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Fine-tuning your indoor plant lighting choices

This is the final article in our four-part series about indoor plant lighting. You can also read the first, second, and third articles. You may see two other details provided in lamp specifications aside from the terms introduced in my…

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Why light levels are important for indoor plant growth

This is the second article in our four-part series about indoor plant lighting. You can also read the first, third, and fourth articles. Typically, insufficient lighting is the limiting factor for indoor plant growth and flowering, plus the reason for spindly…

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An introduction to gardening under lights

This is the first article in a four-part series about the ins and outs of gardening under lights, both for newcomers curious about a different way to grow plants and for more experienced growers who want to build on their…

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How Horticulturists Turn Quarantine Into ‘Gardentine’

While it seems that everything in our world is different today than it was two months ago, one thing hasn’t changed — nature! Maryland’s stay-at-home order has given everyone the opportunity to explore their natural surroundings and given them the…

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Orchid Care: Consistency Is Key

My love affair with orchids began in college. It was the winter of 2007 while in Belize for a winter semester class “Tropical Agriculture, Conservation, and Ecosystems.” Sitting along the tranquil headwaters of the Bladen River, our guide detailed the…

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Light Choices for Starting Plants Indoors

There seem to be new lighting choices for indoor plant growing every year. If you’ve been starting annual flower and vegetable plants indoors you probably learned early on that natural light entering through windows is hardly ever adequate. Some type…

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Indoor cucumbers, and wild cucumber relatives

This month’s post is Proud Mom Edition. Both my sons enjoy growing plants inside their apartments – all that botanical indoctrination paid off! My younger son, Patrick, has now managed to grow food in his sunny 21st-floor Chicago flat: a…

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