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Types Of Coneflower – Learn About Different Kinds Of Coneflower Plant

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-04-13 07:00
The coneflower is a popular perennial in gardens because it is easy to grow and produces large, distinctive flowers. Perhaps most commonly seen in beds is the purple coneflower, or Echinacea purpurea, but did you know there are many other kinds of coneflower? Newer hybrid varieties provide the same durable, easy perennial qualities but with a variety of different flower colors and shapes. About Echinacea Plants The genus Echinacea includes a number of species, four of which are common in and native to North America. These include purple coneflower, one of the most commonly used Echinacea plants in home gardens and flower beds. Coneflower varieties are so popular in home gardens because they are easy to grow and because they provide striking flowers in beds. The daisy-like blooms attract pollinators and sit on top of tall stems, growing up to 5 feet (1.5 m.) tall. Coneflower is drought tolerant, requiresRead this article
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Pruning New Zealand Flax: Learn About Cutting Back New Zealand Flax Plants

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-04-12 18:08
The addition of perennial plants and flowers is an excellent way to add year-round interest to landscapes and border plantings. These perennials offer growers years and years of lush foliage and a profusion of blooms. With the establishment of consistent plant maintenance routines, homeowners will be able to nurture landscapes that flourish for years to come. Some perennials, such as the New Zealand flax, need only minimal care to look their best. Taming overgrown New Zealand flax is a task simple enough for even the most novice of growers. How to Prune New Zealand Flax Most commonly found in gardens within USDA growing zones 8-10, New Zealand flax is a robust plant which is known for its large spiky foliage. Forming a massive mound of leaves, overgrown New Zealand flax may frequently need to be shaped and pruned to the desired size. In general, the best time for pruning NewRead this article
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Cherry Plum ‘Ruby’ Info: Learn About Ruby Cherry Plum Care

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-04-12 15:07
Cherry plums are the love child of sandcherries and Japanese plums. They are smaller than European or Asian plums and are classified as a cooking plum. The cherry plum ‘Ruby’ is a cultivar from the Ukraine. Ruby cherry plum fruit is sweeter than most cherry plums, but still has slightly tangy flavor. Try growing Ruby cherry plums for use in canning, baking and other culinary pursuits. About Ruby Cherry Plum Tree Is it a plum or is it a cherry? If you can’t tell, it is likely a cherry plum. Ruby cherry plum trees are an example of early season fruits that are partially self-fruitful. Better yields will come with a pollinating partner, but you can grow the tree without another plum variety nearby and still get small crops. The cherry plum ‘Ruby’ is an outstanding variety that needs little maintenance or special care if situated correctly. The name cherryRead this article
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Care For Willingham Gage: How To Grow Willingham Gage Fruit Trees

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-04-12 11:00
What is a Willingham gage? Willingham gage trees produce a type of greengage plum, a super-sweet variety of plum. Those growing Willingham gages say that the fruit is the best plum fruit available. If you are considering growing Willingham gages, you’ll need a little more information. Read on for facts about these fruit trees and tips on how to grow Willingham gage fruit. What is a Willingham Gage? The fruit is a type of greengage plum, but this information won’t help you unless you are familiar with the greengage. A greengage plum is a type of fruit tree imported to England from France by Sir Thomas Gage. What makes a plum a greengage? Don’t rely on the color to help you. Some greengage plums are green, but some are purple and some are yellow. Some say that you can only distinguish between a gage and a plum by tasting itRead this article
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Rock Purslane Care: How To Grow Rock Purslane Plants In The Garden

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-04-12 07:00
What is rock purslane? Native to Chile, rock purslane (Calandrinia spectabilis) is a frost-tender perennial that, in mild climates, produces masses of bright purple and pink, poppy-like blooms that attract bees and butterflies from spring until fall. The foliage is an attractive shade of bluish-green. Rock purslane plants are suitable for growing in USDA plant hardiness zones 8 and above. They can withstand temps as low as 25 F. (-4 C.) and tolerate drought like a champ. In cooler climates, you can plant rock purslane as an annual. This versatile, spreading plant works well in rock gardens and is an ideal plant for xeriscaping. Rock purslane plants are also deer resistant. Read on for information on growing rock purslane. Rock Purslane Care Purchase rock purslane plants at a garden center or nursery. Alternatively, plant seeds directly in the garden after all possible danger of frost has passed in spring, orRead this article
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Valor Plum Care: Tips For Growing Valor Plums At Home

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-04-11 18:00
Valor plum trees produce bounteous crops of attractive purple-blue fruit, occasionally with a hint of red. The sweet, juicy plums are versatile and can be eaten fresh or used for preserving, canning or drying. You can easily grow your own tree if you live in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 through 9. The good news is that Valor plum care is relatively uninvolved. Read on to learn about growing Valor plums. Valor Plum Information Valor plum trees originated in 1968 at the Vineland Research Institute in Ontario, Canada. The trees are appreciated for their abundant harvests and the excellent flavor of the firm, amber flesh. Valor plum trees tend to be resistant to bacterial leaf spot. Look for Valor plums to ripen in late September or early October. How to Care for a Valor Plum Valor plums require at least one plum tree nearby for pollination. Good candidates include Opal,Read this article
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Pecan Downy Spot Control – How To Treat Downy Spot Of Pecans

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-04-11 15:00
Downy spot of pecans is a fungal disease caused by the pathogen Mycosphaerella caryigena. While this fungus only attacks foliage, severe infection can result in premature defoliation which affects the overall vigor of the tree, thus pecan downy spot control is integral to the health of the pecan tree. How do you treat pecan downy spot? The following article contains information on pecan downy spot symptoms and tips for treating a pecan tree with downy spot. Pecan Downy Spot Symptoms Downy spot of pecans symptoms usually manifest in late June to early July. Primary infection of new spring leaves stems from spores that have overwintered in old, dead leaves. The actual sign of a pecan tree with downy spot occurs near bud break in the spring. Downy spots appear in the late summer on the underside of new leaves. This downiness is caused by innumerable spores on the surface ofRead this article
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Growing A Cambridge Gage – Care Guide For Cambridge Gage Plums

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-04-11 11:02
For a deliciously sweet and juicy plum, and one with a unique green color, consider growing a Cambridge gage tree. This variety of plum comes from the 16th century Old Greengage and is easier to grow and hardier than its ancestors, perfect for the home gardener. Enjoying it fresh is best, but this plum also holds up to canning, cooking, and baking. Cambridge Gage Information Greengage or just gage, is a group of plum trees that originate in France, although the Cambridge was developed in England. The fruits of these varieties are often green but not always. They tend to be juicier than over varieties and are great for fresh eating. Cambridge gage plums are no exception to this; the flavor is high-quality, sweet, and honey-like. They have a green skin that develops a slight blush as they ripen. This is a plum variety that can tolerate colder climates. TheRead this article
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Mangan Eggplant Info: Tips For Growing Mangan Eggplants

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-04-11 07:00
If you are interested in trying a new type of eggplant in your garden this year, consider Mangan eggplant (Solanum melongena ‘Mangan’). What is a Mangan eggplant? It’s an early Japanese eggplant variety with small, tender egg-shaped fruits. For more Mangan eggplant information, read on. We’ll also give you tips on how to grow a Mangan eggplant. What is a Mangan Eggplant? If you have never heard of Mangan eggplant, it’s no surprise. The Mangan cultivar was new in 2018, when it was introduced into commerce for the very first time. What is a Mangan eggplant? It’s a Japanese-type eggplant bearing shiny, dark purple fruit. Fruits are about 4 to 5 inches (10-12 cm.) long and 1 to 2 inches (2.5-5 cm.) in diameter. The shape is something like an egg, although some fruit are larger on one end for more of a tear-drop shaped. Those growing Mangan eggplants reportRead this article
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Orient Charm Eggplant Info: How To Grow Orient Charm Eggplants

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-04-10 18:05
Like many other edible members of the Solanaceae family, eggplants are an excellent addition to the home garden. These large and heavy yielding plants reward warm season gardeners with delicious, fresh eggplant fruit. While diversity among different varieties of eggplant may not be as apparent as in other plants, open pollinated varieties and newly introduced hybrids allow growers to find plants that will thrive in their home gardens. One hybrid, called ‘Orient Charm,’ produces beautiful pinkish-purple oblong fruits. Read on for tips on growing Orient Charm eggplants in the garden. Orient Charm Eggplant Info So, what is an Orient Charm eggplant? These plants are a hybrid cultivar of Asian eggplant. The oblong fruits are generally pinkish purple in color and reach sizes of around 8 inches (20 cm.). Maturing in as little as 65 days, this variety of eggplant is an excellent choice for gardeners with short growing seasons. HowRead this article
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Cercospora Of Strawberries: Learn About Leaf Spot On Strawberry Plants

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-04-10 15:15
Cercospora is a very common disease of vegetables, ornamentals and other plants. It is a fungal leaf spot disease that usually occurs in late spring to early summer. Cercospora of strawberries can adversely affect crop yields and plant health. Get some tips on recognizing this strawberry leaf spot disease and how to prevent its occurrence. Symptoms of Strawberry Cercospora Leaf Spot We all look forward to those first chubby, ripe, red strawberries. The resulting strawberry shortcake and strawberry topped ice cream are just some of the joys. Leaf spot on strawberry can threaten the amount of fruit the plants produce, so it is important to know the initial signs of the disease and how to control cercospora, the fungus that causes the ailment. The initial signs are small, round to irregular purple spots on the leaves. As these mature, they turn tan to whitish gray at the centers with purpleRead this article
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Jubileum Plum Care – Planting A Jubileum Plum Tree At Home

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-04-10 11:00
If you like Victoria plums, you’ll love Jubilee plums. What is a Jublieum plum? It’s the fruit of the Jubileum plum tree, and a bigger, better version of the Victoria plum. Growing Jublileum plums is not difficult as long as you pick an appropriate planting site and provide the right care. Read on for information about Jubileum plum trees and tips on Jubileum plum care. What is a Jubileum Plum? Jubliee plums, also known as Jubileum plums, are better known in Britain than in this country. So exactly what is a Jubileum plum? It’s an improved version of the extremely popular Victoria plum. Those growing Jubileum plums report that the fruit looks a lot like the Victoria plum, with mottled red skin. The fruit is long, oval and uniform, somewhat larger than the Victoria plum. When you open these plums, the fruit is deep yellow. It is firm but alsoRead this article
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Cinnamon Basil Info – How To Care For Cinnamon Basil Plants

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-04-10 07:00
What is Cinnamon basil? Also known as Mexican basil, cinnamon basil is native to the world’s tropical and subtropical climates. Cinnamon basil plants thrive when temperatures are in the 80s and 90s (27-32 C. or more.). This basil plant displays dark green leaves and cinnamon-colored stems. Cinnamon basil plants contain cinnamite, a compound that gives the herb an intense, spicy aroma and cinnamon-like flavor. Interested in growing Cinnamon basil? It isn’t difficult. Read on for more Cinnamon basil info. Cinnamon Basil Information Cinnamon basil is sometimes used medicinally, and is said to be good for maladies such as constipation, headaches, cough and diarrhea. It contains vitamins A and C, and provides a generous amount of vitamin K. The spicy herb is appreciated by chefs too, who use it as an attractive garnish or to flavor hot drinks or other dishes. How to Grow Cinnamon Basil The easiest way to growRead this article
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Messina Peach Care: Growing Messina Peaches

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-04-09 18:00
Large peaches with a striking red blush, Messina yellow peaches are sweet and juicy. This low-fuzz fruit is delicious eaten straight off the tree, but the firmness of this peach makes it an excellent choice for freezing. USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 8 are ideal for this vigorous, productive tree because, like all peach trees, Messina requires a chilling period during the winter. Read on and learn more about Messina yellow peaches. Messina Peach Information Messina peaches were introduced by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University. Messina peach trees have earned good reviews for a vigorous growth habit and low susceptibility to bacterial leaf spot. Look for Messina peaches to ripen between mid-July and mid-August, depending on climate. Messina Peach Care Messina trees are self-pollinating. However, a pollinator in close proximity may result in a larger crop. Choose a variety that, like Messina peach, blooms relativelyRead this article
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My Lettuce Has White Spots: What To Do For White Spots On Lettuce

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-04-09 15:01
So suddenly you’re vibrantly green, healthy lettuce has white spots. You thought you did everything to keep the plants healthy so why do your lettuce plants have white spots? Lettuce with white spots might mean a few different things, usually a fungal disease but not always. Keep reading to find out the causes of white spots on lettuce plants. Why Does my Lettuce have White Spots? First of all, take a good look at the white spots. Actually, do better than look – see if you can wipe the spots off. Yes? If that is the case, it is likely something in the air that has drifted down onto the leaves. It could be ash if there are forest fires nearby or dust from a nearby quarry. If the white spots on the lettuce cannot be removed, the cause is likely a fungal disease. Some diseases are more benign thanRead this article
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Wallis’s Wonder Plum Info – How To Grow A Wallis’s Wonder Plum Tree

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-04-09 11:00
For a late-season plum that holds up in storage all fall and that you can enjoy in a variety of ways, from fresh to canned, try growing Wallis’s Wonder plums. This delightful plum has a fun flavor to match its cheerful name, and home gardeners won’t regret adding it to their backyard orchards. Wallis’s Wonder Plum Information The Wallis’s Wonder plum variety originates from England, the Cambridgeshire region. It was intentionally created by Eric Wallis and his son John in 1960. The fruit growers working at Heath Farm crossed a Victoria plum with a Severn Cross plum. The result was a fruit that ripened later than most other plums and that stored well for a month or two. Wallis’s Wonder plums are juice and have a high-quality, tasty flavor. They are medium to large in size and have a deep purple skin. The flesh is yellow, soft, and juicy. Wallis’sRead this article
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What Is Osmin Basil – Learn About Basil ‘Osmin’ Purple Plant Care

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-04-09 07:14
Many gardeners would describe basil as a culinary herb with green leaves and a pungent flavor. But while basil leaves are almost always pungent, they definitely don’t have to be green. More than a few varieties are purple. If you are in the market for a new type of basil, you’ll want to consider Osmin basil plants. What is Osmin basil? It offers that spicy basil flavor but adds to the package extremely ornamental leaves in deepest purple. Read on for more Osmin purple basil information. What is Osmin Basil? Osmin basil plants are not the only purple basils, but they definitely stand out from the crowd. Their leaves grow in a true dark maroon color, the deepest purple of any basil plant. The leaves also mature faster than any other purple basils. They are shiny and attractive, as well as spicy, and work well for an edible garnish. ButRead this article
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Peas For Shelling: What Are Some Common Shelling Pea Varieties

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-04-08 18:11
Gardeners love growing peas for a variety of reasons. Often among one of the first crops to be planted out into the garden in the spring, peas come with a wide range of uses. To the beginner grower, the terminology may be somewhat confusing. Luckily, learning about the different types of peas is as easy as planting them into the garden. Shelling Pea Information – What are Shelling Peas? The term ‘shelling peas’ refers to varieties of pea that require the pea to be removed from the pod or shell prior to use. Though shelling peas are one of the most popular types of pea plant in which to grow, they are often referred to by many other names. These common names include English peas, garden peas, and even sweet peas. The name sweet peas is especially problematic as true sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) are a toxic ornamental flower andRead this article
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Pecan Vein Spot Control – Learn About Pecan Vein Spot Disease

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-04-08 15:00
There are so many fungal disorders that can attack our plants, it can be hard to sort them out. Pecan vein spot disease is caused by the fungus Gnomonia nerviseda. It is not considered a common or especially dangerous disease, but it can cause severe defoliation which affects overall tree health. The disease does not appear on shoots or nuts, only foliage and only in pecan trees. The good news is that the disease is infrequent, causes little crop loss and can be prevented or minimized in most cases. What is Pecan Vein Spot Disease? Pecan pie, pralines and more are all delicious treats brought to you by a pecan tree. Noting pecan vein spot symptoms and acting promptly can help protect the yield of those tasty nuts. With good cultural care and some basic hygienic practices, treating pecan vein spot is manageable. There are no listed cultivars that areRead this article
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European Plum Facts: Learn About European Plum Trees

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-04-08 11:00
Plums come in three distinct types, European, Japanese and American species. What is a European plum? European plum trees (Prunus domestica) are an ancient, domesticated species of fruit tree. These plum trees produce the best-known cultivated plums and the most widely distributed. Read on for more European plum facts and tips on European plum growing. What is a European Plum? You won’t find European plum trees growing wild in European forests. This tree is known only in cultivation, but it is planted around the world in temperate areas. European plum trees grow well in the western U.S. They bloom in late winter or early spring. Fruit ripens between spring and fall, with the harvest of different types of European plums occurring at different points between May and September. So exactly what is a European plum? What does it look like and how does it taste? European plum trees produce plumsRead this article
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