PLANT GROWTH 101 - BLOG, TIPS & TRICKS

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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Preventing the Attack of the Sick Clones

Prevent Sick Clones Prevent sick clones by using good cultural practices for early and prolonged success for needy growing plants. The most important cultural practice is good hygiene. From start to finish, keep the growing environment - from the propagation trays to the planting beds - clean and free of pathogens. This practice lets you prevent future [...]

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A Walk in the Park

In need of a little inspiration? Are Flickr, Pinterest and landscaping makeover shows just not cutting it anymore?  We’ve all been there.  And it’s easy to overlook the fact that even without the resources to completely redo your entire backyard in three days (ala makeover shows), making a few changes can reap big differences in [...]

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Tis the Season… for Gardening

‘Tis  the season… for gardening that is.  We’ve made it through what was for some a very frigid winter and for others a continuing exiguity of rainfall.  Nevertheless, with the Vernal Equinox having already come and gone, (“summer is coming!”) it is time to clean the rust off of the gardening tools and plan/t accordingly.  [...]

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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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More Media Notes

More Media Notes Choosing a rooting medium is an important step best taken with your ultimate goal in mind – a healthy plant suited for your growing style. Most plants that we root are intended to be moved into larger pots and space for rooting them is often at a premium. Some rooted cuttings are [...]

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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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Bottom Heat and Breaking Rules

Chinese fringe plants are hugely popular in many places because they are almost bulletproof. Heavy soil or sand, pretty wet or fairly dry, full sun or part shade, they grow and bloom. The biggest issue with this gorgeous group is their way of growing beyond all proportions. The tag may say, “easily maintained at 4 [...]

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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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Happy New Year!

I remember meeting Haworthia, my first succulent plant acquaintance after Aloe vera. My mother kept that one in a pot on the porch for burns long before my daddy and his lodge buddies began putting it in their milkshakes to aid digestion. I digress, which is sometimes the best way to blog if it doesn’t [...]

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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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