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Complete Orchid Care

Complete Orchid Care

Orchids are among the loveliest, most delicate of tropical flora, but the idea of growing them intimidates many who still believe they require a conservatory and great great skill.It's possible, however, to grow orchids at home. Take care in choosing one of the 100,000 known types of orc
When to Plant Spring Bulbs in Virginia

When to Plant Spring Bulbs in Virginia

In Virginia, usually in early March, green shoots begin to appear on the ground, even on ground that is covered lightly in snow. These shoots are the sign that many people are looking for to indicate that spring is on its way. They are the product of bulb plants that have been underground all winter
How to Prune Overgrown Blue Spruce Shrubs

How to Prune Overgrown Blue Spruce Shrubs

While many people prune shrubs for the overall health of the plant, many gardeners also prune their spruce shrubs to keep them looking attractive and from looking overgrown. While evergreens such as blue spruce don't require extensive pruning -- the plant doesn't grow continuously and doesn't requir
How Long Before a Grapevine Bears Fruit?

How Long Before a Grapevine Bears Fruit?

Growing grapes is as much a labor of the brain as the hands, with a little guesswork thrown in for fun. Nearly every aspect of planting and maintaining a grapevine or two takes a little effort and a lot of planning, but the tasty, useful fruit is worth it. Dozens of grape varieties are available to
How to Stop Watering Your Plants Before Harvest

How to Stop Watering Your Plants Before Harvest

Growing vegetables can be an economical and rewarding experience for the home gardener, providing fresh food as well as a surplus for canning or freezing. As different types of vegetables are grown, some benefit from a cessation of watering before harvest to increase flavor concentration and allow t
Evergreen Flowering Bush Guide

Evergreen Flowering Bush Guide

Flowering evergreen bushes can stand alone as specimen plants, grow as foundation plants or decorate a garden's fence line. Landscape your property with a variety of evergreen bushes to enjoy flowers from spring to winter. Each bush has a specific light, soil and temperature requirements. Select spe
Azalea Care & Coffee Grounds

Azalea Care & Coffee Grounds

Azaleas are easy to care, and once established coffee grounds can be used in the maintenance of them. Azalea shrubs flower from April through June depending upon the variety. They are available as evergreen or deciduous choices from low, dense, and compact shapes to tall and open. The vivid array of
How Can I Get Some Grass Back if I Cleared It All on "Frontier"?

How Can I Get Some Grass Back if I Cleared It All on "Frontier"?

In the game "Frontierville," you must find a way to survive by cultivating land and managing your homestead. Grass, thorns, flowers and rocks will all crop up periodically, making your land harder to manage. In some cases, you may be saddled with a mission that requires you clear a certain amount of
Poison Ivy Plant Information

Poison Ivy Plant Information

Poison ivy grows throughout North America, in any region except deserts. It has earned a nasty reputation for the allergic reactions it causes, creating a maddening itch and rash when it comes into contact with skin. The best way to avoid it is to know as much as possible about the plant, including
Examples of Perennials

Examples of Perennials

Tulips rebloom in the spring.Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty ImagesPerennials are plants that grow, flower, reseed and continue producing leaves and flowers for several years. They die back in winter but appear again in the spring. In a garden, it's a good idea to mix annuals and...
How to Care for a Weeping Willow Tree

How to Care for a Weeping Willow Tree

The weeping willow is one of the most beautiful trees you can plant in your yard. They require very little maintenance, and these ornamental deciduous trees can reach forty to fifty feet in height. With the right care, a weeping willow can grow as many as eight feet in just one year. Although they'r
How to Take Care of and Grow an Amaryllis Bulb

How to Take Care of and Grow an Amaryllis Bulb

Although Hippeastrum, or amaryllis, is native to South America, bulbs you buy today are probably Dutch or South African. While you can cultivate these beauties indoors year-round or outdoors during the summer, amaryllis plants are frost-tender and are typically grown as "forced" bulbs indoors. About
Redbud Tree Leaf Damage

Redbud Tree Leaf Damage

The eastern redbud tree, or Cercis canadensis, suffers leaf damage from the redbud leaffolder, or Fascista cercerisella; the grape leaffolder, or Desmia funeralis; and the caterpillars of the white flannel moth, or Norape ovina, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The Japanese weevil, or Callirhop
How to Prune a Japanese Barberry

How to Prune a Japanese Barberry

The green, gold or burgundy foliage of the Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) makes it a popular shrub for landscaping around homes. After several seasons of growth, the plant can grow leggy or unsightly with long stems or a floppy habit. Prune the shrub with one of two intentions: trimming the
Removing the Crown From Sago Palms

Removing the Crown From Sago Palms

The sago palm is known for its elegance and classic good looks. Whether you grow these attractive palms indoors or out in a garden, it is important to care for and maintain them properly. Part of that care includes leaving as much of the crown and foliage intact as possible, while lightly pruning th
Hybrid Onion Seeds

Hybrid Onion Seeds

Hybrids of plants are usually considered improvements on the parent plants from which they are drawn. For onions, hybrid seeds produce onions of that exhibit uniform size, shape and disease resistance.
Why Is My Eucalyptus Tree Splitting?

Why Is My Eucalyptus Tree Splitting?

There are many common diseases that attack trees and produce symptoms that are visible in bark, stems and other woody parts of the plant. The bark of the eucalyptus tree, for example, can sometimes split, serving as an indicator that the tree is suffering from a potentially serious problem that need
How to Buy Banana Tree Varieties for Colder Areas

How to Buy Banana Tree Varieties for Colder Areas

Before trying to buy banana tree varieties it is important to know that there are bananas that can be safely grown as far north as zone 5. Cold hardy bananas that are both ornamental and that yield banana fruits are available for the home gardener. By following a few simple steps, it's easy to find
Indoor Vs. Outdoor Pesticides

Indoor Vs. Outdoor Pesticides

Pesticides linger everywhere from in the soil outside the home to the air inside the home. While some pesticides are made specifically for outdoor use and others are approved for indoor use, even adhering to the instructions on the label does not guarantee that pesticide won't harm the indoor enviro
Non-Toxic Yard Spray for Ticks & Fleas

Non-Toxic Yard Spray for Ticks & Fleas

If your backyard has gone from a fun place for you and your family to play in, to a safe harbor for fleas and ticks, it is time to fight back. Instead of using toxic commercial flea and tick sprays that are hazardous for your family and pets, use non-toxic sprays to get rid of fleas and ticks for go