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Mason Jar Greenhouse: How To Root A Rose Cutting Under A Jar

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-02-14 15:00
Growing a rose from cuttings is a traditional, age-old method of rose propagation. In fact, many beloved roses found their way to the western United States with the help of hardy pioneers who traveled by covered wagon. Propagating a rose cutting under a jar isn’t completely foolproof, but it’s one of the easiest, most effective ways of growing a rose from cuttings. Read on and learn how to grow what is affectionately called a “mason jar rose.” Rose Propagation with a Mason Jar Greenhouse Although rose propagation is possible any time of year, growing a rose from cuttings is more likely to be successful when the weather is cool in spring or early fall (or during the winter if you live in a mild climate). Cut 6- to 8-inch (15-20 cm.) stems from a healthy rosebush, preferably stems that have recently bloomed. Cut the bottom of the stem at a

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Velvetea Impatiens Care: Tips For Growing Velvet Love Impatiens

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-02-14 11:00
Impatiens are a staple annual flower for many gardeners, especially those with shady spots to fill. These flowers do well in partial shade and come in a variety of colors. If you love the usual impatiens found at most garden centers, try the Velvet Love plant. This variety of impatiens is unique with pretty foliage and flowers. Read on for more Velvet Love impatiens info. Velvet Love Impatiens Information Impatiens morsei, also known as the Velvet Love impatiens, or velvetea, is a variety from China that has foliage and flowers unlike most impatiens you’ve seen. It may be difficult to find in your local nursery but is worth tracking down, online if necessary.  The common name comes from the fact that the leaves are a soft, velvety deep green. They are so dark they appear black in certain light. The leaves also have a bright pink stripe down the center

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Cutting Roses For Bouquets – How To Make A Rose Bouquet

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-02-14 07:00
Knowing how to make a rose bouquet just right is a great skill to have. If you grow roses in the garden, you can make spectacular arrangements, saving a lot of money on store bought flowers. Rose bouquets are pretty, smell great, and make lovely gifts or table centerpieces. With some helpful tips and a little practice, arranging roses is easy. Cutting Roses for Bouquets The first step in making a perfect bouquet is cutting the roses. This may seem simple, but there are some important things to remember when cutting flowers. First, start with a good pair of sharp scissors or shears. If they are too dull, they will crush the stem. A curved pair or sharp gardening shears is the best tool for the job. Choose roses with petals just starting to open in order to get long lasting blooms for your arrangement. Cut roses in the morning

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What Is Crimson Ivy: Learn About Crimson Ivy Care

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-02-13 18:00
Crimson or flame ivy plants are also known as Hemigraphis colorata. Related to the waffle plant, they are native to tropical Malaysia and southeast Asia. Crimson ivy plant is often sold as an aquatic plant, although the plant does like too much moisture and won’t survive long submerged. Curious about crimson ivy care? This is a super easy plant to grow and doesn’t need a lot of maintenance. What is Crimson Ivy? If you are looking for a pretty foliage houseplant, look no further than crimson ivy plant. What is crimson ivy? It is a tropical foliage plant that may produce tiny white blooms if you are lucky. It is best grown as a houseplant but can thrive outdoors in warm regions. Crimson ivy may also be known as flame ivy or even purple waffle plant. Flame ivy plants are not true ivies but do have a horizontal growth and

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How To Process Cacao Pods – Cacao Bean Preparation Guide

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-02-13 15:02
Chocolate has got to be one of mankind’s major weaknesses, that and coffee which goes well with chocolate. Historically, wars have been fought over the delicious beans, because beans they are. The process of making chocolate begins with processing cacao beans. Cacao bean preparation takes some serious effort before it turns into a silky, sweet chocolate bar. If you’re interested in the making of chocolate, read on to learn how to process cacao pods. About Cacao Bean Preparation Proper processing of cacao beans is as important as that of coffee beans, and just as time consuming and complex. The first order of business is harvesting. Cocoa trees bear fruit when they are 3-4 years old. The pods grow straight out from the trunk of the tree and can yield 20-30 pods per year. The color of the pods depends on the variety of cacao tree, but regardless of the color,

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Rose Water Propagation: Learn About Rooting Roses In Water

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-02-13 11:14
There are many ways to propagate your favorite roses, but rooting roses in water is one of the easiest. Unlike certain other methods, propagating roses in water will result in a plant very much like the parent plant. Read on to learn about rose water propagation. Propagating Roses in Water Here are the simple steps for rooting rose cuttings in water: Early summer is prime time for rose water propagation. Be sure the parent plant is growing well and free of pests or disease. Use a clean knife or pruners to cut a rose stem measuring about 4 to 6 inches (10-15 cm.) long. Make the cut just below node, which is the point where a leaf attaches to the stem. Pinch off the lower leaves but leave the top two or three intact. Also, remove all flowers and buds. Fill a clean jar about halfway with lukewarm water, then

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Potted Knock Out Rose Care: How To Grow Knock Out Roses In Containers

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-02-13 07:00
It’s easy to understand why Knock Out roses are so popular. They are easy to get along with, disease resistant, and they bloom all summer with very little maintenance. Pruning is minimal, the plants are self-cleaning, and the plants require very little fertilizer.  Although they are often grown in the ground, container grown Knock Out roses tend to do just as well. Read on and learn how to grow and care for Knock Out roses in containers. Growing Knock Out Roses in Containers Follow these tips on caring for potted Knock Out rose plants: Knock Out roses are best planted in spring, which gives the roots time to settle in before frosty weather arrives in autumn. Ideally, your Knock Out rose container should be at least 18 inches (46 cm.) wide and 16 inches (40 cm.) deep. Use a sturdy container that won’t tip or blow over. Be sure the

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What Is A Panama Rose – Learn About Panama Rose Plant Care

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-02-12 18:00
Rondeletia Panama rose is a beautiful shrub with a delightful fragrance that intensifies at night. It’s surprisingly easy to grow, and butterflies love it. Read on to learn about growing Panama rose. What is a Panama Rose? Panama rose plant (Rondeletia stigosa) is a small, sprawling evergreen shrub with glossy green leaves. Panama rose bush produces clusters of reddish-pink flowers with yellow throats beginning in December, continuing into spring or early summer, and sometimes longer. Panama rose is suitable for growing in USDA plant hardiness zones 9 through 11. The plant won’t survive freezing temperatures, although it may bounce back from a light frost. Panama rose plants can also be grown indoors, in a container or hanging basket. Panama Rose Bush Care Growing Panama rose is a relatively easy endeavor. Panama rose plants grow in light shade, but the ideal location will have morning sunlight and afternoon shade. Plant Panama

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Cranberry Hibiscus Info – Growing Cranberry Hibiscus Plants

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-02-12 15:00
Gardeners usually grow hibiscus for their showy blooms but another type of hibiscus, cranberry hibiscus, is used primarily for its gorgeous deep purple foliage. Some folks growing cranberry hibiscus know that it has another lesser known attribute as well. It’s edible too! What are Cranberry Hibiscus Plants? Cranberry hibiscus plants (Hibiscus acetosella) are multi-stemmed shrubs that grow from 3-6 feet (1-2 m.) in height with green/red to burgundy serrated leaves. The foliage looks much like that of Japanese maple. Cranberry hibiscus is also referred to as African rose mallow, false roselle, maroon mallow or red leaved hibiscus. Cultivars to look for include: ‘Red Shield’ ‘Haight Ashbury’ ‘Jungle Red’ ‘Maple Sugar’ ‘Panama Bronze’ ‘Panama Red’ The plants bloom late in the growing season with small dark crimson to purple flowers. Cranberry Hibiscus Info Cranberry hibiscus plants are native to South Africa; the tropical, subtropical and arid regions of South, Central and

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Planting A Yellow Rose Bush – Popular Varieties Of Yellow Rose Bushes

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-02-12 11:00
Yellow roses symbolize joy, friendship, and sunshine. They perk up a landscape and make a golden bunch of indoor sun when used as a cut flower. There are many yellow rose varieties, from hybrid tea to grandiflora. You may want a yellow rose bush, climbing plant, or diminutive dwarf bloomer, but any roses that are yellow send cheerful vibes and happy emotions. Read on to see what varieties of yellow rose might suit your needs, brighten your day and your landscape.                                                                              Miniature Yellow Roses While every color of rose is a treasure and beauty, yellow rose varieties have the particular ability to make one smile. Maybe it’s their color which mimics that of a “happy face” or reflects the tones of busy honeybees, but whatever the reason, yellow tones in a rose create a perfect foil for other plants. Yellow roses were reportedly discovered in the eighteenth century and quickly

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Growing White Roses: Choosing White Rose Varieties For The Garden

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-02-12 07:00
White roses are a popular hue for a bride to be, and with good reason. White roses have been a symbol of purity and innocence, historically sought after traits in ones betrothed. When talking white rose varieties, the old ‘albas’ are really the only true types of white rose. All other white rose cultivars are actually variations of cream, but that doesn’t make them any less appealing when growing white roses. About White Rose Varieties Roses have been around for millions of years, with rose fossils having been found in 35-million-year-old rocks. During this lengthy period, roses have taken on a variety of meanings and symbolism. In the 14th century, during the War of the Roses, both warring houses used roses as symbols in their struggle for control of England; one had a white and one had a red rose. After the war was over, the House of Tudor unveiled

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Pink Rose Varieties: Choosing And Planting Roses That Are Pink

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-02-11 18:00
Roses are available in an incredible range of colors and, for many gardeners, pink rose varieties are at the top of the list. Roses that are pink may include pale, romantic pastels to bold, hot pink and everything in between. If you enjoy growing pink roses, you’ll enjoy this sampling of different types of pink roses. Selecting Roses That are Pink A catch-all term for several hardy, low-maintenance shrub roses, these types of pink roses bloom over a long season: Pink Home Run – Hot pink Sunrise, Sunset – Blend of fuchsia-pink and apricot Ballerina – Small, fragrant pink roses with white eyes Carefree Wonder – Semi-double blooms of deep pink John Cabot – Mildly fragrant, double blooms of deep fuchsia pink These classic hybrid tea pink rose varieties bear large, high centered blossoms on long, elegant stems: Memorial Day – Classic, orchid pink with old-fashioned fragrance Pink Promise –

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Red Rose Varieties – Choosing Red Roses For The Garden

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-02-11 15:00
Roses that are red have an undeniable and classic beauty. Few things so clearly symbolize love as the red rose, and they make wonderful additions to any garden. There are many different types of red roses. Leave them in place to enjoy outdoors or cut them to make gorgeous bouquets and gifts for someone special. Red Rose Varieties Whether you’re interested in the love and romance symbolism of red roses or you just love the color, you have many options to choose from when growing red roses. There are many varieties of red rose bushes in all shades of this stunning color. Crimson Glory – For a classic, deep red rose it’s hard to beat ‘Crimson Glory,’ a climbing rose you can train on a trellis or fence. Cherry Parfait – This is a two tone rose that looks mostly red, especially from afar. When you get closer, you can

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Growing Roses Indoors: Can You Grow Roses As Houseplants

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-02-11 11:00
Did you know that you can keep roses as houseplants? Growing roses indoors is certainly possible if you can provide the right conditions for your plant. The most common type of rose that is grown indoors is the miniature rose. Let’s take a look at how you can keep a rose indoors. Indoor Rose Care If you have been wondering if you can grow roses indoors, the answer is yes, but you’ll need to know a few important things. The most important aspect in indoor rose care is being able to provide enough light. Miniature roses require quite a bit of direct sun indoors in order to thrive. Provide at least 6 hours of direct sun. Southern or western exposure windows are ideal. Daytime temperatures of 70-75 F. (21-24 C.) and nighttime temperatures of around 60 F. (15 C.) would be ideal. Avoid any cold drafts indoors, but if you

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Choosing Romantic Flowers: How To Grow A Romantic Garden

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-02-11 07:04
What could be more romantic than spending time in a beautiful garden with your love? Or just enjoying a pretty outdoor space in which to dream? You can grow a romantic garden by including certain elements such as shady spots, pretty benches, and arches with climbing vines. The flowers you choose will also add to the romantic vibe. Choosing Plants for Romance and Beauty A romantic garden doesn’t have to just be about love and relationship status. It can also be about celebrating natural beauty. The choice of plants for romance and an intimate feel is important. While all plants are beautiful, consider those that work well together to create a harmony of colors and textures. Also important are plants that are naturalistic, think more along the lines of English cottage garden versus French formal. Pretty scents will add to the romance of a garden, so consider the smell of

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5 Tips for Creating an Effective Website Ad

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-02-10 22:01
In the world of digital marketing, website ads tend to have a bad reputation. While most people claim to dislike ads, the statistics actually tell us that website ads, also known as “display” ads, are simply misunderstood. In a 2016 study by HubSpot, 83% of users said they don’t think all ads are bad, but they wish they could filter out the bad ones. Online ads are now over 20 years old, and they’re still around for a reason—they’re a customizable, cost-effective way to spread brand awareness to potential customers. Thanks to their versatility and price point, running a website ad campaign is a key component of most brands’ online advertising strategies. Here are some tips on creating an effective website ad that can actually drive clicks to your website. 1. Design With Your Target Customer in Mind If you’re looking for deals on back-to-school clothing for your son, you’re

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How To Grow Balloon Plants: Care Of Balloon Plants In The Garden

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-02-10 18:00
Like all members of the milkweed family, balloon plant (Gomphocarpus physocarpus) is one of the best plants for attracting monarch butterflies. This unique shrub, which reaches heights of 4 to 6 feet (1-2 m.), is also known by a long list of alternate names including balloon cotton bush, family jewels, Oscar milkweed, goose plant, and swan plant to name just a few. Let’s learn more about adding this plant to your garden. Balloon Plants for Caterpillars Balloon plant milkweed is a unique, vase-shaped shrub that produces light green, lance-shaped leaves and clusters of small, waxy flowers that show up in summer. The blooms are followed by round, balloon-like fruit covered with small bristles. Balloon plant milkweed isn’t particularly showy, but butterflies love the nectar-rich blooms. In fact, the plant is definitely one of the best plants for attracting monarch butterflies. It is also beneficial because it’s viable later in the

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Common Velvetgrass Control: Tips On Getting Rid Of Velvetgrass In Lawns

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-02-10 15:04
Its name may sound nice and its flower spikes attractive, but beware! Velvetgrass is a native plant of Europe but has colonized much of the western United States. As an invasive species, getting rid of velvetgrass will help encourage native grasses and prevent it from spreading. Velvetgrass is a common weed in lawns, ditches, disturbed soil, and even cropland. Keep reading for some tips on velvetgrass control. What are Velvetgrass Weeds? Velvetgrass is great at stabilizing soil, but because it isn’t native to North America, other indigenous grasses should be established. That means eradicating velvetgrass weeds wherever they are found. If it is allowed to persist, it will spread rapidly, inhibiting the growth of tree seedlings and native plants. Common velvetgrass (Holcus lanatus) is a tufted perennial grass. The foliage is grayish green and the stems are slightly flattened.  Both stems and leaves are lightly hairy. It flowers from spring

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Lady Banks Rose Growing: How To Plant A Lady Banks Rose

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-02-10 11:00
Who would have thought that in 1855 a homesick bride would plant what is now the largest rose bush in the world? Located in Tombstone, Arizona, a double-white Lady Banks climbing rose covers 8,000 square feet. That’s just under 1/5 of an acre! Read on for more Lady Banks rose growing info. What is a Lady Banks Climbing Rose? Lady Banks (Rosa banksiae) is an evergreen climbing rose which can send out thornless vining branches over 20 feet (6 m.) in length. Hardy as an evergreen in USDA zones 9 to 11, Lady Banks can survive into USDA zones 6 to 8. In these colder climates, Lady Banks acts like a deciduous plant and loses its leaves during the winter. The rose is named after the wife of Sir Joseph Banks, director of Kew gardens in England, after the plant was brought back from China by William Kerr in 1807.

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Eureka Pink Lemon Tree: How To Grow Variegated Pink Lemon Trees

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-02-10 07:00
Fans of the quirky and unusual will love the Eureka pink lemon tree (Citrus limon ‘Variegated Pink’). This little oddity produces fruit that will make you the host/hostess of the day at cocktail hour. Variegated pink lemon plants are beautiful and unique versions of the standard lemon tree. Their skin and flesh have a fascinating characteristic, but the tutti-frutti flavor makes the plant a true stand out. Keep reading for tips on how to grow variegated pink lemon. What is a Eureka Pink Lemon Tree? Variegated pink Eureka lemon is an ornamental treasure, both for its foliage and its fruit. The flesh of the lemon looks like a pink grapefruit; however, it doesn’t yield pink juice. The juice is clear with the ghost of pink in it and has an amazingly mild flavor. You could almost eat one of these fruits out of hand without excessive puckering. The variegated pink

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