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Start Your Seeds with a Moist MixtureStart Your Seeds with a Moist Mixture
By Gymgirl, February 9, 2014

It is important to moisten your seed-starting medium before you start your seeds. After adding water, use a potato masher to completely mix the seed-starting mixture or peat-based potting mixes. It's much easier and quicker!

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Create Fun Winter Photos with Container Plants Brought in for the WinterCreate Fun Winter Photos with Container Plants Brought in for the Winter
By DavidofDeLand, February 8, 2014

Bringing in all those prized plants we have sure is a chore in winter. Here in Florida, they're in one week and out the next; all to be done over again the following week, it seems, this time of year. Dragging things in for the freezes creates Miniature Garden photo opportunities. Plants can look great with the addition of a couple of items from the glass case inside. Using those things and touching them once in a while brings them back to life!

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ATP Podcast #45: Talking Roses with Calif_Sue and ZuzuATP Podcast #45: Talking Roses with Calif_Sue and Zuzu
By dave, February 7, 2014

An unbelievable opportunity! Today we are joined by ATP Plant Admins Calif_Sue and Zuzu, who will talk about roses.

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Rosebuds and Q-TipsRosebuds and Q-Tips
By CindiKS, February 7, 2014

Newby Impressions of a District Rose Show

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The Container Rose GardenThe Container Rose Garden
By Joannabanana, February 7, 2014

Container gardening has become quite popular and is not limited to annuals alone. I started container gardening with a couple of hybrid tea roses about 10 years ago. Since then, my collection of container roses has expanded from a couple to about 20 pots. Hybrid tea roses, floribunda roses, small shrub roses, and miniatures are all fantastic in containers.

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Roses Rock with Epsom SaltsRoses Rock with Epsom Salts
By Joannabanana, February 6, 2014

Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, MgSO4, and should not be confused with common salt, sodium chloride NaCl. Magnesium and sulfur are both natural minerals that many plants need to thrive. I have used Epsom salts in my garden for years and am very pleased with the obvious results of increased plant vigor, more blooms, larger blooms, greener foliage, and overall better plant health. This is especially true of my roses.

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Roses and Lilies Belong TogetherRoses and Lilies Belong Together
By Newyorkrita, February 6, 2014

I love the look of lilies planted between roses. The blooms complement each other when occurring at the same time or just give you extra color if blooming separately.

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Where, Oh Where Are the Blue Roses?Where, Oh Where Are the Blue Roses?
By Skiekitty, February 5, 2014

The most elusive of flowers: the blue rose. Will it ever be?

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David Austin's RosesDavid Austin's Roses
By porkpal, February 5, 2014

Although the rose societies group his roses with the shrubs, David Austin actually created an entirely new class of roses, which he named English Roses. He crossed old garden roses with modern cultivars to combine what he regarded as the best qualities of both. He wanted to combine the graceful form, charm, and fragrance of the old roses with the disease resistance, repeat bloom, and colors of the modern hybrid teas.

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Rose Care in My Long Island GardenRose Care in My Long Island Garden
By Newyorkrita, February 4, 2014

I have my own spraying and fertilizing routine worked out to keep my roses free of fungus and full of bloom.

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Yes, You Can Have Roses and Be Lazy TooYes, You Can Have Roses and Be Lazy Too
By lovemyhouse, February 4, 2014

Want roses? Don't want to baby and coddle and cosset? You don't have to if you are willing to make an effort at first and have less than perfect forms later.

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Tips for Growing Beautiful RosesTips for Growing Beautiful Roses
By Paul2032, February 3, 2014

If you are growing roses, you want to grow beautiful roses! While growing conditions differ across the country, and all of these suggestions may not work in some areas, I think many of these tips may be helpful in growing the beautiful blooms that we all covet.

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Crowd your Roses for a Jumble of ColorCrowd your Roses for a Jumble of Color
By Newyorkrita, February 3, 2014

Conventional wisdom advises plenty of space between rose bushes for best results. Instead I break the rules, plant very closely together, and benefit from a riot of color.

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Winter Planting RosesWinter Planting Roses
By chelle, February 2, 2014

No matter which type of rose is your favorite, they're all woody plants. They prefer cool and consistently moist conditions, along with plenty of gentle sunlight to grow strong roots and stems at a moderate rate. If your springtime planting conditions cannot easily support this necessary growth, you might try planting fully dormant roses in winter.

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The Top 25 Roses, Selected by ATP MembersThe Top 25 Roses, Selected by ATP Members
By dave, February 1, 2014

You have surely wondered which of the thousands of rose cultivars are the most popular. Well, wonder no more! Here is the list of the 25 most popular roses grown by the members of All Things Plants.

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ATP Podcast #44: Diego Footer, Founder of the Permaculture Voices ConferenceATP Podcast #44: Diego Footer, Founder of the Permaculture Voices Conference
By dave, January 31, 2014

More permaculture! Diego Footer joins us today and talks about permaculture, soil building, fruit tree growing, composting, his upcoming permaculture conference and much, much more.

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Schedule Your Seed StartingSchedule Your Seed Starting
By LarryR, January 30, 2014

Here is a simple way to keep your seed starting organized and on schedule.

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Fruit in WinterFruit in Winter
By bitbit, January 28, 2014

Fruit is one thing that's hard to come by in winter, at least if you don't have space for large trees that allow you to put away long-storing fruits such as apples and pears.

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Cold-Protect Your PlantsCold-Protect Your Plants
By ShadyGreenThumb, January 27, 2014

When a rare freeze hits the Southern states, simple covers, such as sheets, may not be enough. Take a few extra steps to protect the most tender Tropical plants in the yard.

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Keep Your Soil Dwellers Awake at Night!  Some Random Thoughts...Keep Your Soil Dwellers Awake at Night! Some Random Thoughts...
By Anderwood, January 26, 2014

A free nitrogen source that is 2% by volume!

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Got Weeds? by greene and Plant SisterGot Weeds? by greene and Plant Sister
By greene, January 25, 2014

If you have weeds, why not put them to work for you? Stir up a batch of FPE - Fermented Plant Extract - and your weeds magically become fertilizer and pesticide - and it's organic!

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Creating a Color Theme with AnnualsCreating a Color Theme with Annuals
By Joannabanana, January 24, 2014

Have you ever thought it would be fun to have a color themed garden? Using annuals to enhance a specific color is a lot easier than you may think. One of the advantages is that you can change your color theme every year.

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ATP Podcast #43: The Annuals Week PostludeATP Podcast #43: The Annuals Week Postlude
By dave, January 24, 2014

We wrap up annuals week with a discussion of the interesting articles posted to this site this week. We also talk about the usual things happening around the farm, Dave introduces us to his aquaponics efforts, and we have an impromptu discussion about some interesting crepe myrtle cultivars and species.

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Zinnias, Old-Fashioned Annuals for the Modern GardenZinnias, Old-Fashioned Annuals for the Modern Garden
By Newyorkrita, January 23, 2014

Zinnias are in constant bloom from late spring till frost. These vibrant colorful flowers come in a rainbow of colors and are attractive to butterflies and gardeners. Zinnias are so easy to grow and make wonderful cut flowers.

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Winter Sowing AnnualsWinter Sowing Annuals
By chelle, January 22, 2014

Did you know that you could sow your annual seeds in winter? I didn't, but now I'm hooked on winter sowing not only perennials and shrubs, but also many of my annuals. The following ideas can help to keep your garden chock-full of blooms all season long, too, and it's so easy to do!

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