Antonovka Apple Facts – Learn How To Grow Antonovka Apples

Mon, 2019-07-29 18:00
Anyone interested in growing apples in the home landscape may want to consider trying out the Antonovka variety. This tasty, easy to grow and care for tree is a centuries-old favorite used for fresh eating, baking and canning. It is also well liked for use in cider. Antonovka Apple Facts What are Antonovka apples, you may ask. They are a winter producing group of apple trees originally from Russia. Antonovka fruit trees are often used as a rootstock to add cold hardiness to other apple types that can be grafted in. They are also used for seedling trees in northern areas. The common Antonovka apple is most normally grown in the U.S., but there are other varieties. Antonovka apple facts say it is a tasty, tart fruit right off the tree, having high acid, with flavor that mellows after time in storage. The skin is light green to yellow with

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Lemon Basil Care: How To Grow Lemon Basil Herbs

Mon, 2019-07-29 15:00
Lemon and basil make a perfect pairing in cooking, but what if you could have the essence of lemon with the sweet anise flavor of basil all in one plant? Lemon basil plants combine both these amazing scents and flavors for a unique herb experience. This variety is just one in a host of specially imbued basils and is easy to grow, provided you have plenty of sun and heat. Keep reading to get tips on how to grow lemon basil and add its characteristic scent and flavor to your culinary repertoire. What is Lemon Basil? Fans of basil rejoice. Growing lemon basil provides devotees with a tangy, nose happy flavor and scent that is excellent in many international and regional cuisines. It is also a pretty plant that adds dimension and texture to the kitchen garden. As an added bonus, lemon basil care is simple, straightforward and easy. Picture

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Hot Pepper Problems – Common Hot Pepper Plant Pests And Diseases

Mon, 2019-07-29 11:00
Growing hot peppers is an easy way to add to your culinary garden. Different varieties of chili peppers grow well in both containers and beds. A few hot pepper problems may damage your plants, though. Know what to look out for and what diseases and pests could ruin your harvest this summer so you can prevent or treat as needed. Hot Pepper Plant Diseases There are many potential problems with hot pepper plants that you will find are caused by viral, fungal, or bacterial diseases. Several viral diseases affect chili peppers. Signs of a viral infection include leaf curl, mottled coloring on leaves, stunted growth, and dropped flowers. The best way to manage these diseases is to start with virus-resistant varieties. Fungal diseases that affect pepper plants include damping off fungi in seedlings and Phytophthora root rot. The latter causes root rot in plants at any stage and results in

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Streaks On Daylily Leaves: Learn About Daylily Leaf Streak Disease

Mon, 2019-07-29 07:00
Daylily plants are among one of the most popular perennial landscaping flowers in the United States, and for good reason. Their disease resistance and hardy vigor allows them to thrive in a diverse set of growing conditions. Whether grown in full sun or partial shade, daylily plants will reward homeowners with a profusion of large blooms and glossy green foliage throughout the entire growing season. While robust, there are some issues that may cause these plants to struggle in the garden. Daylily leaf streak, for instance, can cause distress for both growers and daylily plants. What is Daylily Leaf Streak? When daylily leaf streak presents itself, the fungus Aureobasidium microstictum has infected the plant. Daylilies with leaf streak may initially show very little signs of infection. However, upon closer inspection, growers may first begin to notice yellowing of the plant’s leaves along the midrib. As the disease progresses, the streaks

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Ginseng Ficus Pruning: How To Grow A Ficus Ginseng Bonsai Tree

Sun, 2019-07-28 18:07
If growing and caring for a bonsai tree seems too difficult, consider diving into the miniature tree world with a ginseng ficus. It’s unique looking, with aerial roots, and is considered to be very forgiving for beginners. Growing ginseng ficus as a bonsai tree is a great idea for a hobby for yourself or as a gift for a fellow gardener. Ginseng Ficus as a Bonsai Ginseng ficus (Ficus retusa) is one variety of this large group of fig trees. Native to Southeast Asia, the ginseng ficus is also called banyan fig, Taiwan ficus, and laurel fig. It is most striking in appearance because it grows thick roots that stay exposed above the surface of the ground. As a bonsai, the effect is of a small tree standing on legs. The tree grows oval shaped, dark green leaves. The trunk of the ginseng ficus is thick and bulbous, reddish gray

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What Is A Gutter Garden – How To Make A Gutter Garden

Sun, 2019-07-28 15:00
Some of us don’t have a big yard in which to grow our warm season gardens and some of us have no yard at all. There are alternatives, though. These days many containers are used to grow flowers, herbs, and even vegetables. These containers include gutter garden ideas. Research does not indicate who originated the idea of growing shallow rooted plants in a prepared gutter, but it is a worthwhile undertaking. What is a Gutter Garden? If you’ve not seen them, in person or online, you may be asking what is a gutter garden? It’s a rain gutter designed to hold your choice of plants and decorate a wall, fence, porch railing, or other area. Use your creativity to put a gutter garden in some of your free space. If you need inspiration, take a look here. Consider these uses for gutter gardens: Hanging for vertical appeal: Thread thin wire

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Clara Eggplant Info: Learn How To Grow Clara Eggplants

Sun, 2019-07-28 11:13
The beautiful purple Italian eggplant is, indeed, delicious but how about mixing it up a bit and growing Clara eggplant? The following article contains Clara eggplant info regarding how to grow Clara eggplants. What is Clara Eggplant? The eggplant variety, Clara, is an Italian hybrid that produces gorgeous brilliantly white fruit offset by a bright green calyx. The oval shaped fruit grows to around 6-7 inches (15-18 cm.) in length by 4-5 inches (10-13 cm.) across. Clara eggplant is an early season crop that matures in approximately 65 days. Because Clara eggplant has thin skin, it is best suited for the home garden, as the delicate exterior bruises easily during shipping. This cultivar is a high yielder and the vigorous plants have few spines. How to Grow Clara Eggplants Eggplant is a warm season annual. Clara eggplant should be sown in flats in the early spring or 6-8 weeks before

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Rubber Plant Bugs: Fighting Pests On A Rubber Plant

Sun, 2019-07-28 07:00
Rubber tree (Ficus elastica) is an impressive plant with huge, shiny leaves, but this cold-sensitive plant survives outdoors only in very warm climates. For this reason, it is usually grown indoors. Although healthy rubber tree plants tend to be pest resistant, they can be infested by several sap-sucking pests. What to do if you notice rubber plant insects? Read on for helpful tips. Pests on a Rubber Plant Here are the most common rubber plant insects you may come across: Aphids are tiny, pear-shaped pests that gather en masse on the undersides of leaves or the joints of leaves and stems. The pests are usually green, but different species may be red, brown, black, or yellow. Aphids damage rubber tree by sucking the sweet nectar from the leaves. Scale are tiny rubber plant pests that attach themselves to all parts of the plant and, like aphids, they feed on sweet

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Baby’s Breath Propagation: Learn About Propagating Baby’s Breath Plants

Sat, 2019-07-27 18:00
Baby’s breath is a small, delicate bloom included as a finishing touch in many bouquets and flower arrangements. Masses of star-shaped flowers look great in outside flower beds, too. Gypsophila grows in several varieties, preferring a moist, sunny spot in the landscape. Propagating Baby’s Breath Plants You may have planted seeds of this flower without success. Seeds are tiny and sometimes a little tricky to get going. When propagating baby’s breath, you will likely have better success by taking cuttings from an existing plant or planting one in the landscape. Baby’s breath is normally grown as an annual flower in most areas, but some types are hardy perennials. All types are easily grown from cuttings taken in early summer. Starting new baby’s breath takes time, about a month, but is worth the wait. How to Propagate Baby’s Breath Cuttings Use clean, sterilized containers and fill with well-draining soil or mix.

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Macho Fern Info – Tips For Growing A Macho Fern

Sat, 2019-07-27 15:00
If you want a big, burly fern with stout foliage, try growing a Macho fern. What is a Macho fern? These robust plants form a large clump of fronds and thrive in shade to partial shade. They even do well in containers and hanging baskets. The Nephrolepis biserrata Macho fern is a tropical, evergreen plant suitable for United States Department of Agriculture zones 9 to 10 but can be grown as an indoor plant and moved out in summer. Here is further Macho fern info to get you growing the plant at its best. What is a Macho Fern? Ferns provide elegant, greenery with a classic, airy form. The Macho fern (Nephrolepis biserrata) is one of the best examples of these plants. Best of all, Macho fern care is easy, breezy and can grow either as a houseplant or an outdoor specimen in warmer regions. Macho ferns can be found

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Are Sunflowers Edible: How To Use Edible Sunflowers From The Garden

Sat, 2019-07-27 11:00
Growing sunflowers is great. These stately, tall flowers produce stunning, large, regal blooms. But can you eat a sunflower? You know you can eat sunflower seeds, but if you grow these fun plants you may have wondered if you can eat the actual flowers too. We’ve got the answer for you. Are Sunflowers Edible? Most people grow sunflowers simply for their statuesque nature and cheerful, large flowers. But you may also grow them to eat the seeds. Sunflower seeds are tasty and nutritious. Of course, they are also grown on a large scale to make oil, but you can even make a delicious seed butter out of sunflower seeds. But did you know that you can actually eat much more of the plant than just the seeds? This includes the flowers. You can enjoy both the buds of sunflower plants and the petals of mature blooms. The greens are also

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New Orchid Watermelon Info: How To Grow A New Orchid Melon

Sat, 2019-07-27 07:00
Fresh, homegrown watermelon is a delectable summertime treat. Whether hoping to grow large, sweet melons or smaller icebox types, growing your own watermelon in the home garden is a rewarding task. Though several high-quality varieties of open pollinated watermelon are available, newly introduced hybrid cultivars also offer interesting and unique characteristics – like ‘New Orchid,’ which offers growers a distinct sherbet colored flesh that is perfect for fresh eating. New Orchid Watermelon Info New Orchid watermelon plants are a type of icebox watermelon. Icebox watermelons are generally smaller, usually weighing less than about 10 lbs. (4.5 kg.) The compact size of these melons makes them ideal for storage in refrigerators. When fully mature, New Orchid melons demonstrate distinctive green stripes and an inner juicy flesh that is a bright and vibrant orange in color. How to Grow a New Orchid Melon The process of growing New Orchid watermelons is very

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Ailing Ginseng Plants – Identifying Common Ginseng Problems

Fri, 2019-07-26 18:00
Ginseng is a great plant to grow because you can enjoy a lot of potential health benefits from using the medicinal root and save money not buying supplements. There is evidence, albeit disputed, that ginseng can reduce inflammation, improve brain function, boost the immune system, reduce fatigue, and lower blood sugar. Unfortunately, there are a lot of ginseng problems you may encounter in the garden, as this is not the easiest plant to grow in quantity. Potential Ginseng Plant Issues Growing ginseng is not easy for beginners. There are a number of problems you’ll face, and those experienced with cultivating this plant suggest you throw out all your conventional knowledge about gardening; most of it won’t work with ginseng. Here are some of the issues you may face: Ginseng plants need shade. Depending on the conditions, ginseng can be very susceptible to damage from pests and diseases. It takes years

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Is Your Gladiolus Falling Over – How To Stake Glads In The Garden

Fri, 2019-07-26 15:04
Gladiolus (“glads” to most of us) are gorgeous, easy-to-grow plants that thrive with very little effort on your part. Growing glads is so simple, it’s almost a matter of sticking the corms in the soil, then sitting back and watching the magic. But sometimes the tall gladiolus falling over in the garden can be troublesome, if not unattractive. Luckily, with a little added support, this can be easily remedied. Read on for some tips on staking gladiolus. Do Gladiolus Plants Need Staking? It depends on the variety, as plants can reach heights of 2 to 6 feet (1.5-2 m.). Gladiolus staking will prevent tall gladiolus falling over in a strong wind as the plant matures, or even under the weight of the beautiful blooms. The good news is that staking gladiolus isn’t difficult and won’t take much of your time. How to Stake Glads Place a stake near the base

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My Jacaranda Has Yellow Leaves – Reasons For Yellowing Jacaranda Trees

Fri, 2019-07-26 11:04
If you have a jacaranda tree that has yellow leaves, you’ve come to the right spot. There are a few reasons for a yellowing jacaranda. Treating a yellow jacaranda means you need to do a little detective work to figure out why the jacaranda leaves are turning yellow. Read on to find out what to do about a jacaranda turning yellow. Why are My Jacaranda Leaves Turning Yellow? Jacaranda is a genus of 49 species of flowering plants native to tropical and subtropical areas. They thrive in full sun and sandy soil and once established are fairly drought tolerant and have few insect or disease issues. That said, they can, especially young and newly transplanted trees, begin to turn yellow and drop leaves. Young plants are also more susceptible to cold temperatures than mature trees. Mature plants can survive down to 19 F. (-7 C.) while tender young trees may

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Emerald Oak Lettuce Info: Learn About Growing Emerald Oak Lettuce

Fri, 2019-07-26 07:00
There are so many lettuce varieties available to gardeners, it can get a little overwhelming. All those leaves can start to look the same, and picking the right seeds to plant can start to seem impossible. Reading this article will help illuminate at least one of those varieties. Keep reading to learn more about growing Emerald Oak lettuce. Emerald Oak Lettuce Info What is Emerald Oak lettuce? This cultivar is a cross between two other lettuce varieties: Blushed Butter Oak and Deer Tongue. It was originally developed in 2003 by Frank and Karen Morton, owners of Wild Garden Seed, who over the years have bred countless new kinds of greens. It is apparently a favorite on the Morton farm. The lettuce grows in dense, compact heads of rounded leaves that are a shade of bright green you could easily describe as “emerald.” It has juicy, buttery heads that are known

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Pruning A Dappled Willow – How To Prune Dappled Willow Shrubs

Thu, 2019-07-25 18:00
The dappled willow (Salix integra ‘Hakuro-nishiki’) is a popular ornamental tree with a graceful weeping habit. It has lovely gray-green foliage streaked with pink and white. Since this tree grows quickly, pruning a dappled willow is always an important part of the maintenance. Read on for information on dappled willow pruning. Cutting Back Dappled Willows The dappled willow is native to Japan and Korea where it frequently grows near water, like along streams and in marshes. Its shoots were used in yesteryear for basket making. A Dutch breeder brought Salix integra ‘Hakuro-nishiki’ to this country in 1979. Today, it is considered an ornamental, which means that dappled willow pruning is a part of many gardener’s to-do lists. All willows grow rapidly, and dappled willows are no exception. Keep this in mind when you are choosing trees for your backyard. Dappled willows are attractive, tolerant and quick-growing trees. You’ll find that

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Eggplant ‘Graffiti’ Care – What Is A Graffiti Eggplant

Thu, 2019-07-25 15:00
Eggplant might not be what you think of when you think “berry,” but they are actually a fruit. Their sweet, soft flesh is the perfect complement to almost any flavor and they grow like weeds in warm temperatures. The purple Graffiti eggplant is an excellent example. What is a Graffiti eggplant? This hybrid is a modern take on a traditional food with small size and superior flavor. Graffiti Eggplant Info There are numerous eggplant varieties from which to choose. They run the gamut from Asian and Mediterranean types with differences in size, color and shape thrown in as further variation. The eggplant, Graffiti, is possibly a hybrid from those native to India. Wherever the plant’s origin, it has been bred to bring out the sweetness and remove any bitterness associated with wild fruit. Many types of eggplant have especially appealing skin. The eggplant, Graffiti, is a very appealing example of

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Ginkgo Male Vs. Female: Telling Male And Female Ginkgoes Apart

Thu, 2019-07-25 11:00
Ginkgo biloba is a strong, long-lived specimen with many uses here in the U.S. It grows as a street tree, on commercial properties, and in the home landscape of many. Sources say it is near perfect as an urban tree goes, as it can grow and thrive in pollution, resists disease, and is easy to prune. But one thing that’s not so near perfect is its sex. How to Tell Ginkgo Sex Between Trees The gingko is a beautiful tree, growing in a diversity of climates. It is the only surviving specimen of the division Ginkgophyta that has not become extinct. There are many instances of prehistoric fossils of this tree being found, some dating as far back as 270 million years. Fossils were found on all continents with the exception of Antarctica and Australia. Needless to say, it’s been around awhile. You may ask, are ginkgoes dioecious? They are,

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Focal Points For Backyard: Using Structure As Focal Points In The Backyard

Thu, 2019-07-25 07:07
The process of creating beautiful and welcoming yard and garden spaces can feel intimidating. Choosing plants and considering hardscaping options can feel like an arduous task for even the most confident of do-it-yourselfers. Whether planning an inviting front entryway or looking to create a green backyard oasis, there are some quick and simple tips that will help create the yard you have always dreamed of. One key aspect, the proper use of structures in the yard, can serve in function as well as add dynamic appeal. Let’s learn more about using structures as focal points for the backyard. About Backyard Focal Points When designing landscapes, it is important to first establish a focal point within the yard. Visitors and guests will naturally be drawn to these focal points, so it is imperative that this aspect of design is taken into consideration. While many structures do serve a purpose (such as

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