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Eggplant ‘Fairy Tale’ Variety – What Is A Fairy Tale Eggplant

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-07-01 18:00
Of course, you grow eggplant in your veggie garden to enjoy the delicious eating at dinner time, but when your eggplant variety produces magically ornamental plants, like when you are growing Fairy Tale eggplants, it’s an extra bonus. This type of eggplant is as beautiful as it is delicious. Read on for more Fairy Tale eggplant information, including tips on how to grow fairy tale eggplants. What is a Fairy Tale Eggplant? Eggplant has many fans, but it’s not considered an especially gorgeous vegetable plant. Your opinion on this topic might change when you get some Fairy Tale eggplant information. What is a Fairy Tale eggplant? It’s a variety of the classic vegetable that produces tender-sweet fruits attractive enough to deserve a place in your annual flower bed. The eggplant ‘Fairy Tale’ is a lovely mini eggplant, only 4 inches (10 cm.) long. It is lavender with stunning streaks of

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Do Sunflowers Transplant Well – Learn About Moving Sunflower Plants

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-07-01 15:02
Growing sunflowers in your landscape provides big yellow blooms that simply shout summer. Birds flock to the mature plants to enjoy the seeds, so you can use it as part of a plot planted to attract birds, bees and other pollinators. But do sunflowers transplant well and should you move them at all? Read on to learn more. Do Sunflowers Transplant Well? Put sunflowers in their permanent location when planting. Because of the taproot, moving plants is not advisable. It is nearly impossible to move growing plants with taproots once active growth has started. Can you transplant sunflowers from a starting pot? If you want to get started early growing this plant, you may grow from seed in a container. Transplanting sunflower seedlings shortly after sprouting is the best practice. Tips for Moving Sunflower Plants Because the seeds are large, grow quickly and have a long taproot, moving sunflower plants

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Growing Superbo Basil Herbs – What Are Superbo Basil Uses

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-07-01 11:01
Basil is one of those herbs that adds a unique, almost licorice scent and outstanding flavor to many international cuisines. It is an easy-to-grow plant but requires warm weather and is frost tender. In most areas it is considered an annual but can be perennial in tropical regions. Superbo basil is a prolific leaf producer and has intense flavor. What is Superbo basil? Keep reading to find out more about this variety of basil and how you can grow this fragrant herb. What is Superbo Basil? There’s basil and then there’s Superbo pesto basil. It is a classic sweet basil and has a starring role in one of the most popular foods from Italy – pesto. Superbo pesto basil was developed specifically for that zesty sauce. According to Superbo basil information, it makes a great substitute for Genovese and has a more intense flavor. Superbo is a compact, bush-like herb.

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Care Of Romulea Plants – How To Grow A Romulea Iris

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-07-01 07:00
For many gardeners, one of the most rewarding aspects of growing flowers is the process of seeking out more rare and interesting plant varieties. Although more common flowers are just as beautiful, growers who wish to establish impressive plant collections delight in the growth of more unique, difficult-to-find bulbs and perennials. Romulea, for example, can be a highly prized addition to spring and summer flowering gardens. Romulea Iris Info Romulea flowers are members of the Iris (Iridaceae) family. And although they may be members of the family and commonly referred to as an iris, the flowers of Romulea plants resemble that of crocus blooms. Coming in a wide range of colors, these small flowers bloom very low to the ground. Due to their bloom habit, Romulea flowers look beautiful when planted together in large masses. How to Grow a Romulea Iris Like many lesser known flowers, locating Romulea plants may

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Pumpkin On A Stick Plant Info – Learn About Ornamental Eggplant Care

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-06-30 18:00
If you love to decorate for Halloween and Thanksgiving, then you should be growing pumpkin on a stick plant. Yes, that is really the name, or at least one of them, and how apropos it is. What is a pumpkin on a stick? Well, it looks exactly like a pumpkin on a stick. That said, it isn’t a pumpkin or even related – it’s actually an eggplant. Interested in growing pumpkin on a stick? Keep reading to learn how to grow ornamental eggplants. What is a Pumpkin on a Stick Plant? A pumpkin on a stick plant (Solanum integrifolium) is not a pumpkin. As mentioned, it is a type of eggplant grown as an ornamental, but because of how it looks, confusion is inevitable. Part of the nightshade family and related to tomatoes, potatoes and peppers, pumpkin on a stick looks exactly like small orange pumpkins growing on a stick,

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What Are Crop Wild Relatives – Why Are Crop Wild Relatives Important

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-06-30 15:00
What are crop wild relatives and why are they so important? Wild crop relatives are related to cultivated domestic plants, and some are thought to be ancestors of plants such as barley, wheat, rye, oats, quinoa and rice. Many familiar vegetables such as asparagus, squash, carrots, garlic and spinach also have wild relatives. In fact, most domestic plants have at least one wild relative. Crop wild relatives often don’t taste as good as domestic crops, and they may not appear as appetizing. However, they have traits that make them important. Let’s learn more about the usefulness of crop wild relatives. Importance of Crop Wild Relatives Why are crop wild relatives important? Because they continue to evolve in the wild, crop wild relatives are able to develop beneficial traits such as hardiness, drought tolerance and pest resistance. Crops wild relatives are important for maintaining a healthy environment. They may be critical

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Picking Naranjilla Fruits: Tips For Harvesting Naranjilla

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-06-30 11:00
Naranjilla, “little oranges,” are rather odd-looking, fruiting shrubs that produce exotic blooms and golf-ball sized fruit in the warm climates of USDA plant hardiness zones 10 and 11. It is indigenous to South America. Naranjilla (Solanum quitoense) is member of the nightshade family along with tomato, potato and tamarillo, and the fruit tends to be flavorless and unpleasant when unripe. However, it can be tangy and delicious if naranjilla harvest occurs at the optimum point of ripeness. So, how to you know when to harvest naranjilla? And how do you go about picking naranjilla?  Let’s learn more about harvesting this interesting fruit. When to Harvest Naranjilla: Tips on How to Pick Naranjilla Generally, you really don’t need to “pick” naranjilla, as the best time for harvesting naranjilla is when the fruit is so ripe it falls naturally from the tree, usually between October and December. Fully ripened fruit may actually

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Best Vines For Greenhouse Shade – Using Annual Vines To Shade A Greenhouse

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-06-30 07:09
Using annual vines to shade a greenhouse is a pretty way to do something practical. Many vines grow quickly and will cover the side of your greenhouse in no time. Choose the best plants for your local climate and to provide the right amount of shade and cooling in your greenhouse. Using Vines for Greenhouse Shade A greenhouse is designed to be warm and sunny. It’s where you can grow plants even in the depths of winter. This means that in summer it can turn into an oven. You could buy shade cloth to put up in the warmer months, but isn’t very attractive, and it may not be adequate either, especially in very warm and sunny climates. Instead, try using vines and tall plants to provide a natural screen. Cooling a greenhouse with vines will take the temperature down a notch, but it will also add an element of

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Sandwich Tomato Varieties: Good Slicing Tomatoes To Grow In The Garden

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-06-29 18:10
Almost everyone likes a tomato in one way or another and for Americans it’s often on a burger or possible a sandwich. There are tomatoes for all kinds of uses from those perfect for making into sauce and tomatoes ideal for slicing. What tomatoes are best for burgers and sandwiches? Slicing tomatoes…read on to learn more. Types of Tomatoes for Burgers and Sandwiches Everyone has their favorite tomato and, because we all have our own personal taste, the type of tomato you use on your burger is your business. That said, most people are of the opinion that slicing tomatoes versus paste or Roma tomatoes are the ideal sandwich tomato varieties. Tomatoes for slicing tend to be large, meaty and juicy – the better to go with a ¼-pound of beef. Because slicing tomatoes are large, they slice well and can cover a bun or slice of bread easily. Sandwich

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White Lace Flower Care: Growing White Lace Flowers In The Garden

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-06-29 15:15
Airy and delicate, the white lace flower (Orlaya grandiflora) delivers on the promise of its common name. Its blossoms look a lot like the lacecap hydrangea, but remain white in even the most acidic soil. What is white lace flower? It’s an easy-to-grow annual that makes an attractive addition to a backyard. For more white lace flower information, including tips on how to grow white lace flower, read on. What is White Lace Flower? What is white lace flower? It’s an annual that blooms from early summer right through the first fall frosts. It grows to 30 inches (75 cm.) tall and spreads up to 12 inches (30 cm.), making it a good choice for a cottage garden. According to white lace flower information, the plant remains compact, producing wave after wave of complex white blossoms. The flowers have a central, flattened umbel of tiny blossoms, and this is surrounded

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What Is A Japanese Eggplant – Different Types Of Japanese Eggplants

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-06-29 11:00
Eggplant is a fruit that has captured the imagination and taste buds of many countries. Eggplants from Japan are known for their thin skin and few seeds. This makes them exceptionally tender. While most types of Japanese eggplants are long and slender, a few are round and egg shaped. Continue reading for more Japanese eggplant information. What is a Japanese Eggplant? Eggplants have been cultivated for centuries. There are writings from the 3rd century referencing the cultivation of this wild fruit. Much of the breeding was done to remove the prickles and astringent flavor of wild forms. Today’s Japanese eggplant is silky smooth, sweet and easy to use. The original eggplants were small, round, green fruits with a slight bitterness to the flesh. Over time, Japanese eggplant varieties have evolved into primarily purple skinned, long, slender fruit, although there are still green forms and even some heirloom varieties that are

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Nomocharis Lily Care: How To Grow Chinese Alpine Lilies

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-06-29 07:00
For many homeowners and professional landscapers, lilies make an excellent addition to ornamental flower beds and borders. Blooming for only a short period, these large, showy flowers serve as a stunning focal point in plantings. This, combined with their easy growth habit, make flowering lilies a popular choice with beginning gardeners. While common lily types, such as Asiatic and oriental, are easy to find online and in plant nurseries, more rare families of these plants may be difficult to locate – like the alpine lily, which is especially prized by devout flower growers. About Nomocharis Bulbs While very similar in bulb and flowering appearance, alpine lilies (Nomocharis) are not technically in the lily (Lilium) family. Native to regions of Northern India, China, and Burma, these ornamental plants produce flowers that range in color from light pink to pink-purple. Depending upon the variety, these blooms may also exhibit unique dark purple-spotted

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Lemon Verbena Pruning Time: When To Prune Lemon Verbena Plants

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-06-28 18:00
Lemon verbena is a shrubby herb that grows like crazy with very little help. However, cutting back lemon verbena every so often keeps the plant neat and prevents a leggy, spindly appearance. Not sure how to prune lemon verbena? Wondering when to prune lemon verbena? Read on! How to Trim Lemon Verbena The best time for cutting back lemon verbena is in spring, shortly after you see new growth. This is the main pruning of the year and will encourage new, bushy growth. Remove winter damage and dead stems down to ground level. Cut old, woody growth down to about 2 inches (5 cm.) from the ground. This may sound harsh, but don’t worry, lemon verbena rebounds quickly. If you don’t want lemon verbena to spread too much, spring is also a good time to pull up stray seedlings. Lemon Verbena Trimming in Early Summer If the plant begins to

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Jilo Eggplant Info: How To Grow A Jilo Brazilian Eggplant

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-06-28 15:00
Jilo Brazilian eggplant produces small, vibrant red fruit and, as the name suggests, is widely grown in Brazil, but Brazilians aren’t the only ones growing jilo eggplants. Read on for more jilo eggplant info. What is a Jilo Eggplant? Jilo is a green fruit related to both the tomato and the eggplant. Once treated as a distinct species, Solanum gilo, it is now known to be of the group Solanum aethiopicum. This deciduous shrub in the family Solanaceae has a highly branching habit and grows up to 6 ½ feet (2 m.) in height. Leaves are alternate with smooth or lobed margins and can get up to a foot (30 cm.) long. The plant produces cluster of white blooms that develop into egg- or spindle-shaped fruit that, at maturity, are orange to red and either smooth or grooved. Jilo Eggplant Info Jilo Brazilian eggplant goes by a myriad of names:

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Hollyhock Flower Removal: Do Hollyhocks Need To Be Deadheaded

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-06-28 11:00
Hollyhocks are the showstoppers of the flower garden. These towering plants can grow to nine feet (2.7 m.) tall and produce stunning, large blooms. To make the most of these gorgeous flowers, know how best to care for them. Do hollyhocks need to be deadheaded? Yes, if you want to keep them looking great and blooming for as long as possible. Should You Deadhead Hollyhocks? Deadheading hollyhock plants isn’t necessary, but it is a good idea. It can help keep the blooms going longer throughout the season and also keeps your plants looking nicer and tidier. Think of deadheading this plant as a way of pruning to coax it into producing flowers right up to the fall and even the first frost. It’s also a good idea to remove dead and damaged leaves, too, for a better overall look and a healthier plant. Keep in mind, too, that deadheading will

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Greenhouse Humidity Info – Is Greenhouse Humidity Important

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-06-28 07:00
Growing plants in a greenhouse offers many advantages such as earlier seed start times, bigger yields and a longer growing season. The simple effect of an enclosed garden space combined with focused sunlight creates an ideal growing site. However, humidity can often be an enemy in such conditions. Condensation is a common by-product of moisture, close confines and high temperatures, especially where the exterior of the greenhouse is buffeted by cold temps. Humidity in a greenhouse is important but managing it is crucial to preventing fungal and other issues. Learn how to reduce greenhouse humidity when necessary to prevent common plant problems. Greenhouse Humidity Info Is greenhouse humidity important? Well, depending on what you are growing in your greenhouse, humidity may be necessary or just a common effect. Some plants, like most tropical specimens, need humidity. Other plants, such as many succulents, will develop rots and mildews that can kill

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No Flowers On Milkweed – Reasons For Milkweed Not Blooming

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-06-27 18:10
Each year more and more gardeners are devoting parts of their landscape to pollinator gardens. Once treated like a nuisance weed, now the many different varieties of milkweed (Asclepias spp.) are highly sought out by gardeners wishing to attract monarch butterflies and other pollinators, as the sweet nectar of milkweed blooms attracts a wide variety of butterflies, bees, moths and hummingbirds. However, your dream of a garden filled with beautiful winged creatures can quickly become crushed if your milkweed won’t flower. No Flowers on Milkweed, No Worries Milkweed without flowers can be extremely disheartening to beginner butterfly gardeners. Most people assume milkweed without flowers will not attract any butterflies. Flowers or not, though, female monarch butterflies spend most of their lives seeking out milkweed plants to lay eggs upon. Once these eggs hatch, the caterpillars don’t care if their milkweed host plant has blooms as long as they have plenty

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Naranjilla Seed Propagation – Learn How To Grow Naranjilla From Seed

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-06-27 15:00
Naranjilla (Solanum quitoense) is considered a rare fruit tree in this country, and it’s true that none of your neighbors are likely to be planting naranjilla seeds. But the plant, with its round, juicy fruit resembling oranges, is a common sight south of the border. It’s a lot of fun to bring naranjilla into your garden, and inexpensive too, since you can easily grow naranjilla from seed. Read on for information about naranjilla seed germination as well as tips for propagating naranjilla seeds. Growing Naranjilla from Seed Naranjilla is a uniquely ornamental plant with an edible fruit that looks cool and tastes delicious. It’s a perennial shrub that doesn’t normally get above 8 feet (2.4 m.) high, so it works just fine in a container. The thick stalks of the bush get woody as they age, and some varieties grow spines. Most cultivated plants do not. Narajillo is a spreading

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Chinese Eggplant Information: Growing Chinese Eggplant Varieties

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-06-27 11:00
Eggplants are vegetables from the nightshade family and related to tomatoes and peppers. There are European, African and Asian eggplant varieties, each with different characteristics including size, shape and color. Chinese eggplant varieties are probably some of the oldest of the vegetable. Eggplants from China tend to be elongated and deeply purple with glossy skin. They are excellent in stir fry and soup. They are quite easy to grow as long as they receive plenty of sun and heat. This article will provide information on how to grow Chinese eggplants and use them once harvested. Chinese Eggplant Information Although there may be more, a quick web search turned up 12 types of Chinese eggplant. It is said that the name comes from Europeans who saw white orbs growing in the ground in India, and likened them to eggs. The Chinese cultivars couldn’t be more different with striking color and narrow

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Bulb Health Guide: How To Tell If A Bulb Is Healthy

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-06-27 07:00
One of the quickest ways to plant stunning flower gardens is through the use of flower bulbs. Whether wishing to establish flower borders that consist of mass plantings or looking to add a vibrant pop of color in pots and containers, flower bulbs are an excellent option for gardeners of any skill level. However, depending upon the type of bulb or quantity needed, acquiring bulbs may quickly become expensive. While in-store and online “end of the season” sales may help to alleviate this cost, it is important that growers know what to look for in terms of ensuring that the bulbs they purchase are healthy, hardy, and likely to grow into beautiful flowers. Bulb Health Guide The purchase of unhealthy flower bulbs may happen more than one would think. Both spring blooming and summer blooming flower bulbs are susceptible to issues such as mold and rot, and may arrive in

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