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Butter Daisy, a Low Maintenance Annual
No sooner than I entered the gate, I was smitten with the bright yellow daisy-like, nickel size flowers of the butter daisies. It begins blooming almost as soon as it emerges from the ground, and it stays in bloom until frost kills it.In a search for...
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How to Keep Petunias Flowering
Make sure the seed bulge is cut off with the flower. Clip the stems in half. Pick three or four stems each week to cut back. Petunias are lively, flowering annuals that come in a variety of colors.
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How to Deadhead Foxglove
Foxglove may respond to deadheading by blooming again later in the season.Watch the foxglove blossoms as they begin to die back in early to mid summer.Clip off the spent blossoms with the pruning shears or pinch them off with your thumb and forefinger.
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How to Kill Poana Grass
Properly execute the smothering method and remove the unwanted poana grass for good.Cut the grass with your lawn mower on its lowest setting so that the poana grass is just barely sprouting above the ground level.Moisten the grass and soil by spraying...
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Steps in Primary Succession
Spruce has a tendency to follow. The steps that lead to softwood and hardwood forests normally occur in temperate climates, but not in the austere polar climates.The final step is the growth of many perennial plants or, in many climates, forests.
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Does Money Grow On Trees?
He was trying to teach us to save. If you picked his pockets, you would find nothing but lint.Whenever I asked for money, invariably to buy comic books, I knew there would be a looong conversation about the money.
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Me Tarzan, you Jane, that Talinum paniculatum
Who or where is Opar? A solid background, such as a solid light colored wall, will also highlight your Jewels. Each pod is yellow at first but soon turns bright red before fading to cocoa brown.
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Zinnias, Old and New
With a few more in the bag, all your friends can be treated to a generous package of seeds for their gardens. Particularly popular as a landscape zinnia, this species requires little or no deadheading, is extremely heat tolerant, and is highly resistant...
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Why Are My Wave Petunias Drying Up & Dying?
The more you fertilize, the more they'll grow, and the more water those thirsty plants will need. Beware of super-light potting soil: it loses water very quickly.Look for other signs of problems with your wave petunias other than dry leaves and blooms.
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Hibiscus sabdariffa (Roselle)
The leaves, stems, and calyces are all edible. However, the 3- to 5-inch flowers are visually significant as they bloom up the length of the stem during the late summer and early fall months when the days grow shorter.At the base of each flower is a fleshy,...
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Antiques of the Flower Garden
Perhaps Granny's priceless heirlooms reside happily in your parlor. As the flowers grow over the seasons and the years progress you will recall with fondness the particular person that gave you the flower.being careful to consider the amount of sun exposure...
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How Often Should You Water Impatiens in Containers?
Although impatiens are low-maintenance plants, proper watering is critical as impatiens have fleshy stems that wilt when the plants become too dry. If the top of the soil feels dry or if the plant begins to wilt, water immediately.
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How to Keep Petunias From Getting Leggy
Legginess results from weak overgrown stems that produce sparse foliage and flowers. The plants may become leggy as the season progresses. Rotating and plenty of light encourages the plants to produce full growth and prevents the stems from stretching...
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How to Harvest Chinese Lantern Seeds
Add another 1 to 2 cups of water to the mixture and stir to combine.Soak the seeds for two to three days, or until the pulp separates and floats to the top of the water. Chinese lanterns are annual plants, so they must be replanted in the garden each...
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How to Deadhead Impatiens
Impatiens generally don't require deadheading as they are a self-cleaning plant that naturally sheds spent blooms, according to North Carolina State University Extension. However, many annual flowering plants need a little help to look their best and...
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Are You Ready for a Black Petunia?
Some critics say that although the photos tend to show plants with lots of blossoms, they may not flower particularly well, once planted in the average garden. If you're a fan of "black" flowers, why not snag a couple of 'Black Velvet' petunias next spring...
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Why Do Begonia Leaves Fall Off Real Suddenly & Rot?
Begonias are probably one of the most varied and well-known houseplants. Several factors cause begonia leaves to fall off suddenly and rot.The most common reason begonia leaves rot is too frequent watering.
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Are Petunias Deer Resistant?
Avoid heavy soil, as this can affect blooming. Plants can grow as trailing ground cover or as hedges. Petunias are susceptible to gray mold, aphid infestation and slug damage. Deer are especially attracted to moist plants, such as petunias, in spring...
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My Petunia Leaves are Turning Brown
Save petunias in pots by moving them indoors and out of the frost.According to the University of Minnesota, light is the most important aspect of petunia growing. Petunias may go brown for a number of reasons.Petunias are annuals, and so grow for only...
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How to Plant Cockscomb Flowers
The four cockscomb groups are Plumosa, Spicata, Cristata and Childsii. You can also use specialized plant supports from your local garden center. Gently ease the cockscombs out of their containers by pushing on the bases or tapping the packs on the ground...
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Are Petunias Perennials?
All petunias, but especially white and purple ones, produce a pleasant fragrance.Although petunias are annuals, providing the best possible growing conditions allows petunias to produce more flowers for a longer period of time.
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--flowering tobaccos
Well after danger of frost, transplant the seedlings outside to a sunny spot. You should mix the little seeds with sand to spread them evenly, and think about using an empty salt shaker to distribute them thinly.If you would rather grow shorter, red,...
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Spring is Here, Don\'t Touch That Spade!!!
An overcast, drizzly day is a good time for this.I have experimented too. Every year I have people stop and ask where I got the hundreds of annuals in my gardens. No fuss, no muss, my kind of gardening.
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Nicotianas, Old and New
In 1753, Linnaeus named the plant nicotiana in recognition of Jean Nicot, a 16th-century French ambassador to Portugal. Are you interested in growing an heirloom variety that might have graced your great-grandmother's garden?
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Growing Osteospermum, The African Daisy
Either pinch the buds out, or select shoots where no blooms have formed yet. Most rooting hormone has an anti-fungal also. Grow-lights indoors are fine, or on a sheltered porch. They brighten up borders and containers wherever they are grown
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Grow Veggies Without a Veggie Garden
The flower beds get weeded, they get compost, a drink if they beg. Now I have a lovely little garden filled with. Contrary to popular opinion, vegetables do not need their very own garden.
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How Often Do I Water Petunias?
Use mulch on both beds and container-grown petunias. Check the moisture in the soil daily by sticking your finger into it. Petunias can tolerate mild drying but the soil shouldn't be allowed to dry out completely.Planters, window boxes and hanging baskets...
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Check out CHIA - an Indigenous Food
In the Arizona desert their indigenous food plants included mesquite, cholla, pricklynd chia seeds - none of which are popular foods in modern American or even Native American diets.Native people) are plagued with the highest risks for obesity, heart...
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Check out CHIA - a Super Salvia
T first I denied my chia salvias were the same as those used in Chia Pets. Check out Chia! On almost every visit to his shop, I would find him snacking on tiny gray and white seeds that I later learned were nutritious chia.
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