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When I lecture to organizations, I always have a "Question and Answer" session at the end. Always, and I do mean always, someone asks: "My orchid (usually one bought at a big-box store such as Lowe's or Home Depot) was in bloom when I purchased it and it has never bloomed again," or "My orchid was in bloom when I purchased it and within six months, it was dead." "What did I do wrong?"
The very best tomatoes grow on a healthy vine with a well-established, strong root system. Here's how to get one!
For those seeds that are clinging to the inside walls of the plastic or cellophane seed packets, making it almost impossible to get them out, I found that rubbing the packet with a fabric softener sheet (dryer sheet) does a good job of stopping static cling.
They are sometimes startling in the contrast between their leaves and flowers, but variegated cultivars of Phlox paniculata put on a bright and colorful display in the garden.
I seem to have a love-hate relationship with the variegated vinca vine. I know its invasive tendencies, but I still admire it for its hardiness, its striking blue-purple flowers, and its lovely variegated foliage.
Variegated plants add wonderful variety to the garden, and one of the loveliest in my garden is the perennial Jacob's Ladder Brise d’Anjou.
Flowers are gorgeous but they can be here today and gone tomorrow. Foliage however, can carry the show 24/7 and throughout the growing season.
Let's open Variegated Plants week with a list of the most active variegated plants in our database. Among the thousands present, which ones have the most pictures, comments and other details added? Let's find out!
In today's episode we have a long conversation about no-till. What are the benefits of tilling your garden, and what are the downsides? How can you garden without ever tilling, and why should you consider that? Listen to find out!
Self-Watering Containers, an Earthbox Photo Tutorial
By david_reaves, April 17, 2014
Don't have space for a garden? Don't have the strength or energy for digging, raking, hoeing, and weeding? A self-watering container may be for you. Here's how I set up my self-watering containers, Earthboxes, for this year's tomatoes.
We poured a concrete floor for our structure. After leveling the space by digging down a bit, we put up 8" forms. For the next step we put down recycled 3" closed-cell foam and covered it with poly. We left the center open for drainage and brick so we could access the power and water if repairs are needed. The pipe next to the shovel is the hydrant.The floor tilts to center 1"/3' to keep water from freezing the walls loose from the base.
When my indoor plants bloom, DH and I like to take photos of them. Sometimes it is difficult to obtain a good photograph of them without a proper backdrop.
You can easily have a small decorative pond by using a preformed ready-made patio pond.
This is it! The big one! One of the biggest raffles in the history of All Things Plants. We're giving away over $500 worth of prizes, so get your acorns out and buy your tickets! Good luck!
If you are short on space in your vegetable garden, as I am, then up is the way to go!
ATP Podcast #52: Talking Daylilies with Curt Hanson
By dave, April 11, 2014
We are joined today by the prodigiously award-winning daylily hybridizer Curt Hanson, and will discuss everything hybridizing.
Until fall 2013, the only water beds I'd ever heard of were for humans. Then Daylily hybridizer Lee Pickles described the water beds he made for his daylilies, and I knew I had to try it for myself.
Plants in the house soothe my soul, caress the air, blend color and texture naturally, and rescue me from deep depression. Dark dreary days contribute to depression, but plants and blooms counteract those days. I know that it is not this simple, but it helps.
It can be very challenging to grow most plants at an elevation of some 3500 feet above sea level, along with long cold winters and short, dry, windy summers with very cool nights.
As a veteran of this wonderful plant, I can offer this advice to beginner growers or those who know nothing at all about growing daylilies.
In the Daylily Forum, we tease each other about being addicted to Daylilies. While I'm confident that other gardeners feel the same way about their favorite plants, no other plant has really impacted my gardening life as much as these beauties we used to call "Ditch Lilies."
In my short period of gardening I have come to love daylilies, but I like them mixed in with other plants.
Growing hybrids from seeds is fun and an easy way to add more daylilies to your garden!
There are advantages and disadvantages to growing daylilies in sub-tropical Australia. You miss out on the easy access North Americans have to some of the best hybridisers in the world. But it also works the other way: So many excellent cultivars did not make it to the Northern Hemisphere.
I needed to move daylily clumps from an area in the backyard and was able to create an instant daylily garden in the front yard.