Posts in «Gardening» category

You’ll find articles on the most popular gardening topics. Learn how to plant a variety of gardens & maintain them based on the different planting zones across the US.

How to Celebrate National Plant a Flower Day

March 12th is National Plant a Flower Day and there’s no better time to start planting, growing, and enjoying flowers in your garden or perched on a windowsill. Each year, National Plant a Flower Day celebrates a new growing season. So dust off your gardening tools; it’s spring! Planting Flowers in the Garden What flowering plants bloom in early spring? When home gardeners think of flowers that bloom in the early, at times chilly, days […]

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Forcing Bulbs Indoors for Wintertime Enjoyment

Late winter finds many home gardeners wishing for the beauty of spring flowers. Coaxing flowering bulbs into early bloom is referred to as “forcing.” Here’s the how-tos of forcing bulbs indoors. Soon, you’ll be enjoying bright, fragrant flowers on your kitchen windowsill. What types of bulbs are easy to force and grow? Paper-white narcissus and amaryllis are two of the easiest bulbs to force because they require no chilling time. They also bloom quickly.  Other […]

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4 Best Plants for Valentine’s Day Gifts

Whether you’re purchasing a Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other or best friend, an indoor plant makes a great gift. Help brighten a loved one’s home with a valentine plant that will bring life to any indoor space. Here we cover the four best plants for Valentine’s Day gifts. Anthurium (Anthurium andraeanum) Sometimes referred to as flamingo lily or painter’s palette, anthurium is native to Ecuador and Colombia. This striking plant (photoed above) is […]

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Top 10 Indoor Hanging Plants + Plant Care Tips

Hanging plants in handmade macramé holders were all the rage in the ’60s. Today, indoor hanging plants are often used to bring a touch of greenery to boho and eclectic interiors. If you’re thinking about adding indoor hanging plants to your décor, read on for indoor plant tips and how-tos. What indoor plants grow well in hanging planters? Air Plant (Tillandsia) Air plants are the perfect low-maintenance plant because they thrive without soil. Choose a […]

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How to Get Rid of Mealybugs on Houseplants

Mealybugs feed in large groups, sucking the sap from houseplants. This slows plant growth and can cause leaf drop. They also excrete a sticky substance called honeydew, which attracts black plant mold. Eww! If you’re wondering how to kill mealybugs on your indoor plants, we have the answers. What do mealybugs look like? From a distance, mealybugs look like tiny balls of cotton on plant stems and leaves. Up close, they are tiny, soft-bodied, oval-shaped […]

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How to Care for a Christmas Cactus

The Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera buckleyi) is a unique and beautiful houseplant that blooms in the winter months. Popular to give and receive as a holiday gift, Christmas cactus is a cheery addition to many homes during the holiday season. Here’s what you need to know about Christmas cactus care. What is a Christmas cactus? We tend to think of cactus as growing in dry, desert-like conditions, but the Christmas cactus originates from the tropical rainforests […]

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How to Overwinter Tropical Plants

When fall temperatures dip, it’s time to bring tender tropicals indoors. Move your plants inside the house or to a sheltered area in late summer or early fall when the weather is mild, but not too cold. Why? A plant moved from chilly temperatures to a heated room may cause plant shock. Here we’ll cover how to overwinter cold-sensitive tropical plants. How should I store my tropical plants? If you’ve grown tropical plants in your […]

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The Benefits of Mulching in the Fall

The time between Indian summer and the holidays is an ideal time to mulch your garden. Mulch adds a protective layer for plants and adds beauty to your garden. Here we’ll cover fall mulching tips and the benefits of laying down mulch in autumn. Why should I mulch in autumn? Mulching in fall adds an extra layer of warmth and protection, shielding your garden and landscape plantings from cold winter temperatures. You can add mulch […]

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Fall Blooming Flowers for a Beautiful Autumn Garden

Did your flower garden fade mid-summer? Extend the flower show with blooming plants that flower in autumn. Here we’ll cover a selection of fall blooming flowers that will brighten your front porch or garden at harvest time. Who knows? You may have flowers for a holiday centerpiece! What types of colorful plants thrive in the fall? Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) This easy-care flower with soft, bright yellow petals looks lovely in an autumn garden or […]

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Late Summer 2020 Planting Tips for a Bountiful Fall Harvest

It’s midsummer and your vegetable garden is done for the season, or is it? Enjoy a second harvest by planting cool weather veggies in mid to late summer. Your growing region determines when to plant. Here’s an overview on when, how, and what to plant for a bountiful fall harvest. When is the best time to plant vegetables for a fall harvest? This will depend on your growing zone and your average first frost date. […]

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