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January 2022
Issue 157
Hello Great Gardeners,

Winter finally arrived. I was beginning to think it never would. The Forsythia outside of my home was so confused by the warmer weather that they started to bloom a little. So at this point, I don't know if they will bloom correctly in the springtime or whether they will go straight to leafing out.

This past week I have had a friend in the office visiting. Meet Gabby, my in-law's parakeet. She used to gab a lot, hence the name, but in her older years now, she just observes and watches while I work.

In this issue, houseplants in the office.

As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, hit reply. I would love to hear from you. Have a great-gardening day.

Holly's Office Plants
Ever since I started working in the office, I have been gradually bringing more and more houseplants into it. I have a wide assortment I have brought in to see how they grow in an office setting. Others because I could not pass them up.

According to research and many websites on the world wide web, having houseplants can help with stress, increase productivity, and boost creativity, to name a few.

I am a plant mom, and I know that having houseplants makes me happy. It makes the office feel brighter and more alive. I recently had to take all of the plants out of the office because we lost heat for a few days. The office felt bare and like it was missing something.

Here are a few of my favorite that might work for you in your office.
Snake Plant
My snake plant has to be around ten years old now. I call it Ruth's plant because it lives on her desk. Since day one, it has been in a 6-inch pot; all I do is refresh the soil every few years.

Light: Bright, Medium, Or Low, Indirect Light
Water: Let soil dry out completely between waterings.
ZZ Plant
ZZ I have had almost as long as my snake plant. I love the ZZ plant because of its foliage. This one thrives on neglect. When I first got it, I found that the leaves kept turning yellow; I did a little research and found out it was from overwatering. So once I stopped watering so much, it righted itself.

Light: Bright, Medium, Or Low, Indirect Light
Water: Let soil go completely dry between waterings.
Aloe Vera
I don't even know where to begin when it comes to this Aloe. This plant was given to me by my mother-in-law. It was part of her Aloe that she got from her mother. So it has been in the family for generations.

It loves the east window in the office. I have had to have it repotted three times now. I have divided it just as many and given pots to family and friends. It bloomed for the first time last year, which was fantastic to see.
As you can see, it needs to be repotted again. It is pushing its pups out of the pot and onto the floor. I do love this plant. I call it my wild child.

Aloe is great for when you have a burn. Here in the greenhouse industry, we get sunburned quite often while outside. So having one around is quite handy.

Light: Bright, Indirect Light (East facing window works great)
Water: Let soil go almost completely dry between waterings.
African Violets
I have several African Violets here in the office. This one pictured must be at least six years old, maybe older.

They are pretty low-maintenance plants. Mostly dead-heading occasionally.

They do not like watered from the top and don't like their leaves to get wet. Fertilizing is essential, and I use Schultz African Violet food when I water.
Light: Bright, Indirect Light
Watering: Water when the top couple of inches are dry to touch. I use a self-watering pot and fill the reservoir once a week.
Goldfish Plant
Goldfish Plant is my ultimate favorite plant. It has orange flowers shaped like little fish when it is in bloom. It is so cute.
They have a new variety out that we sell at the store called 'Christmas Holly.' I want to get it. Come on, Christmas Holly (I was born the day after Christmas, my name is Holly); how much more perfect can it get? I need to find a spot in the office for it. Maintenance wise this plant only needs to be trimmed when it gets too leggy. It would work better if it were in a hanging basket, but it still does great in a pot.
Light: Bright, Indirect Light
Water: Let 50% of it dry out between waterings.
String Of Turtles
String of Turtles is one of my newest editions to our office. I kept having people asking for it over the phone. So I had to get one for myself.

Unfortunately, at this time, we are sold out of them again. We do have Sting of Hearts which is very similar to this one.

So far, this plant has been an easy-care houseplant. I love how tiny the leaves are. It is a succulent plant, so it does not need much water.
Light: Bright, Indirect Light
Water: Allow to dry out completely between waterings
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Aerial Roots
Aerial roots are roots that emerge above ground from the stem or leaves and function as anchors, affixing the plant to supporting structures such as rocks and or other objects. The roots may also be to collect water and nutrients for the plant, or to support the weight of the plant.

Many plants grow aerial roots such as Monstera, Pothos, Philodendrons,and  Rubber Trees to name a few. 

Aerial roots are not a indicator of how healthy your plant is. Some plants may grow aerial roots in one setting but not in another setting. 

Aerial roots can be trimmed off, there are exceptions though. Orchids and other epiphytes need them in order to survive.
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Maple Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops
4 bone-in, center cut pork chop
Olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Maple Balsamic Glaze:
1/4 cup Sweet Maple Honey Cream Spread
3-4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp vegetable stock
1 clove garlic, minced
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1 sprig thyme
Salt and pepper, to taste

For the glaze:
In a small saucepan, combine all of the glaze ingredients.
Heat over medium-low heat until it reaches a low boil (just be cautious, the cream has sugar in it, so be sure it doesn't burn).
Cook until the sauce reduces slightly and then set aside.

For the pork chops:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
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Brush them with the glaze. Flip the pork chops over and brush the other side with the glaze.
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