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Powdery Mildew Aster Control – How To Get Rid Of Powdery Mildew On Asters

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-10-03 15:00
Aster flowers are cheery star-shaped blossoms that bloom in the fall when other flowering plants are finished for the season. While asters are hardy, easy to grow and are, indeed, a welcome sight in the early fall, they do have their share of problems. One such issue, powdery mildew on asters, causes damage to the plant and rendering it unsightly. Treating aster powdery mildew relies on early identification of the symptoms of this fungal disease. Aster Powdery Mildew Symptoms Powdery mildew is a fungal disease caused by Erysiphe cichoracearum. It is one of the most common diseases found in plants and afflicts not only flowers but vegetables and woody plants as well. The first indication of the disease is a white, powdery growth visible on the upper leaves. This white powder is made up of threads of fungal tissue (mycelium) and mats of asexual spores (condia). Infected young leaves become

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My Vinca Is Turning Yellow: What To Do With A Yellowing Vinca Plant

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-10-03 11:00
Annual vinca flowers are a popular choice for home landscapes in hot, sunny locations. Unlike perennial vinca, which prefers shade, annual vincas bloom only one season. These popular white to pink flowers make a wonderful addition to low growing flower beds or any garden space that needs a pop of color. Though extremely easy to grow, there are many issues which may cause signs of distress in vinca plants. Becoming familiar with the common concerns of growing vinca will help growers keep their planting looking vibrant and beautiful throughout the summer season. One of the most frequent issues involving this plant is related to vinca leaves changing color. If your vinca is turning yellow, one or more issues may be the cause. While a yellowing vinca plant does not necessarily indicate disease, it is possible. Causes of Yellowing Vinca Plant Yellow vinca leaves can be caused by a large range

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Douglas Aster Plant Info: Caring For Douglas Aster Flowers In Gardens

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-10-03 07:00
Douglas aster plants (Symphyotrichum subspicatum) are native perennials growing in the Pacific Northwest. They bloom all season long, producing attractive, papery flowers without much plant care required. If you are interested in growing Douglas asters in your backyard, you’ll want to learn more about this species. Read on for Douglas aster plant information. Douglas Aster Plant Info Douglas aster plants grow in the wild in the area known as the coast forest in California, Oregon and Washington. This is the area extending from the ocean to the subalpine mountain area. You’ll also find Douglas aster flowers in northwestern Canada and throughout Alaska. The blooms of this perennial look a lot like New England aster flowers. Douglas aster was named after David Douglas, a botanist working in the Northwest region of the United States. The Douglas fir also carries his name. Douglas aster flowers are very popular with gardeners in the

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False Freesia Plant Care – Information On Planting False Freesia Corms

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-10-02 18:00
If you like the look of freesia flowers but wish you could find something similar that wasn’t quite so tall, you’re in luck! False freesia plants, a member of the Iridaceae family, can add a bright splash of red to the garden in late spring and early summer. Its shorter stature makes it ideal for borders and rock gardens. Plus, false freesia plant care is relatively easy! Learn how to grow false freesia in your garden. What is False Freesia? Also called scarlet freesia, false freesia plants have had various taxonomical classifications, including Lapeirousia laxa, Anomatheca laxa, Anomatheca cruenta and Freesia laxa. This African native grows in a clump with spiky iris-like leaves. False freesia leaves stay around 8 inches (20 cm.) tall. False freesia produces a cluster of six trumpet-shaped flowers per stem. Flower color can vary from white to shades of pinks and reds, depending on the variety.

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Wild Lily Of The Valley Care – How To Grow False Lily Of The Valley Plants

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-10-02 15:00
You’ve heard of lily of the valley from the childhood rhyme, if nothing else. But what about false lily of the valley? According to false lily of the valley facts, the plant is a native perennial also called wild lily of the valley flowers (Maianthemum dilatatum). For more information about this plant, including tips on how to grow false lily of the valley, read on. False Lily of the Valley Facts False or wild lily of the valley is a low-growing perennial native to the Pacific Northwest. It has big glossy leaves. They are heart shaped and grow on long stalks. The flowers are white and tiny. Each flower has four tepals, four stamens and a two-parted ovary. The plant blooms in late spring and summer. How to Grow False Lily of the Valley If you are interested in learning how to grow false lily of the valley, it is

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Arroyo Lupine Information: Learn How To Grow An Arroyo Lupine Plant

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-10-02 11:00
Arroyo lupine plants (Lupinus succulentus) are the welcome signs of spring on the rocky slopes and grasslands of the Western United States. Here the spiky violet-blue, pea-like blooms are easily spotted by spectators. The lush, palm-shaped leaves are an added benefit. Pollinators, including bees and butterflies, are highly attracted to these plants. The seeds sustain birds and small animals. Wondering how to grow an arroyo lupine? Read on for more arroyo lupine information. Growing Conditions for Arroyo Lupine Growing Arroyo lupine plants tolerate light shade, but they bloom best in full sunlight. This popular wildflower adapts to nearly any soil type, including loam, gravel, sand, or clay. However, they often struggle and may not survive in highly alkaline conditions. Well-drained soil is essential, as arroyo doesn’t tolerate soggy, waterlogged soil. Be sure not to plant arroyo lupine where the soil remains wet during the winter. How to Grow an Arroyo

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What Is Titan Parsley: Tips For Growing Titan Parsley Herbs

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-10-02 07:00
Curly parsley may be king as a garnish, but flat leaf parsley has a stronger, more robust flavor. Titan Italian parsley is an excellent example of a flat leaf variety. What is Titan parsley? It is a rather small leaved cultivar that grows in a wide variety of soils. Growing Titan parsley is possible in full sun or even light shade, adding to its versatility. What is Titan Parsley? Titan parsley is a neat, compact plant with small leaves packed with flavor. This adaptable parsley is a biennial and will need to be sown every two years for a consistent supply. It is easy to grow and has low maintenance needs and few disease or pest issues. Learning how to grow Titan parsley will make it easier to add this herb to your culinary cupboard. The delicately noded leaves of Titan parsley almost resemble coriander (cilantro) but have a deeper

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What Are Nectaroscordum Lilies – Learn How To Grow A Honey Lily Plant

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-10-01 18:00
A few honey lily bulbs add a spectacular focus to a flower bed. This is a unique kind of bulb many gardeners have never seen. It grows tall and produces a cluster of delicate, pretty flowers. Growing honey lilies is no more difficult than your other fall bulbs, so consider adding this unusual plant to your list this year. What are Nectaroscordum Lilies? Honey lily (Nectaroscordum siculum) have many names including Sicilian honey garlic or Sicilian honey lily plants, and they are not often seen in spring bulb beds. They’re worth tracking down, though, as you will get some showy flowers with these bulbs. Honey lilies grow up to four feet (1.2 m.) tall and have clusters of small flowers at the top. Each little bloom is a pretty shade of purple to green with white edging the petals. As one of its many names suggests, honey lily is actually

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Facts On Veltheimia Plants: Learn About Growing Forest Lily Flowers

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-10-01 15:00
Veltheimia lilies are bulb plants very different from the regular supply of tulips and daffodils you’re accustomed to seeing. These flowers are native to South Africa and produce spikes of pinkish-purple, drooping tubular flowers atop long stems. If you’d like to learn more about Veltheimia plants, read on. Facts on Veltheimia Plants Veltheimia lilies are bulb plants of the cape of Africa. They look quite different from other bulb flowers. Those differences have earned them a variety of common names including winter Veltheimia, forest lily, sand onion, sand lily, red hot poker and elephant’s eye. Different species of Veltheimia lilies bloom at different times. Forest lilies (Veltheimia bracteata) bloom in the late winter or early spring, while Veltheimia capensis blooms in autumn and winter. They are most often called forest lily or cape lily. That’s because their native habitat is the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa where they grow

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Care Of Amazon Lily Flowers: How To Plant Amazon Lily Bulbs

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-10-01 11:00
The pretty Amazon lily is a great bulb to plant outdoors if you have the right climate. In most regions of the U.S., though, it is too cold but that shouldn’t stop you from planting Amazon lily in a container and enjoying it as a tropical houseplant. What are Amazon Lily Bulbs? Amazon lily (Eucharis amazonica) is a tropical bulb that produces hosta-like foliage and beautiful white flowers in clusters. As a tropical plant, there are few places in the U.S. it can be grown outside. Don’t attempt to grow Amazon lily outdoors unless you are in zone 10 or higher. Anywhere else, though, this is a great houseplant, and you can move it outside for the summer months. While the leaves are lovely, Amazon lily flowers are striking and why these bulbs make stunning houseplants. They can bloom up to three times a year producing star-shaped white flowers clustered

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Persian Star Plant Info: How To Grow Persian Star Garlic Bulbs

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-10-01 07:05
Garlic gives you the most flavor for your efforts in the garden of any vegetable. There are a lot of varieties to try, but for a pretty purple stripe garlic with a milder taste, try Persian Star. We’ll provide you with the basic Persian Star plant information needed to get you started with this tasty garlic. What is Persian Star Garlic? Persian Star purple garlic is a variety with a purple and white striped skin, making this garlic attractive not just for eating but also as decoration and in centerpieces. There are other purple stripe varieties, but this one has the most striking coloration. With origins in the central Asian nation of Uzbekistan, Persian Star garlic is a hardneck variety. This means it will grow a scape, a flowering stem, which is edible. Hardnecks have cloves that form in a single ring in the bulb. They grow better in colder

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Firestorm Sedum Care: Tips On Growing A Firestorm Sedum Plant

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-09-30 18:00
Do you want to liven up your windowsill or garden border? Are you looking for low, mounding succulents that have a strong punch of bright color? Sedum ‘Firestorm’ is a variety of succulent bred specifically for its vibrant red margins that only get more impressive in full sun. Keep reading to learn more about growing a Firestorm sedum plant. What is a Sedum ‘Firestorm’ Plant? Firestorm sedum plants (Sedum adolphii ‘Firestorm’) are a special cultivar of the species Golden sedum, a low growing, sun loving, succulent plant. Reaching a maximum height of around 8 inches (20 cm.), this plant spreads out with many rosettes on stems, sometimes ranging to about two feet (60 cm.) in diameter. This growth habit makes it ideal for groundcover or pleasantly undulating borders in garden beds. It also grows well in containers. Firestorm sedums are green at the center, with leaf edges that range from

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Inchelium Red Information – How To Grow Inchelium Red Garlic Plants

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-09-30 15:00
Garlic is a rewarding vegetable grow. It’s easy and requires little hands-on care, and the reward is a ton of flavor in a small package. Chefs enjoy Inchelium Red garlic because of its robust flavor that works well in any type of dish that calls for garlic. It produces well too, so you’ll get an abundant harvest. Inchelium Red Information This variety of garlic was discovered, or re-discovered, growing on the Colville Indian Reservation, which is in Inchelium, Washington. The Inchelium Red has since won awards, including a 1990 Rodale Kitchens garlic taste test. Garlic varieties can be divided into hardneck and softneck types. Inchelium Red is one of the latter, which means it does not have a flower stalk and it produces more cloves per bulb as compared to hardneck types. Inchelium Red garlic plants produce bulbs that are about three inches (7.6 cm.) across and contain 15 cloves

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Fall Gardening

Organic Gardening 2 - Mon, 2019-09-30 11:12
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The heat of summer has just about past and the days are getting cooler and shorter. Summer crops like tomatoes and eggplant and squash are near about finished, however we aren't done with the garden! It is time to plant all of those cool weather crops from brassicas to lettuces and hardy greens. October is also time to plant garlic in my zone 7 garden and I've also put in some herbs like cilantro, chervil and parsley, which like cooler weather.
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Tough To Grow Houseplants – Challenging Houseplants For Bold Gardeners

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-09-30 11:00
Many houseplants are well suited to grow in indoor conditions, and then there are houseplants that require more care than most. For the more adventurous indoor gardener, these tough to grow houseplants are part of the fun. You can use the list below to try out some of these houseplants if you are bored with more common varieties, or use it as a list of plants to avoid if you’re new to indoor gardening. Difficult Houseplants to Grow The following is a selection of particularly challenging houseplants. Common indoor conditions just won’t cut it for these plants and if you want to grow these indoors, you’ll have to take some extra measures in order to succeed. And, even then, success is not guaranteed: Azalea – Potted flowering azaleas are often sold at certain times of the year and it is tempting to buy a plant to take indoors. The truth

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Kweik Lettuce Info: Growing Kweik Lettuce In The Garden

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-09-30 07:00
The cooler months of fall may put most people in mind of apples, cider, and pumpkins, but vegetable gardeners know this is a great time to grow some cold-season lettuce. For a new variety, try growing Kweik lettuce, a type of butter lettuce with a lot of superior qualities. What is Kweik Lettuce? Kweik is a variety of butter lettuce. Some common varieties of butter lettuce that you’re likely to see in the grocery store are Bibb and Boston. Butter lettuces are known for forming a loose head of light to bright green leaves, a tender texture, and a less bitter, sweeter flavor than other types of lettuce. Among butter lettuce varieties, Kweik is fast-growing, tolerates cold, and produces loose, lime-green heads. The leaves are tender and may be sweet or a little bit bitter. The leaves are great for any type of salad. They also work for recipes that

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Wild Rice with Cranberries and Hazelnuts

Organic Gardening 2 - Sun, 2019-09-29 20:57
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We are gearing up for the annual Herb Harvest Fall Festival at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas on the weekend of October 2 to 5. For this event , we are featuring the Northern United States, north of historic U.S. 40.We will be studying the foods, herbs, crops and folkways of these regions. Here is a recipe that we will be serving for the Lavish Herbal Feast that you will want to make!
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What Is Deadleafing: How And When To Remove Leaves From Plants

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-09-29 18:14
Keeping flower beds, evergreens, and perennial plantings looking their best can be quite the undertaking. While establishing a routine of irrigation and fertilization is important, many home gardeners may overlook the process of maintaining the appearance of plants as the season progresses. Plant care routines such as deadleafing will help keep your flower beds looking lush and vibrant throughout the entire growing season. Deadleafing vs. Deadheading Many gardeners are familiar with the process of deadheading, but deadleafing garden plants may be less known. Just as deadheading refers to the removal of old or spent flower blooms, deadleafing refers to the removal of dead or dried leaves from the plant. When to Remove Leaves – Is Deadleafing Necessary? For many flowering plants, the process of plant regrowth is constant. Depending upon the time in the growing season, plant leaves will naturally turn brown and die back to the ground or to

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Houseplants That Like Sun: Choosing Indoor Plants For Full Sun

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-09-29 15:00
The key to growing indoor plants is to be able to place the right plant in the right location.  Otherwise, your houseplant will not do well. There are many houseplants that like sun, so it is important to give them the conditions that they need to thrive in your home. Let’s take a look at some indoor plants for full sun.  About Sun Loving Houseplants There are many houseplants for sunny windows, and it is important to understand where to place these within your home so that they can do their best.  You’ll want to avoid northern exposure windows since these do not typically get any direct sun at all. Eastern and western exposure windows are good options, and southern-facing windows would be the best option for sun loving houseplants. Remember to place your houseplants right in front of the window for best results. Light intensity decreases dramatically even just

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Grow A Living Succulent Wall – Caring For Succulent Wall Planters

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-09-29 11:00
As succulent plants gain popularity, so do the ways in which we grow and display them in our homes and gardens. One such way is growing succulents on a wall. In pots or long hanging planters, innovative gardeners have come up with many ways to use an existing wall to help support a vertical succulent garden. Let’s take a look at some of these. Creating a Living Succulent Wall A wall that appears to be only plant material is enjoying success in many commercial landscapes and even indoors. Succulent wall displays in or around businesses are usually maintained through hydroponics (water growth) and often too pricey and complicated for the home gardener. However, there are plans for succulent wall planters growing in traditional soil situations that are simple and affordable. Sometimes a handmade shelf with several levels is built from wood. Others may be adapted from a metal shelf unit

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