Deborah

Deborah is a plant enthusiast and founder of Gardening Collective.

holding up a philodendron bonifaziae, a tropical houseplant that has long, succulent-like leaves

Caring for your Philodendron Bonifaziae

The Philodendron Bonifaziae is a rare little guy from the Philodendron family. 🙂 While most Bonifaziaes are sold in small starter pots, when mature this Philodendron can grow up to 10 feet (3 meters) long. It is known for its long, narrow leaves held atop short, succulent-like petioles (leaf stalks). Care-wise, the Philodendron Bonifaziae is …

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leaves of a hoya rangsan - variegated light green or silvery splashes on darker green leaves

Hoya Rangsan (Comprehensive Care & Growing Guide!)

If you’re looking for a variegated houseplant that is easy-flowering and doesn’t require a lot of fussing over, we think the Hoya Rangsan is a good choice. 🙂 This tropical houseplant produces narrow waxy leaves that are deep green with silvery or light green splashes. The variegation is different from leaf to leaf. It also …

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hoya elliptica growing with thick succulent-like leaves and a cluster of flowers

Hoya Elliptica – (Best #1 Care Guide for a THRIVING Hoya!)

The Hoya Elliptica is a beautiful, low-maintenance plant native to Southeast Asia. Like many Hoyas, it is a climbing plant (called an epiphyte) that grows thick leaves. What’s unique about this Hoya is its leaves have silver veins that remind us of turtle shells! Of course, it is also known for its strong, honey-scented flowers…. …

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hoya clemensiorum in a small black pot, this is an exotic tropical plant

Hoya Clemensiorum (How to help this RARE variety to THRIVE!)

Hoyas are one of the most commonly grown houseplants, known for their plump waxy leaves that store water. The Hoya Clemensiorum, however, is considered a rare variety that looks quite unlike any other. 🙂 It has unusual, light green long leaves with a crisp edge and intricate dark green patterned veins. Personally, we think the veining …

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topview of the philodendron snowdrift with wavy leaf edges and yellow, white and green leaves

Philodendron Snowdrift (Complete #1 Care & Propagation Guide!)

Alas, the Philodendron Snowdrift is one of the more unique varieties in the Philodendron genus. 🙂 It is a foliage plant that is grown for variegated leaves… but this variegation is very variable, and differs from plant to plant. We’ve seen Snowdrifts with white variegation (thus the name), and others with a more yellow or …

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Hoya Heuschkeliana – Complete Care Guide

If you’re looking for a low-maintenance plant with interesting foliage to add to your indoor garden, look no further than the Hoya Heuschkeliana! Hoya Heuschkeliana is a stunning tropical vine plant that is native to the Philippines. It produces fleshy green foliage with a waxy sheen. It produces clusters of yellow or pink flowers, with a caramel-like …

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hand holding up an alocasia jacklyn, an unusual plant with lobed and wavy leaves and zebra-striped stems

Alocasia Jacklyn – Growing & Propagation guide!

The Alocasia Jacklyn is a stunning ornamental plant native to Indonesia that is a fairly new discovery. Because it is still new to the plant world, Alocasia Jacklyn is considered rare and not as readily available as other Alocasia varieties. But with its vibrant green foliage with darker green veins on striped stems, this plant is sure to …

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Plant Shelfie with Pauline (@Leaf.A.Lil)

Today we are having a chat with the lovely Pauline, a fellow plant enthusiast with an absolutely enviable collection of Alocasias and Philodendrons. She has the largest Alocasia Frydeks and Sarians leaves I’ve ever seen!! A busy lawyer, Pauline first turned to gardening as a source of solace and respite during the COVID pandemic. Determined …

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topview of a small potted Philodendron Ruizii variegated

Philodendron Ruizii (Complete Care + Propagation Guide!)

The Philodendron Ruizii has short stems and long leaves that grow in a “birds nest” formation from the center of the plant. It is a relatively uncommon Philodendron, and has semi-succulent properties that means that it can withstand dry spells and drier air than most others. Its adaptable nature makes it a good choice for …

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