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Buying annual plants (and other stuff) on eBay -- is it a good idea?
And my favorite feature of eBay is Buy It Now. Then there are the sad cases of folks planning to put their child through college by buying undervalued designer purses at yard sales and reselling them on eBay.
California
El Segundo
Is it my Fault or is it the Plant? A Guide to Perennial Longevity
Please scroll down to the form below. If the plant is not on this list, ask the garden center staff or email the. The next time you buy one of these perennials, you'll at least know approximately when you can expect it to expire.
California
El Segundo
Rotate Your Pots
Poinsettias need light all year long, but starting inSeptember they need more darkness than light in order to get colored bracts. Right after the Christmas holidays I start the plants' rotation with poinsettias and kalanchoes.
California
El Segundo
How to Make a Homemade CO2 Generator
The yeast feed on the sugar and produce CO2 as a product of respiration. The level should come to an inch below the tubing when you place the cap with the tubing on the bottle.Add one tablespoon baker's yeast and a pinch of baking soda to the bottle.
California
Santa Monica
4 Places to Buy Backyard Chickens
It doesn't take long for them to realize the Bunny's generous gifts poop without abandon, grow at an alarming rate, and require more care and shelter than the humans can provide. Local Farm Supply Stores A great time to pick up chickens at your local...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
How to Plant Seeds in Cups
The depth of the seeds and amount to plant in the cup will vary, depending on the type of seed used. A fun and educational project for children is to plant some vegetable seeds in paper cups and watch them sprout.
California
Santa Monica
How to Get Rid of Mushrooms in Potted Plants
While these mushrooms may not be attractive, they are only toxic if ingested in large quantities, and if their looks do not bother you, leave them alone, as the mycelium actually breaks soil down and is beneficial to your houseplants.
California
Santa Monica
The Remedy for a Musty Smelling House Plant
Plant in a pot that has drainage holes.If your plant has a musty odor, withhold water until the soil dries out. When repotting, check for slimy or malodorous roots — this is a sign of root rot, and usually means the plant should be discarded, unless...
California
Santa Monica
How to Propagate Philodendron
Philodendrons (Philodendron spp.) includes more than 200 species of tropical plants. Maintain a soil temperature of 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal root formation. This makes division easier and provides your philodendron with the moisture it...
California
Santa Monica
How to Grow Sugar Cane in Pots
If you cannot provide your potted sugar canes enough direct sunlight, try supplementing with 40-watt grow lights.Purchase a healthy, young 6-foot sugar cane stalk from a local grower, nursery or online plant seller.
California
Santa Monica
How to Braid a Ficus Tree
The trees should be planted closely together in the center of the pot. Although larger trunks can be braided if they're supple, braiding will be easiest if the trunks are less than 1 inch in diameter.Use shears or garden pruners to remove any small twigs...
California
Santa Monica
Homemade Hydroponic Fertilizer
Nutrients must be in the proper proportions to grow along with maintaining proper pH levels.Purchase the following nutrients: 15 ounces of superphosphate, 10 ounces of potassium sulfate, 5 ounces of magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts), 10 ounces of sodium...
California
Santa Monica
If I Cut the Wax Off a Store-Bought Lucky Bamboo Plant Will it Grow?
In nature, it grows straight up. Commercial growers manipulate the type and amount of light given the plant to prompt it to grow in a twisted, contorted fashion.The purpose of the wax on the lucky bamboo cutting is to keep fungus from infecting the cut-end.
California
Santa Monica
How to Grow an Avocado Tree from Seed Indoors
Space the toothpicks out evenly around the center of the avocado seed. The toothpicks should rest on the rim of the glass, so just the bottom of the avocado seed is submerged in water.Place the avocado seed on a windowsill in direct light indoors.
California
Santa Monica
What Effect Does Distilled Water Have on Plants?
The seeds that received distilled water grew the best, while those watered with tap water had fewer leaves and did not grow to as great a height. The exception is in industrial areas, where these types of water may be acidic.Water treated by a softener...
California
Santa Monica
Money Tree Problems
If the leaves are turning yellow and dropping off, you are giving too little water. Given this, money trees require very little special care. Scales drain sap from the plant and their honeydew leaves the plant more susceptible to fungal infections.
California
Santa Monica
What to Put in the Bottom of a Large Planter
Stick to light-weight fillers to replace heavier soil materials. They add weight without interfering with drainage or introducing unnatural materials into the mix. To avoid hassle during replanting, keep the peanuts in a mesh bag so they don't mix in...
California
Santa Monica
How to Make a Greenhouse More Humid
These will add moisture to the air and increase humidity. Clean the reservoir of water on a regular basis, as it can encourage the growth of algae or mold, and can easily become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects.Use a large mister to...
California
Santa Monica
How to Drill Holes in the Bottom of a Plastic Pot
Use a 1/2-inch drill bit for any pot that's larger than six inches.Position the drill with the bit directly on top of one of the marked spots. Mark the drainage-hole spots with a marker.
California
Santa Monica
Winter Blues I:  Blue Sage and Other Eranthemums
I did find a few modern photos of the speckled maroon and white flowers of Eranthemum aspersum, so I'm guessing that plant is still available somewhere, whether under the right name or not.If you like colorful leaves, be sure to check out the false eranthemums...
California
El Segundo
How to Transplant Spider Plant Cuttings
Pat the soil down gently in the root area so you do not tear any as you go along. Spider plants will do well in almost any type of good soil, but one that is peat based is ideal. With the other hand, scoop up handfuls of potting soil to cover the roots.
California
Santa Monica
How to Grow Patchouli Indoors
Plant the other plants you have started in another container or give them away to family or friends.Place your patchouli plant in an area where it will not be in direct sunlight for more than eight hours at a time.
California
Santa Monica
How do I Organically Get Rid of Bugs in a House Plant\'s Soil?
Use 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 3 parts water. Diatomaceous earth is finely ground fossilized algae and, on a microscopic level, has the ability to lacerate the outer shells of bugs.
California
Santa Monica
Plectranthus
The GRIN Website lists 24 species of Plectranthus. They are a great help to all who visit the site and particularly to writers who use them with their articles. However, other references suggest that more than 350 species are known.
California
El Segundo
Why Are My Houseplants Sticky?
If the infestation is limited to certain leaves. Keep insecticidal soap spray safely away from pets and children. Unlike fungal diseases, which can leave a slimy coating or a water-soaked appearance, certain pests suck the sweet sap and excrete a sticky...
California
Santa Monica
Growing Seeds in a Cup With Cotton
The tops of your refrigerator or above a hot water heater are good locations.Remove the terrarium cover every day to make sure the cotton remains moist. Secure the cups together loosely with a few small pieces of masking tape.Set the terrarium in a brightly...
California
Santa Monica
How to Care for Philodendron
Occasionally, aphids, spider mites, mealybugs or scale insects may feed on plants, but the University of Florida recommends a chemical-free management strategy -- simply rinse the plants with water in a sink or shower to dislodge the pests.
California
Santa Monica
Advantages & Disadvatages of Indirect Seeding
The seeds can then germinate and mature in a controlled environment before the young plants are then transplanted to their final resting place.This method of seeding gives you greater control over growing conditions, such as protecting the soil from pests...
California
Santa Monica
White Mold on Ferns
Make sure any fungicide you use is recommended for fern plants, as this plant is very sensitive to many chemical solutions. It is more prevalent on ferns when the plant is kept in a wet environment.
California
Santa Monica