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Gardening Can Be Unpredictable

Welcome to Plant Exchange where we try to garden but it doesn’t always work out!  It’s the middle of April, and the spring weather is unsettled. Below is an idea which the writer implemented in mid-March. She planted three pots and waited. Crunchy pod snow peas are a favorite, but getting the garden ready soon … 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

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