New Brunswick, N.J. (Dec. 14, 2020) – Rutgers University–New Brunswick horticultural expert Bruce Crawford is available for interviews on colorful household plants for the holiday season, beyond the standard poinsettia.

“Keeping houseplants can improve your mood, work performance and even air quality to a modest degree, thus making the perfect gift for this era of working from home,” said Crawford, program leader in home and public horticulture at Rutgers’ New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.

The Peperomia family of plants is among those Crawford particularly recommends as “perfect decorative houseplants for this season. With their propensity to be long-lived and easy to care for, they will be around for many more seasons to come.”

Crawford is available for feature interviews on houseplants of all kinds; perennials, ornamental grasses and annuals; native plants; flowering trees and shade trees, as well as the importance of planting shade trees; container gardening; pruning; and landscape and garden design.


Broadcast interviews: Rutgers University has broadcast-quality TV and radio studios available for remote live or taped interviews with Rutgers experts. For more information, contact Neal Buccino at [email protected]

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