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On the Green Scene

On the Green Scene
January 2019

Here’s what the pros want you to know about growing indoors

Abide A While Garden Boutique (Purveys a wide variety of plants and containers):
“ZZ palms, pathos, Chinese evergreens, and sansevierias are great for low-light areas,” offers houseplants manager Jenalee Thompson. “A houseplant is never finished without dried moss on top of the soil.” 1460 Hwy. 17 N., Mount Pleasant;

Hægur Plant Shop (Specialty indoor tropicals and modern, Scandinavian-inspired planters):
“The funkiest-looking option I have in stock is the Calathea ornata, a shade grower,” says owner Bj Stadelman. “Though a little finicky with water quality (use filtered or distilled), they’re super easy.” 1102 King St.,

Leaf Me Alone Plant Club (Low-maintenance plants, including unique and rare succulents):
“The winter months don’t provide the constant bright sun that succulents crave, so they’ll often stretch out, trying to get as much light as possible,” notes owner Amy Gangi. “Cut them back in early spring to encourage new growth.” The Station-Park Circle, 4610 Spruill Ave., North Charleston;

Plant Babe (Succulents, tropicals, and other low-maintenance plants, plus handmade planters):
“Add a vertical element with a hanging planter or wall planter,” suggests owner Jesse Nersesian. Her favorite thing to elevate right now? The ric-rac cactus, which “adds a really different texture element to your plant landscape,” she says. “It’s low-maintenance and propagates easily.” 1836 Meeting Street Rd.,


For advice on keeping indoor plants happy and healthy—including a handy guide to getting lighting right—click here.