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Portable Greenhouse

If you’re anything like me then you’ll still have a number of plants in your garden that have been prepped for propagation over the summer but are still waiting to be pruned. If there are those looming factors of time and space holding you up (not having enough of both), then there is no reason [...]

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Watch the Salt

In our ongoing look at the health of plants and their surrounding medium, and for our ongoing fun in using dietary analogies, today we look at the detrimental effects of too much salt in the soil of potted plants.  Overly high salinity leads to the burning of roots and leaves and inhibits a plant’s ability [...]

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Succulent Success

Summer is a great time to begin propagating succulents as this is the time when many go through their most active phase of growth for the year.  Depending on your zone and whether they are growing indoors or outdoors, it is important not to treat all succulents in the same way.  As you can imagine [...]

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Serf and Turf

There is no need to become a serf to your summer lawn, committing mornings, evenings and possibly scorching afternoons, monotonously overwatering (where available) or worse, having to spray paint bald spots. How often have you agonized over whether that large brown patch in the middle of the front yard is just devoid of water or [...]

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Get a Vitamin B1 shot — for Your Plant!

With the change of season and some early heat waves, I began to notice the leaves of the Mandevilleas that curtain my front gate beginning to turn yellow.  Now, since I had been making sure to monitor the moisture level of the surrounding soil between watering’s.  And having already applied a slow release fertilizer a [...]

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Bottom Heat?

If you are ready to root cuttings of overgrown houseplants or start seeds for the spring garden, you need this sweet heat. Soil conditions kept just warmer than average room temperature will be fine to keep most roots happy and growing. Look for heating cables to warm a flat of soil or a mat to [...]

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Propagating Succulents

Succulent plants store water in their leaves very efficiently because they evolved to thrive in areas with prolonged dry seasons. If you travel during the week or have more sunlight in a room than most plants can tolerate or if you are prone to forget to water, succulents are for you. My favorites include rosary [...]

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Mum Cuttings

I want to take mum cuttings, cut them to length, and then store them in a cooler for 3-4 weeks prior to sticking them in my propagating medium.  I know I can dip the cuttings into the powder prior to bagging and storing them.  My question is:  How long can I effectively store them in [...]

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The Gift of Propagation

I hope you had great success rooting pothos in water or begonias in loose mix for gifts. It’s down to the wire to pot them up, put on the wrapping, and deliver the goods! Use a good quality potting mix with fertilizer added to make the transition easier, especially for the non-gardeners on your list. [...]

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Hormex Rooting Powder Strengths

It’s a good question – what do the numbers mean after Hormex, like #3 or #1? Do they refer to IBA? Yes, the numbers after different Hormex products refer in a shorthand sort of way to the strength of the product. This range of IBA concentrations really sets Hormex apart and makes your job as [...]

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Inducing Callusing on Dormant Vitis Vinifera Grape Vine Cuttings

Q: I wanted to inquire as to which of your products is best for inducing callusing on dormant vitis vinifera grape vine cuttings. following callusing I would root the cuttings in tube pots would you use any other of your products when planting into tube pots. I do have bottom heat in my green house. [...]

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Pleasing Propagators

I’m making a list and checking it twice to be sure all the gifts are nice enough for people who want to do more rooting in the New Year. Start here and keep reading for a different kind of gift. Hormex Home Garden Packs are available at the website in 2 different sets of 3 [...]

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