Harvesting Hot Peppers: Tips For Picking Peppers That Are Hot

Thu, 2019-08-08 18:18
So you have a lovely crop of hot peppers thriving in the garden, but when do you pick them? There are several things to consider before you begin harvesting hot peppers. The following article discusses harvest and storage of hot peppers. When to Pick Hot Peppers Most peppers take at least 70 days from transplanting and another 3-4 weeks thereafter to reach maturity. Hot peppers often take longer. Be sure that you know what type of pepper you have planted and then look up the days to maturity. If you have a plant tag or seed packet, the planting time should be there. If not, there’s always the internet. If you have no idea what variety you are growing, you will need to ascertain harvest time by other means. The days to maturity will give you a big clue as to when your hot pepper harvest will commence, but there

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Indoor Bean Care Guide: Can You Grow Beans Inside

Thu, 2019-08-08 15:05
Whether it is the middle of winter or you are hard-pressed to find space for a garden, growing plants indoors is both appealing and beneficial. For many who wish to begin growing flowers and vegetables, doing so indoors is often the only option. Luckily, many crops can be grown in limited spaces and without access to a large vegetable plot. For those looking to begin planting indoors, crops such as beans offer a great alternative to traditional methods. Can You Grow Beans Inside? Growing beans indoors is an excellent option for many gardeners. Not only are indoor bean plants able to thrive, but they offer growers the benefit of attractive foliage throughout the process. Their compact size and quick growth habit make them ideal for container culture as well. Indoor Bean Care To begin growing beans indoors, gardeners will first need to select a container. Beans do well in most

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Chinese Pistache Issues: Chinese Pistache Tree Losing Leaves And Other Problems

Thu, 2019-08-08 11:00
Gardeners love Chinese pistache trees (Pistacia chinensis) for their graceful structure and vivid fall color. Many plant these deciduous trees to enjoy their fiery foliage. However, if you see your Chinese pistache tree losing leaves during the growing season, there’s a problem. Early Chinese pistache leaf drop or leaf yellowing often results from an irrigation issue, but it can also signal more serious problems. Read on for tips on handling these Chinese pistache issues. What’s Wrong with My Chinese Pistache? No landscape tree is entirely problem free, and this includes Chinese pistache. This ornamental is prized for its brilliant fall color before leaf drop, but if your Chinese pistache leaf drop starts before summer’s end, you’ll need to evaluate the care the tree is getting and its state of health. Are you seeing problems with your tree and wondering: “what’s wrong with my Chinese pistache?” Start to figure it out

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Physiological Leaf Roll In Tomato: Reasons For Physiological Leaf Curl On Tomatoes

Thu, 2019-08-08 07:00
Leaf roll is a well-documented symptom of several viruses and diseases. But what causes physiological leaf curl on tomatoes that are not diseased? This physical anomaly has several causes, mostly cultural. Is tomato physiological leaf roll dangerous? The curiosity has not been shown to reduce yields or plant health but seems to concern gardeners nonetheless. Read on for tips on preventing physiological leaf roll on tomatoes. Recognizing Physiological Leaf Roll in Tomato Plants Curled tomato leaves can be caused by factors like disease, environmental changes, and even herbicide drift. In healthy plants, the causes of physiological leaf roll in tomato can be difficult to uncover. This is because the effect may be caused by one situation or the result of several, and nature has a place in the occurrence. This can make uncovering the reason a bit tricky. Seemingly healthy tomato leaves will curl or roll at the center, producing

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What Is Plum Mosaic Virus: Treating Mosaic Virus On Plum Trees

Wed, 2019-08-07 18:16
Plum mosaic virus was discovered in Texas in the early 1930s. Since that time, the disease has spread throughout orchards in the southern United States and certain areas of Mexico. This serious disease affects both plums and peaches, as well as nectarines, almonds and apricots. Mosaic virus of plum trees is spread from tree to tree by tiny peach bud mites (Eriophyes insidiosus). The virus can also be spread by grafting. Unfortunately, there are no cures for mosaic virus of plums, but there are ways to prevent the disease from affecting your fruit trees. Thanks to strict quarantine programs, mosaic virus of plums is now relatively unusual. Let’s learn the signs and symptoms of plum mosaic virus and how to prevent the disease from infecting your trees. Symptoms of Mosaic Virus on Plums Plum mosaic virus shows up on the leaves, which are mottled with green, white or yellow blotches.

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What Is A Summer Pear Tree – Learn About Summer Pear Varieties

Wed, 2019-08-07 15:05
If you love pears and have a small home orchard, you need to add a summer variety or two of this tasty fruit. Growing summer pears will give you earlier fruit, and if you have autumn pears as well will give you an extended and longer harvest season. For true pear enthusiasts, summer pears are a must. What is a Summer Pear? There are many different varieties of pear, but they can be broadly categorized as two types: summer and winter. The difference between them is when harvest time begins. Summer pears are ready to be harvested beginning in late mid to late summer (July or August) in most places, while the harvest for winter pears doesn’t begin until the very end of summer or early autumn (August or September). Summer Pear Varieties Most types of summer pear are small or medium in size. They have a thin skin and

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Cutting Back Catnip: Should I Prune Catnip Plants

Wed, 2019-08-07 11:00
Catnip, Nepeta cataria, is a hardy perennial herb that will drive your feline friends wild. It is a no-fuss, easy-to-grow member of the mint family that requires little maintenance. What about pruning catnip plants though? Is cutting back catnip necessary? Read on to find out about pruning catnip plants and, if need be, how to prune catnip. Should I Prune Catnip? Catnip will grow well in almost any soil but prefers a moderately rich loam that is well-draining. This herb prefers full sun but will tolerate partial shade. Water young plants twice a week but as they establish, reduce watering to once a week depending upon weather conditions. Really, that’s about it with regards to caring for these herbs, with the exception of pruning catnip plants. If you’re asking, “when should I prune catnip,” or even why, then here’s your answer: Catnip blooms and sets seeds profusely and, as such,

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Making A Garden For Lizards: How To Attract Lizards To The Garden

Wed, 2019-08-07 07:00
You may have never considered this, but attracting lizards to your garden can be beneficial. Like turtles and snakes, lizards are members of the reptile family. Although their physique is similar to salamanders, which are amphibians, lizards have dry scales while salamanders have moist skin. There are over 6,000 species of lizards worldwide and it’s likely that native species of common garden lizards live near you. So why should modern day gardeners take an interest in these scaly remnants from the age of the dinosaurs, as opposed to getting rid of them, and how are lizards good for gardens? Let’s learn more. Lizard Friendly Gardens First and foremost, many species of lizards eat garden pests, such as slugs and harmful insects. More importantly, common garden lizards also serve as a barometer of environmental health. Since lizards are vulnerable to pollutants, their mere existence in the garden indicates low levels of

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State Fair Apple Facts: What Is A State Fair Apple Tree

Tue, 2019-08-06 18:00
Looking for a juicy, red apple tree to plant? Try growing State Fair apple trees. Keep reading to learn how to grow State Fair apples and other State Fair apple facts. What is a State Fair Apple? State Fair apple trees are semi-dwarf trees that grow to about 20 feet (6 m.) in height. This hybrid was first introduced to the market in 1977. The fruit is a bright red with subtle yellow-green blushing. The all-purpose apple has a semi-sweet to acidic taste and juicy, yellow flesh. State Fair blooms with showy clusters of mildly scented pink-blushed white flowers in mid-spring. The red apples that follow are striped with a touch of light yellow green. In the fall, the forest-green foliage turns a golden yellow before dropping. The tree itself has a fairly rounded habit with a general clearance of about 4 feet (1.2 m.) from the ground that lends

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Baby Names Inspired By Plants: Learn About Garden Names For Babies

Tue, 2019-08-06 15:00
Whether driven by family tradition or the desire for a more unique name, ideas for naming a new baby abound. From websites to close relatives and acquaintances, it seems that nearly everyone may have a suggestion for naming that sweet little bundle of joy. It is easy to see why an expectant mother can quickly become overwhelmed. For those with green thumbs, however, naming their new baby may be as simple as walking into the garden. Using Flower and Plant Baby Names Garden related baby names are a great choice for many. Whether choosing a more unique name or one that has long been used throughout history, the options are limitless when choosing baby names inspired by plants. Garden names for babies are also quite versatile. While many may assume that flower baby names might only work for girls, many of these plant baby names also make a good choice

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Cereal Rye Information: Learn How To Grow Rye Grain At Home

Tue, 2019-08-06 11:00
If you like organic whole grains on your table, you might enjoy growing rye for food. Organic cereal grain rye is expensive to buy and fairly easy to grow in a backyard garden. Are you wondering how to grow rye grain? Read on for tips and information that can help get you started. Cereal Rye Information Many gardeners work hard to produce vegetables and fruits in the backyard, but never think of planting grains. Don’t be fooled by the rumors that grains are hard to grow. In fact, grains like rye, wheat and oats are much easier to grow than most veggies. Rye, for example, is one of the easiest crops you might choose to grow. It grows well even in very poor soils, requiring little work. And it is quite cold-hardy, much more so than wheat. Rye as a cereal can be used to make pasta, bread or even

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Rosemary Disease Control – How To Treat Sick Rosemary Plants

Tue, 2019-08-06 07:07
Mediterranean plants like rosemary impart herbal elegance to the landscape and aromatic flavor to cuisine. Rosemary is a relatively stoic plant with few pest or disease issues but occasionally they do have some problems. Sick rosemary plants need an accurate diagnostic prior to treatment for adequate control. Learn about the most common rosemary diseases and how you can combat any problems. Is My Rosemary Sick? Rosemary disease control is almost unnecessary since they are naturally resistant to almost all common plant plagues. However, fungal diseases of rosemary do occur as well as a couple of bacterial infections. The best defense is good cultural care and proper siting. Questions regarding whether your rosemary is sick or not can be answered by first giving a thorough inspection of the plant. If plant stems, leaves or tissues are discolored, it could be from the feeding activities of certain pests. Check carefully for tiny

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Beginner Windowsill Garden: Learn About Growing Plants On A Windowsill

Mon, 2019-08-05 18:00
Whether your gardening season has recently come to a close or you simply do not have any growing space, finding another way to grow your own produce can be frustrating. While indoor gardening is a popular option, many growers do not have access to the necessary materials, like grow lights or hydroponic equipment. Fortunately, growing plants indoors is always a viable option for those wanting access to fresh greens or herbs. Starting a windowsill garden is an easy and efficient way to keep growing all year long. Keep reading to learn how to start a beginner windowsill garden? What is a Windowsill Garden? As the name would imply, a windowsill garden can be grown in a bright, sunny window indoors. The process of starting these small container gardens is relatively simple and cost effective. Before planting, check the windowsill to ensure that it is strong and sturdy. Growers will also

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Cherry ‘Black Tartarian’ Info: How To Grow Black Tartarian Cherries

Mon, 2019-08-05 15:00
Few fruits are more enjoyable to grow than cherries. These tasty little fruits pack a flavorful punch and provide a big harvest. Cherries can be enjoyed fresh, they work well in desserts and savory dishes, and they can be preserved easily to eat all winter. When choosing a tree for your backyard or small orchard, consider all the benefits of a Black Tartarian cherry tree. What are Black Tartarian Cherries? Black Tartarian is an old variety of sweet cherry. It originated in Russia and was introduced in England and the U.S. by the late 1700s. The tree was once called the Large Black Heart, which is descriptive of the fruit: deep, dark red and large. For a sweet and juicy cherry, Black Tartarian is hard to beat. It’s a popular variety for taste and texture. It’s also popular with home growers because it produces abundantly – pretty, sweet-smelling spring flowers

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Planting Catnip For Cats: How To Grow Catnip For Cat Use

Mon, 2019-08-05 11:00
If you have cats, then you are more than likely to have given them catnip or have toys for them that contain catnip. As much as your cat appreciates this, he/she would love you even more if you provided them with fresh catnip. You can grow catnip plants for your feline friends either inside or outside, and don’t worry; growing catnip for your cat is easy. About Planting Catnip for Cats It wasn’t until relatively recently that folks began growing catnip, Nepeta cataria, strictly for their cats. It used to be more commonly used to treat medicinal ailments, or grown for tea or even as a culinary herb. Someone, somewhere, soon discovered its psychotropic effects on cats and, today, most people grow catnip for cat uses. There probably isn’t a cat lover out there who hasn’t tried catnip out on their fur baby. For the majority, the results are delightful

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Tree Aloe Info: Learn About Growing A Tree Aloe

Mon, 2019-08-05 07:00
Growing a tree aloe isn’t difficult if you live in a warm climate. The tree can tolerate temperatures as chilly as 22 F. (-6 C.) for short periods of time, although the cold may discolor the foliage. Are you interested in growing this impressive carefree plant? Read on for more tree aloe information. Tree Aloe Info What is a tree aloe? Native to South Africa, tree aloe (Aloe bainesii) is a large tree-like succulent and aloe plant relative with mottled gray stems and rosettes of greenish-gray leaves. Butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to the clusters of spiky, tube-shaped blooms that show up in winter. Tree aloe is a moderately fast-growing tree, gaining about 12 inches (30 cm.) per year. Allow plenty of space when growing tree aloe, as this lovely evergreen reaches mature heights of 20 to 30 feet (7-10 m.) and widths of 10 to 20 feet (3-7 m.).

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Chrysanthemum Verticillium Wilt: Learn About Mum Verticillium Control

Sun, 2019-08-04 18:00
Each fall, chrysanthemum plants are commonplace. Sold in front of grocery stores and home garden centers, their vibrant pop of color is a welcome addition to porch decorations as the weather begins to cool. While purchasing the plants is a foolproof way to ensure blooms, many gardeners prefer to propagate their own chrysanthemums from cuttings. Growing from cuttings allows for greater variety and selection. Although the process of growing these flowers is relatively simple, there are some issues that may cause failure at bloom time, like chrysanthemum verticillium disease. Verticillium of Chrysanthemums While many plant issues and diseases show distinctive signs and symptoms early in the growing season, others do not. Chrysanthemum verticillium wilt is one of these and caused by certain types of verticillium fungus. Mums with verticillium wilt are unique in that the presence of infection may go undetected by growers throughout the vast majority of the growing

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Canna Lily Rot: What Causes Rotting Canna Rhizomes

Sun, 2019-08-04 15:14
Canna flowers grow as a beautiful, long-lasting summer to fall display in the flower bed. In USDA Hardiness Zones 7-11, canna plants can stay in the ground year-round. More northern areas have to dig and store over winter for rhizomes to remain alive. But what happens when canna rhizomes are rotting? Read on to learn more. What Causes Canna Rhizome Rot? When digging for storage or cutting back for tidiness, keep an eye out for canna lily rot. This may happen following an especially rainy year or when canna rhizomes have multiplied and gotten tight in their planting spot. Soil without proper drainage and too much rain (or overwatering) on a crowded bed of canna rhizomes allow fungi like Sclerotium rolfsii and Fusarium to enter and grow, causing decay at the base. This may be accompanied by cottony patches as well. Once infected, rotting canna rhizomes cannot be saved and

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What Is A Stroll Garden – How To Make A Stroll Garden At Home

Sun, 2019-08-04 11:00
Just because you can take a leisurely walk around a garden doesn’t make it a stroll garden. What is a stroll garden? Japanese stroll gardens are outdoor spaces where the design allows a visitor the anticipation and slow discovery of beauty. If you would like more information about stroll gardens, read on for some stroll garden ideas. We’ll also give you tips on how to make a stroll garden of your own. What is a Stroll Garden? If a stroll garden was simply a garden you could walk through, every garden would qualify. Instead, Japanese stroll gardens are outdoor areas designed with a different intent than most gardens. The Japanese apparently got their initial stroll garden ideas from the Chinese who developed two sorts of gardens, gardens to foster spiritual development and gardens to provide pleasure. The Japanese made two similar types of gardens often identified as Zen gardens and

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Stones Glued On Top Of Soil: How To Remove Rocks From Potted Plants

Sun, 2019-08-04 07:00
Larger retailers of common plants often have stock with stones glued on top of soil. The reasons for this vary, but the practice can be damaging to the plant in the long term. A plant with glued on rocks may suffer as it grows, evaporation is reduced, and the ability to take in moisture can be impaired. But how to remove rocks from potted plants without damaging the trunk or roots? Keep reading for some tips on getting rocks glued to soil off without harming the plant. Are Rocks Glued to Soil Okay? Why, why, why, is my question. Apparently, basic plant retailers find gluing rocks to the top of the container and soil a method to reduce soil loss during transport. They may also do it as an aesthetic practice. Either way you may wonder, “should I remove glued down rocks in my plants?” That may depend upon the

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