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Madison Moulton

Madison is a writer, editor and life-long plant lover. After discovering an obsession with indoor gardening, she transformed her passion for plants into a career, contributing to various online and print publications in the gardening sphere. Through her writing, Madison hopes to encourage new gardeners to garden with the plants and the planet in mind.

Growing cactus from seeds. Close-up of young sprouted cacti in a pot under sunlight. The plant produces upright, oval bodies with small spines. These cacti exhibit a vibrant green coloration.

Cacti & Succulents

Can you Grow a Cactus from Seed?

If you’re looking for a new gardening experiment or want to fill your home with cacti in a cost-effective way, growing from seed is the answer. Gardening expert Madison Moulton explains whether you can grow cacti from seed and how to get it right.

Pruning hydrangeas in February. Close-up of a gardener's hands in yellow gloves trimming faded hydrangea flowers in a winter garden. He prunes the hydrangeas with pruning shears. Hydrangea paniculata has erect, bare brown stems with large cone-shaped flower clusters known as panicles, composed of numerous small, densely packed flowers. These flowers are small, brown, dry.

Shrubs

9 Popular Shrubs to Prune in February

From roses to rose of Sharon, there are several popular garden shrubs that benefit from pruning in February. Gardening expert Madison Moulton lists nine shrubs to prune now, with tips on how to get it right.

Growing succulents from seed. Close-up of a woman's hand holding a small white pot of Lithops against a blurred background of many pots of Lithops. Lithops are distinctive succulents known for their unique appearance. Resembling small, smooth pebbles, these plants have a pair of fused leaves that form a cleft at the top, creating a cactus-like cleft or slit. The leaves have different patterns, textures and colors from green to gray.

Cacti & Succulents

15 Succulents You Can Grow From Seed

If you want to save money on plants or are looking for a rarer species you just can’t find in-store, growing succulents from seed is the answer. Gardening expert Madison Moulton lists 15 beginner-friendly succulents you can grow from seed.

native lawn alternatives

Gardening Tips

13 Best Native Lawn Alternatives for Your Landscape

Lawns do have their benefits, but there are also downsides to consider, from environmental impact to water usage and – of course – mowing. Gardening expert Madison Moulton lists 13 native groundcovers you can use to replace patches of lawn, saving you time and helping the environment in one go.

A vibrant display of orchid flowers captures attention with a mix of fiery orange and red hues, adorned with intricate veins. Surrounding them are delicate yellow blooms, complementing the main spectacle, while promising orchid bulbs await their turn to blossom.

Flowers

How to Meet Your Orchid’s Humidity Needs

Orchids love high humidity, growing best in humidity levels above 50%. But if your indoor air is too dry and plants are struggling, there are measures you can take to meet your orchid’s humidity needs. Houseplant expert Madison Moulton explains orchid humidity requirements and what you can do to meet them.

Dispelling seedling myths. Close-up of a gardener's hand adding potting mix to a young seedling in a starter tray. The young seedling has a short green stem with two small oval smooth cotyledons of a delicate green color.

Seeds

7 Seedling Myths to Stop Believing

Like anything in gardening, seed starting is surrounded by myths and ‘rules’ that aren’t quite true. These seven seed-starting myths, from watering to soil, are ones you can stop believing.

View of cacti and succulents grow in water on a light windowsill. Moon Cactus and Haworthiopsis limifolia grow in tall glass bottles, jars and glasses filled with water. Haworthiopsis limifolia is small, rosette-forming plant features tightly packed, upright leaves that are triangular in cross-section and covered with pronounced, raised ridges resembling the texture of a file or washboard. The Moon Cactus is a small, globular cactus with sharp yellowish-brown spines on its ribs.

Cacti & Succulents

Can Succulents Grow in Water?

Growing succulents hydroponically can reduce your need to water, help cuttings root quicker, and reduce the mess that comes with planting in soil. But there are also several downsides to consider that impact overall growth and survival. In this article, gardening expert Madison Moulton answers the question – can succulents grow in water?

Vibrant young succulents in varied sizes and hues - green, pink, blue, and purple, each showcasing unique shapes. Thriving in compact black pots, they bask in direct sunlight, displaying their resilience and vibrant colors.

Cacti & Succulents

How Much Light do Succulents Need?

If you’re new to growing succulents, providing the right growing conditions (including light levels) can be tough. Gardening expert Madison Moulton explains how much light succulents need and signs that they may be in the wrong spot.

Flower seeds February. Close-up of flowering Snapdragons plants against a blurred background of a green blooming garden. Snapdragons, also known as Antirrhinum, are characterized by their orange-pink, tubular flowers that resemble dragon jaws. These flowers grow on tall spikes, and their petals are fused to form a wide, open mouth. Their foliage is bright green and lance-shaped, providing a striking contrast to the colorful blooms.

Seeds

17 Flowers to Start From Seed This February

Want to get a head start on your spring garden? February is an ideal time to plant from seed, depending on the last frost date in your region. In this article, gardening expert Madison Moulton shares her favorites for early sowing!