How and When to Harvest Pomegranates

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It can be challenging to tell when pomegranates are ripe and ready for harvest. While the exteriors may not appear to change much, there are some subtle hints. We’ll discuss the clues to look for, and cover best practices for handling the fruits to protect them from damage so they’re ready for fall and winter storage.

Propagating Pomegranates from Seed: A Rewarding Project with Variable Results

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Want to grow your own fresh fruit, or are you looking for a fun project to do with the kids? Pomegranates can be grown from seed, producing variable but potentially worthwhile results. In the right climate, they can be grown outdoors in the ground or a container, or brought inside to overwinter. Read more now.

How to Identify and Control Pomegranate Pests and Diseases

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Pest infestation and disease are unfortunately common among fruit trees, though pomegranates manage to dodge a large number of both. While you’ll need to remain vigilant for signs of distress, you can treat many common issues that may arise. Learn what to look for and how to intervene to help your pomegranates thrive.

What Causes Pomegranate Fruits to Crack or Split?

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When you’ve already waited six months or more for pomegranates to ripen, it can be disheartening to see them cracking or splitting open before harvest. Fortunately, there are several measures you can take to coax those long-season fruits through to maturity! Learn what factors lead to cracking and how to prevent it.

How to Grow and Care for Pomegranate Trees

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Wild pomegranate trees originated in the Middle East, and came to be cultivated as a nutritious food source and medicine. Regarded once as status symbols, they’re more commonplace today, but no less delicious. And many varieties of this fruit are available to choose from. Read more now to learn how to grow your own.

How to Overwinter Onions Planted in the Fall

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Most onions are cold hardy, but some are known to withstand very low temperatures and freezing, powering through the winter chill for a more robust spring harvest. With a well-chosen planting site, you can easily produce a crop from seeds or sets, and avoid losing your crop to many types of pests and disease.

How to Identify and Prevent Common Lettuce Diseases

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If you’re growing lettuce for fresh salads, there’s nothing more frustrating than finding your crop has been ruined by disease. From bacteria to viruses, there are a number of potential pathogens to contend with. In this guide, we take a look at some common lettuce diseases and offer tips for prevention. Read more now.

How to Identify and Control Common Cabbage Pests

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Any pests in the garden can be a real pain, but especially those that target cabbage, as they can destroy your crop and spread to other brassicas and garden plants. The list of animals and insects to be on the lookout for is quite lengthy, so it’s best to be prepared to deal with them expeditiously once they appear.

How to Prepare Jasmine Plants for Cold Weather

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Gorgeous, lavishly scented jasmine is sensitive to low temperatures and winter weather conditions. Keeping your jasmine thriving through the winter months may require some extra effort to protect and winterize the plants, including moving them indoors in regions where seasonal die-off can occur. Read more now.

How to Protect Camellias from Winter Cold Damage

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The beloved ornamental camellia has been cultivated globally for ages and bred by experts so some varieties can withstand harsh winter conditions. But camellia types that thrive in warmer climates will need protection prior to the onset of winter temperatures and cold winds, to avoid dieback and damage. Learn more now.

Troubleshooting Tips for Growing Camellias in Containers

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Have you noticed that your potted camellia is losing leaves, dropping blooms, or generally looking unhealthy? There are several potential causes, but fortunately, most are easy to address when caught early and dealt with quickly. Learn about the most common problems and how to fix them fast. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Japanese Honeysuckle

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While Japanese honeysuckle is a favorite for pollinators, and known for being tolerant of neglect, it also has a reputation for unbridled growth and spreading out of control. In some areas, planting is discouraged or outlawed, but if you’re in a “safe zone,” this vine can bring the fragrance of summer to your garden.

How to Grow Camellias in Containers

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The “rose of winter,” camellias are well known for their winter blooms. But when you lack space in your yard or temperatures in your region dip too low, you might miss out – unless your camellia is in a container that can be moved indoors in cold snaps and pruned to keep it compact, opening up some new possibilities.

How to Identify and Control Common Lettuce Pests

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If you’re growing lettuce it can sometimes feel as though all the animals and insects in the neighborhood want to share your homegrown harvest. In this guide, we’ll cover the most common lettuce pests, both large and small, and provide tips on how to identify the culprits, prevent, and control them. Read more now.

How to Grow Buttercrunch Lettuce

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Ask any gardener what they’re growing this season, and more than likely, that list will include lettuce. Buttercrunch is one of the most popular varieties for the home garden, with a soft, buttery texture perfect for wraps, sandwiches, and salads. Learn how to triumph over pests and pitfalls when growing buttercrunch.

Fertilize Your Passionflower Vines to Boost Growth and Production

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If you’re growing passionflower and your vine isn’t productive or is looking mediocre, it may need feeding – but how can you tell? In this guide we look at the basic needs of passionflower and cover when and how to fertilize your vines for optimum health, glorious blooms, and tasty fruit. Read more now.

How to Propagate Camellias

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Camellias add fall, winter, and spring color to the landscape and shrubs have a variety of blossom forms and growth habits. There are six main methods of propagating these plants at home, including from seed, cuttings, layering, air layering, and grafting. Learn how to propagate camellias in this guide. Read more now.

11 of the Most Beautiful Camellia Varieties to Grow at Home

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Centuries after camellias were first brought from the wilds of Asia into the home garden, thousands of cultivars have been selectively bred for stunning blooms, cold hardiness, and specific growth habits. Which one will be a good fit in your garden? Discover 11 of our favorite camellia varieties and choose your favorite.