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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day– March 15th

Welcome to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day! On the 15th of each month, garden bloggers share what’s in bloom where we live. Here at Plant Exchange in South Dakota, USDA 4b – 5a, some snow from last week remains on the ground, along with partially melted snow drifts and piles. Spring will soon be here, but … Continue reading

Favorite Begonia Houseplant

Thanks for visiting our weekly Plant Exchange Blog. We hope you’ll enjoy this topic and will find many others of interest. Thank you for “Likes” and our loyal “Followers.” A plant needs to stand out from others to be a favorite here at Plant Exchange. This Begonia acetosa has shiny green leaves with red undersides. … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day Feb 15th

Welcome to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day at Plant Exchange Blog! February 15th in South Dakota is snowy outside.  We have several inches of snow cover that protect the plants, and about half of the air temperatures are above freezing for the next week.  Still winter. Indoor plants are inviting this time of year. Violets are … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day–January 15th

Welcome to the January 15th Garden Bloggers Bloom Day at Plant Exchange Blog. Here in South Dakota, the outdoor temperature is -1 degree Fahrenheit now and is not expected to reach Zero today. Indoors, we’re toasty warm and have several plants in bloom to show you. Christmas cactus began to bloom a couple of weeks … Continue reading

November and Seasonal Transition

Welcome to November at Plant Exchange Blog where we visit about plants and the people who grow them.  Today is cloudy and above freezing so far. We have an inquisitive visitor outside our window. A small plastic greenhouse helps us transition plants from summer outdoors to indoors in winter. Camellias can’t take the South Dakota … Continue reading

Houseplants Ready for Spring

Welcome to our weekly Plant Exchange blog. Spring is here! Green haze on trees and first bold color of tulips and daffodils are announcing spring these rainy days. It’s a fine time to give houseplants a hard look before we’re outside most days. While the red-backed glossy leaves of a favorite houseplant are beautiful, it’s … Continue reading

Why Isn’t My Houseplant Thriving?

At Plant Exchange, we find some of our houseplants are challenged by lack of sunlight, low humidity and uneven temperatures. While some of our houseplants have problems, this favorite continues to thrive, even under reduced light and other winter conditions. Dr. David Graper, horticulturalist at South Dakota State University, suggests how to find out what’s … Continue reading