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The 10 Best Hanging Plants for Creating an Indoor Jungle

RisMedia Consumer News - September 23, 2020 - 2:54pm

(TNS)—A longtime bohemian standard during the 1970s, hanging houseplants have returned in a big way as demand for plants has skyrocketed in the pandemic and Instagram influencers create indoor jungles.

Plant parents love to dote on their houseplants, especially now that everyone is hunkering down at home, but are all indoor plants well suited to hanging?

Bloomscape’s resident plant expert Joyce Mast advises evaluating your home and lifestyle before choosing a houseplant to hang in your home.

“What kind of light will your plant enjoy?” Mast asked. “How much time will you have to take care of its needs? And are you able to reach the plant (to water) once it is hanging in your home?”

From fast-growing philodendron to trailing spider plants, here are varieties that will do well in baskets and macrame hangers.

  1. Silver satin pothos (Scindapsus pictus)

In the wild, a Scindapsus plant can climb as high as the crown of a tree, while indoors, it can grow up to 6 feet tall.

“This trailing plant enjoys low to bright indirect light areas, is very easy to care for, and looks lovely as a hanging plant as its patterned silvery green leaves drape over,” Mast said.

Tip: Feel free to take a cutting from this one and share at plant swaps as they are easy to propagate. If vines grow too long, simply cut back the stems in the spring just below a healthy leaf.

  1. Heartleaf philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum)

This popular philodendron features distinctive pointed tips and can be grown as a climber or a trailing vine.

“These fast-growing heart-shaped plants enjoy low to bright indirect light areas and are very easy to care for—they’re happy in most areas of the home,” said Mast.

Tip: This plant can handle its soil drying out from time to time. Just water it thoroughly and then hang it back up. As a quick grower, it is an excellent choice for the trailing-plants-as-curtains look.

  1. Philodendron hederaceum ‘Brasil’

This variety of the popular heartleaf philodendron features beautiful yellow and lime green leaves that look dramatic cascading from bookshelves and hangers. Mast likes it as a “fast-growing, vining plant that is very easy to care for and will thrive in low to bright indirect light.”

Tip: If it gets long and leggy, simply pinch it back for a fuller look.

  1. Neon prayer plant (Maranta)

Hardy Maranta earned its common name because of the way its leaves close at nightfall.

“This vibrant plant stands out with bright green oval leaves and a herringbone-like pattern of light yellow veining,” said Mast. “The colorful foliage makes this a perfect plant for window sills or shelves that need a splash of color.”

Tip: Maranta thrives in humid conditions, so it’s a good idea to give it a light mist every few days.

  1. Wandering dude (Tradescantia zebrina)

This striking purple plant, now commonly known as the Wandering dude plant is easy to care for, fast-growing and will trail quickly. It can also take some direct sunlight if necessary.

Tip: Pinch back the long vines at a joint on the stem to encourage branching as it can become leggy with bare stems. Because it is a plant that prefers a slightly more humid environment, this is a good choice for bathrooms and kitchens.

  1. Hoya obovata

Hoyas have thick, waxy leaves, are great climbers, and prefer bright, indirect light. With their striking trailing leaves, hoyas are perfect for bookshelves, mantles and hangers.

Tip: Group a variety of hoyas in a row (other popular varieties include Hoya kerrii and Hoya carnosa) to make a statement, as shown above.

  1. String of bananas (Curio radicans)

Native to South Africa, this succulent features distinctive banana-shaped foliage, also known as “fish hooks,” and is a good choice for sun-drenched south-facing windows.

Tip: String of bananas is prone to aphids, so watch the tips of the plants for insects.

  1. String of Pearls (Curio rowleyanus)

String of Pearls, formerly known as Senecio rowleyanus, is a popular trailing plant with pea-shaped leaves. It loves heat and indirect sunlight but can tolerate lower light if necessary. As a drought-tolerant succulent, water String of pearls when the soil is dry.

Tip: The attractive stems can break off easily, so install it in a place with limited traffic.

  1. Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider plants, sometimes called airplane plants because of their arching leaves and floating plantlets, grow well in hanging baskets. They prefer bright, indirect light, but too much sun can scorch their leaves. Water regularly and allow to dry out in between feedings.

Tip: Propagate single plantlets by removing them from the stem and rooting them in water. When roots are an inch long, transfer them to potting soil.

  1. Baby Tears (Pilea depressa)

This delicate plant creates a stunning mat of creeping stems that prefer moist, well-drained soil in a part shade to full shade location. They are thirsty plants and require frequent watering.

Tip: Baby’s tears thrive in humidity, so they are an ideal choice for steamy kitchens and bathrooms.

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Lemon, Garlic Sauce, Rosemary Make Flavorful Fish Dish

RisMedia Consumer News - September 17, 2020 - 3:05pm

(TNS)—Rosemary adds a fragrant touch to sautéed fish fillets. I have used mahi-mahi, but any type of firm white fish will work. The cooking time depends on the size of the fish. Count about 8 minutes per inch of thickness.
The lemon and garlic sauce flavors the pasta and complements the rosemary on the fish.

Helpful Hints:
– Snapper, grouper, tilapia or cod can be used instead of mahi-mahi.
– Any type of short cut pasta such as corkscrew or ziti can be used.
– A quick way to chop rosemary is to snip the leaves with a scissors while on the stem.

– Place water on to boil.
– Make pasta.
– Sauté fish.

Shopping List:

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for tonight’s Dinner in Minutes.

To buy: 3/4-pound mahi-mahi, 1 package fresh rosemary or 1 bottle dried rosemary, 1 package pine nuts, 1 container fat-free no-salt-added chicken broth, 1/4-pound broccoli florets, 1 box penne pasta, 1 lemon, 1 small piece Parmesan cheese.

Staples: olive oil, onion, minced garlic, salt and black peppercorns.

Rosemary-Crusted Mahi-Mahi
Recipe by Linda Gassenheimer

3/4-pound mahi-mahi
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 tablespoons pine nuts
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Rinse fish and pat dry with paper towel. Press rosemary onto both sides of the fish. Heat oil in a small non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. When skillet is smoking, add fish and brown for 1 minute. Brown second side for another minute. Lower heat and cook 5 more minutes. Sprinkle with pine nuts and salt and pepper to taste.

Yield 2 servings.

Per serving: 227 calories (38 percent from fat), 9.6 g fat (1.6 g saturated, 3.8 g monounsaturated), 126 mg cholesterol, 32.2 g protein, 2.2 g carbohydrates, 1.3 g fiber, 155 mg sodium.

Lemon Garlic Pasta
Recipe by Linda Gassenheimer

1/4-pound penne pasta, about 1 1/2 cups
1/4-pound broccoli florets, about 1 1/4 cups
1/2 tablespoon olive oil, divided use
1 cup sliced onion
3 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 cup fat free, no-salt-added chicken broth (divided use)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add the penne and boil 8 minutes. Add the broccoli to the saucepan and continue to boil 2 minutes. Meanwhile, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic, chicken broth, remaining olive oil and lemon juice. Cook 2 minutes. Drain pasta and add to the skillet. Toss well for a minute. Add salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.

Yield 2 servings.

Per serving: 316 calories (17 percent from fat), 5.9 g fat (1.5 g saturated, 2.1 g monounsaturated), 4 mg cholesterol, 12.7 g protein, 54.7 g carbohydrates, 3.1 g fiber, 129 mg sodium.

Linda Gassenheimer is the author of over 30 cookbooks, including her newest, “The 12-Week Diabetes Cookbook.” Listen to Linda on www.WDNA.org and all major podcast sites. Email her at [email protected].

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