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Gladiolus Leaf Diseases: What Causes Leaf Spots On Gladiolus Plants

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-10-23 15:00
Gladiolus flowers have long been among some of the most popular plants for borders and landscapes. With their ease of growth, even novice gardeners can plant and enjoy these beautiful summer blooms. Ranging widely in color, these vibrant flower spikes are known to attract multitudes of pollinators. When kept healthy and disease free, gladiolus plants will return year after year to create a stunning flower garden display. Issues like gladiolus leaf spot, however, may cause decline in the vigor of your plants. Becoming familiar with the signs of gladiolus leaf diseases is important in preventing its spread. Gladiolus Leaf Spot Diseases Like many ornamental flowering plants, leaf spots of gladiolus can be quite troublesome. Leaf spots diseases are generally caused by the spread of certain types of bacteria or fungus in the garden – such as botrytis blight, bacterial leaf blight, curvularia leaf spot or stemphylium leaf spot. These pathogens

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What Is Early Red Italian Garlic – Tips On Early Red Italian Garlic Plant Care

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-10-23 11:00
Garlic lovers who’ve spent a few months without fresh garlic cloves are prime candidates for growing Early Red Italian, which is ready for harvest before many other types. What is Early Red Italian garlic, you may ask? It is a mild, artichoke garlic with a minor bite. Early Red Italian garlic info calls it “an excellent garlic ready for harvest weeks before some other varieties” and says “it is a prolific grower” with large, colorful bulbs. Growing Early Red Italian Garlic Native to southern Italy, heads are large and, as mentioned, the Early Red Italian garlic plant is one of the earliest types ready for a late spring harvest. While this garlic variety will grow in less than ideal conditions, bulbs and taste are improved by growing in a sunny spot in loose, composted soil. Plant garlic cloves with the roots downward and cover with a couple inches (5 cm.)

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Choko Not Flowering: When Does Chayote Bloom

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-10-23 07:00
If you are familiar with chayote plants (aka choko), then you know they are prolific producers. So, what if you have a chayote that won’t bloom? Obviously, a choko not flowering means no fruit. Why are there no flowers on chayote you are growing? The following information on chayote plant flowers will help to troubleshoot a choko not flowering. When Does Chayote Bloom? If this is your first time growing chayote, maybe it just hasn’t matured enough to flower. When does a chayote bloom? Chayote vines flower in late summer to early fall (August or September) and should be flooded with fruit by autumn (September or October). About Chayote Plant Flowers Chayote is a cucurbit and, like all cucurbits, produces both male and female blooms on the same plant. This is great because the vines are such prodigious producers that a single plant is enough for most families. The flowers

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Carnation Rhizoctonia Stem Rot – How To Manage Stem Rot On Carnations

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-10-22 18:00
There are few things as delightful as the sweet, spicy scent of carnations. They are relatively easy plants to grow but can develop some fungal problems. Carnations with rhizoctonia stem rot, for instance, are a common problem in heavy soils. Carnation rhizoctonia stem rot is caused by a soilborne fungus and can easily spread to uninfected plants, especially in greenhouse settings. Read on to learn the symptoms and treatment for this common disease. What is Rhizoctonia Carnation Rot? If you have rotting carnation plants, you may have the fungus, rhizoctonia. This stem rot on carnations can be prevented by using sterilized soil, but the fungus often reinvades. It is most prevalent in warm, moist conditions, just when your plants are blooming. It can kill the plant in severe infestations and the right conditions. Once rhizoctonia carnation rot is present, treatment may be ineffective. The fungus responsible overwinters in soil. It

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Carnation Fusarium Wilt Info: How To Control Fusarium Wilt Of Carnations

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-10-22 15:09
Carnations have a rich and meaningful history, and are some of the oldest cultivated flowers. Despite their age old cultivation, carnations are susceptible to a number of issues, like fusarium wilt disease. The following article contains carnation fusarium wilt info on identifying fusarium of carnations and treating carnation fusarium wilt. Symptoms of Carnations with Fusarium Wilt Fusarium of carnations is caused by the pathogen Fusarium oxysporum. The initial symptoms of carnations with fusarium wilt are a slow wilting of shoots accompanied by leaf discoloration that gradually lighten the color from light green to pale yellow. The wilting and chlorosis is generally more evident on one side of the plant than the other. As the disease progresses, the stems split, displaying a characteristic brown streaking or discoloration in the vascular tissue. Eventually, the root and stems rot and the plant dies. As the disease advances, small spores (microconidia) are produced and

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Early Golden Acre Cabbage Variety: How To Grow Golden Acre Cabbage

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-10-22 11:00
For many home gardeners, growing cabbage is an excellent way to extend the gardening season. Whether grown in early spring or late into fall, cold tolerant cabbages thrive in cooler temperatures. Ranging in size, texture, and color, different open pollinated varieties of cabbage allow growers to choose the plants which best suit their garden and their growing zone. ‘Golden Acre’ is prized for its compact size and early maturity in the garden. How to Grow Golden Acre Cabbage Reaching maturity in about 60-65 days, Golden Acre cabbages are often among the first cabbages to be harvested from the garden in the spring. At peak harvest time, early Golden Acre cabbage plants produce heads that range from 3-5 lbs. (1.4-2.3 kg.). These smooth cabbage heads are exceptionally firm, and a good choice for growth in smaller garden spaces. The crisp, crunchy texture of Golden Acre cabbage variety makes it a fantastic

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Gardening Around A Greenhouse: How To Fit A Greenhouse In The Garden

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-10-22 07:06
While there are some stunning greenhouses out there, normally they are less than ornamental and hide the fact that some beautiful plants are growing inside. Rather than having a greenhouse in the garden that’s an eyesore, try gardening around the greenhouse. This will help to camouflage it a bit. How do you landscape around a greenhouse? Greenhouse landscaping can be as simple as adding plants around your greenhouse, but it can also be much more. Greenhouse Landscaping Considerations There are more things to consider than simply adding plants when it comes to gardening around a greenhouse. First of all, you don’t want to add plants that require lots of upkeep because after all, you want to have time to tinker inside the greenhouse, right? You don’t want to add plants that will grow rapidly either, which will shade the much sought after light needed for the greenhouse. The same goes

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Hydrangea Ringspot Virus: Controlling Ringspot Virus On Hydrangeas

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-10-21 18:00
As the name suggests, hydrangea ringspot virus (HRSV) causes round or ring-shaped spots to appear on the leaves of infected plants. However, identifying the causative agent of leaf spotting in hydrangeas is difficult, as many types of diseases show similarities to hydrangea ringspot symptoms.   Identifying Ringspot Virus on Hydrangea Symptoms of hydrangea ringspot disease include pale yellow or yellowish white spotting on the leaves. Leaf distortions, such as rolling or crinkling, may be apparent in some varieties of hydrangea. Ringspot symptoms may also present as fewer florets on the flower head and stunting of normal plant growth. Testing of infected plant material is the only way to conclusively identify hydrangea ringspot virus. In all, fourteen viruses have been found to infect hydrangeas, several of which have symptoms similar to hydrangea ringspot disease. These include: Tomato ringspot virus Tobacco ringspot virus Cherry leaf roll virus Tomato spotted wilt virus Hydrangea chlorotic

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Bulbs And Blood Meal: Learn About Fertilizing Bulbs With Blood Meal

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-10-21 15:00
Blood meal fertilizer, often used for daffodils, tulips, and other flowering bulbs, is inexpensive and easy to use, but it isn’t without its share of problems. Read on to learn about the pros and cons of fertilizing bulbs with blood meal. What is Blood Meal Fertilizer? Blood meal fertilizer is a nutrient-rich byproduct of animals processed at slaughterhouses or meat processing plants. The dry powder can be made from the blood of any animal, but it most often comes from pigs or cattle.  Blood meal is available in nearly any garden store or nursery. The product is often used by gardeners who prefer to avoid harsh chemicals that can run off into water where it can pollute the environment and harm fish and wildlife. Using Blood Meal in Bulb Gardens Fertilizing bulbs with blood meal is easy; most gardeners simply place a small handful of the powdery substance under each

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Creeping Bentgrass Control: How To Kill Creeping Bentgrass Weeds

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-10-21 11:00
For many homeowners, the process of creating a lush green lawn is an important aspect of yard maintenance. From seeding to mowing, lawn care is an essential part of upping the value and curb appeal of homes. It is easy to see why some may be interested to learn more about preventing and controlling unwelcome lawn weeds, such as creeping bentgrass, which can be especially troublesome. About Creeping Bentgrass Weeds Bentgrass is a cool season grass that can appear in and spread in the home lawn. While this type of grass is considered a weed to most, especially in southern regions, it does have some very useful applications. In fact, bentgrass is most often used on golf courses on putting greens and tee boxes. Creeping bentgrass has a shallow root system and a shaggy appearance. The shaggy texture of the grass allows it to be cut back much shorter than

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Greenhouse Flooring Materials: How To Make A Greenhouse Floor

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-10-21 07:12
Before installing, you may want to consider your options for the floor of a greenhouse. Floors are the foundation of the greenhouse in more ways than one. They need to allow for good drainage, insulate the greenhouse from cold, keep out weeds and pests, and they also need to be comfortable for you. What to use for greenhouse floors you may wonder? Well, there are many greenhouse flooring options available. Read on to learn how to make a greenhouse floor and about using greenhouse flooring materials. What to Use for Greenhouse Floors There are several options for greenhouse flooring materials. The most ideal is a poured concrete floor, especially if it’s insulated. A concrete floor is easy to clean and walk on, and if poured correctly, should drain away any excess water. Concrete will also reflect light and retain heat throughout the day. Concrete isn’t the only option available for

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Most Unusual Houseplants – Top Unique Indoor Plants For The Home

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-10-20 18:00
Are you tired of the same old houseplants and looking for some more unusual indoor plants?  There are quite a few unique houseplant varieties that you can grow indoors. Let’s take a look at some interesting houseplants to grow. Most Popular Unique Indoor Plants Here are a few of the more common interesting plants you can grow indoors: Bromeliads Bromeliads are unique and beautiful indoor plants. In nature, most bromeliads are epiphytes so they grow attached to trees and branches. They are different because they have a central cup which you should keep filled with water.  In the home, you should give your bromeliads 3 to 4 hours of sun. The potting mix should incorporate things like large bark chunks so that the potting medium has excellent drainage. After flowering, the plant will slowly die but will produce pups so you can keep growing them. One of the most common

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Transplanting Old Roots – Can You Dig Up An Established Plant

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-10-20 15:00
Every mature plant has an established root system, providing water and nutrients to keep the foliage and flowers alive. If you are transplanting or dividing mature plants, you’ll need to dig up those old plant roots. Can you dig up an established plant’s roots? You can, but it’s important to do the work carefully to allow the roots to remain intact. Read on for tips on dealing with transplanting old roots. Digging Up Mature Roots In most cases, you never see the mature roots of a plant. You install the young plant in your garden bed, water, fertilize, and enjoy it. However, you may see those old plant roots when you are dividing mature plants or moving plants to another location of the garden. In either case, the first step is digging up the plant’s root ball. Can You Dig Up an Established Plant? Perennials are easy to neglect since

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Grubs In Garden Pots: What To Do About Grubs In Container Plants

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-10-20 11:00
Grubs are nasty-looking pests. The last thing you want to see is grubs in your container plants. Grubs in potted plants are actually the larvae of various types of beetles. Before they hatch in late summer, grubs in garden pots feed on plant matter, including the roots and stems of your beloved plants. Controlling grubs isn’t difficult, but it does take a bit of effort on your part. Keep reading for tips on how to get rid of grubs in flowerpots. Controlling Grubs in Containers The most effective way to eliminate grubs in potted plants is getting rid of the infested soil. This won’t hurt the plant if you work carefully; in fact, your plant may benefit from repotting, especially if the roots are crowded in the pot. Here’s how to eliminate grubs in container plants: Put on a pair of gloves, then spread a sheet of plastic or newspaper

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Greenhouse Relocation: Can You Move A Greenhouse Somewhere Else

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-10-20 07:03
A fairly common scenario amongst greenhouse owners is growing trees that eventually cast too much shade. In this case, you might wonder “can you move a greenhouse?” Moving a greenhouse is no easy feat, but greenhouse relocation is possible. How to relocate a greenhouse on the other hand, might be the better question. There are several things to consider before relocating a greenhouse. Can You Move a Greenhouse? Since the greenhouse was obviously put in place, it stands to reason that it can be moved. The question is how? Greenhouses that are fiberglass or plastic are lightweight and fairly easy to man handle. Those with glass, however, can be very heavy and require a bit of forethought before relocating. The first thing to consider, as simple as it sounds, is where you want to move the greenhouse. A new site will likely take some preparation, so don’t start dismantling anything

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How To Stop Dahlia Nematodes – Treating Dahlia Root Knot Nematodes

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-10-19 18:00
Nematodes are microscopic worms that live in the soil. Most are beneficial, cycling nutrients and helping keep pests in check. Some, including dahlia nematodes, are extremely destructive little pests. How do you recognize dahlia root knot nematode damage? Can root knot nematodes in dahlias be treated or controlled? Read on for more information on dahlia nematodes. Symptoms of Dahlia Root Knot Nematode Damage The primary symptom of root knot nematodes in dahlias is swelling or galls on the roots. The swellings make tiny, pimple-like bumps as large as an inch (2.5 cm.) across. If you aren’t sure, carefully dig the plant and shake off the loose soil to see what you’re dealing with. Dahlia root knot damage may also include yellowing of the leaves and wilting, especially during hot weather when the plant is water stressed. Galls on the roots make it difficult for the plant to absorb moisture. Preventing

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Syngonanthus Mikado Info – Learn About Mikado Indoor Plant Care

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-10-19 15:00
For many plant collectors, the process of finding new and interesting plants can be quite exciting. Whether choosing to grow new selections in the ground or indoors in pots, the addition of unique flowers and foliage can add life and vibrance to green spaces. Many varieties of houseplants can be found growing natively in warm and tropical regions throughout the world. One plant, called Mikado (Syngonanthus chrysanthus), is beloved for its odd shape and structure. What is a Mikado Plant? Mikado plants, also known as Syngonanthus Mikado, are flowering ornamentals native to the swamps of Brazil. Growing up to 14 inches (35 cm.) tall, these spiky plants produce tall globular flowers. Before opening, the ball-shaped flowers range in color from white to cream. These flowers provide a beautiful contrast when in bloom held above the grass-like foliage. Mikado Indoor Plant Care To begin growing Mikado plants indoors, gardeners will first

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Claytonia Spring Beauty Info – A Guide For Growing Claytonia Tubers

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-10-19 11:00
Claytonia virginica, or Claytonia spring beauty, is a perennial wildflower native to much of the Midwest. It was named for John Clayton, an 18th century American botanist. These pretty flowers are found in woodlands but can also be grown in the garden in natural areas or clustered in beds. About Claytonia Spring Beauty Spring beauty is a perennial spring flower native to the Midwest. It grows naturally in the woodlands of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Missouri. They spread by tubers that are actually edible and were eaten by early pioneers, but growing Claytonia tubers for food is not very efficient—they are small and time-consuming to collect. Claytonia flowering typically begins in April, but this depends on the location and weather. It grows about 3 to 6 inches (7.6 to 15 cm.) tall and produces small, star-shaped blooms that are white to pink with pink veins. Spring beauty

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Baby’s Breath Varieties: Learn About Different Types Of Gypsophila Plants

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-10-19 07:00
Clouds of billowy baby’s breath flowers (Gypsophila paniculata) provide an airy look to floral arrangements. These profuse summer bloomers can be just as pretty in a border or rock garden. Many gardeners use cultivars of this plant as a backdrop, where the floods of delicate blooms show off brightly colored, lower growing plants. So what other types of baby’s breath flowers are there? Read on to learn more. About Gypsophila Plants Baby’s breath is one of several types of Gypsophila, a genus of plants in the carnation family. Within the genus are several baby’s breath cultivars, all with long, straight stems and masses of dainty, long-lasting blooms. Baby’s breath varieties are easy to plant by seed directly in the garden. Once established, baby’s breath flowers are easy to grow, fairly drought-tolerant, and require no special care. Plant baby’s breath cultivars in well-drained soil and full sunlight. Regular deadheading isn’t absolutely

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Mum Rot Treatment – Managing Symptoms Of Chrysanthemum Stem Rot

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-10-18 18:00
Chrysanthemum plants are among the easiest perennials to grow in your garden. Their bright and cheerful flowers will bloom through the first hard frost. However, mums are not immune to diseases, including collar and stem rot of chrysanthemums. Read on for information on these chrysanthemum issues as well as tips for mum rot treatment. About Collar and Stem Rot of Chrysanthemums Collar and stem rot of chrysanthemums are caused by several different fungi. These include Fusarium, Pythium and Rhizoctonia. When Fusarium fungus causes the rot, the disease is also called fusarium wilt. You’ll notice that the plants wilt, as if they need water. However, water won’t help with fusarium wilt, and the plants soon turn brown and die. When Fusarium enters through the soil line, it is called chrysanthemum collar rot. It can also enter through the roots of the plant. The diseased chrysanthemum can die stem by stem or

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