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Mickey Mouse Plant Propagation – Methods For Propagating Mickey Mouse Plants

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-12-15 11:13
Disneyland may be the happiest place on earth, but you can also bring some of that cheer into your garden by propagating Mickey Mouse plants. How do you propagate a Mickey Mouse bush? Mickey Mouse plant propagation can be accomplished by either cuttings or seed. Read on to learn how to propagate from seed or cuttings of Mickey Mouse plants. About Mickey Mouse Plant Propagation Mickey Mouse plant (Ochna serrulata), or carnival bush, is a semi-evergreen shrub to small tree that grows to about 4-8 feet (1-2 m.) in height and 3-4 feet (about a meter) across. Native to eastern South Africa, these plants are found in a variety of habitats, from forests to grasslands. The glossy, slightly serrated green leaves are accented with fragrant yellow blooms from spring to early summer. These give way to fleshy, green fruit that, once mature, become black and are said to resemble the

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DIY Staycation Backyard Gardens – How To Make A Staycation Garden

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-12-15 07:09
What is a staycation garden? The goal of a staycation garden is to create a space that is so cozy, comfortable and inviting that you can enjoy a mini vacation any time the mood strikes you. After all, why spend money on gas or endure crowded airports and hordes of tourists when you can simply kick back in the comfort of home? How do you go about making staycation backyard gardens? Read on for a few staycation garden ideas that are sure to pique your creativity. How to Make a Staycation Garden The idea of a staycation garden isn’t to create a ton of work for yourself, which is completely counterproductive to the end goal. Here are a few basics for creating a staycation garden to streamline and simplify so you can spend more time in the comfort of your own space: Rely on perennials, which require very little attention

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Indoor Thrips Control – Getting Rid Of Thrips On Houseplants

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-12-14 18:00
Houseplant thrips can be difficult to deal with because they are not easily seen. They damage houseplants by poking holes in the leaves and other plant parts and suck out the juices. Since they are so small, they are difficult to see. Sometimes, if you disturb the plant, you will see them quickly hop away.  About Thrips on Houseplants Thrips on indoor plants are not as common as thrips on outdoor plants, but they do occur and it is important to take care of them before the damage becomes too difficult to deal with. Like any pest, it is best to identify them early in order to have the best chance in getting rid of them.  There are many species of thrips and some feed on leaves, flowers, buds and even fruit. Damage on leaves may look like white or silver colored streaks. Sometimes, the growing points will be contorted.

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Unheated Greenhouse Growing: How To Use An Unheated Greenhouse

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-12-14 15:00
In an unheated greenhouse, growing anything during the cold months of winter may seem impossible. Alas, it is not! Knowing how to use an unheated greenhouse and what plants are better suited is the key to success. Read on to learn more. Using an Unheated Greenhouse in Winter An unheated greenhouse in winter will not only allow you to grow hardy veggies, but you can start tender annuals, propagate perennials, and overwinter cold sensitive plants. Of course, it helps to know how to use an unheated greenhouse (or “cold house,” as it may also be called) effectively and what plants will be most suited to this cooler environment. During the day, a typical greenhouse will trap heat from the sun, which allows the plants inside to stay warm at night. That said, when winter nights get really cold, frost damage in the greenhouse can occur without added protection. What types

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Plants For A Winter Greenhouse – What To Grow In Winter Greenhouse

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-12-14 11:08
Greenhouses are fantastic extensions for the gardening enthusiast. Greenhouses come in two types, standard and cold frame, which loosely translate into heated or unheated. What about growing plants through winter in a greenhouse? Winter greenhouse gardening is similar to summer gardening when the right plants are chosen. Read on to find out what to grow in a winter greenhouse. Winter in a Greenhouse You can grow many winter greenhouse plants by simply utilizing the natural sunlight or broaden your repertoire if you have a heated greenhouse. Either way, how do you choose plants for a winter greenhouse? Winter greenhouse gardening can provide you with most of the produce you need throughout winter months. In a greenhouse that is heated and cooled, even the most exotic fruits and veggies can be grown. As you’re growing produce in winter in the greenhouse, other tender annuals can be sown for spring, perennials can

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What Is A Hot Bed – Tips For Gardening In A Hot Box

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-12-14 07:05
Gardening in a hot box or hot bed has many benefits. It allows you to extend your growing season, provides a way to tart warm climate vegetables earlier, gives a warm place to root cuttings, and allows you to do much of what you can do in a greenhouse in a smaller, more simple, cost effective space. Keep reading for some garden hot box plans and ideas. What is a Hot Bed? A hot bed, also known as a hot box, is a heated cold frame. A cold frame is a plant bed that is protected from the environment to keep it a little bit warmer than outside the frame. Essentially, a hot box is a miniature greenhouse. The main reason to use a hot box is to extend the growing season. There are several ways to do this, and many other reasons to look into garden hot box plans

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Cleft Grafting Propagation: What Is A Cleft Graft

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-12-13 18:00
Grafting is the process of setting pieces from one tree into another tree so that they will grow there and become part of the new tree. What is a cleft graft? It is one type of grafting technique that requires know-how, care, and practice. Read on for information about cleft graft propagation. What is a Cleft Graft? Grafting is done in a variety of different ways to achieve different ends. Reviewing a cleft grafting guide will give you information on when to use cleft grafting techniques and how it is done. The tree to which new material is to be attached is termed the rootstock, while the pieces to be attached are termed “scions.” In cleft graft propagation, the rootstock tree limb is cut off square and the cut end split. Scions from another tree are inserted in the split and allowed to grow there. In time, one is usually

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Growing Peppers From Cuttings: How To Clone A Pepper Plant

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-12-13 15:00
Did you ever buy a pack of seedlings at your local nursery only to discover months later they were mislabeled? You find these wonderful peppers growing in your garden, but you have no idea as to the variety. Saving seeds won’t do much good since they’re most likely a hybrid, but did you know you can clone peppers from cuttings? Gardeners often think of peppers as annual plants which need to be started from seeds each spring. In truth, peppers are perennials that form woody bush-like plants in frost-free climates where they can survive the winter. There is a way to regrow that wonderful mislabeled pepper for next year. All you need is a pepper plant cutting. Propagation is easy! How to Clone a Pepper Plant Select a stem which is approximately 3 to 5 inches (7.5 to 13 cm.) long. The stem should be from a healthy plant with

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Hot Pepper Seedling Care – Growing Hot Peppers From Seed

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-12-13 11:00
If you’re interested in growing hot peppers from seed, you can choose from a huge variety of hot pepper plants, ranging from mildly warm and spicy poblanos to tolerably hot jalapenos. If you’re a seasoned pepper aficionado, plant a few habanero or dragon’s breath peppers. If you live in a warm climate, you can plant hot pepper seeds directly in the garden. Most people, however, need to start hot pepper seeds indoors. Let’s learn how to grow hot pepper seeds. When to Start Hot Pepper Seeds It’s good to get started about six to 10 weeks before the last average frost date in your area. In most climates, January is a great time for germinating hot pepper seeds, but you may want to start as early as November or as late as February. Keep in mind that super hot peppers, like habanero or Scotch bonnet, take longer to germinate than

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Rooting Wandering Jew Inchplants: How To Propagate Wandering Jew Plants

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-12-13 07:01
Wandering jew (Tradescantia zebrina) is a pretty houseplant that creeps over the edge of containers for a nice effect alone or with a mix of plants. You can also grow it as a groundcover outdoors in warmer climates. It’s an easy plant to grow and it’s tough and hard to kill. To get more of it to fill in pots and beds, you can easily take cuttings. About Wandering Jew Inchplants Known commonly as wandering jew or inchplants, this is a popular houseplant. Its popularity is not just because the plant is so tough, although that helps. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can still grow this plant. Wandering jew is also popular for its pretty colors and foliage. The wandering, creeping growth pattern makes it perfect for any container but especially hanging baskets. The foliage is green to purple and can also be striped. The flowers

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Propagating Silver Lace Vines: Learn How To Propagate A Silver Lace Vine

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-12-12 18:03
If you are looking for a fast-growing vine to cover your fence or trellis, silver lace vine (Polygonum aubertii syn. Fallopia aubertii) might be the answer for you. This deciduous vine, with its fragrant white flowers, is very easy to propagate. Silver lace vine propagation is often accomplished by cuttings or layering, but it is also possible to start growing this vine from seed. Read on for more information on how to propagate a silver lace vine. Propagating Silver Lace Vines Silver lace vines cover your pergolas in no time at all and can grow as much as 25 feet (8 m.) in one season. The twining vines are covered with tiny white blossoms from summer through autumn. Whether you prefer planting seeds or rooting cuttings, silver lace vine propagation is not difficult. Silver Lace Vine Cuttings You can accomplish propagation of this plant in several different ways. Propagating is

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Growing Tea From Seed – Tips For Germinating Tea Seeds

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-12-12 15:05
Tea is arguably one of the most popular beverages on the planet. It has been drunk for thousands of years and is steeped in historical folklore, references, and rituals. With such a lengthy and colorful history, you might want to learn how to plant tea seeds. Yes, you can grow a tea plant from seed. Read on to learn about growing tea from seeds and other tips regarding tea plant seed propagation. About Tea Plant Seed Propagation Camellia sinensis, the tea plant, is an evergreen shrub that thrives in cool, moist regions where it attains heights of 20 feet (6 m.) with a broad 15-foot (about 5 m.) wide canopy. Growing tea from seeds is best accomplished in USDA zones 9-11. While tea plants are usually propagated via cuttings, it is possible to grow a tea plant from seed. Prior to germinating tea seeds, gather fresh seed in the mid

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Repairing Bad Pruning: How To Correct Pruning Mistakes

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-12-12 11:00
When you prune a plant you cut foliage, branches, or trunks to make the plant more attractive and structurally stronger. Good pruning minimizes damage to growing plant tissue. Bad pruning creates problems for the plant. If you’ve pruned your plants inappropriately, you may be wondering how to correct pruning mistakes. Read on for information on common pruning mistakes and tips on repairing bad pruning. Botched Pruning in the Garden Gardeners prune for a variety of reasons. Pruning can train a plant, keep it healthy, help it to flower or fruit, and keep the foliage or stems strong and attractive. In order to help the pruning cuts heal over quickly, you have to prune at the right time and in the right way. Common pruning mistakes include inappropriate pruning, pruning too much, and pruning at the wrong time. Can you fix a pruning boo boo? Sometimes, there is little you can

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Poinsettias And Christmas – History Of Poinsettias

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-12-12 07:01
What’s the story behind poinsettias, those distinctive plants that pop up everywhere between Thanksgiving and Christmas? Poinsettias are traditional during the winter holidays, and their popularity continues to grow year by year. They have become the highest selling potted plant in the United States, bringing millions of dollars in profits to growers in the southern U.S. and other warm climates around the world. But why? And what’s up with poinsettias and Christmas anyway? Early Poinsettia Flower History The story behind poinsettias is rich in history and lore. The vibrant plants are native to the rocky canyons of Guatemala and Mexico. Poinsettias were cultivated by the Mayans and Aztecs, who valued the red bracts as a colorful, reddish-purple fabric dye, and the sap for its many medicinal qualities.  Decorating homes with poinsettias was initially a Pagan tradition, enjoyed during annual mid-winter celebrations. Initially, the tradition was frowned upon, but was officially

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Propagating Fatsia From Seed: When And How To Plant Fatsia Seeds

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-12-11 18:00
Although growing a shrub from seed may seem like a long wait, fatsia (Fatsia japonica), grows rather quickly. Propagating fatsia from seed won’t take as long to get a full-size plant as you may think. It will grow especially fast if given the most ideal conditions, that of partial shade and moist soil. Read on to learn about planting fatsia seeds. About Fatsia Plants Fatsia is a shrub native to Japan. It has a tropical appearance with bold, large leaves that are shiny and dark green. Fatsia grows 8 to 12 inches (20-30 cm.) per year and ultimately up to 10 feet (3 m.) tall and wide. In warm climates such as the southeastern U.S., fatsia makes a pretty ornamental and is an evergreen. Grow it in moist, rich soil that drains well and in areas with dappled shade for best results. You can also grow fatsia in containers or

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Growing Medinilla From Seed: Tips For Germinating Medinilla Seeds

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-12-11 15:00
Medinilla, also known as the Malaysian orchid, is a vibrant vining plant which produces showy pink flower clusters. Native to humid regions of the Philippines, this plant produces glossy evergreen leaves. Though only the warmest regions of the United States may be successful in growing this plant outdoors, those wishing to experience its beauty can still do so by planting in containers or pots indoors. When it comes to growing Medinilla plants, gardeners have a few options. The easiest way is to acquire these ornamentals as transplants. Though available in some garden centers, this may be difficult in cooler growing zones. Luckily, Medinilla can also be started by planting viable seeds. How to Grow Medinilla from Seed To successfully plant Medinilla seeds, growers will first need to locate a reliable seed source. While seeds are available online, it is important to use only reputable sources in order to obtain the

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Peperomia Seed Propagation Tips: How To Plant Peperomia Seeds

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-12-11 11:00
Peperomia plants, also known as radiator plants, are a type of plant found in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. These beautiful plants have thick succulent foliage which varies in shape and pattern. This, in tandem with their ease of growth, make them ideal candidates for use as houseplants in containers. But can you grow peperomia from seed? About Peperomia Seed Propagation Those wishing to grow peperomia have a couple options. Most growers choose to grow them directly from transplant. Locating healthy peperomia plants online or in local garden centers should not be difficult. These transplants can be moved into pots indoors that are at least twice as wide and tall as the root ball of the plant. Large transplants grow quickly and offer stunning visual interest to their growers. However, more adventurous gardeners may question the process of how to plant peperomia seeds. Like most ornamental plants, growing

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DIY Egg Carton Seed Tray: How To Germinate Seeds In Egg Cartons

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-12-11 07:08
Seed starting can take a lot of time and resources. But if you look around your house you may just find some materials you won’t need to buy to get your plants started. You can easily and inexpensively germinate seeds in egg cartons that you were just going to throw out. Why Use Egg Cartons for Seeds? There are a few great reasons to start using egg cartons for your starting seeds, especially if you are just starting out gardening or are starting plants from seeds for the first time. This is a great option. Here’s why: An egg carton seed tray is so cheap it’s free. Gardening can be expensive at times, so any way you can trim some costs helps. Reusing materials is good for the environment. You were only going to throw it away, so why not find a new use for your egg cartons? Egg cartons

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Sago Palm Seed Germination – How To Grow A Sago Palm From Seed

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-12-10 18:00
For those living in mild regions, sago palms are an excellent choice to add visual interest to home landscapes. Sago palms have also found a place indoors among potted plant enthusiasts. Though not technically a type of palm, these easy-to-grow cycads continue to gain popularity. If you’re lucky enough to have one flowering or know someone else that does, you can use the seeds from a sago palm to try your hand at growing a new plant. Read on for tips on preparing sago palm seeds for planting. Growing Sago Palm from Seed Those wishing to grow sago palms have several options. Most commonly, the plants can be purchased online or at garden centers. These transplants are generally small and will take several years to gain size. However, their care and planting is simple. More adventurous and budget savvy growers, on the other hand, may look into the process of

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Dipladenia Cutting Propagation – How To Root Dipladenia Cuttings

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-12-10 15:17
Dipladenia is a tropical vining plant similar to Mandevilla. Many gardeners grow Dipladenia vine from cuttings, either to grace a garden bed or patio or to grow in a pot as a hanging houseplant. If you are interested in rooting Dipladenia plants read on and we’ll tell you exactly how to do it. Growing Dipladenia Vine from Cuttings You can grow Dipladenia vine in your backyard if you live in USDA hardiness zones 9 through 11. It’s a real pleasure since the vine grows and flows to 15 feet (4.5 m.), perfect for balcony baskets. Its evergreen foliage lasts all year so can the lovely trumpet-shaped blossoms in warmer climates. This vine also does well in hanging baskets on a patio or in a sunny living room. To get a potted plant started, all you need is to start rooting Dipladenia plants.  How to Root Dipladenia Cuttings Although starting some

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