplants lack luster, or they don’t grow as fast as they should, one reason may be that they’re not getting the fertilizer they need.

I think the word fertilizer intimidates a lot of people when it comes to houseplants. Really, it’s just food for plants.

Houseplants need the major elements, Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium (these are represented by the numbers on a box or bottle of fertilizer, like 10-30-20) in order to thrive. Most plant foods also provide minor and trace elements, as well, which the plants gobble up.

Imagine if you were stuck in the same pot, day after day, with only the occasional water to sustain you. You may be happy to be alive, but it’s not much of a life, is it? Plants can survive on water and no food, but like you might guess, they sure do appreciate food when they get it.

Fertilizer comes in many shapes and sizes, but I prefer using the water soluble blue granules. Today’s modern fertilizers make it harder to burn or overdose the houseplants, but it can still happen, easily, so you have to be careful with the directions. Side with caution, less is more.

(If you overdo it, flush the plant in the shower to get the minerals out of the soil. Don’t fertilize a baby plant or a weak plant – a recently transplanted plant, for example. Give them a little breathing room to grow on their own before you help them.)

I recommend using waaaaay less than what the directions on the box recommend, because the manufacturers want you to buy more product. If they say 1/2 teaspoon per gallon of water, I’ll add a smidgeon to my two-gallon bucket. And instead of using the product every time I water, like the directions recommend, I use it for two-three weeks in a row in the spring, then two-three weeks in a row again in the summer, a teeny bit in the fall, ease off in the winter, start fresh again in the spring.

(If you’ve never used fertilizer on your established houseplants, they would appreciate the jolt of food no matter what time of year it is.)

Once houseplants get used to being fertilized, you’ll see the difference.

As an example, here’s a photo I took with my phone of an Epipremnum ‘Pothos’ plant that I inherited recently when someone moved:

The plant had good soil and good drainage, but the leaves lacked the color I knew they should’ve had.

So I started fertilizing it.

(There are gazillion fertilizer and plant food products out there at your local greenhouses. Talk to a professional and ask for recommendations. I like to try one after another to see which the plants like best. They seem to like them all. Right now, I’m using one called Jack’s Classic, a simple 20-20-20, the plants love it.)

The leaves in the photo above stayed green, but the plant began producing more vibrant leaves right away:

If the Pothos was a flowering plant, the plant would be blooming like crazy. If it was a vegetable plant growing in your garden, it would produce more fruit.

This particular houseplant responds to fertilizer with bright variegation of the leaves. Not all houseplants will do that, but in my experience, they all respond well to “a little juice.”


I’ll be back manana with an all-new Ask the Experts panel. Check in to see how the new guy fares when I ask which houseplant is deserving of an Olympic medal. I’ll also have a new plant puzzler for you, and an answer to last week’s puzzler. Imaginary prizes will abound. Hope to see you back here.

Do you remember the terrarium I made back in November?

No? You don’t?

I made it with Jeness:

And her daughter, Cacia:

No? You still don’t remember? Ok.

Well, it happened. It was pretty. They did all of the work but I got to keep the terrarium.

And it’s cool.

It requires practically nothing from me. Every once in awhile – like maybe three or four times since November – I’ll splash a little water in there.

Mostly, though, I leave it alone.

It sits in my office, so I look at it alot. It’s the only greenery in the room so it’s a nice bright spot on the shelves. (I group my plants in only three places in the house – the foyer, the kitchen windowsill and the East windowsill – to avoid a cluttered feel. The terrarium is the exception in the office.)


The terrarium thrived in its spot.

It was like the plants had goals. Here, take a look:

Um, yeah, happy plants.

Time for a haircut.

The Plectranthus ‘Swedish Ivy’ and the Zebrina ‘Wandering Jew’ overtook the Pellionia in the race to the top of the jar.

And so I snipped.

This was a couple of weeks ago. It was not a particularly warm day for Albuquerque, or so I thought. It didn’t feel hot to me, anyway.

There, the terrarium looks better, no?

I decided to plant the cuttings – they don’t need to root first, you can stick ’em straight into the soil. I happened to have a cute little container that I painted last year.

Looking back, I probably should’ve gone faster.

Even without hurrying, the cuttings were outside in the sun for less than 10 minutes. Turns out, that’s too long.

Notice the slight curling of the leaves?

I noticed them, too, and thought they would perk up by the next day. But instead, this is what they looked like after one night on the kitchen windowsill:

Oh dear.

They are definitely not going to recover. Easy come, easy go.

If you’re a newcomer to the houseplant world, that may seem like a harsh sentiment, easy come, easy go.

And maybe it is.

But it’s accurate – plants come and go. They are very much like pets – living, breathing creatures that are born, then you nourish them and love them, then eventually they die. And you cry.

It’s not often they die in one day, like my cuttings.

So I didn’t shed any tears.

This time.

But I did reuse the pot for this little guy:

If he lives to be old, I will cry for him one day.

Because I was there when he was born.

I’ll be back manana, hope to see you here.

Hello clams, and Happy Friday!

Welcome back to our Ask the Experts plant panel. We’ll have an answer to last week’s plant puzzler, as well as a new puzzler, after the panel.

Let’s say hi to the experts. Hi experts!

“Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Liza!”

You guys are so cute! From left to right, that’s Tina, Thack, EZ, Dottie and Lewis. If you’d like to know more about them, please click here.

This week’s question relates to hailing in the new year:

Q. Do you have any houseplants on a “wishlist” for yourself or to use as a gift for someone else?

Expert Tina, as usual, you’re up first.

A. “I would love love love to have a giant ming aralia! And a avocado tree! I know I know…. no way to grow a avocado tree here and expect it to fruit. But you said wish for right?”

Yup, I said wish alright. I love those Mings (Polyscias fruticosa), I haven’t seen one in ages, though. They always struck me as distinctly feminine, with those pretty delicate leaves.

I think you should give the avocado a shot – maybe it will like enough to fruit, despite living in the desert. You never know, right?

Ok, good job again this week, Tina. I’m going to call that a correct answer. This week, you’ve earned a step closer to your wishes coming true, 10 gold stars and extra credit from now until April. Thanks for being here!

Up next, Expert Tim Thackaberry. Thack, here’s the question to you:

Q. Do you have any houseplants on a “wishlist” for yourself or to use as a gift for someone else?

A. “Interesting question. Would it be weird if I asked for a bunch of Venus Flytraps for my house? Seems like it would be a lot of fun watching them snap at stuff all the time, it would really keep you on your toes. And I understand you can feed them raw hamburger, which is just awesome.”

Yes, that would be weird. But. You’re a dude. I can see its inherent awesomeness from your point of view.

So I’ll go ahead and call that a win. Congrats, Thack. Also, happy birthday! This week, you’ve earned a bright future, a coupon good for half off a mid-life crisis and 40 gold stars. Thanks for being here!

Expert EZ Ed Johnson, here’s the question to you:

Q. Do you have any houseplants on a “wishlist” for yourself or to use as a gift for someone else?

A. “Every year I intend to buy a poinsettia for Christmas, just because. And I never do. Think I can buy one on sale now?”

Oooh, sorry EZ. I’m going to have to call that a wrong answer. Your Poinsettia reference reminds me of how much I dislike Poinsettias, so obviously, I can’t call it correct.

That’s a shame – you hate to see a good expert go down like that. But rules are rules, and on this panel, the rules are subject to whatever whim I happen to experience at any given moment.

I do appreciate you being here, so you still earned my gratitude! Thanks, EZ!

Expert Dottie is unavailable again this week, so let’s admire her adorableness:

Then move on to Expert Lewis:

Q. Do you have any houseplants on a “wishlist” for yourself or to use as a gift for someone else?

A. “Well I have always wanted a good chocolate bar tree, or a beer bottle bush, a beefsteak pine, a candy cane willow, a flowering gold coin iris, a rainbow rose, a million dollar basil, a thousand mile pumpkin, a sunny day potato, a rainy day plum, gone with the wind daffodils, eyes of blue mid morning glories, green leaf peas, too tall blue green algae, micro eggplant, lost my way corn, blue moon carrots, mighty mighty pomegranates, boo who onions, top of the world garlic.  I would bestow this on all who have ever wanted a reach for the star apple, those who can’t teach, those who can do, those who don’t have a clue welcome abroad. If I don’t know what to write I never let that stop me obliviously the winds of BS blow greatly through my mind. World events and Arizona have brought sadness and tears to my heart, so we try to bring a smile to weary souls with a little silliness.”

Aw! A sunny day potato sounds so nice! You do make us smile around here each week, Lewis, so thanks for that! We do what we can to give people a little respite from the crazy world out there. It may not be much, but to be fair, we’re just one panel! Haha, imagine what we could do with say, 4 or 5 panels.

Thanks for being here, Lewis. This week you’ve earned an A, endless garden rewards and two imaginary sacks of gold coins.

That wraps our panel for this Friday. The experts will return in exactly one week. Now on to last week’s plant puzzler.

???Real or Fake???

Last week I asked if this plant was real or fake:

Let’s see how you answered.

mr_subjunctive at Plants Are the Strangest People wrote, “Fake. Though, as usual, I can’t figure out quite how I know.”

steph wrote, “Fake. Leaves are translucent.”

goofy wrote, “It’s a fake. I blew it up and could see the plastic veins.”

Ginny Burton wrote, “A fake. And a dusty one at that.”

Martha, from Plowing through Life, wrote, “Fake. Looks a little too ‘papery’ to me.”

villager, from Our Happy Acres, wrote, “I’d like to be the only one to say it’s real, but it isn’t, so I can’t!”

plant master wrote, “Fake, lol.”

And Ivynettle, from Letters and Leaves, wrote, “Totally fake. Don’t even need a second look for that.” wrote, “I’m not sure I agree with everybody. If you were diligent about watering it properly, it could be healthy and pretty. It’s true that there doesn’t appear to be any flaws whatsoever, and the backside of that one big leaf looks like it was ironed or something, but I don’t think, overall, one should rush to judgment.”

Well, that’s sweet,, but everyone had good reason to rush to judgment – the plant’s totally fake. And we all know what fake plants are, right? Lame-o-rama! And a waste of money.

So congratulations to all my winners. This week, you’ve earned an ecologically friendly shopping bag full of bagging rights, good cheer and of course, my gratitude for playing. Thanks!

On to the new puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Because these seem to be popular, here’s another. Is this plant real or fake:

Think you know the answer, smartyplants? Leave your best guess in the comments section. You have until midnight next Thursday, January 20, MST (that’s 2a.m. EST) to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner after next week’s panel of Experts.

I’ll be back manana, hope to see you here.

Hi clams, and Happy Monday!

When I took time off from the blog between Christmas and New Year’s, I set some goals for myself so that I could get a little ahead of the game, in terms of writing articles for this site. And while I did get a little ahead, I didn’t get so far ahead that I had today’s post planned out in advance. I thought I’d have time over the weekend to work on it, but family, friends, football, these things tend to get in the way of my writing. That’s the way I like it – I take care of the living first, then everything else comes after that.

That’s my way of explaining why I’m publishing so late in the day. Not that you care when I publish, but in case you were wonderin’.


So this weekend I made a totally spontaneous shopping decision. I bought a humidifier for the plants:

Crazy, right? Some people don’t even have access to clean drinking water, and here I am spewing water around the foyer for the plants. And, I’ve never bought a gift for houseplants before – that’s certifiable, isn’t it?

There I was in Target, transfixed by the selection they offered – warm water misters, cool water misters. I live in the desert – the thought of warm mist in the house was too much for me to resist. I didn’t stamp my foot, put my hands on my hips and declare loudly to shoppers nearby that “I’m an American, if I want to buy some humidity, dammit, I’m gonna do it.”

No, I just picked out the least expensive one they offered and slipped it into my cart.

As I made my way through the store, I wondered, will the plants like it? And, how could they not like it – it’s moisture in the air?

It’s a done deal now. I’m not sure how soon I can expect to see some sort of sign that they are indeed enjoying the humidifier, if ever. I can report that I’m enjoying it immensely. (When I’m actually using it, that is. Because it’s so cheap and new, I’m terrified to leave it on when I’m not home. So it’s only been on here and there so far.) But I love it – it makes comforting sounds, like gurgles and misting. It’s in the foyer between Ellie the Euphorbia and Candy the Lime. I think the Bougainvillea will really like it, too.

What about you? Do you use a humidifier, or have you thought about one for your houseplants?

I’ll be back manana, hope to see you here.

Hi fries, and happy first Friday of 2011! Welcome back to the Good To Grow site.

Did you miss them as much as I did? Let’s say hello to our wonderful panel of experts. Hi guys!

So cute! From left to right, that’s Tina, Thack, EZ, Dottie and Lewis. If you’d like to know more about them, please click here.

Since we are starting a brand new year, we’re going to ask the experts about their resolutions. Here we go:

Q. Do you have a wish or resolution for 2011?

Expert Tina Quintana, you’re up first.

A. “Well I just would like peace and peace.  I hope the terrorists would just snap into reality and realize that what they are doing makes no sense. dumb ass followers. stand strong for something worthwhile. GEEZE!!!”

Well look at you, normally miss mild-mannered one! You’re usually like giggle giggle this, and giggle giggle that! This is a new side of you.

I’m right there with you, sistaaaaah, in wishing for peace.

Did you know that many Native American tribes had war councils made up entirely of women? I love it. If the men wanted to go to war, they’d have to get approval from the women. Sometimes the women would say yes, that’s a worthy cause for which to fight, but usually they said no, because men are hot headed. You can’t trust ’em when it comes to fighting.

I’m a woman, I’m against all fighting.

Tina, I know you’re a lover not a fighter, too, so I’m calling your answer correct. This week, you’ve earned one coupon good for half off the next war, 10 gold stars and three heart-shaped suitcases full of glory. Thanks so much for playing!

Up next, Expert Tim Thackaberry. Thack, here’s the question to you.

Q. Do you have a wish or resolution for 2011?

A. “I typically [insert non-family-friendly f-word here] hate making New Years’ resolutions. I long ago accepted that self-improvement is not my bag, so I have tended just to allow the unstoppable power of entropy to do its thing. Self-improvement has always struck me as a manifestation of our culture’s obsessive fear of death, an indicator of our collective desire to live forever.

My stance started to soften on this subject when my daughter was born, as children are the ultimate expression of our desire for immortality. This occurrence leads one to a train of thought along the lines of “well, maybe I want to prolong this spin on the merry-go-round a BIT longer, just to see how she does. You know, for her, not for me.”

At THAT point, you’re hosed. Death starts stalking you, the passage of time is no longer something you just accept, and you start obsessing about your own mortality. Combine that with my impending passage into my 40s, and all the cultural baggage that goes with that and, well, you’re pretty well [insert non-family-friendly f-word here] forced into making New Years’ resolutions.

I have resolved to quit smoking. I promised my kid I would when I turned 40.”

Oh dear. Um, well first, thank you for keeping it wholesomish. Second, we’re going to need to get you some hobbies.

Whatever the prompt, quitting smoking makes you a winner in my book, so this week you’ve earned an imaginary will to live, 100 extra credit points and (hopefully) your daughter’s admiration. Thanks for playing, Thack, and good luck!

Up next is EZ Ed Johnson. EZ, here’s the question to you.

Q. Do you have a wish or resolution for 2011?

A. “My wish is to come up with a goal or resolution I might actually keep.”

I think a lot of people are right there with you. There’s all this pressure to make sweeping changes or promise the impossible. I say, aim low. Haha, I’m just kidding.

That was an honest answer, and therefore correct. EZ, this week for playing, you’ve earned a goal you can keep, one mile of bragging rights and my gratitude for being here. Thanks!

I had high hopes that our lovely Expert Dottie would be joining us today, but it seems as though the stars weren’t aligned after all. Sorry, folks, we’ll have to be patient onnnnnnne more week. Let’s admire her adorableness:

And move on to Expert Lewis Casey. Here’s the question to you, fine sir:

Q. Do you have a wish or resolution for 2011?

A. “Does winning the lottery count, or I wish I could lose some weight, and resolutions are just an attempt to BS yourself into doing something you may or may not really believe in.  If a person is motivated  we should not need a New Year day to take actions that are to our benefit.  If a idea, thought, feeling or person give you the umph, push or a good swift kick in the ass is the means to get up and do what needs to be done then so be it.

I was blessed and my family gathered from near and far to share in each others presence and love, for what else is life for but to bask in the triumphs of loved ones lives or stand in support of their trials.

Behold the Sun will shine again, I look with longing upon the dirt of my garden and vision the beauty and goodness that lies in  waiting. My compost pile is frozen solid, maybe it didn’t need that last watering.

Oh well. I guess its back to the mines, write, write, write. I cried myself to sleep for two week during the time off because I could not partake of this wondrous venue and adventure. But I have been honored to be invited back to pull your leg, bemuse you with wit or enlighten your dull meaningless lives. Smile it only gets better.”

Haha, we missed you, too, Lewis! You’re hilarious. I’m glad you enjoyed your time off with loved ones, because you’re right, that’s what life should be about, happiness, love and laughter. Not crying ourselves to sleep or bemoaning our meaningless lives – boo hoo!

Thanks so much for coming back, Lewis. This week for playing, you’ve earned a good swift kick in the ass whenever you need it, endless family love and 500 Silver Stars. Congratulations!

That does it for our experts. They will return in exactly one week. Now, for the new plant puzzler.

???Real or Fake???

Is this plant real or fake?

Think you know the answer, smartyplants? Leave your best guess in the comments section. You have until next Thursday at midnight MST (that’s 2a.m. EST) to guess. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner next Friday after the experts panel. Thanks for playing!

I’ll be back manana, hope to see you here.

Hi candy canes, and happy Thursday!

I inherited some plants into my care, but I’m not certain what type of houseplants some of them are. For example, this may be a Columnea, it may not be:

Even without knowing for sure what type of plant it is, the plant is giving me  a few basic hints about what it needs.

Look at how these new leaves are growing:

They are growing toward the light, stretching themselves to get more. That tells me it’s in a bad location. So the first thing I did was move it to a brighter spot:

That’s not its permanent spot – all the plants are in temporary spots until after the Christmas tree comes down. Plus, this is a trailing plant – it should be hanging.

I noticed some discoloration on the new leaves:

That tells me that it doesn’t like how much water I’ve been giving it, so I’ll let the poor little gal dry out for awhile.

Getting this plant light and water levels it likes is critical. Knowing the exact name of the plant is not.

I’ll be back manana with a new plant puzzler and the answer to last week’s. Hope to see you here.

Hello hamburgers, and welcome back to the Good To Grow site.

Usually on Fridays, I gather my panel of experts and make them wear sunflower heads. They’re on a break until after the New Year. Good for them, sad for us!

I don’t want them to think I’m going to forget them, so I’m leaving their heads in place so we can admire them once a week:

Aw, cute! Then I’ll move on the plant puzzler.

Name That Plant Problem!

Last week, I asked what was wrong with this plant:

Mom got mad, because it’s her Orchid, which means she couldn’t submit a guess. But she saw me photographing it, and we talked about what happened to it – how was this Orchid not totally fair game for my puzzler? Anyway.

I hinted that what was wrong with it might also be what’s right about it. So what is wrong with it? It’s delicious. It sat outside all summer and apparently served as a giant all-you-can-eat buffet for some teeny tiny bugs.

Here’s Mom getting mad:“Un-frickin-believable! You have to show MY orchid, without MY permission, just to keep ME out of the competition? Un-frickin-believable.”

Which was really funny, because I knew she wasn’t really mad. Thanks for keeping it wholesome, old lady!

Andrea guessed, “Yeah you got us there, the mealy bags are not seen, the photo’s vague. About this one, looks like a tiny borer pupated inside the leaf skin!!! By the way it looks like the leaves on this side are deliciously bigger on this side than the back, is that coz of distance only or real?”

Dingdingdingdingding! Nicely played, Andrea! That is a correct guess. To answer your question, her orchid is growing all sorts of weird ways – that’s really what  it looks like. Big leaves in front, small in the back. Bug damage all over, but I suppose it could be worse.

Also, sorry about the mealy bug photos last week – I was using my little coolpix and thought those bugs were soooooo obvious.

Villager guessed, “Have the leaves been resting up against the window and gotten sunburned? I’m thinking this is another trick question!”

I do like tricking you guys!

Martha guessed, “Oh my, I really have no clue. The only time I’ve seen this on my plants is when they’ve gotten way too much sun. So maybe I’ll go with that – sunburn.”

Sorry Martha, sorry Villager, it’s not sunburn. Those holes are from bugs. But I appreciate you playing!

Andrea, you’re our big winner today – congratulations! There are no prizes for winning, but I’d like to thank you for playing by awarding you 50 extra credit points, 4 shopping bags full of bragging rights, and of course, my gratitude for playing!

Now, on to this week’s plant puzzler.

???Real or Fake???

I really need to upgrade my puzzle graphics!

Is this plant real or fake?

Haha, that’s all you get.

Think you know the answer, smartyplants? Then leave your best guess in the comments section. You have until next Thursday, December 9th midnight, MST  (that’s 2a.m. EST) to submit your guess. Thanks everyone for playing!

I’ll be back manana, hope to see you here!

Hey peaches, happy Monday! Hope you all had a nice holiday break. I know I did.

I was in the mountains during the Black Friday frenetic shopping extravaganza. I like to avoid crowds when I can, but also, I just think shopping malls offer boring gifts. I like buying stuff for myself from malls, but when it comes to gifts for family and friends, mall stuff doesn’t say “I love you,” well enough for my liking.

I often turn to for gifts. My sister got me hooked on the fun of buying straight from the artists with her cute site, Charlotte’s Fancy. Her site is  primarily a family crafts site, but she also loves to feature her favorite artists from Etsy.

I decided to copy her idea, but with gifts for plant lovers specifically in mind. Today, I’ll share the best houseplant gifts I found. Most of these use easy-to-care-for plants, like tillandsia (air plants), so they’re nice gifts for someone you know loves plants, but doesn’t need the extra work.

Then I’ll be back manana with a more general category of “Nature-inspired” gifts, including artwork, jewelry, cute stuff for kids, kitchen items and more. Lots and lots of adorable items from which to choose.

Holiday Gift Guide for Plant Lovers

As I perused the Etsy site, I was mainly looking for beautiful plants and/or containers that would impress people who already had a love for houseplants. I was hoping to find artists who were skilled at incorporating plants into their art. There were several.

One thing to note about prices – I’m listing what the prices were listed over the weekend. I don’t know how often prices fluctuate on any given day, but I have heard that many artists are having sales for Cyber Monday. You may pay less. Woohoo if that happens!

Also, just a quick note about availability. These are handmade items – the artist might sell out before you get a chance to buy them. I’m sorry if that happens. You should contact the artist, because in my experience, these kind folks will work with you to the best of their ability.

Here are some of the interesting gifts I found:

I featured this artist around this time last year, Michael McDowell, aka mudpuppy. He keeps creating the most beautiful planters:

Beautiful! $32.00.

Check out this inspired living lamp from toHold:

Amazing, right? The Los Angeles artist used tillandsia to create a stunning piece of art. You can remove the globe once every couple of weeks to water the plants, or mist them where they are. $349.00

My regular readers know what a fan of succulents I am, so they’ll understand why I think this succulent wreath is so charming:

From SucculentsGalore, it’s listed as $68.95.

What do you think of these adorable “Three Tiny Terrariums” from TortoiseLovesDonkey?

The artist is pretty enthusiastic about making these for your window sill, too, so check out her site. $14.50 for the set.

I also really like these glass ornaments from artist plantology:

Wouldn’t they make sweet centerpieces for a holiday dinner? They’re listed at $28 each.

There were several artists selling living ornaments. I like this one from WarmCountryMeadows because she used coffee beans:

Aaahhhh, I love the smell of coffee. This is listed at $12.99.

I’m a big fan of this culinary herb wreath from Kyhunly:

It’s such a nice gift for the chef in the house – he or she could hang it in the kitchen and use the herbs all winter long. This one is listed at $40, but she has others that range in herbs and prices.

On the shop for TeenyTinyGreenhouses, I found that the artist uses pretty little containers:

The plant is included. If you don’t like her plant choices, I’ll bet she’d be willing to discuss other options. $11.

There were lots of variations on terrariums on I really liked this artist’s, Jo2SF, creations:

He’s got lots of different terrariums on his site. This set is $80.00.

Also, I found these mini-terrariums interesting:

They are from SteamedGlass, $35.00.

Here’s a whimsical gift idea from AlissaRose:

She hollows out a cork, fills it with soil and a plant, and attaches a magnet to the side you can stick it on the refrigerator when you’re not using it as a wine cork. That’s pretty cute. $3.50 each.

All of the above items can be found on One more gift I would recommend for plant lovers isn’t from Etsy, but it’s such a nice gift, I wanted to include it as well.

That gift is the gift of trees. You can buy trees for someone else at only $3 per tree, and/or you get 10 free trees for joining the Arbor Day Foundation. I think trees make a thoughtful gift, for plant and garden lovers everywhere.

As I said, I’ll be back tomorrow with Nature-inspired gift ideas from more Etsy artists. Hope to see you back here!

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Hi! My name is Liza. Welcome to my blog and thanks for visiting! I'm a Midwestern gal now living in Arizona, after many years of living in and owning a plant care business in New Mexico.

Plants are living, breathing creatures, and if they're indoor plants, they are 100% dependent on human care. They cannot water themselves.

I can beautify your home, office, or patio with plants and flowers. I have 13 years of experience growing plants, and friendships.

Please let me know if you have questions or if you would like help with your plants or garden. You can reach me at lizatheplantlady (at) gmail (dot) com or follow me on Twitter, Lizawheeler7.

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