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How to Compost at Home: Step by Step Guide for Beginners

Compost with Soil

Compost happens… but it happens a whole lot faster when you know how!

Worm Composting: Complete Beginner’s Guide (7 Step Process)

Composting with worms (a.k.a. vermicomposting) is the proverbial win-win situation.

“Complete Guide to Indoor Gardening + Top 3 Smart Gardens”

When the winter blahs set in and your dreaming of fresh greens from your garden, consider growing indoors.

How to Get Rid of Dandelions (Tried and Tested Methods)

Yes, it is possible to get rid of dandelions without using toxic sprays. Here’s how.

Tips For Accurate pH Testing

Optimal pH levels are critical to healthy plants and high yields in both soil and hydroponics gardening.

Why Grow Organic? Taste.

There are many reasons to eat organically. Better taste is one.

Indoor Winter Gardening Revolution

More and more gardeners are growing inside their homes under lights.

Hybrids, GMOs: Not the Same

Clearing up the confusion between hybrids and GMOs.

Growing, Enjoying Microgreens

Like sprouts, radish, beet and other young greens make nutritious salad additions.

Grow Sprouts: For the Health of It!

Tips on raising nutritious sprouts right in your own kitchen … organically!

Growing Herbs Indoors

Growing fresh herbs through the winter under lights is easy. Here’s how.

Preparing Garden Soil

Healthy soil is the basis of healthy plants and a healthy environment.

Beneficial Insects for Pest Control

How to properly use beneficial insects to control garden pests.

How to Get Rid of Bugs Organically

Safe, effective and simple – pest control at its very best.

Good Bugs in Your Garden

Attracting or importing “the good bugs” into your yard or garden is a great way to reduce the number of insect pests.

Raised Bed Gardening 101

Tips and techniques for high-yield, raised bed vegetable gardens.

Organic Gardening 101

Pesticides on our produce, GMOs in our food… how do we protect our families? Grow your own.

Flower Gardening 101

A garden filled with flowers will brighten up and enliven any landscape.

Indoor Plant Care

Many houseplants are easy to grow, but they must be given appropriate care in order to thrive.

Light Right (Indoor Garden Lighting)

Our handy guide makes it easy to select the best light for growing plants indoors.

The Blog: Welcome

Welcome to Planet Natural’s Blog, a clearinghouse for all things green and growing.

Best Lab-Created + Simulated Diamonds (Where to Buy in 2023)

Best Lab-Created Diamonds

Trying to find the perfect diamond jewelry nowadays is not only exciting but also quite overwhelming. The traditional diamond market consists of solely mined diamonds that originate from conflict zones. But fortunately, we now have the option of going for lab created diamonds and simulated diamonds to avoid all that while still being able to wear the diamond jewelry of our dreams. If you’ve been looking for the best lab-created and simulated diamond jewelry for yourself or a loved one but find all the jargon confusing and intimidating, we definitely don’t blame you! That’s why we’ve put together this complete guide to explain the differences between simulated and lab-created diamonds and have also shared the best places to find the perfect piece of jewelry in 2023. So, read on to learn everything you need to know about simulated diamonds and lab-created diamonds, plus the top places to buy jewelry in 2023. Affiliate Disclosure:  Planet Natural editors review and select each product mentioned in the article independently. If you buy through affiliate links, we may earn a commission which will help support our website. What are Simulated Diamonds? Simulated diamonds are gemstones that are natural and manufactured stones that look like diamonds but,… Read more

Money Plant: How to Grow, and Care for Chinese Money Plant

Money Plants in Pots

If you’re looking to add wealth and prosperity to your life, then consider adding this stunning money plant to your indoor plant collection! Chinese money plant (Pilea peperomioides) is a low-maintenance, easy-to-grow plant that even beginners can work with! It gets its name from the distinct coin-shaped leaves and is known to have a long association with wealth and abundance in Feng Shui. It’s an easy plant to propagate, so once you have one, you’ll have one or more for life (and your friends and family probably will too!). Read on to learn exactly how to grow and care for money plant at home. Scientific Name: Pilea peperomioides Common Name: Chinese money plant, coin plant, pancake plant, UFO plant, friendship plant, sharing plant Family: Urticaceae Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zones: 9 – 11 (USDA) Sun Exposure: Partial sun Soil Type: Well-draining Soil pH: 6.0 – 7.0 (Acidic, neutral) Bloom Time: Spring Flower Color: White Native Area: China Quick Guide: Planting, Growing & Caring for Chinese Money Plant Money plant is an easy-to-grow, no fuss, low maintenance plant Find a spot with bright indirect light to help it grow well and avoid direct sunlight Average household temperatures and humidity work well… Read more

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Shampoo Ginger Lily

shampoo ginger lily flowers

The Shampoo Ginger Lily plant (Zingiber zerumbet), also known as Awapuhi Kuahiwi, red pinecone ginger, and bitter ginger, is a plant that you may not be familiar with unless you’ve visited Hawaii. It is native to India, but Polynesian settlers brought it to Hawaii, where its flower head produces ginger-scented fluid that is still used in shampoos and conditioners. The roots have traditionally been used as medicine and dried to make a fragrant powder. The roots of the plant, called rhizomes, can be eaten and used like ginger, though they are more bitter hence the reason why it’s also known as bitter ginger! In Java, the leaves were used to add flavor to meat that was baked. Fortunately, you can easily grow this plant both indoors and outdoors to enjoy its stunning, exotic looks that can add a flair to any landscape or utilize it for its innumerable uses. Read our guide for shampoo ginger lily to learn everything you need to know to maintain a healthy, thriving plant. Botanical Name: Zingiber zerumbet Common Name: Shampoo ginger lily, Awapuhi Kuahiwi, shampoo lily, red pinecone ginger, bitter ginger Family: Zingiberaceae Plant Type: Perennial herbaceous Hardiness Zones: 8 – 12 (USDA) Sun… Read more

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Calathea Plant Indoors

calathea aka zebra plant

Calathea houseplants are known for their foliage which has captivating patterns and is bound to make anyone pause and take notice. These stunning pieces will add a splash of color and texture to any room in your house. Even the undersides of the leaves offer aesthetic appeal, as they may display a vibrant splash of color during the evening. It can be hard to figure out how to take care of these tropical plants at first. But read this guide to learn exactly what to do and once you start to properly care for your calathea plant, you’ll be rewarded with vibrant colors and the delicate motion of the leaves. Botanical Name: Calathea Common Name: Calathea, zebra plant, prayer plant, rattlesnake plant, peacock plant, beauty plant, cathedral plant Family: Marantaceae Plant Type: Herbaceous, perennial Hardiness Zones:11 – 12 (USDA) Sun Exposure: Partial, shade Soil Type: Loamy, moist, well-drained Soil pH: Acidic, neutral Height: Up to 2 ft Bloom Time: Spring, summer Flower Colors: Purple, white, yellow Quick Guide: Planting, Growing & Caring for Calathea Growing and caring for calathea can be tricky, but with the right information you can easily take care of them Calathea is a tropical plant that… Read more

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Marble Queen Pothos

Marble Queen Pothos Leaves

Marble Queen pothos (Epipremnum aureum) deserves a place in your home if you’re just getting started with houseplants or just enjoy the ease of growing low-maintenance plants. This tropical vining plant is drought resistant and not overly picky about the soil or light. The Marble Queen cultivar has beautiful variegated leaves and trailing vines that can grow up, down, or across any surface. It has the classic heart-shaped leaves as pothos do, and it’s generally easy to care for just like other types of pothos. This stunning houseplant can survive in your home even if you don’t get a ton of sunlight through the windows. And if you tend to forget to water your plants often, it’s low-maintenance, drought-resistant nature will definitely come in handy. It’s no wonder that it’s such a beloved houseplant! If you’re interested in learning how to plant, grow, and care for marble queen pothos, then keep on reading! Botanical Name: Epipremnum aureum ‘Marble Queen’ Common Name: Marble queen pothos, devil’s ivy, money plant Family: Araceae Plant Type: Perennial, vine Hardiness Zones: 11a – 12b (USDA) Sun Exposure: Partial sun Soil Type: Loamy, well-draining soil Soil pH: Mildy acidic (6.0 – 6.5) Height: Up to 10 ft Bloom Time:… Read more

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Red Creeping Thyme

Red Creeping Thyme

Red creeping thyme (Thymus praecox) spreads quickly to make a lush carpet of small leaves and bright blooms! When touched or crushed, the soft green foliage releases an aromatic scent. In early summer, hundreds of bright pink and red flowers bloom, enhancing the already pleasant aroma. Butterflies and bees are drawn to the flowers because of the nectar they produce. Red creeping thyme is an excellent low-maintenance addition to any garden. As it spreads, it grows densely, crowding out undesirable weeds. Keep reading this article to learn the ins and outs of caring for red creeping thyme so it thrives in your garden. Botanical Name: Thymus praecox ‘Coccineus’ Common Name: Red creeping thyme, crimson thyme, mother of thyme Family: Lamiaceae Plant Type: Woody perennial Hardiness Zones: 4 – 9 (USDA) Sun Exposure: Full sun Soil Type: Well-drained, sandy Soil pH: Neutral to alkaline Height: 3 to 6 inches Bloom Time: Summer Flower Color: purple, deep-pink, red Quick Guide: Planting, Growing & Caring for Red Creeping Thyme Red creeping thyme requires full sun to grow and bloom Plant in well-prepared sandy loam with good drainage Do not overwater and allow it to dry between waterings Frequent pruning is essential to maintain this stunning ground cover… Read more

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Alocasia (Elephant’s Ear)

Alocasia Plant

Alocasia houseplants are renowned for their unique and beautiful foliage and can add visual appeal to just about any room in your house. They have a powerful presence, and you won’t be able to help but be drawn by their captivating appearance and incredible charm. It’s no wonder that they’re such a well-loved houseplant! The broad, heart or arrowhead-shaped leaves of this plant are textured and may have flat or wavy edges. The distinctive cream color veining stands out dramatically against the dark green color of the leaves. Growing and caring for Alocasia houseplants doesn’t have to be tricky; read this guide to learn exactly what you need to do to grow them easily at home. Botanical Name: Alocasia spp. Common Name: Alocasia, elephant ears, African mask Family: Araceae Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial Hardiness Zones: 10 – 12 (USDA) Sun Exposure: Bright indirect light, outdoor shade Soil Type: Loose, well-draining potting mix Soil pH: 5.5 – 6.5 (Slightly acidic) Height: 2 – 9 ft Bloom Time: Spring and summer Flower Color: Light yellow Native Area: Asia and Eastern Australia Quick Guide: Planting, Growing & Caring for Alocasia Alocasia is a subtropical plant hailing from Asia and Eastern Australia There are… Read more

Wandering Jew: Complete Plant Care and Growing Guide

wandering jew house plant

Wandering Jew makes for some beautiful houseplants that are sure to brighten up any room in your home. Contrary to popular belief, Wandering Jew is not a single plant, but rather the common name for a variety of Tradescantia species. The Tradescantia genus contains 75 herbaceous perennials that are collectively known as wandering jew, or wandering dude. Among these are the well-liked houseplants Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Quicksilver’, Tradescantia pallida ‘Purple Heart’, and Tradescantia zebrina ‘Tricolor’, each of which is known by a variety of different common names. Regardless of which particular variety piques your interest, each of these species is hardy, grows quickly, and requires little care and attention. The plant care instructions are the same for all three common types as well. These plants look particularly striking in hanging planters or in any area of your space that could use a splash of color because their eye-catching colorful foliage will trail, spread, or climb. However, some members of the Tradescantia family are toxic to pets, so keep them away from your furry loved ones. Interestingly, wandering jew is considered invasive in many parts of the world when grown outdoors, but its vining habit makes it ideal for the indoors. Read… Read more

Types of Pothos: 15 Varieties to Consider Growing Today

Butterfly on Golden Pothos Leaf

Pothos is, by far, one of the most popular houseplants available, which means that most of us have already owned one or know someone who does. What’s best is that there are 15 different types of pothos out there so it makes growing and caring for these stunning houseplants incredibly fun and rewarding. It is common knowledge that pothos is among the simplest houseplants to maintain, which explains why they’re always so popular. They thrive indoors and can tolerate a variety of lighting conditions. Plus, they are excellent vining plants, making them common selections for pots and baskets hung from the ceiling. Pothos are technically the Epipremnum spp. with Epipremnum aureum being the most common type. However, there are a number of other vining plants with similar maintenance requirements and appearance that are frequently referred to as pothos, which causes a great deal of confusion amongst home gardeners. So, let’s first look at what exactly a true pothos is (and what isn’t) and then check out the 15 types of pothos and what distinguishes them from one another. What Defines a True Pothos? Before we start looking at the different types of pothos, we need to first consider what exactly makes… Read more

FULL GUIDE: White Bird of Paradise Care (Strelitzia Nicolai) + FAQ

White Bird of Paradise Flowers (Strelitzia Nicolai)

The white bird of paradise plant (Strelitzia Nicolai) belongs to the bird of paradise plant species. The white bird of paradise is native to South Africa but has also been grown in Florida, California, and other locations. Botanist refers to it as the queen of the indoor plant world and the giant bird plant grows up to 7-8 feet tall. The white bird of paradise is a landscape plant that beautifies the home and environment. Read on to learn everything about the white bird of paradise! Description of the White Bird of Paradise Roots: The white bird of paradise develops thick, tuberous roots and is invasive as it spreads rapidly though not aggressive. Stem: The white bird of paradise grows in clusters of erect woody multiple stems of 20 ft outdoors and up to 7 ft when grown indoors; the branches are numerous, growing from a single base. Leaves: The white bird of Paradise plants have huge leaves measuring as wide as 1.8m and grow from clumping stalks. The leaves are fan-like and get more prominent as the plant matures. The old leaves fall off to expose the plant’s trunk while sprouting out new leaves. Flowers: The flowers of the… Read more

How to Grow an Indoor Vegetable Garden: A Beginner’s Guide

How to Grow an Indoor Vegetable Garden: A Beginner's Guide

Growing an indoor vegetable garden can be a great way to enjoy fresh, healthy produce year-round. With the right setup and care, you can create a thriving vegetable garden in your own home. If you don’t have an outdoor space to grow your own vegetables or live in a small apartment, you may believe that you can’t have the vegetable garden of your dreams! But that isn’t true at all! You can grow your own lettuce, tomatoes, kale, herbs, and even small lemon trees indoors. And if you do with an indoor vegetable garden system instead of growing your own from scratch, then you’ll have the option of growing more than 150 different veggies with minimal input and effort. If that all sounds exciting, then this guide is perfect for you! We not only share exactly why you should consider growing your own indoor vegetable garden but also discuss the two most common ways of doing that and go into detail to share with you everything you need to have a successful indoor vegetable garden. Affiliate Disclosure:  Planet Natural editors review and select each product mentioned in the article independently. If you buy through affiliate links, we may earn a… Read more