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How to Grow Amaryllis Belladonna

Native to southern Africa, the belladonna lily, Amaryllis belladonna, grows well in USDA zones 7 through 10. Other common names for this summer flowering plant include naked lady and August lily. It has large, showy pink flowers and blooms in late summer on tall stems. The leaves do not appear until...More...

Mass Cane Leaves Turning Yellow & Brown at the Ends

The mass cane plant, also called Dracaena massangeana or the corn plant (thanks to the shape of its leaves), decorates the insides of many homes with its bright, tropical-looking foliage. Native to Africa, the plant prefers warm temperatures and high humidity. If you notice some discoloration on the...More...

How to Buy Plants Online

Buying options online for plants, flowers and seeds have increased substantially since the turn of the century. The purchase of plants used to involve a visit to a local nursery or gardening center, where you can hand pick your favorite varieties. Increased online competition has led to reduction in...More...

What Zone to Grow Carnations

Beautiful and easy to grow, carnations are an herbaceous perennial plant that is a popular choice for flower gardens, rock gardens and cut flowers. With long green stems and blooms in pink, purple, red, white and yellow, carnations are an attractive addition to any bouquet or landscape. A hardy flow...More...

How to Start Jasmine Plants

Jasmine (Jasminum officinale) is a deciduous climbing shrub native to east Asia and the Himalayas. The white, star-shaped flowers bloom year-round and are intensely fragrant. Jasmine grows 20 to 30 feet tall with a spread of 7 to 15 feet, though it responds well to heavy pruning and can be kept smal...More...

Do Gophers Eat Garden Potatoes?

Gophers are a menace in the home garden. They feed on immature potatoes below ground, but not the roots, so plants often appear undisturbed and healthy above ground. As a result, home gardeners sometimes aren't aware their potato plants have been infested by gophers until they discover a diminished ...More...

Stages of Carrot Growth

While carrots can be difficult to grow if not properly cared for, they are a productive plant under optimum conditions. There are many varieties of carrots, so choosing a variety suited to the USDA hardiness zone you're planting them in yields the best growing results. Most grow best in zones 9 to 1...More...

How to Care for an Amaryllis

The amaryllis is a popular flowering plant with trumpet-shaped blooms that can be red, pink, white, salmon, apricot, or rose; hybrid varieties are also available. Amaryllis bulbs are often purchased in kits and require only watering and light to begin growing. Plants that are already growing are ava...More...

What is the Orange Algae on Cedar Trees?

Cedar-apple rust is a fungal disease found on certain types of cedar, juniper and apple trees. Cedar-apple rust disease requires both an apple and cedar, or juniper tree, to complete its life cycle....More...

Orange Spiders in Cypress Trees

Cypress trees are in the family Cupressus, which are the true cypress. The true cypress trees are found in western North America, while the bald cypress are southeastern ranging. Cypress are evergreen conifers that can grow 60 to 100 feet in height. In the landscape they are grown as attractive orna...More...

Fastest Way to Kill Mice

If you are noticing the signs of a mouse infestation---fecal matter in your cupboards, chewed boxes of food and scampering sounds in your walls---it is time to take action. According to the CDC, mice and other rodents carry 35 different diseases. To protect your family, you must find a way to kill m...More...

Leaf Blight on Phlox

Phlox is a genus containing nearly 70 species of annual and perennial plants, mostly native to North America. These plants produce blue to red, white or pink flowers and are commonly grown as ornamentals. They are subject to some diseases, including leaf blight....More...

How to Plant a Keyhole Garden

A water-efficient method of raised-bed gardening, a circular keyhole garden has a notch on one side for an access path, and so its outline resembles a door keyhole. About 6 1/2 feet in diameter, the garden features a central compost area that serves as the watering site, and soil slopes downward fro...More...

How to Grow Tomatoes Without Fungus

Gardeners in the United States grow more tomatoes than any other vegetable, says the Missouri Botanical Garden. Tomatoes succumb to more than 30 different diseases, many of which are caused by fungi. No certain method exists to protect tomatoes from all fungal diseases all the time, but proper care ...More...

Water & Bog Plants for the Home & Garden

Water lilies are examples of floating plants suitable for most water gardens.water lily image by Darren Nickerson from Fotolia.comWetland and bog plants provide a wide number of choices for boggy areas and pool gardens. Many wetland plants are also small enough for containers or patio......More...

Flowers That Will Keep Rabbits Away

Rabbits will eat nearly anything grown in the garden. This includes roses, tulips, peas, beets and even tree bark. As a gardener this can be frustrating. Although the term repellant is a misnomer, there are plants that rabbits won't eat when food is plentiful or they can find better......More...

Miniature Willow Tree Information

The Miniature Willow Tree is also known as the Dwarf Willow or Dwarf Weeping Willow Tree. It is similar in appearance to its larger cousin, and maintains the characteristic branch drooping after which it is named. It can be found throughout the United States, including along the West Coast and throu...More...

How to Grow Topiaries

A topiary turns a regular potted plant into a work of living art. Plants, usually ivy or other vines, are trained onto wire topiary frames. The frames come in a variety of shapes, from simple one-dimensional shapes to three-dimensional representations of animals or symbols. Proper maintenance ensure...More...

Ethiopia's Most Common Flowers

The red-hot poker is a common flower found in Ethiopia.bee on red hot poker image by Adam Walter from Fotolia.comEthiopia's biggest exports are coffee, teff (a hardy grain that can be cultivated under both drought-like and rainy conditions) and flowers. The Ethiopian government provides......More...

Are Seed Geraniums Cold Hardy?

Seed geraniums (Pelargonium x hortorum) are widely grown due to their prolific flowering and ease of maintenance. If you have ever forgotten to deadhead a spent geranium flower, you will notice the seed pods are long and resemble a beak. Pelargos is the Latin word for "stork." Even the common name, ...More...