How to Identify and Treat 5 Common Arugula Diseases

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Arugula is generally a tough, resilient plant, but if disease happens to come its way, acting fast is crucial. To do that, you need to know what to watch for and what to do if you see problems. This guide explains 5 common arugula diseases, from downy mildew to bacterial leaf spot, and how to deal with them.

How to Plant and Grow Asparagus

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Asparagus intimidates some gardeners. As a perennial, it takes a different skill set than something like zucchini or lettuce. But don’t let it scare you. You can succeed with cultivating those tasty little spears. We’ll help you become an asparagus growing professional with this comprehensive growing guide.

Why Your Weeping Cherry Tree No Longer Weeps

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What happens when your weeping cherries are growing more upright? Maybe they have a few tall sprouts coming out of the ground or straight branches in the canopy. Why does this happen and how do you fix it? Gardener’s Path will help you keep your cherries weeping. Learn more about this common problem in our guide.

Is Lily of the Valley Invasive?

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You’ve probably heard the saying “too much of a good thing,” right? It applies to desserts and it applies to plants. Beloved garden favorites like lily of the valley can sometimes escape cultivation and become invasive menaces. Learn how to control lily of the valley in this guide. Read more now.

15 of the Best Dogwoods to Liven Up the Winter Landscape

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Dogwoods are beautiful during the spring and summer, but they also provide a striking contrast to combat the winter blahs. Many species have red, orange, or yellow twigs that stand out against snow or the drab winter landscape. In this guide, find 15 stunning winter dogwoods worth planting for some winter color.

How to Grow and Care for Calanthe Orchids

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Calanthe orchids aren’t as popular as Phalaenopsis or Cattleya species. But these largely terrestrial plants are every bit as beautiful. They can be evergreen or deciduous, and some can tolerate freezing temperatures, allowing cultivation outdoors. Read more to learn about growing this unique group of plants.

Tips for Growing Greig’s (Greigii) Tulips

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Greigii tulips are special because of their bright flowers and spotted, striped, and mottled leaves. The foliage offers up interest even when the flowers aren’t present. Plus, they’re compact enough for container growing. Learn about growing Greig’s tulips, along with a few cultivars worth finding, in this guide.

How to Plant and Grow ‘Dark Opal’ Basil

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‘Dark Opal’ basil is beautiful enough to be a garden ornamental but it has all the spicy, citrusy flavor you expect from standard sweet basil. It’s a dual-purpose option for the herb garden. Learn how to care for this deep purple basil cultivar so you can enjoy the dramatic leaves as a garden feature or kitchen herb.

How to Plant and Grow Aztec Sweet Herb

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Aztec sweet herb is extremely sweet, adaptable, and easy to grow in warmer climates, from Zone 9b and up. But it might be too easy to grow, and can spread readily if you leave it unchecked. Learn about growing, controlling, and how to use up all of your Mexican lippia, aka honeyherb, in this comprehensive guide.

How to Grow Impatiens from Seed

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Impatiens are some of the most popular garden plants. The long-lasting, colorful blooms brighten up our yards, whether in containers on the patio or in beds and borders. Starting impatiens from seed is a budget-friendly way to enjoy plentiful flowers. Learn how to grow impatiens from seed in this step-by-step guide.

3 Common Causes of White Spots on Lettuce

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If you’re growing lettuce and you notice white spots on the leaves, you need to act fast to save your crops. Spotting on the leaves can be caused by a couple of different diseases as well as a particular pest. Learn what causes white spots on lettuce and what to do about it in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Oncidium Orchids (Odontoglossum)

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Odontoglossum orchids, more accurately known as cool-weather Oncidium orchids, are elegant and long-blooming, with masses of vibrant yellow, orange, red, pink, and white flowers on each stalk. They can be quite difficult to cultivate, and this guide breaks down what you need to know to grow your own. Read more now.

How to Grow Your Own Cut Flower Garden

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Do you enjoy fresh bouquets and floral arrangements? Do you want to grow your own flowers for cutting? In this guide we share how to establish a cutting garden, explore the best species to choose for your needs, and provide tips for making the most of your blooms. Learn how to start a cut flower garden now. Read more.

How to Grow Terrestrial Orchids

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Terrestrial orchids comprise a wide range of orchid species that grow in the soil instead of clinging to trees. This means they have very different cultivation requirements from the more common species grown indoors. Learn all about terrestrial orchids and how to grow them in this guide. Read more now.

41 Exceptional Philodendron Varieties

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Philodendrons are popular houseplants for their easy-going nature and ability to adapt to indoor life. But did you know there are lots of different types with a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors? Learn about 41 of the most exciting philodendron varieties in this guide and choose your favorites! Read more now.

How to Plant and Grow ‘Sugar Daddy’ Peas

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‘Sugar Daddy’ is a wonderful sugar snap pea variety. It has the delightfully plump, juicy orbs with a sweet, herbaceous, slightly fruity flavor, minus the annoying pod strings. Plus, it’s resistant to powdery mildew. Learn all about propagating, planting, and growing ‘Sugar Daddy’ in this guide. Read more now.

How to Plant and Grow ‘Winter Density’ Lettuce

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‘Winter Density’ is a fantastic crisp, juicy cross between butterhead and romaine lettuce. It’s tolerant of frost and won’t bolt in mild heat. Plus, it’s resistant to most fungal diseases, making growing it a cinch. Learn how to plant, and grow ‘Winter Density’ lettuce in this comprehensive guide. Read more now.

A Beginner’s Guide to Using Cold Frames

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A cold frame is a powerful addition to your gardening toolkit, allowing you to extend the growing season. Smaller and cheaper than a greenhouse, a cold frame has multiple uses including starting seeds, hardening off plants, and overwintering perennials. Learn how to use a cold frame in this guide. Read more now.

When and How to Start Seeds in a Greenhouse

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Starting seeds early in a greenhouse is the ideal way to get a jump on the growing season and up your propagation game. With their warmth, light, and humidity, greenhouses help to extend the growing season and so you can enjoy a productive summer. Learn how to use a greenhouse to start seeds in this guide. Read more now.

How Long Does Clematis Bloom?

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Clematis can be long-flowering, showy plants, so it’s no wonder that they have found a place in gardens across the globe. Some bloom longer than others, and different types flower at different times during the season. Learn about how long clematis bloom and how to extend the bloom time in this guide. Read more now.

All About Orchid Pseudobulbs and How to Care for Them

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Ever wondered about the bulbous bases of the stems and flower stalks that grow on some orchids? These structures are pseudobulbs and they’re an important part of the anatomy of certain orchids. Learn more about what they do and how to care for them to keep your orchid in tip-top health in this guide. Read more now.

13 of the Best Purple and Blue Potato Varieties

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Purple and blue potatoes are healthier for you than your average spud and come in eye-catching hues sure to wow everyone at the dinner table. Some are colored all the way through the flesh and others feature white flesh. Learn about 13 of the best blue and purple potato varieties to grow at home in this guide. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Philodendron Micans

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Philodendron micans has beautiful heart-shaped leaves in a striking iridescent bronze hue that seems to sparkle like glitter in the sunshine. Not only are these houseplants striking, they’re easygoing and problem-free to care for – even for beginners! Learn about growing velvet-leaf philodendrons in this guide.

How to Prevent and Treat Root Rot in Houseplants

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Root rot is all too common in houseplants and can kill your plant quickly. It can cause yellowing and wilting foliage while underneath the roots are rotting away. Taking swift action to address this condition is vital if you want to save your plants. Learn how to identify and treat root rot in houseplants in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Bird’s Nest Ferns

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Bird’s nest ferns have eye-catching bright green, long fronds with rippling margins surrounding a central “nest.” In addition, unlike many ferns, they’re straightforward to care for, requiring hardly any maintenance. Learn more about growing the Asplenium species known as bird’s nest ferns in this guide. Read more now.

13 Common Orchid Problems and How to Solve Them

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Orchids are beloved for their beautiful flowers but they can be temperamental to cultivate. There are a number of possible problems to watch out for – from bud drop to deformed foliage. Some issues are easy to solve and others are incurable. Learn about 13 common orchid problems and what to do about them in this guide.

5 Spider Plant Diseases and Disorders and How to Solve Them

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Spider plants are generally known for being easy-going and trouble-free, but that doesn’t mean they can’t ever have problems. They can suffer from a few different diseases and physiological disorders. Learn about 5 diseases and disorders that can affect your spider plants, and what to do, in this guide. Read more now.

When and How to Prune Umbrella Plants (Schefflera)

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Umbrella plants have a beautiful natural shape, but they can use a little extra shaping now and then. Pruning can make the plant shorter, bushier, more balanced, or more open, depending on your preferences. It’s also necessary for sick, damaged, or infested plants. Learn how to prune Schefflera in this guide. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Chinese Money Plants

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Chinese money plants have a cool origin story, and are easy to care for and simple to propagate. Also known as “friendship plants” these unique houseplants with large, round leaves are an ideal addition to your collection. Learn how to grow and care for Pilea peperomioides in this guide. Read more now.

When and How to Water Houseplants

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Properly watering houseplants is an essential skill to have for growing healthy specimens indoors – and it’s easy to get it wrong. It can be a challenge to figure out, and overwatering is a common mistake even experienced people make. Learn how often to water, how much to add, and what type of water to use in this guide.

How to Start Gladiolus Indoors for Early Flowering

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If you can’t wait for spring and summer flowers, then starting your gladiolus corms early should be one of your late winter tasks. By giving the plants an early start, you can enjoy the blossoms sooner than you would if you planted them out in spring. Learn how to start gladiolus corms early indoors in this guide.

How to Prepare Your Garden for Spring Growing

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Before you can enjoy the spring and summer bounty, you have to do the preparation work. Laying mulch, pruning, building and repairs, preparing the beds, and cleaning your garden tools are all important tasks. Learn how to prepare your garden for spring so you can enjoy all the wonderful summer abundance in this guide.

What’s the Best Water for Succulents?

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Part of keeping your succulent plants happy and healthy isn’t just the amount of water that you provide, but what type. Municipal water can cause mineral build-up that can ultimately harm or kill your plant. Learn what water to use to raise your succulents to keep them looking and feeling their best. Read more now.

Do Umbrella Plants Bloom? All About Schefflera Flowers

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Umbrella plants are beloved for their showy, umbrella-like foliage. But did you know that they also produce long stalks of colorful blossoms in the right conditions, inspiring the common name of octopus plant? This guide explains more about schefflera blossoms and how you can encourage yours to bloom. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Philodendron ‘Brasil’

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A heartleaf philodendron is a thing of beauty, but add the variegated lemon and lime hues of ‘Brasil’ to the leaves, and you have something truly exceptional. On top of that, this plant is as easygoing for as can be. Learn more about how to grow and care for the extraordinary philodendron ‘Brasil’ in this guide. Read more.

When and How to Propagate Bromeliads

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Do you love bromeliads and wish you could have more? You’ll be happy to know that these colorful plants are very easy to propagate via offsets or seeds. You can either divide and pot up a pup (or three!) or collect seeds from spent flowers to sow. Learn when and how to propagate bromeliads in this guide. Read more now.

When to Plant Succulents in the Northwest

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Growing succulents in the soggy Pacific Northwest takes skill. One essential piece of knowledge is understanding what time of year to put these plants into the ground or your outdoor containers. Learn the best time to plant succulents in the northwest, along with a few other growing tips in this guide. Read more now.

When and How to Prune Orchids

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Pruning orchids at the right time can be the difference between a healthy, vibrant plant, and one that never quite looks its best. Each species has its own specific pruning requirements. Learn when and how to prune species commonly grown as houseplants, including Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, and Cattleya in this guide.

Greenhouse Gardening 101: How to Get Started

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Imagine being able to grow oranges in the winter. Or having a ready supply of greens and herbs no matter what time of year. Or maybe you want to start heaps of flowers in the winter for spring planting. If you dream of using a greenhouse to extend your gardening capabilities, this guide will help you get started.

How to Grow and Care for Ficus Plants

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Fiddle-leaf, edible, ginseng, creeping, weeping, and rubber. Massive landscaping trees, quick-growing bonsai, adaptable houseplants, and evergreen shrubs. There are so many lovely fig plants to enjoy in so many different ways. This guide explains what defines a Ficus and how to care for this group of plants.

How to Care for Bromeliads After Blooming

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You may have heard that bromeliads only bloom once and then they die. It’s true, once they flower, their days are numbered as they’ll start to die off. But with the right care, they’ll send out pups which you can transplant and continue to enjoy. Learn how to nurture blooming bromeliads in this guide. Read more now.

How to Propagate Coffee Plants from Beans

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Coffee plants are attractive houseplants with their large, glossy leaves – and did you know you can propagate them from seed? In this guide, we cover how to harvest the seeds, or “beans” as they are known, and include step-by-step instructions for sowing and nurturing your coffee plant seedlings. Read more now.

What Are Underground Pit Greenhouses?

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Pit greenhouses have some distinct advantages for growers over conventional types that make them worth the effort of constructing. They also have some noteworthy disadvantages that you need to be aware of. Learn more about the three types of sunken greenhouses: Chinese, pit, and walipini, in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow a Ginseng Ficus Bonsai

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If you want an easy-to-care-for bonsai that can live indoors, a ginseng fig is the ideal choice. These tough little trees are happy when grown as houseplants and give you the “aged” look in just a few years. Learn how to plant, prune, and care for Ficus microcarpa bonsai plants in this guide. Read more now.

17 of the Best Flowering Houseplants for Low Light

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Are you looking for a flowering houseplant for a low-light spot in your home? It can be hard to find plants that flower indoors, let alone in low light conditions. In this guide, we introduce 17 excellent options for low-light flowering houseplants from colorful African violets to succulent kalanchoe plants. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Ferns Indoors

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Ferns make fabulous houseplants, adapting to our indoor conditions readily. Many of them thrive in low light, moderate moisture, and some even like low to moderate humidity. This guide will help you choose the right species for growing indoors as a houseplant and cover how to raise these beautiful plants indoors.

Why Is My Christmas Cactus Dropping Leaves? 7 Causes and Solutions

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Are the leaves dropping off of your Christmas cactus? There are several reasons why the cladodes may fall from your plant, from watering issues to pest problems. This guide covers seven common causes of leaf drop in holiday cacti and helps you figure out what’s wrong with your plant and how to fix it. Read more now.

When and How to Transplant Camellias

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Have a camellia plant that you love, but it’s growing in the wrong place? Don’t rip it out or give up on it. You could start over with a new plant or you could move the existing one. This guide will explain when and how to transplant your camellia, from how to dig it up and how to move it to a new spot. Read more now.

When and How to Repot Orchids

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Orchids need a new growing medium and a larger pot as they age. Their medium tends to break down, and the roots become potbound over time, limiting growth and often leading to problems. When you think it’s time to repot your orchid, learn when and how to change the medium and put it in a new container in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Cape Primrose (Streptocarpus)

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Cape primroses, also known as Streptocarpus, are pretty incredible houseplants. These low-maintenance, easygoing plants offer up big, bold blossoms in colors including yellow, pink, purple, white, and red that can last all year long. Learn how to care for these bright indoor bloomers in this guide. Read more now.

How to Care for a Rosemary Christmas Tree

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If you don’t have the room for a full-sized tree, bring the cheer the holidays into your home but in miniature with a cute little pruned and shaped rosemary Christmas tree. Learn how to prune a rosemary plant into a mini Christmas tree and how to care for it during the holidays and beyond in this guide. Read more now.

What Are the Different Types of Holiday Cacti?

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It’s confusing trying to figure out the difference between a Christmas, Easter, or Thanksgiving cactus. Sometimes even reputable retailers mislabel these plants because they look so similar. Learn about the different types of holiday cacti most commonly find in stores and how to tell them apart in this guide. Read more.

11 Essential Greenhouse Supplies to Get Started

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Installing your new greenhouse is just the first step in achieving your gardening goals. You’re going to need some tools and equipment for successful growing. This guide explains all the essential greenhouse supplies that you’ll need to start and nurture your plants, from lights and pots to flooring and tools. Read more.

Christmas and Poinsettias: History of the Christmas Flower

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Have you ever wondered how poinsettias came to be associated with Christmas and the holidays? It’s a story that involves missionaries in Mexico, a clever California grower, and Johnny Carson. This guide covers the history of how these wonderfully colorful plants became known as “Christmas flowers.” Read more now.

How to Propagate Houseplants from Stem and Leaf Cuttings

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Propagation via leaf or stem cuttings is an easy way to increase your houseplant collection. There are multiple methods within each category, though the process is fairly similar regardless of which you use. This guide explains how to succeed with stem or leaf cutting propagation for a wide variety of plant species.

When and How to Repot Swiss Cheese Plants (Monstera)

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A healthy monstera grows rapidly, and it might need to be repotted before you know it. Once your plant outgrows its existing container, it needs a new, larger one and some fresh soil as soon as possible. This guide explains when and how to repot your Swiss cheese plant to keep it healthy and growing vigorously. Read more.

When and How to Prune Peace Lilies

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Peace lilies are easy-care houseplants that require very little maintenance to look their best. But sometimes they can do with a little trimming when the leaf tips turn brown, the flowers have faded, or just to provide some shape to an unruly plant. Learn when and how to prune your peace lily in this guide. Read more.

Why Is My Peace Lily Drooping?

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Is your beloved peace lily wilting? Drooping foliage is a pretty clear warning that something is wrong with your plant. From pests and disease to water or light issues, there are several causes of wilting. Learn about the 7 common problems that can result in a drooping Spathiphyllum plant and how to fix it. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Ginseng Ficus

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Ginseng figs (Ficus microcarpa) are adaptable houseplants that survive in a wide range of conditions and bring a tree-like appeal indoors. They can tolerate full sun or indirect light, a bit of drought, and are rarely troubled by pests and disease. Learn how to care for Chinese banyan houseplants in this guide. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Holly

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Hollies make up a beautiful group of plants in the Ilex genus, from winterberries to the classic holly. Most species are evergreen, though some are deciduous, and they all have eye-catching berries and attractive foliage, providing year-round interest. Learn how to plant and grow holly in this guide. Read more now.

Why Is My Rubber Tree Dropping Leaves?

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When a rubber tree (Ficus elastica) starts dropping its huge, glossy leaves, there’s a big, obvious gap left behind. This guide will cover the common reasons why leaf drop happens, whether it’s a pest infestation or maybe just a change in environment, and how to fix the cause so that those leaves stay put. Read more.

35 of the Best Crops for Your Winter Greenhouse

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Winter doesn’t have to mean the end of the growing season and home-grown food. Don’t let Old Man Winter spell an end to the fun. There are dozens of edible species you can grow in a winter greenhouse, from leafy greens like watercress to root veggies like beets and turnips. This guide gives you 35 excellent options.

39 of the Best Companion Plants for Camellias

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Camellias are stunning on their own but even more spectacular with suitable companion plants. In this guide, we’ll go over 39 companions for camellias that thrive in similar conditions. From shade-loving ground covers to airy trees, we’ll talk about the species that can help make your camellia bushes pop all year long.

Tips for Growing ‘Crimson Queen’ Japanese Maple Trees

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‘Crimson Queen’ is a top choice when it comes to weeping, red, laceleaf Japanese maples. These petite trees grow a bit wider than tall, with elegant, heavily serrated, palmate leaves that live up to the laceleaf name. With bright red leaves that persist until the fall, it creates a striking focal point in the garden.

How to Grow and Care for Mugo Pines

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Mugo pines have so much character: they add texture, evergreen color, and pleasing shape to the garden. They come in a huge range of sizes, from dwarf types under a foot tall to 20-foot-tall trees. Some varieties sport colorful foliage in gold and yellow. Learn how to care for mugo pines in this guide. Read more now.

How to Graft Japanese Maple Trees

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Grafting is an excellent method for propagating a Japanese maple to create a new plant that you love. Learn all about the process, from selecting your tools and cutting the scion to prepping the rootstock and how to join them together. From there, you’ll learn how to care for the grafted tree until it’s ready to plant.

How to Prune Upright Junipers

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Pruning an upright juniper is about supporting the plant’s natural shape. It’s not about trying to turn a squat shrub into a tall tree, but gently highlighting what’s already there. You’ll need a few tools, the right technique, and an idea of when to start cutting. Learn how to prune an upright juniper in this guide.

Why Is My Ficus Dropping Leaves?

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If you care for a ficus houseplant, chances are you will experience leaf drop at some point. Why do these plants drop leaves so readily, and what can you do about it? Learn about the common causes of defoliation, as well as how to avoid it when possible, and what to do if the leaves are already falling. Read more now.

A Review of the Vego Garden Modular Metal Raised Beds

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If you need to be able to customize your raised bed but don’t want to DIY the whole thing, Vego Modular Raised Beds might be a smart option for you. Their adaptable designs are made with environmentally friendly painted metal and come in many shapes and sizes, with optional accessories like trellises and solar lights.

Tips for Growing Skyrocket Junipers

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Skyrocket junipers are stately, low-maintenance evergreens that draw your eye to the heavens. It’s no wonder they’ve earned a place in many gardens as specimen plantings or windbreaks. They’re popular as living fences or as sentinels lining pathways. Learn how to grow these evergreens in this guide. Read more now.

Leaf Spots on Japanese Maples: 7 Causes and Treatments

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Spots are cute on a puppy, not on a Japanese maple. Typically an indication that something bad is happening inside your plant, spotted leaves are like a big old warning sign from your tree. Fungal and bacterial disease can both result in spots that vary from pale white splotches to deep black tar-like spots. Read more.

15 of the Best Brussels Sprout Varieties to Grow at Home

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Looking for a type of brussels sprout that won’t tip over in the wind, or one that won’t succumb to deadly mildew? How about a cultivar with tiny buds that are perfect for freezing? No matter what you’re looking for, we have 15 of the best varieties of brussels sprouts to share that are sure to suit your needs.

How to Grow ‘Polish Hardneck’ Garlic

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‘Polish Hardneck’ is the garlic lover’s garlic. The flavor is rich, robust, and complex. It lasts in storage somewhere cool for months, and the skin comes off the cloves readily, so it’s easy to cook with and eat. The big, white bulbs are ready in about 240 days and they contain lots of cloves. What’s not to love?

13 Common Beet Pests: Identification, Control Tips, and Prevention

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Beet pests can completely derail your harvest. From maggots that chew up the roots to miners that tunnel through leaves, there are plenty of bugs to watch out for that can quickly destroy a healthy plant. This article will arm you with the knowledge you need to identify and eradicate the most common beet foes.

How to Grow and Care for American Persimmon Trees

American persimmons are the perfect fruit tree for the beginning gardener. They don’t need extensive pruning or pest control to produce a healthy harvest, and if you’ve ever tasted this unique fruit straight from the tree, you know they’re deliciously sweet with a hint of spice. Read the full growing guide now.

What Causes Turnips to Crack or Rot?

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You fertilized, watered, and fussed over your turnips for weeks, and it’s time to pull them from the ground. But instead of perfectly-shaped roots, you find cracked, split, or rotten ones instead. What went wrong? What could you have done differently? Read on to learn what causes these issues and how to prevent them.

How to Overwinter Foxgloves

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Foxgloves offer charm, ease, and color that few other plants can match. If you’re eager to see your foxgloves thriving next spring, learn how to provide your plants with the winter care they need to grow bigger and stronger when the warm weather returns. We’ll talk about annual, biennial, and perennial foxgloves.

7 Reasons Why Garlic Leaves Fall Over

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Are the leaves of your garlic plants falling over? Several things may cause the foliage to collapse when growing your own garlic, from wind and pests to watering issues and disease. If you want to be able to dig into the tasty bulbs once they mature, you need to figure out the cause of this problem and how to fix it.

15 of the Best Asian Persimmon Varieties

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Asian persimmons are a hallmark of fall, featuring honey-sweet flesh. Non-astringent types are delicious while they’re still firm, and others need to be overripe to be palatable. With so many different kinds in cultivation, we’ve done the work of sorting through the options for you. Read about our favorites now.

How to Identify and Treat Common Camellia Diseases

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While they’re generally tough and resilient, there are a few diseases that can attack camellias. Most aren’t a death sentence, but you need to be able to identify the issue to act appropriately and eliminate it. In this guide, we’ll discuss seven of the most common camellia diseases and what to do about them.

Poisonous Plants: 31 Varieties That Can Cause Harm

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Many common plants in our gardens have the potential to harm. But sometimes, the risk is overblown. Should you avoid things like yew and datura altogether? Only if you have little kids or curious puppies? Or just exercise caution? Learn which plants to watch for, especially if you have kids or pets, in this guide.

How to Propagate Pine Trees from Seed

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Have you ever eyeballed a pine cone and wondered to yourself if you could turn it into a tree? It’s not as hard as you might imagine. This comprehensive guide explains how to grow a pine tree from seed, starting with when and how to harvest the cones through to transplanting seedlings, and everything in between.

How to Grow Cauliflower in Containers

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Craving homegrown cauliflower but you’re short on garden space? Struggling with soil-borne diseases in the veggie patch? Don’t worry! Growing your own cauliflower in a container is easier than you might expect. Our guide will arm you with the knowledge you need, from selection and planting to troubleshooting and more.

Tips for Growing Impatiens Indoors

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If you want more impatiens beyond the confines of your garden, grow them indoors as houseplants. They can offer year-round color and cheerful flowers in bright colors like pink, yellow, orange, and red. And they lend themselves nicely to indoor life, since they tolerate lower light and warm temperatures. Read more now.

Plant Folklore: Myths, Magic, and Superstition

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Plants have long been a source of inspiration, magic, and awe. From the mighty oak to humble mint, herbs, shrubs, and trees have always played a huge part in our lives and legends. Learn more about the folkloric origins of your favorite garden residents with 23 tales of myth, magic, and superstition. Read more now.

Troubleshooting Deformed Beets and Reasons Why Beets Are Too Small

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There’s nothing worse than nurturing your beets all season long, only to discover at harvest time that they’re too small or totally deformed. This article will help you understand why your beets aren’t picture-perfect, and what to do about it to avoid this devastating problem next time you try growing beets.

25 of the Best Winter Flowers for Your Garden

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There’s no reason to settle for a drab, gray garden during the winter. Here are 25 suggestions, plants that can transform your cold weather landscape with color whether you need a shrub or a ground cover, to bring some delight when your garden needs it most. From hellebores to mahonia, we have every garden covered.

13 of the Best Winter Pear Varieties to Grow at Home

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Winter pears are a fabulous treat, with crisp skin and sweet, buttery flesh. Some of the most popular varieties out there are winter pears, like ‘Bosc’ and ‘D’Anjou.’ Then there are the lesser-known types like ‘Rescue’ and ‘Orcas,’ which deserve some time in the spotlight too. Here are 13 options worth checking out.

How to Identify and Control 7 Garlic Diseases

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Don’t let terrible garlic diseases deprive you of your harvest. Whether it’s botrytis rot or a nasty case of downy mildew, pathogens can kill your plants and rot your bulbs. Learn what to look for, how to tell one disease from another, how to prevent problems, and what to do if diseases do show up. Read more now.

How to Identify and Control 5 Camellia Pests

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Camellias are generally tough, but that doesn’t mean pests won’t visit them. In this guide, we’ll talk about sap-sucking pests like scale and aphids, as well as leaf eaters like beetles. We’ll also explain how to identify and get rid of them. If your camellias are experiencing issues, read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Hardy Fuchsia

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Think you can’t grow fuchsia in your area? These elegant bloomers are reputed to be delicate tropical annuals that are tossed out at season’s end, but hardy perennial fuchsias can actually survive in surprisingly cold climates. Read on for all the info you need to be able to enjoy your fuchsias year after year.

Winter and Summer Pears: What’s the Difference?

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You’ve probably heard of winter and summer pears, and maybe you’re curious about the difference. There seems to be some misunderstanding about what defines each. It has to do with when the fruit matures on the tree rather than any unique characteristic, though winter and summer types tend to have similarities as well.

How to Overwinter Hosta Plants

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As winter approaches, there are steps you can take to care for hostas so they’ll return in spring healthier than ever. Mulching, tidying up, and dividing plants, and burying, moving, or covering your container-bound hostas, will go a long way toward protecting your plants from pests, disease, and frost heave damage.

Beginner’s Guide to Vertical Gardening

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Vertical gardening has lots of benefits, including saving you a ton of space. On top of that, it saves you time weeding, helps you avoid some pests, and can increase air circulation for healthier plants. There’s also the benefit of not having to crouch down or crawl around to harvest your goods. It’s time to grow up!

How and When to Take Elderberry Cuttings to Propagate New Plants

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Have an elderberry bush you love? Or are there wild elderberries nearby that you’d love to grow in your garden? Reproduce that lovely bush through cuttings. Whether hardwood or softwood, in water or soil, elderberries are simple and straightforward to propagate by cuttings. This guide shows you all you need to know.

How to Grow Swiss Chard in Containers

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Looking for a cool-season veggie that you can grow in a container? Swiss chard lends itself nicely to potting since it doesn’t mind crowded roots and isn’t too demanding. This guide will walk you through selecting a container, planting seeds or transplants, taking care of your crop, and troubleshooting pesky problems.

Keep or Cut: How to Make the Most of Hosta Flowers

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You might not call flowers to mind first when you think of hostas but they can be incredibly beautiful and fragrant, in colors ranging from white to purple, and even yellow or red. We’ll help you make the most of your hosta flowers, from choosing the best hybrids and cultivars to deadheading and troubleshooting.

Learn About Pear Tree Pollination

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Pear trees need a pal in order to pollinate and fruit well. Even self-fruitful trees will produce better if they have a companion that flowers at the same time, and it’s all about timing. Learn about European and Asian pear pollination, how it all works, and how to choose the perfect partner in this guide. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Euphorbia

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Euphorbias are adaptable, versatile, and tolerant of conditions other plants fail in. Their acid-green foliage and colorful flowers create an attention-grabbing focal point with little need for maintenance to stay beautiful. Plus, very few pests and diseases trouble them, and deer avoid them altogether. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Honeycrisp Apple Trees

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‘Honeycrisp’ apples are a game-changer with their extremely crisp flesh and sweet but tangy flavor. They’re constantly in demand on the market. Plus, the trees are disease-resistant and perfectly happy in frigid winter climates. These trees have a fascinating history and are compact enough for smaller spots.