On Indoor Pests and Pesticides: A Chris Satch Original WIP

So, you’ve gotten your first plant, or maybe you’ve amassed a small collection, and you begin to think – what happens if bugs get into my plants?  Well, fear-not!  I’ll take you through my common-sense approach to pests, pesticides, and how to keep your indoor plants to be pest-free! What the heck is IPM?! IPM,Continue reading “On Indoor Pests and Pesticides: A Chris Satch Original WIP”

Calathea Care

Background Information Calathea is a genus of neotropical rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plants which includes Calathea, Maranta, Stromanthe, Ctenanthe, and more; but are referred to generally as ‘calatheas’ or ‘prayer plants.’  They all hail from the same family, Marantaceae, the prayer plant family. Simply put, Marantaceae is nicknamed the ‘Prayer Plant’ family due to the dailyContinue reading “Calathea Care”

Phalaenopsis Orchid 101

Ecology of the Phalaenopsis orchid Phalaenopsis (the genus) hails from greater Southeast Asia, from Southern China and India through the Indonesian islands to Australia[1].  Phalaenopsis amabilis (the ancestor to most common grocery store orchid plants) originally hails from just the islands, south through to Australia.  These plants are epiphytes, typically growing on trees in lowContinue reading “Phalaenopsis Orchid 101”

Common Planting Wisdom

Congratulations on your new plant!  Whether you are new to plants, or someone with some plant experience, as they say, “even the greats practice the basics”.  We want to share with you some plant wisdom, based in science and experience, to help you be successful in keeping your plant pal alive. (Page still under construction,Continue reading “Common Planting Wisdom”