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    Pets & Plants

    Houseplants That Are Safe For Cats

    We love our kitties, don’t we? All those hilarious cat videos online, the endless hours of fascination and entertainment they bring us in our homes, and the kind of love that only they can give.  We have fallen in love with their charms, which is precisely what they had planned all along 🙂  If you’re here because you adore your fur baby but would really like to know the houseplants that are safe for cats, you’re in the right place! Here is a list of some great options that will make you feel at ease and your cat even safer. 1. African Violet If you are looking for a pop…

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    Orchid care

    How To Water Orchids Indoors

            It’s no secret that for a long time, orchids have gotten the reputation of being hard to care for, hard to keep alive and downright frustrating to have in your home.  Thankfully, none of the aforementioned are true.  There’s just so much misinformation leading you to believe this.  In this article, I’m going to talk about how to water orchids indoors. Specifically, I am speaking of Phalaenopsis orchids. Personally, I do have my favorite method but what works best for me may not work best for you.  Irrespective of that, there are still wrong and right ways to water your orchids. You’ll soon find it’s not…

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    Ideas4Landscaping Review – Inspiration For When You’re Stuck!

    We’ve all been there… dreaming up ideas of how we envision our indoor and outdoor spaces to be, but yet unable to manifest the vision into our reality. (sigh) It’s frustrating to say the least and can be very discouraging. We are all keenly aware that there’s nothing quite like coming home to a space where you feel peaceful, relaxed and safe, even if your life and environment are chaotic with mounting responsibilities. In this crazy world we’re in where our schedules never seem to stabilize for long, we all need a space we can escape to, unwind and let go of our stress for a while. Just breathe. Since…

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    Orchid pots

    Orchid Pots – Choosing The Right One

    Orchid pots are as unique as the orchids themselves. More often than not, people have no idea (including myself at one time), that orchids cannot live in the same design of pots that most other houseplants are happy in. In their natural habitat, Phalaenopsis orchids are epiphytes. Yes, I’m getting all fancy and technical with my terminology! All it means to be an epiphyte is that Phalaenopsis orchids derive their nutrients and moisture from their natural surroundings, not from the soil. This is why choosing the right orchid pot is necessary, but not overly complicated once you know what to look for. Orchid Roots Are Unique Orchid roots can pull…

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    Orchid care

    Trimming Orchid Roots – How Do I Know When?

    Few things in the plant care realm for many folks can produce fear and panic quite like the subject of how to properly re-pot a beloved plant.  Is it time?  What should my roots look like?  Am I doing this wrong?  Should I even be doing this at all?  I understand, especially when it comes to Phalaenopsis orchids.  There are a number of things to consider when taking on this task.  The very first one is:  breathe (it’s okay!), then relax yourself and let’s dig a little deeper into a few things to consider before you begin trimming orchid roots.  My goal with this post is by the time you…

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    Plant care

    What Is A Persian Shield Plant? Purple Perfection!

    One of my all time favorites! Aren’t the colors of this plant absolutely magnificent? They are purple perfection. In this post, we will answer the question, “What is a Persian Shield plant” and discover the amazing qualities this one possesses. These plants are so easy to get along with and add vibrancy to your space as few others can do. They also work well indoors or out. It is worth noting however that these are only hardy in USDA zones 9-11 so indoor growing is definitely preferred for many climates. Let’s explore more of what they have to offer… What Makes Persian Shield unique? The very first thing that makes…

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    Plant care

    What is a snake plant? Odd name. Great plant!

    So… what in the world is a snake plant?  If your curiosity has brought you here, read on because this is a plant you won’t want to miss.  There is so much to love about this one.  In this article, we will focus on a few key features of the snake plant, other names you may know it by, and why it’s a valuable addition to your home collection.  Lets dive in.  🙂 What Other Names Are They Called? The snake plant’s scientific name is Sansevieria trifasciata.  Quite a mouthful.  I’ll give you a moment to keep trying to pronounce it.  Funny how we do that, isn’t it?  Moving along…

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    Orchid care

    Orchid Display Stand, What Works?

      For most people, including myself, the qualities in an orchid display stand that I require are durability, functionality, accessibility, cost, and of course, a match for your overall choice in home decor. Like you, I adore my orchids and want to show them off.  As my personal collection grew, what I quickly noticed was the dilemma of displaying them in a safe and appealing way is a real challenge.  Due to their height while in bloom and the stakes that provide support for their stems which can be a bit clumsy, traditional houseplant display arrangements simply won’t work.  Not to mention, a healthy and mature Phalaenopsis orchid can have…

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    Affiliate Disclosure

    In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission released their new rules for Disclosure Compliance. These rules are set in place to ensure that readers or viewers of web media (blogs, Youtube videos, etc.) know if the blogger/presenter is sponsored, endorsed, or partnered with a different company. In blog terms, the readers need to know if the blogger is making money by sharing a link or product. In compliance with the FTC guidelines, please assume the following about links and posts on this site: Any/all of the links on PottedOpulence.com are affiliate links of which I receive a small compensation from sales of certain items. What are affiliate links? Purchases are made…

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    About Us

    Welcome to Potted Opulence! This site is dedicated to all the potted plants we love, that bring us so much enjoyment. Phalaenopsis orchids will likely take front and center stage, but along the journey, I’m quite sure many other plants will be discussed as well. It is my hope that we can engage in discussion together and chat about all the different ways these wondrous creations have made us smile…and challenged us as well. It Was Love At First Sight Some years ago, I met a lady who was going through a bad break-up with her fiance and was using plant therapy to soothe her aching heart. She began propagating…