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How to manage your plant list on All Things PlantsHow to manage your plant list on All Things Plants
By dave, July 31, 2015

This is a video tutorial on how to get started managing your inventory of plants on ATP. In this ten minute video, I demonstrate most of the features of the plant list. At the end, you'll know everything you need to know about managing your inventory of plants!

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Determining the Daylily Characteristics I LikedDetermining the Daylily Characteristics I Liked
By profesora, July 30, 2015

Every daylily has a pretty face, and some daylilies have a lot more to offer besides the pretty face. Discovering what else I wanted in a daylily was a long journey.

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Daylily Hybridizing TipsDaylily Hybridizing Tips
By Lalambchop1, July 29, 2015

I've been hybridizing for a few years and have been helped along by some of the giants in the industry. Here are some things I've learned...

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Smart and Frugal Thinning of SeedlingsSmart and Frugal Thinning of Seedlings
By dave, July 28, 2015

In this video, Trish demonstrates how she manages her trays of seedlings. Rather than simply cut away excess seedlings in a tray, she divides the seedlings and pots them up into empty cells. This way she ends up with full trays of seedlings with very few wasted plants.

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Red Currants. These Old-Time Shrub Fruits Are Easy To GrowRed Currants. These Old-Time Shrub Fruits Are Easy To Grow
By Newyorkrita, July 27, 2015

Red Currants grew in our garden from the time of my childhood. My mother cooked them for jams, but I loved to simply pick them and eat them fresh.

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Let's do the Drawing for the July Not-a-Raffle-RaffleLet's do the Drawing for the July Not-a-Raffle-Raffle
By dave, July 27, 2015

Here it is! Seven lucky winners for the July raffle. Come in, enjoy the video, and see who won this month.

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Mowing TipMowing Tip
By Xeramtheum, July 26, 2015

This little tip will help your lawn be healthier and more attractive.

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Inexpensive Plant MarkersInexpensive Plant Markers
By beckygardener, July 25, 2015

Need an inexpensive plant marker? This marker is cheap to make and almost invisible, too!

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Daylilies Celebration Week Wrap UpDaylilies Celebration Week Wrap Up
By dave, July 24, 2015

Is daylilies celebration week already over? The good news is the fun doesn't end today, and we will continue to share our daylily photos, ideas, and inspirations forever. But for now, let's look at the highlights from this past week.

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By vitrsna on Jul 30, 2015 3:42 PM, concerning plant: (Siraitia grosvenorii)

This is a caudex-forming, herbaceous, perennial vine that climbs or creeps. Requires rich, well-drained soil and does well in a tropical shade environment (or greenhouse). It can be grown successfully in containers with very fast draining soil. The plants are male or female and one of each is required for the plant to set fruit so it is recommended to grow at least 3 together in order to assure fruits. Fruits are very sweet and can be substituted for Stevia. Other medicinal properties have been attributed to this plant.

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By Chillybean on Jul 30, 2015 12:53 PM, concerning plant: Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Finally, I have success with this plant! It took planting 5 flats from the nursery. I asked the owner to start these for me because I had a terrible time getting any to grow here, seed or plugs. This was my last resort. My one condition was NO chemicals. He started some in a greenhouse, but they died after they germinated nicely. He said they usually prevent that with a fungicide, but I wanted no chemicals. I am still firm on that, if I purchase plants intending insects to feed off them, they better not have any 'cides on them.

He started more, but kept them outside. Because spring was cold, it took them a long time to germinate. They were quite puny when I brought them home. Once it was consistently warm, then they really began growing. I did not expect any flowers the first year, but to my surprise I am getting excellent blooms... just beautiful. Even more so with the Monarch caterpillars on them. The Monarchs do use some of the flowers for nectar, but I see more of them on the Blazingstars.

I believe I discovered why I had a hard time growing these previously. I put them in clay soil and watered them too much. They like drier conditions and sandy/rocky soil. After the initial planting and maybe watering them for a week, the only water they get now is whatever the Lord provides.

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By Chillybean on Jul 30, 2015 12:38 PM, concerning plant: Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

The Swamp Milkweed was one of my first native plants; put in a wet spot in our yard in spring 2012 as seedlings. Later that summer it was covered in the non-native Oleander Aphids. To my surprise, they came up the next spring and even bloomed, but that was the last I saw of them.

What a surprise! In a drier area of our yard, some came up this spring (2015). I sowed seeds in that patch in 2013 and they must've taken that long to germinate. There are three plants and they all have flowers! Monarch eggs have already been laid and the larvae are consuming this. So far, no sign of the aphids, but I check the plants regularly.

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By KentPfeiffer on Jul 30, 2015 11:33 AM, concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Billowing Waves')

Sibling of:

Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Dancing Days')

Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Espionage')

Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Gambling Man')

Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Painted Shadows')

Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Swedish Lullaby')

Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Wishes Granted')

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By KentPfeiffer on Jul 30, 2015 11:30 AM, concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Swedish Lullaby')

Sibling of:

Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Billowing Waves')

Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Dancing Days')

Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Espionage')

Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Gambling Man')

Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Painted Shadows')

Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Wishes Granted')

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