Foliar Nematodes On Peonies – Learn About Peony Leaf Nematode Control

Fri, 2020-03-20 15:09
As a pest, the nematode is hard to see. This group of microscopic organisms largely live in the soil and feed on plant roots. Foliar nematodes, however, live on and in leaves, feeding and causing discoloration. Peonies are just one of many herbaceous perennials that can fall victim to this pest. Peony Foliar Nematode Symptoms If you have peonies with leaf discoloration, you could have a peony leaf nematode eating them. Foliar nematodes, those that feed on leaves rather than roots, are species of Aphelenchoides. They are tiny and you won’t identify them without a microscope, but there are clear signs of their infestation on peonies: Discolored sections of leaves that are bound by the veins, forming wedge shapes Discoloration that begins yellow and turns reddish purple or brown Damage and discoloration on older leaves first, spreading to younger leaves Leaf discoloration appears in late summer and fall The discoloration

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Problems With Peonies: Reasons Peony Buds Don’t Develop

Fri, 2020-03-20 11:00
Peonies are among the most anticipated summer flowers, with buds opening into glorious pink or crimson flowers. If you see peonies with bud blast, you will surely be disappointed. When your peony flowers wither in the bud, they may be suffering from bud blast of peonies. Read on for information about what causes this and how to prevent it. Bud Blast of Peonies Peonies with bud blast start off with normal flower development. However, it doesn’t last very long and the buds don’t develop into flowers. When the buds are still small, they turn brown or black and wither. Experts used to say that this condition, termed bud blast of peonies, was caused by botrytis blight, a fungal disease. Now it is recognized that these problems with peonies are often caused by improper cultural care. What Causes Peony Bud Blast? When peony buds don’t develop, you can still assign the

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Warm Weather Peony Care – Growing A Peony In Hot Weather

Fri, 2020-03-20 07:04
Just because you live in a warm climate doesn’t mean you can grow anything you want. Some plants simply don’t tolerate overly hot conditions, just as most do not appreciate areas that are too cold. But what about peonies for warm climates? Is this possible? Can You Grow Peony in Hot Weather? Designated appropriate to grow in USDA hardiness zones 3-7, many gardeners in more southern areas wish to grow the exquisite blooms of the peony plant. Since that’s a large part of the country, growers and hybridizers have experimented to help fulfill this desire for gardeners in the Deep South and California. Both areas have experienced success with growing heat tolerant peonies. But with more than 3,000 peony cultivars available, some direction in what variety to grow is helpful. Let’s see what’s available now in the warm weather peony category and even how to work with the old-fashioned peony

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Using Garden Kneelers – What Is A Garden Kneeler For

Thu, 2020-03-19 18:00
Gardening provides moderate exercise, access to Vitamin D, fresh air, and a host of other benefits. Doctors recommend outdoor activities especially for disabled persons or seniors. Using garden kneelers can make enjoying time outside easier and more pleasurable in the garden. What are garden kneelers? If you have arthritis, stiff joints, or even just want to simplify garden tasks, they can be your best friend. What are Garden Kneelers? If it is hard to get down on the ground to weed, harvest strawberries, or perform other gardening tasks, a garden kneeler might be the perfect solution. What is a garden kneeler for? It helps lower the body to the ground and provides a cushioned site for your knees. This makes any low task more comfortable and also keeps your pants out of the dirt. There are many types of garden kneelers to choose from, but the main purpose is the

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First Day Of Spring Party: Ways To Celebrate The Spring Equinox

Thu, 2020-03-19 15:00
During the spring equinox, the amount of daylight and nighttime hours are said to be equal. This signals the arrival of warmer temperatures, and much celebration for devoted gardeners. Creating new ways to celebrate the spring equinox is just one way to welcome a new growing season and form closer bonds with loved ones. While planning a spring equinox party may sound somewhat non-traditional, history suggests otherwise. Throughout several cultures, holidays and celebrations are influenced by the arrival of spring and the symbolic renewal of the spring equinox. With simple planning, growers can create their own “first day of spring” party to celebrate spring in the garden. Spring Garden Party Ideas First day of spring garden party ideas may be formal or a time to reflect within oneself. They do not need to be elaborate. In fact, many may feel great satisfaction by simply taking a relaxing nature walk or

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Toilet Paper Substitutes: Plants You Can Use As Toilet Paper

Thu, 2020-03-19 11:00
Toilet paper is something most of us take for granted, but what if there was a shortage? Ever considered what you would do in the absence of this most standard of daily needs? Well, perhaps you could grow your own toilet paper. That’s right! Many plants are useful as a substitute for this hygiene product. Leaves for toilet paper are often more soothing, softer, and as an added bonus, compostable and sustainable. Can You Grow Your Own Toilet Paper? Certain situations can cause toilet paper woes, so it’s best to be prepared. Few things are worse than being shy on some comforting tissue after you do your duty. Good news! You can use plants as toilet paper should the situation call for it. Learn which plants you can use as toilet paper and get growing so you’re never caught short. Toilet paper has only been standard for about a century,

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Spring Cleanup Time: When To Start Spring Garden Cleaning

Thu, 2020-03-19 07:00
Knowing when to start and how to spring clean garden areas is important for the health of your local ecosystem. This is because many pollinators overwinter in the dead material you may want to remove. By waiting to do yard and garden cleanup, and by doing this chore right, you will be saving many bees and butterflies. Spring vs. Fall Always spring clean your garden rather than doing a fall cleanup to protect pollinators and other beneficial insects. Avoiding cleanup of dead plant material in the fall isn’t procrastinating. It is an important way to protect your ecosystem. The material protects insects, promotes the growth of microbes, and ultimately further up the food chain supports birds and other animals. Should I Clean up My Garden Early? There is a very good reason to wait on cleaning your garden – pollinators. Many pollinators, like bees and butterflies, overwinter in dead plant

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Operculicarya Elephant Tree Care: How To Grow An Elephant Tree

Wed, 2020-03-18 18:00
The elephant tree (Operculicarya decaryi) gets its common name from its gray, gnarled trunk. The thickened trunk bears arching branches with tiny glossy leaves. Operculicarya elephant trees are natives of Madagascar and very easy to grow as houseplants. Read on for information about growing elephant trees as well as tips on elephant tree care. Elephant Tree Plant Info The elephant tree plant is a small tree in the Anacardiaceae family. It is a succulent related to cashews, mangos, and pistachios. The trees are eye catching with their thick twisted trunks, zigzagging branches, and tiny forest green leaflets tinged red in cool weather. Those growing elephant trees say that mature plants bear red flowers and round, orange fruit. Operculicarya elephant trees grow in the wild in southwest Madagascar and are drought deciduous. In their native range, the trees grow to 30 feet (9 m.) tall and the trunks expand to three

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Bad Smelling Wisteria: Why Does My Wisteria Smell Bad

Wed, 2020-03-18 15:00
Wisteria is notable for its lovely blooms, but what if you have a bad smelling wisteria? As bizarre as a smelly wisteria sounds (the wisteria smells like cat pee actually), it isn’t uncommon to hear the question “Why does my wisteria smell bad?” So why on earth do you have a bad smelling wisteria? Why Does My Wisteria Smell Bad? Flowering vines are much sought after for their ability to cover unsightly areas, provide privacy, give shade, and for their beauty. A commonly planted vine that encompasses all these attributes is the wisteria. Wisteria vines often have the bad reputation of monopolizing a garden space. This is true of Chinese and Japanese varieties, so many gardeners opt for ‘Amethyst Falls’ wisteria. This variety is more easily trained to a trellis or arbor and it blooms heavily a few times each growing season. While there is much information out there regarding

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Fragrant Shade Flowers: Growing Scented Flowers For Shady Spots

Wed, 2020-03-18 11:00
The addition of ornamental flower gardens can add much needed curb appeal, as well as increase the value of your property. However, the creation of a dynamic landscape will require some effort and planning. Aspects such as size, shape, color, and texture will all play an integral role in the overall look of the space. Though not apparent from afar, fragrance can also play a major part in how visitors experience the landscape. Choosing Scented Flowers for Shady Spots Planting highly scented flowers can add a uniquely pleasant and unexpected detail to garden beds. Choosing plants that adapt to a wide range of growing conditions will help ensure that they thrive for several seasons. When choosing plants for the garden, the options are truly limitless. The same can also be said for fragrant flowers. While full sun locations are ideal for many annuals and perennials, growers with more challenging growing

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Aromatic Desert Flowers: Fragrant Plants For Desert Regions

Wed, 2020-03-18 07:00
The desert can be a harsh environment and punishing to gardeners. Finding appropriate aromatic desert flowers might pose a challenge. Filling the landscape with desert plants that smell good isn’t as hard as one might think though. There are several native plants that will thrive and even some super tough perennials. Keep reading for some fragrant desert flower ideas to perfume your garden. Choosing Fragrant Plants in Dry Climates When you think of sweet-smelling flowers, often the tropical beauties come to mind. However, the desert is an altogether different environment. The extreme heat and cold, blazing sun, and lack of water mean plants have to be very tough. Cactus is a perfect example and while many do get flowers, few actually smell nice. Fragrant plants for desert gardens will balance the traditional plants used in arid regions. You can expand the variety of plants you grow in an arid landscape

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Growing Shamrocks: Fun Ways To Grow Clover With Kids

Tue, 2020-03-17 18:01
Creating a shamrock garden with your kids is a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  Growing shamrocks together also gives parents a sneaky way to incorporate learning into a rainy day project. Of course, anytime you share your love of gardening with your child, you’re strengthening the parent-child bond. How to Grow Clover with Kids If you’re looking for fun ways to grow clover with children, consider these easy projects and the educational lessons you can include: Planting Clover in the Lawn White clover (Trifolium repens) is a great addition for a self-fertilizing lawn. Prior to the 1950’s, clover was part of lawn seed mix. Clover requires less water, grows well in the shade and bees benefit from the pollen produced by the flowers. (Of course, you might want to avoid planting clover around the kid’s play area to avoid bee stings.) So grab some clover seed and let

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Irish Garden Flowers: Plants To Grow For St. Patrick’s Day

Tue, 2020-03-17 15:04
St. Patrick’s Day is right at the start of spring, when every gardener is more than ready to start seeing green in their beds. To celebrate the holiday, go green with your flowers and plants. Using green cut flowers in arrangements or even growing your own lucky plants in the garden, there are plenty of options. Green Flowers to Grow for St. Patrick’s Day Green is the color of the holiday and the color of the season. In mid-March, depending on where you live, you may be just starting to see some green. Celebrate the new growth and the color of Ireland, and the holiday, with green St. Patrick’s Day flowers. Flowers that come in green are not that common. The bright colors of flowers, distinct from stems and petals, attract pollinators. Green flowers blend in with foliage. However, there are some that are naturally green and some that have

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Potted Clover Plants: Can You Grow Clover As A Houseplant

Tue, 2020-03-17 11:00
Do you want to grow your own lucky 4-leaf clover as a houseplant? Although these grow rampantly outdoors, it is possible to grow clover in a container indoors provided that you give them the conditions that it likes.  Growing Clover Indoors It is important that you give your indoor clover the sunniest window that you have. This is necessary for best growth and flowering. If your window is not sunny enough, you will find that the stems will become weak and more stretched out, and the leaves will be smaller.  Being attentive to watering is another very important task in order to have thriving potted clover plants indoors. Clover likes to be kept evenly moist. Be sure to use a well-draining potting mix. Water thoroughly until it runs from the drainage hole, and then discard the excess water. Don’t let the soil completely dry out.  Use an all-purpose fertilizer throughout

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Irish Style Gardening: How To Make An Irish Garden Of Your Own

Tue, 2020-03-17 07:11
Whether this is your ancestry, or you simply admire the beauty and culture of the Emerald Isle, Irish style gardening and Irish garden plants can help you create a lovely outdoor space. The climate of Ireland is wet and mild, which makes it perfect for lush greenery. Whether your climate matches this perfectly or not, you can still use some elements to add Irish flair. How to Make an Irish Garden Crafting an Irish garden is all about making it your own as well as being inspired by and using Irish gardening ideas. You may not be able to recreate a perfect Irish garden if you don’t have the climate for it, but there are still many ideas you can incorporate. For instance, start with architecture. Ireland is full of stone and slate, and the gardens use these materials in low walls, walkways, and decorative elements. A slate path or

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Lucky Bean Plant Care – Lucky Bean Houseplant Info

Mon, 2020-03-16 18:00
The first time you see young lucky bean plants, you might not believe your eyes. So named because they sprout from a large (golf ball sized) bean-shaped seed, these Australian natives can grow into 130 feet (40 m.) tall shade trees and live for 150 years. Luckily, however, they can be maintained as intriguing houseplants. What is a Lucky Bean Plant? Also known as the black bean or Moreton Bay chestnut, the seedlings of lucky bean houseplants (Castanospermum australe) are often sold as a novelties with the bean-shaped seed still attached. The bean eventually dries up, but the plant continues to be a delight with its tropical spring blossoms in bright hues of yellow and red. After blooming, large cylindrical brown seed pods form, each containing 3 to 5 bean-shaped seeds. The leaves of lucky bean houseplants are dark glossy green and form a tree-like cluster at the top of

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What Is Black Mondo Grass: Landscaping With Black Mondo Grass

Mon, 2020-03-16 15:00
If you want a dramatic groundcover, try landscaping with black mondo grass. What is black mondo grass?  It is a low growing perennial plant with purplish-black, grass-like leaves. In proper sites, the little plants spread, forming a carpet of unique color and foliage. Before planting it’s good to learn just when to plant black mondo grass for better results. What is Black Mondo Grass? Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens,’ or black mondo grass, is a clumping plant with thick tufts of arching black leaves. The strappy leaves are about 12 inches long (30 cm.) when mature. Plants send out racemes to form little baby plants over time. In late spring to early summer, racemes of pink bell-like flowers appear. From these, bluish-black berries form. Mondo grass is evergreen, deer and rabbit resistant, and even salt and drought tolerant once established. The plant is hardy to USDA zones 5-10. There are a few

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Liriope Grass Edging: How To Plant A Border Of Monkey Grass

Mon, 2020-03-16 11:17
Liriope is a tough grass that is often used as a border plant or lawn alternative. There are two main species used, both of which are easy to care for and have few pest or disease problems. Making a Liriope landscape border produces a tidy, low growing edge that doesn’t need mowing and remains green year after year. Why Use Liriope as a Border? If you want an easy to grow, low maintenance border that stays short and has no major issues, look to Liriope grass. This tough, adaptable evergreen plant makes a lovely edging in formal gardens, outlines paths and pavers well, or can be used as a hillside erosion stabilizer. Using Liriope as a border offers an easy solution for many landscape problems. Liriope is also known as lilyturf, border grass, and monkey grass. Of the two main varieties, one is clumping and the other creeping, although both

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What Does Landrace Mean – Learn About Landrace Plant Species

Mon, 2020-03-16 07:05
A landrace sounds a bit like something out of a Harry Potter novel, but it’s not a creature of fantasy. What does landrace mean then? Landrace in plants refers to a traditional variety that has adapted over time. These plant varieties are not genetically bred but have, instead, evolved different traits naturally. They are not cloned, hybrids, cultivars, or bred with any human intervention. What Does Landrace Mean? Landraces of crops are most closely aligned with heirlooms, being that they are naturally occurring. They are indigenous to a certain region and developed their characteristics in response to the growing conditions of that area. Landrace plant species are relatively rare because many have been supplanted with bred crops and have died out due to changing climate and human intervention. Plant varieties aren’t the only species that exist in this category. There are also landrace animal breeds. Landrace plant varieties are characterized

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Onion Water Needs: How To Irrigate Onions In Your Garden Bed

Sun, 2020-03-15 18:00
Onion plant watering can be a tricky business. Too little water and the size and quality of the bulbs suffer; too much water and the plants are left open to fungal disease and rot. There are a couple different methods for watering onions, however, so it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with overall onion watering needs before deciding on the best course of irrigation for you.  Onion Water Needs Onions need a lot of water, but the soil should never get soggy. Ideal onion water needs are to irrigate to a depth of an inch (2.5 cm.) once a week rather than a light sprinkling each day. If you are watering onions with a hose or sprinkler, water in the morning rather than during the heat of the day, which will just end up being evaporated. Overhead watering can spell trouble. If you water in the evening, the foliage

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