How to Identify and Treat 9 Common Dahlia Diseases

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Dahlias don’t suffer from many diseases compared to some other popular garden flowers but those that do infect these plants can be devastating, with no cure. Learn about nine of the most common bacterial, fungal, and viral diseases that may infect your dahlias and what to do about them in this guide. Read more.

When and How to Fertilize Persimmons

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Fertilizing persimmon trees at the right time and with the right amount of food is a vital part of their cultivation. Underfeeding will reduce your harvest and overfeeding might cause the fruit to drop in established trees. Learn more about the right way to feed your Diospyros trees in this guide. Read more now.

Learn About Dutch Elm Disease

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Want to strike fear into the heart of a tree lover? Mention the words Dutch elm disease. This problem is caused by fungi that is spread by elm beetles and it can spell disaster if you don’t catch it quickly. Learn more about this devastating problem, what to look for, and what you can do about it in this guide. Read more.

23 of the Best Rose Varieties for Creating a Hedge

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Using roses to create a hedge gives you a functional and beautiful boundary in the garden. You can create a low-growing hedge covered in fragrant blossoms or a taller one blanketed in bright colors to serve as a privacy screen. Discover 23 of the best rose varieties to grow as a hedge in this guide. Read more now.

How to Identify and Control 9 Common Plum Pests

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Is something bugging your plum trees? Are you seeing yellow leaves or deformed fruit? Plum pests can range from no big deal to those that can seriously damage your trees and destroy your harvest. Learn about nine of the most common critters to keep an eye out for and how to deal with them in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Ceanothus (California Lilac)

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Ceanothus aka California lilac plants are suited to cultivation in Zones 4 to 11. They thrive on neglect and produce heaps of blue, purple, violet, or white blossoms anytime from late winter to early summer, depending on the species. Learn how to plant and grow these delightful shrubs in this guide. Read more now.

How to Identify and Treat Pear Scab

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Pear scab is a common fungal disease seen in European pear varieties that can render your fruits inedible. It’s caused by fungi in the Venturia genus and once you know what to look for, the disease is pretty easy to deal with. Learn more about pear scab and how to identify and control it in this guide. Read more now.

When and How to Thin Plum Trees

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Thinning your plums is a smart way to increase the size of the fruits and the overall health of your tree. It also helps prevent biennial bearing. Timing is key, as is knowing how many plums to remove when you thin them out. Learn when and how to thin plums for bountiful harvests in this guide. Read more now.

When and How to Harvest Bay Leaves

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You’ve planted, nurtured, and grown your glorious bay laurel shrub, and now it’s time to start using the leaves in your cooking. But when is the best time to harvest? And which leaves should you pick? How many of them can you take at once? Learn when and how to harvest bay laurel leaves in this guide. Read more now.

How to Identify and Manage Armillaria Root Rot in Pear Trees

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Armillaria crown and root rot is a devastating disease in pears and other fruit trees. It’s caused by a fungus known as Armillaria mellea and infection can prevent water uptake, causing the tree to wilt or in severe cases, die. Learn how to identify and address a honey mushroom infection in this guide. Read more now.

19 of the Best Prickly Pear (Opuntia) Varieties

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Prickly pear cacti are species in the Opuntia genus, perfect for dry, sunny, water-wise gardens and xeriscaping. Whether you want to grow them for their edible pads and fruit or as spiny ornamentals, there are a number of different types to choose from. Discover 19 of the best opuntia varieties in this guide. Read more.

How to Identify and Control 15 Persimmon Pests

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Persimmon trees are typically pretty easy to care for. They need less fussing and maintenance than some other fruit trees, such as apples, cherries, and pears. However there are several pests that can cause some serious trouble for your persimmons. Learn about 15 common pests that attack these trees in this guide.

17 of the Best Fireblight Resistant Pear Varieties

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Fireblight is a devastating and difficult-to-control disease that affects a number of different species. It can kill a pear tree if you don’t catch it quickly enough, but there are some cultivars that are resistant to this disease. Learn about 17 fireblight-resistant pear varieties for your home orchard in this guide.

How to Identify and Control Botrytis Blight in Roses

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If your roses have gray mold on the foliage or buds, mushy brown flowers, or blackened canes, you could be facing botrytis blight rot. This common fungal pathogen infects roses, strawberries, and many other popular garden species. Learn how to identify and control botrytis rot on roses in this guide. Read more now.

33 of the Best Red Rose Varieties to Grow at Home

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Red roses symbolize passion, love, and desire. They can also make quite a bold statement in the landscape. From easygoing ground covers to dramatic climbers, and elegant hybrid teas to the cold-hardiest shrubs, discover 33 of the best red rose varieties for any garden space in this guide. Read more now.

Learn About Bird’s-Nest Orchids

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Bird’s-nest orchids have an almost ghostly appearance, nothing like the familiar potted orchids you find in the store. These unique plants can’t be cultivated at home as they have a special relationship with soilborne fungi and grow wild in very specific ecosystems. Learn more about bird’s-nest orchids in this guide.

How to Propagate Bleeding Hearts from Stem Cuttings

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If you love bleeding hearts, perhaps you want more of them to grow in your garden. These are some of the easiest plants to propagate via cuttings thanks to their herbaceous stems. Learn when and how to take stem cuttings from your bleeding hearts, propagate more plants, and transplant them into the garden. Read more now.

How to Identify and Manage 3 Common Fuchsia Diseases

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Fuchsia plants aren’t troubled by too many pathogens, but those few that do occur can cause major problems. Botrytis blight (gray mold), damping off, and rust can all result in leaf drop, fungal growth, a lack of flowers, and even plant death. Learn about these 3 common diseases and how to deal with them in our guide.

What Is a Flowering Flush? All About Plant Bloom Cycles

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In gardening parlance, there are a number of phrases that are commonly used, without a clear explanation of what it means. “Flowering flush” is one such phrase. In this guide, we’ll discuss what exactly a flowering flush is, what plants exhibit this behavior, and how you can encourage repeat blooming. Read more now.

How to Identify and Control Japanese Beetles

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If you live in eastern North America, you’ve probably encountered Japanese beetles. They appear in summer and skeletonize the foliage of dozens of favorite garden species. They can be hard to deal with but control is possible. Learn how to identify and manage these common pests in this guide. Read more now.

How to Identify and Control Hollyhock Weevils

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Hollyhock weevils are common garden pests and an infestation can turn your plants into a damaged mess. These small weevils feed on hollyhock foliage and flowers, then lay their eggs in the seed pods, resulting in ugly plants. Learn how to identify and eliminate these annoying pests in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Fruiting Quince

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Quince is an ancient fruit that had a period of massive popularity over a century ago. The decadently fragrant and extremely flavorful fruits are making a huge comeback as gourmands seek them out for all kinds of culinary uses. Learn how to plant and grow your own quince trees in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Saucer Magnolia Trees

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The saucer magnolia is the most popular deciduous magnolia species in the US for its masses of large, colorful blossoms on a compact, low-maintenance tree. It performs reliably in the home garden with superior pest- and disease-resistance. Learn how to plant and grow these magnificent flowering trees in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for ‘Bosc’ Pears

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The beautiful ‘Bosc’ pear has an unmistakable shape with distinctive yellow and cinnamon russeted skin. The firm flesh has a honey sweetness with hints of vanilla and spice, ideal for charcuterie boards. Learn more about the history of these fruits and how to grow your own ‘Bosc’ pears in this guide. Read more now.

Reasons and Fixes for Hollow Zucchini

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If you slice into your freshly harvested zucchini fruits and find the center hollowed out, you’re probably dealing with hollow heart. Hollow centers can be caused by pollination problems, water issues, or nutrient deficiencies. Learn more about this issue and how to prevent and manage it in this guide. Read more now.

How to Identify and Manage Fuchsia Gall Mites

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Fuchsia gall mites are invisible to the naked eye, but the damage they cause is devastating. Aculops fuchsiae is spreading around the world and causes distorted growth, discoloration, and swollen galls. Once they arrive, they’re hard to eliminate. Learn how to identify an infestation and what to do about it in this guide.

How to Grow Plum Trees from Pits

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Have you ever bitten into a juicy plum, pulled out the pit, and wondered if you could plant it and grow a tree? You can, but there are a few things you need to know, like what to expect from hybrids and how to stratify the seeds before you plant them. Learn how to grow plum trees from pits in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Southern Magnolia Trees

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Southern magnolias (Magnolia grandiflora) are tough, adaptable, and beautiful landscape trees. They provide large white blossoms in spring and summer and evergreen glossy green and rust-colored leaves all year round. Learn more about how to plant and care for these spectacular trees in this guide. Read more now.

When and How to Prune Weeping Cherry Trees

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Weeping cherries are like the supermodels of the tree world, and it doesn’t take a lot to keep them looking great. The weeping branches smothered in white or pink blossoms in the spring are stunningly beautiful and careful pruning will enhance their appeal. Learn when and how to prune weeping cherry trees in this guide.

How to Identify and Manage Powdery Mildew in Dahlias

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Powdery mildew is a common problem for many different species in the garden, including dahlias. It causes distorted leaves and flowers, stunted growth, and coats the plant in a powdery white or gray spore that makes it look downright ugly. Learn how to identify and deal with this disease in this guide. Read more now.

How to Propagate Impatiens Flowers

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Impatiens flowers are wildly popular as bedding, container, and hanging plants, and can easily be propagated by seeds, divisions, and cuttings in either water or soil. Learn all about how to create more of these marvelous plants, from successful seed germination to hardening off happy cuttings in this guide. Read more now.

What Causes Begonia Leaves to Curl? (and What to Do About It)

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Many types of begonias have eye-catching foliage, and some varieties have leaves that naturally curl and twist. But curling begonia leaves can also signify a cultivation problem or issues with pests and disease. Learn about the causes of begonia leaf curl and what to do about it in this guide. Read more now.

How to Propagate Fuchsia Plants from Stem Cuttings

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One fuchsia plant is great but more are better. It’s easy to create new plants through the process of propagating cuttings. You can take hardwood or softwood cuttings, and grow them in water or soil, depending on your preference. Learn how to propagate fuchsia from cuttings in this guide. Read more now.

How to Identify and Manage Dahlia Mosaic Virus

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Dahlia mosaic virus causes unusual symptoms on your plants, including stunted growth, distorted leaves and flowers, and funky yellow or light green patterns on the leaves. Sadly, it has no cure, but you can manage or even avoid it. Learn how to identify this disease and prevent it in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Apple Trees

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Apples have been a part of human culture for millennia and are one of the most popular fruits consumed today. Do you want to enjoy your own supply of juicy homegrown apples harvested from your own orchard? Learn everything you need to know about how to plant and grow apple trees in this guide. Read more now.

Reasons and Fixes for Leggy Petunias

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Petunias provide a mass of marvelous, seemingly never-ending color in the summer garden, but sometimes they can become a bare, scraggly mess. Learn more about why petunias grow leggy and what to do about it, so you can restore your plants and continue to enjoy the colorful blossoms, in this guide. Read more now.

How to Plant and Grow Parris Island Cos Lettuce

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‘Parris Island Cos’ lettuce is a heat- and drought-resistant romaine type that forms crisp, cupped leaves with a mild flavor and refreshing crunch. This cultivar is mosaic virus resistant and doesn’t bolt easily. Learn more about how to plant and grow this tried-and-true variety in this guide. Read more now.

Why Is My Fuchsia Dropping Leaves? 7 Common Issues

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Fuchsia plants drop their leaves when something is wrong. Dropping leaves could signal a cultivation issue, such as too much or too little water, or indicate the presence of pests or disease-causing pathogens. Learn about seven common causes of fuchsia leaf drop and how to resolve them in this guide. Read more now.

7 Reasons Magnolia Trees May Fail to Bloom

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Spring-blooming magnolia trees are a welcome relief from the bleak winter months. But when they fail to bloom, it’s a huge disappointment. There are a number of reasons why this happens, from overfertilization to late frosts. In this guide we cover seven of the most common causes and how to address them. Read more now.

How to Propagate Passionflower Vines

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If you love passionflowers, why not start more vines of your own at home? If you’re coveting a neighbor’s plant or would like to clone one or more of your own, there are a few ways to go about it. Learn how to propagate passionflower vines from seed, via cuttings, layering, and grafting in this guide. Read more now.

41 of the Best Pink Peonies for Your Garden

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Are you yearning for a pink color scheme in your garden? You can’t do better than Barbie, blush, fuchsia, coral, rose, or salmon peony flowers to bring in the perfect pink hue to your beds and borders. Learn about 41 of the best pink peony varieties, including Itoh and herbaceous options in this guide. Read more now.

How to Plant and Grow Miner’s Lettuce (Claytonia)

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Miner’s lettuce is a nutritious, delicious green with a delicate flavor and refreshing crunch. It’s easy to grow and thrives in cool temperatures. Miners used to carry it with them into the mines to stave off malnutrition and it’s popular with foragers. Learn how to plant and grow claytonia in this guide. Read more now.

Why Pea Plants Fail to Produce Pods (and How to Fix It)

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If you’re growing peas and the plants look healthy but fail to produce pods, there are a number of different reasons why this may happen. From lack of nutrients to excessively warm temperatures, in this guide we’ll help you figure out why your peas aren’t producing the flavorful pods and what to do about it. Read more.

21 of the Best Peach Varieties to Grow at Home

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What’s your favorite kind of peach? Melt in the mouth and sugary sweet, or tangy and juicy with firm flesh? There are a lot of different peach varieties suitable for growing at home, so you’ll be sure to find your favorite! Learn about 21 of the best peach cultivars for your orchard in this guide. Read more now.

How to Prevent Beet Plants from Bolting

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Under stressful conditions such as too much heat or lack of moisture, many garden vegetables will bolt, or send out flowers to complete their lifecycle prematurely. This can cause the roots to become woody and tough, and the leaves to turn bitter. Learn more about bolting in beets and how to prevent it in this guide.

How Much Sun Do Fuchsia Plants Need?

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There’s some confusion about how much sun fuchsia plants need to grow vigorously and flower abundantly. Can you give them full sun? Do they require full shade? The answer depends on your garden and climate. Learn what conditions these plants prefer and how to situate your fuchsia plants in the perfect light in this guide.

5 Common Causes of Holes in Basil Leaves

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The flavor of basil is unmistakable and having fresh leaves on hand in the herb garden is a treat. But when you harvest those leaves and find they have holes, it can destroy your dinner plans. Learn how to identify five common reasons for holes in your basil leaves and how to fix the problem in this guide. Read more now.

How to Control Dandelions in the Lawn and Garden

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Dandelions can mar the beauty of a meticulously cultivated garden or lawn. They’re ubiquitous and will pop up whenever they’re given the opportunity. This guide will explain how to take charge and control dandelions in your backyard. We’ll also bust a few myths and discuss methods that don’t work. Read more now.

5 Reasons Your Clematis May Fail to Bloom

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The whole point of growing clematis vines is to enjoy those marvelous, prolific flowers, but what if your vine refuses to bloom? There could be many reasons, from the age of the plant to poor pruning practices. Learn the reasons why a clematis might fail to bloom and what to do about it in this guide. Read more now.

When and How to Transplant Daylilies

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Hooray, it’s moving day! No, not moving house. It’s time to shift the plants in your garden. If you need to transplant your in-ground daylilies, read more now on Gardener’s Path to learn when and how to complete the task successfully. It’s not a difficult task, and we’ll help you through it in this comprehensive guide.

How to Plant and Grow Watercress

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Watercress is literally the most nutritionally dense vegetable you can grow, according to the CDC. Plus, you don’t need running water to grow this peppery little plant, in spite of what you may have heard. Learn more about growing watercress in the soil, water, or hydroponically in this comprehensive guide. Read more now.

Tips for Growing Golden Beets

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Red and purple beets are super, but yellow and gold ones are arguably better. Golden beets are sweeter and less earthy than their darker cousins, and they’re undeniably pretty on the plate. In this guide, we’ll introduce some of the best cultivar options and how to plant and grow the most flavorful golden beets.

How to Grow and Care for Marigold Flowers

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Marigolds are a garden classic, and it doesn’t take much to see why. They’re easy to grow because they’re adaptable and tolerant of many environments. Plus, they provide long-lasting color without maintenance and they can improve the soil where you grow them by deterring nematodes. They’re marvelous! Read more now.

15 of the Best Deciduous Magnolias to Grow at Home

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Deciduous magnolias are more versatile than their evergreen counterparts and they can be just as beautiful. There are ones that grow in swampy soil, those that stay petite, and some that bloom late to avoid killing frosts. Learn about 15 of the best deciduous options in this guide. Read more now.

How to Classify Begonias Using the Leaves and Stems

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Begonias may exhibit a variety of root types, growth habits, leaf shapes, and flower colors. If you’ve seen one you like and want to narrow down which type it is you’re looking at, our guide can help. Learn how to identify a begonia by the root, stem, or leaf in this comprehensive guide. Read more now.

When and How to Pinch Sweet Peas

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While they’re mostly maintenance-free, you can give sweet peas an extra flowering boost with some judicious pinching and deadheading. Sweet peas grow bushier, and bloom more abundantly and for a longer period if you pinch the growing tips. Learn all about why, when, and how to pinch sweet peas in this guide. Read more.

Are Violets Edible? How to Choose and Use These Sweet Treats

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Violets are a garden favorite, and they also happen to be edible. But that’s not all. They’re actually quite delicious and nutritious! You can use them in sweet and savory dishes like desserts, soups, salads, and more. Learn all about edible violets and how to identify and use them in this comprehensive guide.

Tips for Growing Cayenne Peppers

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Do you like spicy food? Then you should be growing cayenne peppers in your garden. There are over a dozen cultivars, with one to suit any preference, and they mature quickly, so you can dig in sooner. Learn about the different cultivars and how to start, plant, and care for these smoky, spicy chili treats.

How to Identify and Manage Soft Rot in Lettuce

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Soft rot in lettuce is a terrible, awful, no-good bacterial disease. As you might have guessed from the name, it causes rotten, soft areas in lettuce plants. It can completely destroy your lettuce heads, and there’s no known cure. Learn more about what you can do to prevent and deal with soft rot in lettuce in this guide.

Tips for Growing Tulips in Warm Climates

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Tulips like it cold. They can’t survive or reproduce in places where winters are warm. For those of us who live in warm areas, they can be a challenge to grow, but don’t give up your tulip dreams. There are ways to trick the bulbs into thriving for a year or more! Learn how to grow tulips in warm climates in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Willow Oak Trees

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Willow oaks are a favorite of wildlife. They resist common oak diseases that kill other species, and make perfect shade trees for areas like parking lots and hell strips. The pretty, strappy leaves are unique among the genus, but they have all the characteristics that people love oaks for, including the useful acorns.

15 of the Best Gardenia Varieties for Your Garden

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The hardest part about growing gardenias is probably choosing one. There are so many great options on the market that will fit a variety of needs. Learn about 15 excellent gardenia options, from those that bloom nearly year-round to some that can tolerate cold climates, and ones that are perfect for pots.

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.