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.

How to Grow and Care for Rubber Trees

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Rubber tree is often chosen as a houseplant, with its structured branches, colorful varieties, and big, glossy leaves lending interest to modern decor. This tropical tree can reach towering heights of over 100 feet in the wild, but with a little pruning and some mottled sunlight, these robust plants can thrive indoors.

How to Grow and Care for Camellia Flowers

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Camellia has been cultivated for more than 5,000 years for uses ranging from privacy hedges and winter beauty to oil and tea. These plants can thrive for more than one hundred years with proper care in shrub, hedge, or tree form, bringing beauty to your garden when other plants are dormant, year after year. Read more now.

How To Save Broccoli Seeds At Home

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Broccoli is the perfect candidate for saving seed from the home garden, and a healthy specimen can produce hundreds of tiny seeds. Learning how to collect and store seeds from this vegetable garden favorite can help you to save money and more sustainably grow nutritious, productive plants for generations.

Cutting Asparagus Foliage Back in Autumn

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Growing asparagus at home is worth some extra effort. One way to increase productivity and improve plant health is to cut back dead foliage in the fall. Before the freezing temperatures of winter take hold, you can prepare your asparagus plants to survive and thrive, ready to grow in spring. Learn more now.

Growing Avocado Seeds: A Fun Project to Do with the Kids

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Store bought avocado seeds can be turned into a simple, fun project that you can do with children, at home or in the classroom. This educational activity extends learning opportunities through the summer. Demonstrate the plant life cycle and spark a love of gardening by growing a lovely tree to enjoy for years to come.

How to Grow and Care for Passionflower

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Passionflower has a long history of cultivation for the unique beauty of its blooms and delicious, tropical fruits. This fast-growing vine will reward you with beautiful blooms from spring through fall and attract pollinators to your garden. Learn how to plant and grow passionflower in your garden. Read more now.