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Melissa Strauss

Melissa is a writer, hobby gardener, beekeeper and homemaker. She can be found working in her extensive pollinator garden, trolling the local nurseries for unique plant specimens, and tending to the many fruit-bearing plants on her property. Melissa hopes to inspire other gardeners to delve into the rich and fulfilling world of pollinator gardening.

A cluster of crisp white paperwhite blooms with orange centers flower atop sturdy green stems.

Bulbs

How to Pickle Your Paperwhites So They Last Longer

Are you forcing paperwhite bulbs this season? Pickling your bulbs is a great way to keep your plants looking their best and standing straight and tall throughout their blooming time. In this article, gardening expert Melissa Strauss will walk you through the process of pickling your paperwhites.

Close-up of a small Chihuahua puppy near a potted Poinsettia plant against a blurred background of a light room. The puppy sits in a small white bed with a white blanket. The Poinsettia plant produces deep green, oblong, lance-shaped leaves with pointed tips. The most distinctive feature is the vibrant bracts, which are modified leaves that come in red color.

Flowers

Are Poinsettias Toxic For Pets?

Poinsettias are festive and beautiful plants that evoke the holiday spirit, but are they poisonous for your pets? Read on to learn more about these pretty plants and how they may affect your fur babies.

'Christmas Beauty Princess' poinsettia bracts dazzle with raspberry edges and pale pink variegation.

Flowers

How and When to Fertilize Poinsettias

Poinsettias are a wonderful harbinger of holiday cheer and make excellent houseplants year-round. In this article, gardening expert Melissa Strauss will tell you how to fertilize your poinsettias to make them bloom again next year.

A hand delicately pours crystal-clear water from a transparent plastic bottle into a blue-green stand of a Christmas tree. The water replenishes the base, sustaining a beautifully adorned organic Christmas tree.

Trees

Why Isn’t My Christmas Tree Drinking Water?

If your Christmas tree isn’t taking in water, there could be a simple explanation for why this is. In this article, tree decorating aficionado Melissa Strauss helps troubleshoot why your tree might not be as thirsty as it should be.

Houseplants

How to Grow and Care for Clamshell Orchids

If you’ve never heard of Clamshell Orchids, you’re not alone. Though sometimes hard to find at the store, these interesting orchids are easy to care for and great for beginners. In this article, gardening expert and orchid enthusiast Melissa Strauss shares how to care for your own Clamshell orchid.

A gardener delicately holds an uprooted small conic spruce seedling with vibrant green leaves. The roots are carefully exposed, ready for planting. He wields a small shovel filled with rich, brown soil, preparing to nestle the plant into the earth.

Trees

How to Plant Your Live Christmas Tree

Are you bringing home a live Christmas tree this year? In this article, gardening expert Melissa Strauss will tell you how to plant your tree and bring beauty to your garden for a lifetime.

A close-up of a Christmas tree branch with green needles, displaying long spiky leaves. In the blurred background, dark foliage adorned with twinkling lights creates a festive atmosphere.

Trees

What Should I Add to Christmas Tree Water?

There are plenty of seemingly great ideas floating around regarding amending your Christmas tree water. In this article, Christmas tree enthusiast Melissa Strauss discusses the dos and don'ts of watering your tree.

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Trees

How Much Water Does a Christmas Tree Need?

If you’re wondering how to keep your cut Christmas tree looking fresh and green through the holidays, we’ve got you covered. Read on to find out how much water your tree really needs to hold onto those needles.