Species Tulip Information – How To Grow Varieties Of Species Tulips

Fri, 2020-02-28 11:00
If you have never heard of them before, some species tulip information will get you started growing these unique flowers. Different from the typical hybrid tulips with which most gardeners are familiar, species tulips are smaller, grow in rocky soils, and can actually naturalize in your garden under the right conditions.  What are Species Tulips? Most tulips you’ll find for the garden are hybrids. Species tulips are un-hybridized and have only recently become more widely available to gardeners. So how are species tulips different from hybrid tulips? There are several important distinctions: Species tulips are smaller than hybrids. The foliage of species tulips is more varied and interesting. Species tulips are more perennial. They produce multiple blooms per stem. They will naturalize and spread in warm climates. Varieties of Species Tulips There are several varieties of species tulips that will give you a range of colors, foliage, and height for

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Reichenbachii Iris Plants: Learn About Iris Reichenbachii Info And Care

Fri, 2020-02-28 07:00
Irises have long been a popular flowering plant, so popular that the kings of France selected them as their emblem, the fleur-de-lis. Reichenbachii bearded iris plants are often overlooked, perhaps because of their diminutive size and subtle coloration, thus growing Reichenbachii iris is more often the province of the collector. Don’t discount these little gems, however. Iris reichenbachii info tells us that these iris plants have something special to offer. Let’s learn more about these species irises. About Reichenbachii Iris Plants Reichenbachii bearded iris is a member of the species irises and, along with the more popular hybrid dwarf and median irises, grows via rhizomes. Like its cousins, this bearded iris flourishes in sunny areas with well-draining soils. It is native to Serbia, Macedonia and into northeast Greece. These dwarf sized species irises bloom with one to two flowers at the top of the stalk. The little plants grow to

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How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs: Can Bed Bugs Live Outdoors

Thu, 2020-02-27 18:00
Few things are more distressing than finding evidence of bed bugs in your home. After all, finding a pest which solely feeds on the blood of humans can be extremely alarming. Becoming more common, these hard-to-kill bed bugs can leave homeowners with bites, skin irritation, and a general sense of unease. While bed bugs are a serious concern when found indoors, many may be surprised to find that bed bugs may also be able to survive out in the garden. While not as common, bed bugs from garden areas can hitch a ride indoors. Can Bed Bugs Live Outdoors? In general, bed bugs do not prefer to live outdoors. However, bed bugs may show up in outdoor spaces in sheltered locations as they search for a place to feed. Most likely, bugs that have been found in the yard have come from elsewhere. This includes having attached to clothes or

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Eucalyptus Leaf Uses – What To Do With Eucalyptus Leaves

Thu, 2020-02-27 15:13
Eucalyptus leaves are a favorite of one of Australia’s most adorable marsupials, but that isn’t the only use for eucalyptus foliage. What are eucalyptus leaves used for? You may be familiar with the aroma of eucalyptus since one of eucalyptus leaf uses is in over the counter flu and cold remedies. The aboriginal people of Australia have other uses for the leaves though. Read on to learn how to use eucalyptus leaves. What are Eucalyptus Leaves Used For? As mentioned, eucalyptus foliage is a common ingredient in herbal cold and flu remedies. Other common eucalyptus leaf uses include massage oils, bath additives, as a tea, and in potpourri. While the wood has been used for centuries by the aborigines for boats, boomerangs, and spears, the essential oils found in the foliage are prized for their antiseptic properties used to treat coughs, sore throats, and other infections. What to Do with

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Do Essential Oils Stop Bugs: Using Essential Oil As A Pesticide

Thu, 2020-02-27 11:04
Do essential oils stop bugs? Can you deter bugs with essential oils? Both are valid questions and we have answers. Keep reading for more information on using essential oils to deter bugs. About Essential Oil Bug Repellents Insect repellents prevent pests from driving us crazy on long hikes or lazy summer evenings, but they serve a more important function; a good bug repellant may also ward off serious insect-borne diseases like Lyme disease and West Nile virus. The problem is that toxic chemicals in commercial insect repellants may present certain health risks, especially when they build up in the tissues over time. The answer may be essential oil bug repellents, most of which work by releasing vapors that confuse a pest’s ability to detect their host. However, not all essential oils for insect repellants are created equal. In other words, different essential oil bug repellents deter different bugs. How to

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DIY Herbal Face Mask: Growing Your Own Garden Face Mask Plants

Thu, 2020-02-27 07:07
Plant-based face masks are easy to create, and you can make them with what you grow in your garden. There are plenty of herbs and other plants that work well for soothing, moisturizing, and otherwise correcting skin issues. Create a beauty garden and try some of these recipes and ideas for simple, homemade, and organic masks. Garden Face Mask Plants to Grow First, make sure you have the right plants for creating face masks. Different herbs and plants can do different things for your skin. For oily skin, use: Basil Oregano Mint Sage Rose petals Bee balm Lavender Lemon balm Yarrow For dry skin, try: Violet leaves Aloe Chamomile flowers Calendula flowers If you struggle with red, sensitive skin, you’ll benefit from: Lavender flowers Rose petals Chamomile flowers Calendula flowers Aloe Lemon balm Sage To soothe skin prone to acne, use plants with antimicrobial properties. These include: Basil Oregano Mint

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Growing Begonia Rhizomes – What Is A Rhizomatous Begonia

Wed, 2020-02-26 18:00
Begonias are herbaceous succulent plants that hail from the tropics. They are grown for their gorgeous blossoms and spectacular leaf shapes and colors. One of the more common types of begonias grown is the rhizomatous, or Rex begonia. Interested in growing begonia rhizomes? Read on to learn how to grow rhizomatous begonias and about rhizomatous begonia care. What is a Rhizomatous Begonia? There are around 1,000 species of begonia with about 10,000 cultivated cultivars and mutations. Amongst the major classifications are the fibrous rooted, rhizomatous and tuberous rooted begonias. Rex begonias are herbaceous perennials in USDA zones 10-12, so they are more commonly grown as houseplants or annuals. While they do flower, they are grown more for their vibrant, textured leaves. In fact, they are also referred to as ‘fancy-leaf,’ ‘painted leaf,’ or ‘king’ begonias. Rhizomatous begonias range in size from quite small to immense with 3-foot (1 m.) leaves,

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What Are Basal Cuttings – Learn About Basal Propagation

Wed, 2020-02-26 15:00
Perennial plants reproduce themselves, with new additions each year. That new growth you see around the edges of hostas, Shasta daisies, lupines, and others is new to the original growth from the previous year. Multiple stems increase the size of the existing plant or you can take basal plant cuttings for entirely new plants. What are Basal Cuttings? Simply put, basal means bottom. Basal cuttings come from the new growth that shoots up at the plant’s edges on those that grow from a single crown. They become a cutting when you use a sharp tool to remove them around ground level, near the bottom. If you wish to go a little further, you can dig and get the new roots that are attached. However, this is not appropriate for plants growing from a taproot. Basal propagation requires planting so that new roots develop. How to Take Basal Cuttings Take basal

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Can You Plant Cut Flowers: Will Cut Flowers Grow Roots

Wed, 2020-02-26 11:00
Bouquets of flowers are popular gifts for birthdays, holidays, and other celebrations. With proper care, those cut flowers can last a week or more, but eventually they will die. What if there were a way to turn the cut blossoms back into real growing plants? Rooting bouquet flowers doesn’t require a magic wand, just a few simple tips. Read on to learn the basics of how to regrow already cut flowers. Can You Plant Cut Flowers? It’s always a little sad to cut flowers in the garden. A clip of the garden scissors transforms a rose or hydrangea blossom from a living plant into a short-lived (yet beautiful) indoor display. You may even feel a twinge of regret when someone brings you gorgeous cut flowers. Can you plant cut flowers? Not in the normal sense of the word, since sinking your bouquet into a garden bed won’t have a positive

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Powdery Mildew Greenhouse Conditions: Managing Greenhouse Powdery Mildew

Wed, 2020-02-26 07:00
Powdery mildew in the greenhouse is one of the most frequent diseases to afflict the grower. While it does not usually kill a plant, it reduces the visual appeal, thus the ability to make a profit. To commercial growers it is invaluable to learn how to prevent powdery mildew. Greenhouse conditions often facilitate the disease, making managing greenhouse powdery mildew a challenge. That said, powdery mildew greenhouse control is attainable. Powdery Mildew Greenhouse Conditions Powdery mildew affects many of the commonly cultivated ornamentals grown in greenhouses. It is a fungal disease that may be caused by different fungi such as Golovinomyces, Leveillula, Microsphaera, and Spaerotheca. Whichever fungi is the causal agent, the results are the same: a downy white growth on the plant’s surface which is actually a multitude of conidia (spores) that are easily spread from plant to plant. In the greenhouse, powdery mildew can infect even when the

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Seedlings Are Being Eaten – What Animal Is Eating My Seedlings

Tue, 2020-02-25 18:00
Few things are more frustrating in the home vegetable garden than dealing with unwanted pests. While insects can cause quite a bit of damage to crops so too can the presence of small animals like mice, squirrels, and chipmunks. Though garden plants may be damaged at any stage of growth, tender seedlings are especially vulnerable. Determining which animals are the culprit and, more importantly, how to control them, will be essential to a successful start to the garden season. Read on for tips on what to do about small animals eating seedlings in your garden. What Animal is Eating My Seedlings? While garden seeds are commonly eaten by mice, most seedlings are damaged by voles, chipmunks, rabbits, or squirrels. To determine the small animals eating seedlings in your own garden, it will be important to observe the area carefully. Many types of rodents can create a series of tunnels, while

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Using Terracotta Plant Pots: Information About Terracotta Pots

Tue, 2020-02-25 15:00
Terracotta is an ancient material that has been used in the humblest of plant pots but also features in historical art like the Qom Dynasty terracotta army. The material is fairly simple, just a clay-based ceramic, but growing in terracotta has some benefits over plastic and other types of pots. Let’s learn about terracotta pots and how using them provides the most benefits. About Terracotta Pots Terracotta plant pots get their rusty tinged hue from the type of clay that is used to fire them. The color seems to provide a perfect foil for many types of flowers and foliage. It is this unmistakable hue that easily identifies a terracotta clay pot. The containers are plentiful, affordable, durable, and come in many different sizes and shapes. They are suitable for numerous varieties of plants. The name terracotta comes from the Latin “baked earth.” The body has a natural orange brown

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DIY Eggshell Planters: What To Grow In An Eggshell

Tue, 2020-02-25 11:00
Every fresh egg comes in its own individual “container” made of shell and it’s a good idea to recycle it. Many gardeners use their empty eggshells as soil supplement, but you can get even more creative by turning them into DIY eggshell planters or vases. It’s fun to do some planting in eggshells or to display cut flowers or herbs in eggshell vases. Read on for information about using an eggshell for plants. DIY Eggshell Planters Eggshells are fragile, which makes them so easy to break when you want to cook an omelet. If you are careful though, it’s entirely possible to get plants to grow in an eggshell. The first step in making DIY eggshell planters is to crack the raw egg carefully. Select an egg, then tap it – about two-thirds of the way from the bottom on the side of the bowl. Alternatively, you can use a

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Sprout Identification Guide: How To Tell Seedlings From Weeds

Tue, 2020-02-25 07:00
How can you identify seedlings and not mistake them for weeds? This is tricky, even for the most seasoned gardeners. If you don’t know the difference between a weed and a radish sprout, you could destroy your vegetable bed before you have a chance at a harvest. You can learn to identify veggie seedlings, but there are some other tricks that can help as well. Importance of Sprout Identification When planning a vegetable bed, you may decide to start from seeds directly in the garden. There are benefits to this and it eliminates the step of moving transplants from indoors. One issue comes up though – how can you identify seedlings from little veggie sprouts? Make the wrong identification and you’ll pluck what you think is a weed only to find you pulled out your vegetable seedlings. When plants are at the seedling stage, they look quite different from their

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Seed Starting In Coir: Using Coconut Coir Pellets For Germination

Mon, 2020-02-24 18:00
Starting your own plants from seed is a great way to save money when gardening. Yet dragging bags of starting soil into the house is messy. Filling seed trays is time consuming and the sterilization needed to prevent disease is a lot of work.  If only there were an easier way… Coir Discs for Seed Planting If you enjoy raising your plants from seed but hate the hassle, you might want to try coir pellets. For germination of seeds, pellets are an easy, fast and clean method. When compared to peat pellets, coir discs for seed planting are an eco-friendly option. Although peat is a natural material, it’s not considered a sustainable product. Peat is the decaying remnants of sphagnum moss. It takes hundreds of years to form peat bogs and considerably less time to deplete them. On the other hand, coir pellets are made from the husk of coconuts.

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Seed Bomb Sowing Time – When To Sow Seed Balls In The Landscape

Mon, 2020-02-24 15:00
Were you disappointed in the germination results when you planted seed balls? This novel approach for sowing seeds has been used to repopulate hard-to-plant areas with native species. The concept sounds promising, but gardeners are reporting low germination rates when using this method. The solution lies in choosing the correct planting time for seed balls. When is the Seed Ball Season? If you’ve never used seed balls, it’s an interesting concept. Gardeners either purchase or make seed balls by stirring humus, clay and the desired seeds together. Small balls are formed by rolling the mixture between the hands. The seeds balls are then tossed into the landscape, which is why they are sometimes called seed bombs. The seed ball protects the seeds from the hungry mouths of small animals and birds. Rain breaks down the clay and the humus provides necessary nutrients for the young seedlings. This sounds interesting, but

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Wet Vs. Dry Stratification: Stratifying Seeds In Wet And Cold Conditions

Mon, 2020-02-24 11:00
One of the most frustrating things in the garden is a lack of germination. Failure to germinate can occur in seed for many reasons. However, when planting any seeds for the first time, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the specific needs of that plant. While some will germinate quite readily, others may need the use of seed stratifying methods to achieve optimal germination rates. What are Seed Stratifying Methods? Simply, seed stratification refers to the process needed by seeds to begin to germinate. These processes allow for moisture to move through the seed coat and initiate growth. The method gardeners can use to stratify seeds depends on the type of seed and the conditions under which the seed will begin to grow. Wet vs. Dry Stratification When it comes to stratifying seeds, there are generally two ways this can be accomplished: wet cold vs. dry cold. Cold Stratification Cold

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Seedling Heat Mats: How To Use A Heat Mat For Plants

Mon, 2020-02-24 07:00
What is a heat mat for plants, and exactly what does it do? Heat mats have one basic function which is to gently warm the soil, thus promoting faster germination and strong, healthy seedlings. They are useful for rooting cuttings. Heat mats are marketed as a propagation mat or seedling heat mats as well, but the function is the same. Read on for more information and learn how to use a heat mat for seed starting. What Does a Heat Mat Do? Most seeds germinate best in temperatures between 70-90 F. (21-32 C.), although some, such as pumpkins and other winter squash, are more likely to germinate in soil temps between 85-95 F. (29-35 C.). Many won’t germinate at all if soil temperatures fall below 50 F. (10 C.) or above 95 F. (35 C.). In many climates, temperatures aren’t consistently warm enough to germinate seeds, especially in late winter

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Growing In Rockwool Cubes – Is Rockwool Safe For Plants

Sun, 2020-02-23 18:00
If you’re looking for a soilless substrate for seed starting, stem rooting or hydroponics, consider using rockwool growing medium. This wool-like material is made by melting basaltic rock and spinning it into fine fibers. Rockwool for plants is then formed into easy-to-use cubes and blocks. But is rockwool safe to use for the production of food? Advantages and Disadvantages of Growing in Rockwool Safety: Formed from natural materials, rockwool contains no harmful chemicals. It’s safe to use as a rooting medium and substrate material for plants. On the other hand, human exposure to rockwool represents a health issue. Due to its physical properties, rockwool growing medium can cause irritation to skin, eyes and lungs. Sterile: Since rockwool for plants is a manufactured product, it’s contains no weed seeds, disease pathogens or pests. This also means it contains no nutrients, organic compounds or microbes. Plants growing in rockwool require a balanced

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What Is Horticultural Sand: How To Use Sand For Plants

Sun, 2020-02-23 15:02
What is horticultural sand? Basically, horticultural sand for plants serves one basic purpose. It improves soil drainage. This is critical for healthy plant growth. If soil is poorly drained, it becomes saturated. Roots that are deprived of oxygen soon die. Take a look at the following information and learn when to use horticultural sand. What is Horticultural Sand? Horticultural sand is very gritty sand made from substances such as crushed granite, quartz, or sandstone. Horticultural sand for plants is often known as sharp sand, coarse sand, or quartz sand. Usually when used for plants, sand consists of both large and small particles.  If you have difficulty finding horticultural sand, you can substitute horticultural grit or builders’ sand. Although the substances may not be exactly the same, all can be used to improve soil drainage. Builders’ sand will probably save you some money if you’re improving a large area.  When to

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