Poinsettias with Shriveled and Dry Leaves: Causes and Solutions

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The leaves and bracts of a poinsettia are lush, vibrant, and bursting with gorgeous color… when they’re healthy. But when Euphorbia pulcherrima has shriveled-up foliage, the plant loses its overall aesthetic appeal. In this guide, we cover just how to prevent and treat poinsettias with leaves that wilt and shrivel.

How to Grow and Care for Christmas Ferns

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With gorgeous hardiness, ease of care, and few disease or pest problems, the Christmas fern is well worth adding to your garden. In this guide, we’ll go over everything you need to know about evergreen Polystichum acrostichoides from propagation to cultivation, so you’ll be well-prepared come holiday time. Read more.

How to Water Poinsettia Plants

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Watering a poinsettia the right way is essential for the plant to look its absolute best and grow robustly without developing any health issues. In this guide we’ll explain how to irrigate poinsettia houseplants throughout the year, along with additional tips to make your efforts even more effective. Read more now.

How to Encourage Indoor Snake Plants to Bloom

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Snake plants have fantastic foliage, but their flowers are interesting enough to warrant your gardening efforts. In our guide to coaxing a snake plant to bloom, we go in depth on what mother-in-law’s tongue needs in order to flower, the conditions you’ll have to provide, and how to deadhead the flowers after blooming.

How to Grow and Care for Cinnamon Ferns

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The cinnamon fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum) has many amazing qualities – gorgeous color, easy care, and a widespread growing range are just a few of the things this plant has going for it. If you want to cultivate one – or more! – in your landscape, this growing guide is just what you’ve been looking for. Read more now.

How to Identify and Control Bok Choy Diseases

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Disease can strike bok choy quickly and without warning, severely reducing its ability to produce delicious leafy goodness. But for the gardener with the proper know-how, the most common ailments don’t stand a chance. In our guide to bok choy diseases, we’ll cover how to detect, prevent, and manage the key offenders.

How to Grow and Care for Yew Trees and Shrubs

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Yews are gorgeous, versatile, and have a fascinating history of usage in religion, warfare, and medicine. In order to grow them as beautiful plantings in your garden, you’ll need to know the cultivation conditions that they love and loathe – which is where this guide comes in. All of the know-how you need awaits!

Tips for Growing Poinsettias Outdoors

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A poinsettia plant can bring some yuletide cheer to your landscape as well as the inside of your home! This guide to cultivating Euphorbia pulcherrima outside will walk you through outdoor-specific care practices, and the necessary protocols for transferring potted poinsettia back indoors for winter in cold regions.

How to Care for Dormant Pitcher Plants in Winter

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As carnivorous organisms, pitcher plants spend the growing season in harsh environments where other plants would die. Come winter, these plants take a well-deserved break from all that growing via dormancy. In this guide, you’ll learn how to care for a pitcher plant properly during this dormant period. Read more.

How to Identify and Treat Maple Bark Diseases and Afflictions

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There are several common diseases and afflictions that may affect a maple tree and compromise the aesthetic beauty of its bark. In this guide to treating maple bark diseases, we’ll cover the main threats you should keep a sharp lookout for, along with how to treat them and how to prevent them in the first place.

How to Grow Crocuses Indoors

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Growing crocuses inside isn’t as simple as cultivating them outdoors. But we’ve whipped up a guide on this topic so you can add a bright pop of floral color to your decor. We’ll cover the necessary “forcing” protocol for stimulating premature blooming, along with how to care for your plants throughout the process.

How to Identify and Manage Common Bok Choy Pests

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Many different types of pests can wreak havoc on a patch of bok choy in the garden. Need help? This guide covers how to identify, deter, and control several of the most frequent offenders. Once you’ve read and applied the tips and techniques in this guide, these pests won’t stand a chance at harming your pak choi.

How to Grow and Care for Coral Bark Japanese Maples

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With gorgeous spring, summer, and fall foliage, the coral bark Japanese maple is quite stunning. But even in winter when the branches are devoid of leaves, this tree is very alluring thanks to its juvenile branches that stand out, providing stark contrast in coral pink. Read our growing guide now to learn more!

How to Grow and Care for Sugar Maple Trees

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Sugar maple trees are gorgeous and bountiful. With beautiful fall color, rock hard lumber, and deliciously sweet sap, sugar maples are well worth the cultivation effort. In our growing guide, we’ll cover propagation methods, growing techniques, and plant health care tips. You’ll be growing sugar maples in no time!

How to Heat Your Greenhouse

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A greenhouse’s internal temperature has to be kept warm enough to keep the plants within alive. In our guide to heating up greenhouses, we’ll cover several different types of heating, along with the basics of keeping a greenhouse warm enough and factors to consider when choosing one or more types of heating.

How to Overwinter Plants in a Cold Frame

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Cold frames offer versatility and convenience, allowing gardeners to overwinter plants inexpensively. In this guide to overwintering plants in a cold frame we’ll provide all the necessary know-how for getting started, including info on how cold frames work and their benefits, along with placement and assembly tips.

13 of the Best Companion Plants for Japanese Maple Trees

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A Japanese maple’s gorgeous foliage and attractive growing habit look all the more beautiful when complementary plantings are incorporated into the nearby landscape. In this guide to Acer palmatum companion plants, we’ll cover 13 of the best options to grow in a Japanese maple’s immediate vicinity. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Weeping Japanese Maples

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With an elegantly cascading growth habit and finely cut, feathery foliage, the Japanese weeping maple offers a beautiful twist on an old favorite. In this Acer palmatum var. dissectum guide, we provide all of the cultivation information you need to grow these trees in your own landscape. Read more now.

How to Care for Boston Ferns in Winter

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If you’re growing Boston ferns, you might be wondering what to do with them during the winter months. In this guide we go over how to prepare your ferns for winter and what you need to do to care for them – to keep them healthy and looking their best, ready to regrow vigorously come spring. Read more now.

How to Propagate Japanese Maples from Seed

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For a simple, inexpensive, and reliable way of propagating Japanese maple trees, look to their seeds. Growing Acer palmatum from seed is an empowering and enjoyable way of acquiring this gorgeous specimen for yourself, and we’ll cover everything you need to know in this propagation guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Norway Maple Trees

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With stunning ornamental beauty, durability, and adaptability in the landscape, the Norway maple deserves a spot or two in your landscape. In this growing guide, we’ll cover the ins and outs of cultivating Acer platanoides in your landscape, with topics ranging from propagation and plant health care to general tips.

How to Winterize Boston Ivy

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Boston ivy is known for its toughness, but it could use a helping hand in wintertime. In this guide, you’ll learn how to prepare your Boston ivy for winter, plus we go over the necessary tools and techniques to ensure that your plant survives the dormant season in good health, and emerges in spring ready to grow.

How and When to Fertilize Japanese Maple Trees

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A Japanese maple looks absolutely glorious – and even more so when you fertilize it properly! In our guide to feeding A. palmatum trees, we cover everything you need to know to provide your Japanese maple with the proper nutrition, including timing, techniques, and why you should bother fertilizing in the first place.

How to Grow and Care for Autumn Ferns

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Autumn fern is a gorgeous, tough plant with fronds that emerge with a coppery hue – a welcome change from the typical fern’s green color scheme. In this guide, we’ll show you how to grow and care for these plants at home. From propagation techniques to cultivation tips, no stone will be left unturned! Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Key Lime Pie Plants

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Key lime pie plants are unique succulents with gorgeous foliage and ornamental flexibility. Whether grown as a houseplant or outdoors, this specimen will truly stand out wherever you choose to put it! In our growing guide, we’ll cover propagation methods, cultivation tips, and plant health care techniques. Read more.

15 of the Best Types of Maple Trees to Grow at Home

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Maple trees are an amazing group of plants. With so many incredible species of Acer available, it can be hard to decide which one to bring home. That’s why we whipped up this roundup of the best maple trees. We provide a breakdown of what they bring to the table, and how they can best be utilized in the landscape.

How and When to Prune Maple Trees

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Maple trees are beautiful plants, and they look even better when you trim them properly. Luckily, you can easily learn and put this skill into practice. In this guide, we’ll cover why you’d even prune a maple in the first place, what you’ll need, the ideal timing, and proper pruning techniques. Read more now.

How to Divide a Bird of Paradise Plant

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Dividing your bird of paradise is a great way to acquire more plants to add to the garden. In this guide, we’ll show you how to go about dividing mature Strelitzia. Reasons for dividing, necessary tools, timing, and techniques are all covered in depth, so the necessary know-how is at your fingertips. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Red Maple Trees

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As one of the most popular shade tree specimens in the United States, the red maple is a truly stunning plant. It’s also pretty easy to grow, especially with a wee bit of know-how. In our growing guide, we’ll cover just how to cultivate these trees, along with propagation techniques, plant health care, and more.

Why Are My Bird of Paradise Leaves Turning Yellow?

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Unfortunately, the leaves of a bird of paradise can turn yellow at times. In this guide, we’ll go over the causes of yellowing leaves, including disease, pests, and improper nutrition. We’ll also cover techniques and methods for fixing these issues. When equipped with the proper know-how, you have no reason to fear!

How to Identify and Control Bird of Paradise Pests

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Birds of paradise are very attractive to both gardeners and pests. In our guide to Strelitzia pests, you’ll learn how to prevent infestations and manage the pesky bugs already present on your birds of paradise. From pest identification to control protocols, we’ll provide all the know-how you could possibly need.

How to Prevent and Treat Common Bird of Paradise Diseases

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Birds of paradise are vulnerable to disease, which can hinder their beauty. Luckily, many Strelitzia diseases can be prevented with some simple prevention and control techniques. After reading our guide to keeping birds of paradise healthy, you’ll be ready to cultivate pathogen-free Strelitzia in your garden.

Deadheading Bird of Paradise: How to Remove Spent Blooms

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Bird of paradise blooms are magnificent! In our guide to deadheading a bird of paradise, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know in order to remove spent Strelitzia blooms and keep plants looking their best. Reasons for deadheading, essential tools, timing, and techniques are all covered here. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Bush Anemones

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For a rare beauty with pollinator-attracting blooms and stunning evergreen foliage, you can’t go wrong with bush anemone. From propagation methods to cultivation tips and plant health care practices, no stone is left unturned. Read our guide and you’ll have the know-how you need to grow these plants yourself.

How to Grow and Care for Peacock Flowers

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The peacock flower is a tropical plant that’s as pretty as it is versatile. With drought tolerance and attractiveness to pollinators, this woody specimen will stand out in your garden wherever you choose to put it. In our growing guide, we’ll explore the ins and outs of cultivating the peacock flower.

How and When to Prune Bird of Paradise Plants

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Bird of paradise is an elegant plant to have in the garden, so learn how to keep it that way in our Strelitzia pruning guide. We’ll go over the reasons for pruning, the necessary pruning tools, proper timing for pruning, and the techniques that you can use to keep your birds of paradise looking fresh.

11 Types of Euonymus: Choosing the Best Plants for Your Garden

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Struggling to pick out a Euonymus for your landscape? No worries, we’ve got you covered! In this guide, we’ll go over some of the top species and what they have to offer gardeners. From USDA Hardiness Zone recommendations to ornamental descriptions, you’ll learn about 11 of the best picks for the garden. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Boston Ivy

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Boston ivy is a durable, gorgeous, and adaptable vine that grows on brick and mortar surfaces with ease and style. With both ornamental and practical uses, nearly everyone can find a use for it in the garden. A plant rich in fall color and botanical history, this is definitely a worthy addition to your landscape.

How to Grow and Care for Euonymus Shrubs

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Euonymus plants are versatile, gorgeous specimens that only require a moderate amount of work to keep them looking sharp. Specimens, accents, hedges, vines… these guys can meet many different landscape needs. In this guide, we’ll go over just how to properly care for Euonymus plants, from propagation to cultivation.

Growing Carnivorous Plants 101: How to Get Started

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Carnivorous plants are fascinating bits of flora, with over 800 known species across multiple taxa. In this article, you’ll learn what carnivorous plants require to thrive, from lighting conditions to irrigation needs. We’ll also go over the basic techniques to cultivate and care for these cool plants. Read more now.

How to Plant and Grow Sedum (Stonecrop)

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Sedums are a group of durable, gorgeous plants with very low maintenance requirements. Coming in both low and upright forms, stonecrop is versatile in the landscape, whether as specimen plantings or a complementary ground cover. They’ll even attract friendly pollinators! Read on to learn how to grow them for yourself.

Types of Honeysuckle Plants: 13 of the Best Species for Your Garden

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Despite an invasive reputation, honeysuckle plants are beautiful specimens worth adding to the garden. They are hardy, vigorous growers that will provide beautiful blooms and attract pollinators to your landscape. From the alpine honeysuckle to the woodbine honeysuckle, we’ll cover primo varieties most worth planting.

How to Identify and Treat Common Nasturtium Diseases

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The nasturtium is a plant worth protecting, so learn about the diseases it’s prone to and how to defend against them. From bacterial leaf spot to impatiens necrotic spot virus, you will be armed with the knowledge to prevent, diagnose, and stop the spread of common diseases to keep your nasturtiums healthy. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Firebush

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Firebush (Hamelia patens) is a drought-tolerant, disease-resistant shrub with flame-colored flowers that attract a variety of pollinators. It’s a tropical beauty and very easy to care for. In this guide, you’ll learn the basics of firebush planting and cultivation, along with how to keep it healthy. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Heart Ferns

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The heart fern is a gorgeous specimen to add to your houseplant collection. With glossy, cordate leaves and a compact growth habit, it’ll stand out wherever you choose to put it. It’s even been used to treat cancer and diabetes in Asia. With some TLC and these handy growing tips, you can grow your own heart fern!

How and When to Prune Boxwood Shrubs

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Proper pruning is essential for a beautiful-looking boxwood shrub, and helps to keep it free of diseases. In our guide, you’ll learn about the necessary pruning tools along with the why, when, and how of pruning. By the end, you’ll be well-equipped with the necessary know-how and ready to prune a boxwood yourself.

How to Grow and Care for Heavenly Bamboo

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With a fascinating history of cultivation in China and Japan, heavenly bamboo is a tough-as-nails, yet gorgeous plant that can be grown for year-round visual interest. It’s adaptable to a wide range of exposure conditions and soil types, and possesses significant resistance to pests and pathogens. Read more.

Tips for Growing Apple Mint

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Apple mint is a beautiful, low-maintenance herb that’s simple to cultivate, and it rewards your efforts with savory leaves for use in many delicious dishes. It attracts pollinators, grows very aggressively, and it even comes in a variegated cultivar! Learn how to grow your own apple mint at home in this guide. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Hickory Trees

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Hickory trees are amazing plants – they grow delicious nuts, they’re visually stunning, and the strong, flexible wood of hickories is used to make many products we use daily. Ever wanted one in your backyard? Well, look no further! With this guide, cultivating hickory trees of your very own will be easy as (pecan) pie.

How to Plant and Grow Pinto Beans

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Growing your own pinto beans is a low-stress, nutritious means of becoming more self-sufficient as a gardener! Whether you aim to live off the grid, or you just want access to some on-the-house ingredients for making bean burritos, the pinto bean is the legume that’ll get you there. Learn how to grow them in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Boston Ferns Indoors

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With its arching fronds and gorgeous foliage, the Boston fern is a great choice for your home. This guide covers everything you need to grow Boston ferns indoors. Whether in a hanging planter or as a centerpiece for your coffee table, the Boston fern will make a delightful addition to your living space. Read more.