September 2014

  1. Medallion Calathea

    Medallion Calathea
    Calathea roseopicta 'Medallion' This plant displays intricate variegation on its leaves. Scientific classification: Kingdom: Plantae Division: Angiosperms Class: Monocots Order: Zingiberales Family: Marantaceae Genus: Calathea Species: roseopicta Cultivar: 'Medallion'   Natural habitat and growing conditions: Native to tropical rainforests of northwestern Brazil, this species grows best with medium light levels and warm, humid conditions. It is damaged by temperatures below...
  2. Red Earth Star

    Red Earth Star
    Cryptanthus bivittatus 'Ruby' This bromeliad displays striking red-on-darker-red variegation when given good light. Scientific classification: Kingdom: Plantae Division: Angiosperms Class: Monocots Order: Poales Family: Bromeliaceae Genus: Cryptanthus Species: bivittatus Cultivar: 'Ruby' Natural habitat and growing conditions: A terrestrial (ground-dwelling) bromeliad native to drier areas of Brazil, this plant requires bright light, and warm conditions to perform well. Individual plants only...
  3. Furry Feather Calathea

    Furry Feather Calathea
    Calathea rufibarba This Furry Feather Calathea plant is often grown for its uniquely-textured, ornamental leaves which are covered with short hairs. Scientific classification: Kingdom: Plantae Division: Angiosperms Class: Monocots Order: Zingiberales Family: Marantaceae Genus: Calathea Species: rufibarba   Natural habitat and growing conditions: Native to tropical rainforests of eastern Brazil, this species grows best with medium light levels and warm...
  4. Brookside Secondary School Grows with Black Dog LED Grow Lights

    Brookside Secondary School Grows with Black Dog LED Grow Lights
    Black Dog LED is proud to partner with Brookside Secondary School in Ontario, Canada to provide grow lights for their Green Technologies program. Black Dog's lights will be used in the school's green room and will help introduce students to the fundamentals of horticulture. Classes will explore techniques and career opportunities in indoor and urban farming. Jim Daignault, a Brookside...
  5. Black Dog LED Options For Your Garden

    Black Dog LED Options For Your Garden
    Now that you're convinced that LED lighting is the most economical and productive way to grow your indoor crops (if you need an extra nudge, read this) your next decision is what setup is right for you. Black Dog LED has lights and accessories designed by growers and proven by growers for all sizes and types of grow operations. We've...
  6. Sensitive Plant

    Sensitive Plant
    Mimosa pudica The leaves of this plant fold up when touched. Scientific classification: Kingdom: Plantae Division: Angiosperms Class: Eudicots Order: Fabales Family: Fabaceae Genus: Mimosa Species: pudica   Natural habitat and growing conditions: Growing as a scrambling groundcover in tropical and subtropical regions, this species is native to South America and Central America. The Mimosa Pudica plant requires regular water...
  7. Peacock Plant

    Peacock Plant
    Calathea makoyana Also known as┬ácathedral windows, this peacock plant has incredibly ornate leaves with large translucent areas. Scientific classification: Kingdom: Plantae Division: Angiosperms Class: Monocots Order: Zingiberales Family: Marantaceae Genus: Calathea Species: makoyana   Natural habitat and growing conditions: Native to tropical rainforests of eastern Brazil, this species grows best with medium light levels and warm, humid conditions. It is...
  8. 9 Nutritious Plants That You Can Grow Indoors Easily

    9 Nutritious Plants That You Can Grow Indoors Easily
    DIY gardening is growing faster than a zucchini plant in midsummer. Vacant lots, back yards and patios are sprouting up everywhere as places to grow locally-sourced produce for healthy food and environmentally-sound agriculture. But what if you live in a place that's too cold or with days that are too short for healthy plant growth and good yields? Move your...

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