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Houseplant Spotlight: Staghorn Fern

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Houseplant Spotlight: Staghorn Fern

The Staghorn Fern, otherwise known as the Elkhorn Fern or Platycerium, is one of nineteen species in the polypod family. It is a tropical fern, native to South America, Southeast Asia, and Australia (to name a few). It is called Staghorn or Elkhorn due to the unique shape of its fronds. Staghorn ferns, like orchids and anthurium, are epiphytic, meaning they often are found growing out of the “armpits” of tree branches. Unlike parasitic plants, epiphytic plants do not take any resources or nourishment from the tree, but simply use it as a place to anchor themselves while they grow...

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DIY: The Healing Power of Comfrey

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DIY: The Healing Power of Comfrey

  Comfrey has long been known as a heal-all herb. Its first recorded use was around 400 BC, by the Greeks and Romans, who used it to stop heavy bleeding and to heal wounds and sprains. It’s scientific name, Symphytum, means “to unite”, alluding to its unique ability to speed the recovery of broken skin and bones. And while it may sound too good to be true...this magical remedial herb can easily be grown in your backyard, and its properties can be harnessed in a simple healing salve!               Comfrey is a perennial herb...

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Houseplant Spotlight: Calathea

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Houseplant Spotlight: Calathea

Calathea plants are members of the Marantaceae, or arrowroot, family. They are sometimes called Prayer Plants or Peacock plants because of the beautiful markings on their leaves, and the way they unfurl new ones. They are tropical houseplants, native to South America, where their large leaves are used for holding small items, wrapping fish, and weaving into baskets and containers! In their native land, they are one hardy plant. As a houseplant, however, they’re going to need a little extra care to thrive. Because they are used to living on the floor of the forest, receiving only dappled light through...

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Houseplant Spotlight: Monstera

Houseplant Spotlight: Monstera

The Monstera plant, also known as the Swiss Cheese Plant, is a tropical houseplant native to Mexico and Panama. It can be found growing abundantly in most tropical destinations, but will be just as content to live in the corner of your favorite brightly-lit room!  Monstera Deliciosa gets its name from the flower it produces in its maturity. The flowers are large and cone-like, and though the name implies they would taste delicious, they are actually quite bitter! Only after coming to complete maturity, and also being roasted and prepared, do they give off a delicious taste. Their large roots...

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Making the Switch from Synthetic to Natural Brushes

Making the Switch from Synthetic to Natural Brushes

Why go Natural? For centuries, brushes have been used for grooming and cleaning purposes. Before the world of plastic, natural fibers were the way to do all household cleaning. Although plastic still holds a large role in our lives, somethings are better left to nature. There are many jobs in a household, and not every one the same. Brush-makers take that into consideration when handcrafting each brush. Each brush has a specific wood and bristle for its intended function. Whether the wood be waxed for water use, or sturdy maple for tough jobs. A brush can last you a long...

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