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How To Divide A Succulent: Tips For Splitting Succulent Plants

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-01-13 07:06
If you want succulents without shopping or shipping fees, consider splitting succulent plants. When your plants have outgrown their pots or put out lots of babies, it’s time to divide your succulents. Often, it’s easier to divide your plants than to repot a large, multi-stemmed specimen. Division allows each repotted part to grow and fill another container. Plants grow more quickly during their growing season. Some succulents are spring and summer growers, but many, like aeoniums, are winter growers. Check for each plant. Read on to learn more about dividing a succulent plant. When Can I Divide Succulents? While repotting and dividing a succulent is best done in spring, you can do it any time of year. Choose a nice day, if possible, so you can do it outside. Divide succulents that have grown pups or sprouted new foliage. Don’t attempt to split a single plant. How to Divide a

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Wine Cup Plant Care: Tips For Growing Crassula Wine Cups

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-01-12 18:00
Succulent lovers have a new kid in town, Crassula wine cup plants. Crassula umbella is a fairly rare and hard to acquire specimen. The plant is so difficult to source that expert collectors have trouble finding it, so if you know someone with this succulent, get a cutting quickly! About Crassula Wine Cup Plants The succulent group Crassula has many species and hybrids. They are interesting plants to cultivate and breed. Only true succulent enthusiasts seem to be growing Crassula wine cups due to the plant’s scarcity. Wine cup succulents are truly adorable and well worth sourcing, if possible. Not only having a unique appearance but the ease of wine cup plant care makes it a succulent well worth acquiring. The name, wine cup succulents, is a bit misleading. The plant is a succulent but its resemblance to a wine cup is a bit of a stretch. The leaf form

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Pinwheel Aeonium Care: How To Grow A Pinwheel Plant

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-01-12 15:00
An attractive spreading plant, the pinwheel aeonium can grow happily in the ground or a container in shady to sunny spots. As winter growers, these branch freely and may reach two feet in conditions that mimic their native area. What is a Pinwheel Plant? The pinwheel plant is a multi-branched shrub-like succulent and member of the Crassulaceae family. From Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Aeonium haworthii can stay outside year round in USDA hardiness zones 9-11. It is cold hardy to about 28 degrees F. (-2 C.). In a container or otherwise in cultivation, it may only reach one foot in height (30 cm.) and 18 inches (46 cm.) across. Also called Haworth aeonium, it has red tipped leaves and grows in dense mounds, showing off many stems of developed rosettes of blue-green foliage. Yellowish flowers may appear in spring. Different from the spring and summer growing succulents, the pinwheel

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Care Of Kenya Hyacinth: Tips On Growing Flowering Sansevieria

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-01-12 11:00
Kenya hyacinth, or Sansevieria parva, is a pretty little succulent that makes a great houseplant. It produces flowers irregularly and can be grown outdoors in hot, dry regions. Care of Kenya hyacinth is not difficult if you provide the right soil and don’t over water. Let’s learn more about growing this interesting snake plant. What is a Kenya Hyacinth Snake Plant? This handful of a name refers to Sansevieria parva, most commonly known as Kenya hyacinth snake plant. This is a succulent that is hardy in the U.S. in zones 10 and 11, but for everyone else it makes a great houseplant. Native to East Africa, flowering Sansevieria plants have narrow, spike-shaped leaves that grow between eight and sixteen inches (20 to 40 cm.) long. Each plant grows a cluster of six to twelve leaves. The flowers of Kenya hyacinth are small and white or pale pink. These plants don’t

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Bird Of Paradise Fungus – Controlling Leaf Spot On Indoor Bird Of Paradise

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-01-12 07:18
Bird of paradise (Strelitzia) is a dramatic indoor houseplant with striking flowers and is generally easy to care for given the right conditions. Occasionally, though, if the conditions aren’t quite right, fungal bird of paradise leaf spot can occur. Let’s take a look at what causes it and what you can do for leaf spot on indoor bird of paradise plants.  About Strelitzia Fungal Leaf Spot This bird of paradise fungal disease tends to occur when there is too much moisture present. The good news is that it typically does not cause any long-term damage to the plant. Proper cultural conditions and sanitization practices will help prevent this bird of paradise houseplant fungus. The spots on the leaves will be 0.1-2 cm. big. Sometimes, the spots are regularly shaped like a circle, and other times the spots have a more irregular shape. Typically, the fungal spots are a lighter gray

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Red Express Cabbage Info – Growing Red Express Cabbage Plants

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-01-11 18:05
If you love cabbage but live in a region with a short growing season, try growing Red Express cabbage. Red Express cabbage seeds yield open-pollinated red cabbage perfect for your favorite coleslaw recipe. The following article contains Red Express cabbage growing info. Red Express Cabbage Info As mentioned, Red Express cabbage seeds yield recently developed open-pollinated red cabbages that live up to their name. These beauties are ready to harvest in as little as 60-63 days from sowing your seeds. The split resistant heads weigh in at about two to three pounds (about one kg.) and were specifically developed for Northern gardeners or those with a short growing season. How to Grow Red Express Cabbages Red Express cabbage seeds can be started indoors or outside. Start seeds grown indoors four to six weeks prior to the last frost in your area. Use a soilless mix and sow seeds just barely

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Capture F1 Cabbage – How To Grow A Capture Cabbage Plant

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-01-11 15:00
Capture cabbage plant is a hardy, vigorous grower highly valued for its resistance to many pests and diseases that thrive in warm, humid climates. The solid, dense heads usually weigh three to five pounds (1-2 kg.), and sometimes even more. The plant is also known as Capture F1 cabbage, which in simple terms means it is the first generation of two cross-pollinated plants. Read on to learn about growing Capture cabbages, with helpful tips on Capture cabbage care. Growing Capture Cabbages At 87 days from the date of transplanting into the garden, Capture F1 cabbage is relatively slow to develop. Plant as early as possible, especially if you live in an area with short growing seasons. Plant these cabbage seeds directly in the garden about three weeks before the last expected hard frost in your area. Be sure the spot gets at least six hours of sunlight per day. Alternatively,

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Parel Hybrid Cabbage – Growing Parel Cabbages

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-01-11 11:00
There are a lot of great hybrid cabbage varieties to try for your vegetable garden. Each new hybrid that becomes available has a new or better trait any gardener will want. What makes the Parel hybrid variety special is its compact form, split resistance, and short maturity time. It’s an easy-to-grow variety for newbies and expert gardeners alike. About Parel Hybrid Cabbage An early season cabbage with just 45-50 days to maturity, you can start Parel from seed and have mature, fully grown heads of cabbage in just about six weeks. This is a green ballhead cabbage that forms particularly tight, compact heads. You can grow more of this variety in a smaller space than with other types of cabbages. The outer, wrapper leaves of Parel are bluish green and protect a very dense, white head. The head is juicy and slightly sweet. You can use this variety any way

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January King Cabbage Plants – Growing January King Winter Cabbage

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-01-11 07:02
If you want to plant vegetables that survive the winter chill, take a lingering look at January King winter cabbage. This beautiful semi-savoy cabbage has been a garden classic for hundreds of years in England and is a favorite in this country as well. January King cabbage plants survive winter’s worst, including hard freezes and snowfall, to provide purple cabbage heads in January. Read on for information on growing January King and tips for cabbage uses. January King Winter Cabbage When you are growing January King cabbage plants, you are growing the best cabbage in its class. These vigorous heirloom plants produce gorgeous cabbage heads with pale green inner leaves and outer leaves in deep purple tinged slightly with green. The cabbages weigh around 3 to 5 pounds (1-2 kg.) and are well filled, slightly flattened globes. Expect a harvest in January or February. In some years, the harvest extends

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Red Veined Prayer Plants: Tips On Caring For A Red Prayer Plant

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-01-10 18:00
Indoor tropical plants add an exotic and lush feel to the home. Red-veined prayer plants (Maranta leuconeura “Erythroneura”) also have another neat attribute, moving leaves! Caring for a red prayer plant requires very specific atmospheric and cultural conditions for optimal health. The Maranta red prayer plant is a fussy little specimen that will not shrink from letting you know it’s every need. Keep reading for red prayer plant care and tips on solving problems. About Red-Veined Prayer Plants A tropical plant native to Brazil, red prayer plant is a popular and attractive houseplant. Its scientific name is Marantha and the variety is ‘Erythroneura,’ which means red veins in Latin. The red veins are in a herringbone pattern, giving rise to another of the plant’s names, – herringbone plant. In warm climates, it forms a ground cover while in cooler regions it is best used as a hanging indoor plant. The

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Corpse Flower Facts – How To Grow A Corpse Flower Houseplant

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-01-10 15:00
What is a corpse flower? Amorphophallus titanum, more commonly known as corpse flower, is one of the most bizarre plants that you can grow indoors. It is certainly not a plant for beginners, but definitely is one of the biggest oddities of the plant world. Corpse Flower Facts A little bit of background will help determine the care of these unusual plants. Corpse flower is an aroid that is native to the jungles of Sumatra. It will take about 8-10 years before it actually blooms. But what a show when it does! The inflorescence can grow up to 10 feet (3 m.) tall.  Although the inflorescence is very large, the flowers are much smaller and found deep inside the base of the spadix. The spadix actually heats up close to 100 F. (38 C.). The heat will help carry the odor of rotting meat that is produced by the plant.

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Inverted Houseplant Care: Can You Grow Indoor Plants Upside Down

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-01-10 11:00
If you’re a gardener, you’ve probably heard about vertical gardening and maybe even grow crops upside down. The advent of the Topsy Turvy planter made this quite the thing some years ago, but today folks have taken it to a new level by growing not only outdoor produce but indoor plants upside down. There are several advantages to upside-down houseplant growing, not the least of which is what a space saver an inverted houseplant becomes. How to Grow Houseplants Upside Down Whether you live in a cramped studio apartment or a palatial manor, houseplants have their place. They are the most sustainable way to clean the air and beautify your surroundings. For the aforementioned apartment dweller, upside-down houseplant growing has another benefit – space saving. You can grow indoor plants upside down by purchasing planters made especially for this practice or you can put your DIY hat on and make

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Growing Plants Indoors: Surprising Benefits Of Houseplants

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-01-10 07:00
Besides of being able to appreciate the sheer visual beauty of growing plants in our homes and offices, there are a number of benefits for growing plants indoors. So why are indoor plants good for us? Here are some surprising benefits of houseplants.  How Do Houseplants Benefit Humans? Did you know that houseplants can actually increase the humidity in our indoor air? This is especially important for those of us that live in drier climates, or that have forced air heating systems in our homes. Houseplants release moisture in the air by a process called transpiration. This can help our indoor air humidity stay at a healthier level. The more plants you have grouped together, the more your humidity will increase.  Houseplants can help relieve “sick building syndrome.” As homes and buildings become more energy efficient, our indoor air has become more polluted. Many common indoor furnishings and building materials

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Stone Fruit Hand Pollination – Hand Pollinating Stone Fruit Trees

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-01-09 18:00
Like anything else, stone fruit trees won’t produce fruit unless their flowers are pollinated. Usually, gardeners rely on insects, but if bees are hard to find in your neighborhood, you can take the matter into your own hands and pollinate stone fruits by hand. Hand pollinating stone fruit trees is not as unusual as you might think. Some gardeners self-pollinate trees that can pollinate themselves just to be sure of getting a good crop. Read on for information about how to hand pollinate stone fruit. Understanding Stone Fruit Hand Pollination Gardeners rely heavily on honeybees, bumblebees and mason bees to pollinate their fruit trees. But, in a pinch, it’s entirely possible to fertilize the blossoms of some types of fruit trees yourself. This includes stone fruits. It is easier if your trees can be pollinated with their own pollen. This type of tree is called self-fruitful and most apricots, peaches

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Stone Fruit Varieties: Growing Stone Fruit In The Garden

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-01-09 15:00
You may not know it, but chances are very good you’ve had stone fruit before. There are numerous stone fruit varieties; you might even be growing stone fruit in the garden already. So, what is a stone fruit? Here’s a hint, it comes from a stone fruit tree. Confused? Read on to learn some stone fruit facts and tips on growing these fruit trees in the garden.  What is Stone Fruit? The term ‘stone fruit’ sounds uninviting, but trust me, it contradicts the succulent, juicy fruit it’s actually in reference to. Stone fruit is the mantle under which tender fruit such as plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots, and cherries fall. What do all of these fruits have in common? Each has a hard pit or seed inside the otherwise wonderful flesh of the fruit. The seed is so impenetrable it has come to be known as a stone. Stone Fruit Facts

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How To Store Apricots: Learn About Post-Harvest Care Of Apricots

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-01-09 11:06
Ah, the glorious apricot harvest. We wait much of the growing season for the sweet, golden blushed fruits. Apricots are known for their delicacy and are, therefore, harvested before fully ripe. An apricot post-harvest is often subjected to crowding, bumping and jostling, which can bruise the fruit. A few apricot handling tips can help you store your fruit to perfection and enjoy it weeks down the line. Read on to learn how to store apricots for the best harvest ever. Apricot Handling Tips Commercial growers must pay special attention to packing, temperature and humidity when storing apricots for the market. Apricots must also be kept separate from fruits that emit ethylene, which will hasten their ripening and diminish quality by the time they arrive at stores. Home gardeners must also be sensitive to these issues if they want their hard earned fruits to last. Think of apricots as almost egg-like

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Feeding Apricot Trees: When And How To Fertilize An Apricot Tree

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-01-09 07:00
Apricots are little juicy gems you can eat in about two bites. Growing a couple apricot trees in your backyard orchard is not difficult and can provide you with an abundant annual harvest. There are a few things you’ll need to know, like why feeding apricot trees is important and how or when to do it to ensure healthy, productive trees. Growing and Fertilizing Apricots Apricot trees can be grown in USDA zones 5 through 8, which includes most of the U.S. They are more susceptible to spring frost damage than peaches and nectarines, though, and may suffer from very hot summers. Apricots need full sun and well-drained soil, but they do not need pollinators. Most varieties are self-pollinating, so you can get away with growing just one tree. Fertilizing apricots is not always necessary. If you see adequate growth in your tree, you may not need to feed it.

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What Is A French Drain: Information On Installing French Drains In Landscapes

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-01-08 18:00
For many homeowners, excess water and poor drainage can be a major issue. Pooling water after heavy periods of rain can cause serious damage to homes, as well as landscaping. Poorly draining water in yards can promote yellowing of lawns and even cause tree roots to begin to rot. With careful planning, however, there are ways to divert water away from yards and homes. One common method is through the installation of a French drain – but what is a French drain? What are French Drains Used For? French drain systems are a type of drainage system that can be installed to help divert excess water away from homes or low areas in the landscape. These underground “ditches” contain a pipe and gravel which slope and allow water to freely drain away to ditches or retention ponds. Installing French drains is relatively simple. However, professionals may be required depending upon

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Drainage Ditch Guide – Learn How To Build A Drainage Ditch

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-01-08 15:03
Water build-up in your yard is big trouble. All that moisture can erode your home’s foundation, wash away expensive landscaping, and create a huge, muddy mess. Making a ditch for drainage is one way to deal with this problem. Once you dig a drainage ditch, water can flow naturally to a pond, drain, or another predetermined exit point. Making a ditch for drainage can enhance the appearance of your yard, even when your ditch is nothing more than a dry creek bed. Drainage Ditch Plans Check permit requirements in your city and county; there may be rules about redirecting water, especially if you live near a creek, stream, or lake. Make sure your drainage ditch won’t cause problems for neighboring properties. Plan the course of the ditch, following the natural flow of water. If your slope doesn’t have a natural hill, you may need to create one. Water must flow

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Planting In Furrows: Are There Benefits To Furrow Gardening

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-01-08 11:00
When it comes to design, planting a vegetable garden very much depends on the personal preferences of the grower. From containers to raised beds, finding the growing method that works best for your needs can be quite exciting. While many homeowners choose to explore more intensive methods of producing vegetables, others may prefer more traditional growing techniques. Furrow gardening is a method that produces a beautiful garden, as well as high yields. What is a Furrow? In gardening, a furrow refers to a long narrow trench. These trenches can be used in a variety of ways, from planting to irrigation. The furrow method of planting is beneficial to growers in that it can make routine garden care and maintenance much easier. This is especially true in the case of large-scale farm plantings. Planting in furrows allows for more uniform rows. These rows are able to be weeded and irrigated simply

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