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Cast Your Votes for the Winners of the 2015 All Things Plants Photo ContestCast Your Votes for the Winners of the 2015 All Things Plants Photo Contest
By dave, December 1, 2015

The entries are in and it's time to check out the photos that were submitted in our 2nd annual photo contest. Each member may cast up to 3 votes in each category, so head over to the photo contest page, start browsing the many beautiful photos, and cast your votes for your favorites.

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Constructing a Garden TuteurConstructing a Garden Tuteur
By Bubbles, November 28, 2015

Garden tuteurs, or obelisks, give your garden upright forms to train vines and other climbing plants. They also add interest to an area by lifting the eye upward. Tuteurs can be as plain, or as ornate, as you wish them to be. As simple as a few bamboo canes lashed together, or as elaborate as a tall metal structure fused into a rather fussy design, these pyramid shaped frames have been part of gardens for hundreds of years.

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All about PoinsettiasAll about Poinsettias
By dave, November 27, 2015

Well, we're heading into the Christmas season, so why not talk about the houseplant that everyone loves to grow indoors during this season?

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Happy Thanksgiving!Happy Thanksgiving!
By Trish, November 26, 2015

From all of our household to all of you- Happy Thanksgiving!

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Making a Pebble PlanterMaking a Pebble Planter
By goldfinch4, November 25, 2015

Looking for a little project to pass the time when cold or rainy weather keeps you out of the garden? How about making a cute pebble planter? This design works especially well for succulents and alpine plants because of the excellent drainage this pot provides.

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Top 10 List of Pests That Affect HouseplantsTop 10 List of Pests That Affect Houseplants
By paulgrow, November 24, 2015

As the outdoor gardening season is winding down in many parts of the country, a lot of us are bringing plants indoors or purchasing houseplants to keep our thumbs green during the winter months. Do you know that most pests that affect houseplants are brought in hitchhiking on other plants? I’ll help you identify many of those pests.

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Winterizing Roses in the ExtremesWinterizing Roses in the Extremes
By Joannabanana, November 23, 2015

For a number of years I have been growing hybrid teas, floribundas, miniatures and of course hardy shrubs. Mid October to mid November is the time to put the roses to bed for the winter.

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Team Gloves, or No Gloves?Team Gloves, or No Gloves?
By ShadyGreenThumb, November 22, 2015

Is wearing gloves a necessity during your day in the garden? Or do you get right to work sans protection, to feel the earth in real time?

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Drying Seeds with Silica GelDrying Seeds with Silica Gel
By RickCorey, November 21, 2015

It can be slow to dry seeds thoroughly in humid weather and prevent mold. Seal partly dried seeds in a tightly sealed jar with a desiccant like silica gel to get them down to 15% eRH, which will give them the longest possible viable lifetime in storage.

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By greenman on Nov 30, 2015 2:52 AM, concerning plant: Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus)

I grew several from seed. They shoot up the first 2 ft or so in growth very fast and need a deep container for the taoproot. I had several, so I put one of them in the ground. Predictably, it died back in the winter to about 8 inches tall. The rest of the top rotted off. It did come back to life in spring with vigor. I was very surprised. It's about 3 ft tall now, and i am awaiting this winter. We still havent gotten freezing temps yet (today is Nov 30). The coldest it's been is 48 or so. The plant has lost a couple of leaves but is still looking healthy. I hope we get a mild winter. If i can get it through the next 2 years without losing too much wood, I think I can get it to grow larger. Fruiting may be another hurdle.

The other one I have is in a tall kitchen trash bin as a container, with compost, sand, perlite, nd rotted coffee grounds as soil. I added a handful of compost worms and a top dressing of woody mulch. I tip-pruned it 3 times during the summer to keep it short ans bushy. I added some fish emulsion, 1/2 strength, every week in the middle of summer and once a month in late fall and early spring. I gave it 1/2 dose of 10-10-10 in the spring.

It needs fertile, well-draining soil high in organics and lots of sunlight.

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By greenman on Nov 29, 2015 10:50 AM, concerning plant: Brazilian Grapetree (Plinia cauliflora)

i purchased a 3-gal in the spring of 2014. By the end of Summer 2015 I had 6 fruits. A week later it flowered, at least 20 flowers, but it was too hot and it didnt get enough water, so the flowers dried up.

They grow much faster when given long hours of daylight and lots of sun. although they need a lot of water when doing this, and a lot of organic matter in the soil. Do not let this plant's soil totally dry out. It is NOT drought tolerant.

A small amount of molasses helps with iron and other minerals. I add fulvic acid and use it as a foliar spray as well.

I think the reason most people dont get fruit for 5 years or more is that most people grow them in Florida,
in soil that is mostly sand, with little organic matter, and in containers. Most people tend to feed them chemically.

Mine is in a 5-gal container, but I had used composted coffee grounds and lots of other compost, with a leaf mulch on top, and feed it fish emulsion. I had also given it mycorrhizal fungi, and put some compost worms in the container.

If you have a black container, paint it white. The sun can heat up the soil, killing good microflora, which this species seems to like. I've noticed the same goes for Papaya, starfruit, and jujube as well.

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By greenman on Nov 29, 2015 7:58 AM, concerning plant: Pineapple Guava (Acca sellowiana)

My understanding is that it takes 2 plants to produce a good quantity of fruit. Although it will produce some with only 1 plant, cross pollination greatly increases fruit set, and perhaps taste and size? Can anyone confirm this?

I have also read that grafted plants are much better than seedling plants. Is this mainly fruit-set? Taste? Size?

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By greene on Nov 28, 2015 10:51 PM, concerning plant: Alsike Clover (Trifolium hybridum)

This link explains that Alsike Clover can cause liver damage in horses:

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By KentPfeiffer on Nov 28, 2015 10:28 AM, concerning plant: Border Bearded Iris (Iris 'Black Forest')

Originally registered as a Tall Bearded Iris, but now considered to be a Border Bearded Iris. Awards given as a Tall Bearded Iris

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