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Paperwhites

Paperwhites

Paperwhite Care In addition to the amaryllis, there’s another flower bulb that I like to grow in the winter to add some life to our wintry world; the paperwhite narcissus. Paperwhites are a tender cousin of the hardy daffodils that…

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African Violets

African Violets

African violets (Saintpaulia) belongs to the family of plants known as Gesneriads. This family includes many other showy flowering houseplants including: Episcia, Streptocarpus, Columnia, Hypocyrta, Boea and many others. Care and culture of these fibrous rooted gesneriads are about the…

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Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas prefer full sun to partial shade as well as moist but well-drained soil. Regarding feeding, we recommend using Bio Tone or Bone Meal when planting to help establish the root system and then use a good all around fertilizer from…

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DeadHeading

DeadHeading

“Deadheading” is simply a term used to describe the process of removing spent flowers and seed pods from the plant. When you remove the spent flower stems, you’re preventing the plant from using its growth energy to form seeds. To…

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Battling Fungus

Battling Fungus

Along with damp weather come the fungal diseases. Most of us are familiar with powdery mildew and black spot. Anyone who has a rose bush or lilac, or has grown phlox, melons, squash or beans has probably seen powdery mildew.…

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Tree Roses

Tree Roses

The beautiful tree (standard) rose is a lovely addition to the garden, but extra care is needed to insure its survival over winter. Like hybrid tea rose bushes, you should stop removing spent blooms about five weeks before the first…

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Seed Starting Tips

Seed Starting Tips

It would be impossible to cover all aspects of indoor seed starting but I would like to mention some of the key concerns. USE STERILE SOIL Soil from outdoors or bagged topsoil is not appropriate for seed starting.  These soils…

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