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Garden Trends 2021: New Plants for Colorful Curbsides, Pollinator Gardens and Green Indoors

Garden Trends 2021: New Plants for Colorful Curbsides, Pollinator Gardens and Green Indoors

While it’s easy to put 2020 behind us, the year’s unprecedented events are clearly shaping garden trends for an exciting year to come. Here are six we’re following at Groovy Plants Ranch:   #1 More Gardeners = A Bounty of Online Garden Content We are thankful more than 20 million new growers picked up garden trowels during quarantine. And luckily the green industry responded in a huge way with more online garden content for both newbies and long-time gardeners. At Groovy Plants Ranch, we dove deep into plant nerdiness narratives on our social media posts, launched our “Penny Flora Thoughts”...

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How to Trim a Jade Plant

How to Trim a Jade Plant

Is your jade plant getting a little wild looking or maybe even lopsided? Perhaps it’s time for a trim. Jared produced a great jade-trimming video in the Groovy Plants Ranch greenhouse and shares tips here. Just ask him, and he’ll be the first to tell you a good trim will make your jade plant (Crassula ovata) not only look better but also grow healthier. Untrimmed jade plants can become very top heavy and are prone to splitting and breaking. In fact, he trims his five-year-old jade plant twice a year. All you need to get started is a pair of...

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How to Grow Healthy Calathea Plants

How to Grow Healthy Calathea Plants

GPR Shares Tips for Growing These Gorgeous and Sometimes Finicky Plants. Felicia, retail manager at Groovy Plants Ranch, hears lots of calathea questions especially during the winter months. One customer asks, “Why are my calathea leaves drooping or curling?” Another shares leaf images on his phone and asks, “Why are the edges so crispy?” Oh, and everyone wants to know, “How do you pronounce this plant name?” With their dazzling colors and striking leaf patterns, it’s no wonder so many customers want to successfully grow these stunning tropical plants. Pronunciation   Felicia starts with the easiest one. Calathea, pronounced CAL-LAY-THEE-AH,...

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How to Confidently Shop for Plants Online

How to Confidently Shop for Plants Online

Google and the Google logo are trademarks of Google LLC.   Shopping for plants online can be so easy. Still, there’s that chance for major fail. Perhaps, you’ve spent a Saturday morning carefully selecting plants and filling an online shopping cart to make the most of your bonus check. Then, disappointment comes when your package arrives. Inside the box, a cactus is dumped upside down, a few creeping crawlies have hitched a ride, or a variegated plant only has a smattering of white speckles. Jared and Liz Hughes hear horror stories all the time and have put together some shopping tips...

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