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meet our

ultimate plant parent

Hello fellow plant enthusiasts!

My name is Hannah, Tonkadale’s ‘Ultimate Plant Parent’. If you have ever met me, you know I am extremely passionate about plants. Some may say I am a crazy plant lady. I started getting into plants about four years ago and since then, my collection has expanded to about 180 plants in my two-bedroom house in Minneapolis. My favorite plant currently in my collection would have to be my King Anthurium veitchii.

Plants mean the world to me. I mean they do give us good oxygen and clean air, what is better than that?! With that we would like to bring you a new feature called plant of the week! Each week I will be sharing a different plant you may or may not have heard about. I like to choose the odd ones! Hope you enjoy these little tid-bits of information.


This week we will be talking about the beautiful Philodendron (fi·luh·den·druhn) ‘McColleys Finale’. It belongs in the Araceae family. This is a very interesting hybrid Philodendron because of its how it was found. A man by the name of Robert H. McColley in Apopka, Florida...

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This week we are going to talk about Norfolk Island Pine and Lemon Cypress. Starting off with the Lemon Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa 'Goldcrest') which is native to Monterey bay on the coast of central California. They like a well-draining soil and a lot of sunlight. These plants require direct sun to stay happy in your home at least 3+ hours...

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Its time to talk about Calathea (ka·luh·thee·uh). Calathea belongs to the family Marantaceae. They are native to Brazil and other tropical areas. This plant is known for being a tad picky. I am here to help you change that! Calathea has so much potential to make a big statement in your home or office if you give it a little extra love. There are so many different beautiful varieties to chose from which makes it a truly diverse plant...

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Let’s talk Syngonium podophyllum (Sin-GO-nee-um Po-do-FI-lum). Also known as Arrowhead plant, Goosefoot plant, and Nephthytis. This plant belongs to the Araceae (or aroid) family. It is native to tropical rainforests in southern Mexico, the West Indies, Central and South America....

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'Buddha's Belly' Plant

This week’s plant features Jatropha Podagrica [JAT-roh-fuh pod-AG-ree-kuh] aka Buddha’s Belly, Gout Plant, Purging Nut, and Guatemalan Rhubarb. It is native to the tropical Americas. This plant is commonly known for its thick caudex and beautiful large green leaves. It really does look like a large potato with leaves....

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