How to Grow and Care for Old Man Cactus Indoors

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For texturally-rich vertical interest among your succulent houseplants, consider introducing old man cactus. Covered in cascading hairlike white spines, this column-shaped desert species matures slowly. It requires a bright location, little moisture, and occasional maintenance. Read on for indoor growing instructions.

How to Grow and Care for Red Maple Trees

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

Sempervivum Types: 11 of the Best Hens and Chicks Varieties

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All types of Sempervivum are easy-care, drought- and deer-resistant succulents suited to growing in containers or as ground cover. But which is best for you? Simplify the selection with our roundup of 11 of our favorite hens and chicks in various colors including lilac, red, and black, and one with a cobweb texture.

How to Grow and Care for Yucca

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Learn how to grow and care for yucca in your garden or landscape! This drought-tolerant plant thrives in hot climates, making it ideal for water-wise gardens. A stunning succulent that is perfect for xeriscaping and container gardening, yucca is low-maintenance while adding a dramatic statement to any space. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Tropical Hibiscus

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In many hot, humid climates, fancy tropical hibiscus has become a symbol of the local culture. Incorporating one of these stunning plants into your landscape may make you feel like you’re on island time, and the good news is, they’re not difficult to grow and care for. We’ll cover everything you need to know.

Do Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum) Plants Bloom?

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Can you expect your hens and chicks to bloom? Our guide explains how aging or stress causes succulent Sempervivum plants to form dainty flowers that are usually pink. After blooming just once, the plant dies. We also share tips for recognizing developing buds and keeping offsets alive once the parent plant passes on.

Learn How to Propagate Cacti

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Sporting sharp spines, and coming in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, cacti are also easy to propagate. There are a variety of ways you can do this, whether via cuttings, offsets, seeds, or division. To learn everything you need to know to propagate these pointy plants, visit Gardeners Path for all the details.

19 of the Best Cool-Weather Crops for a Productive Fall Garden

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As summer starts to wane and harvest season comes to a close, do you wish you could extend the growing season? Luckily, many cool-weather crops are well-suited for growing in fall gardens. In this guide, we cover 19 of our favorite cold-tolerant crops to keep your garden productive throughout autumn. Read more now.

Why Are There Ants On My Camellia Flowers?

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If you head outside to enjoy your camellias only to discover that the flowers are covered in ants, don’t panic. This common issue isn’t difficult to fix. Learn why those ants are visiting (hint: there’s something else going on as well!), how you can get rid of them, and how to stop them from returning in the future.

Growing Hens and Chicks: How to Care for Sempervivum Plants

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Hens and chicks have been a longtime favorite, especially for those gardeners who don’t have a lot of time to tend to their plants. These succulents are eager to grow in the poorest, driest soils, dividing freely to fill those inhospitable places. Learn about growing hens and chicks in our guide. Read more now.

How to Grow Sunflowers as a Cover Crop

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Home gardeners can grow sunflowers as a cover crop that will prevent erosion, build soil, retain moisture, and suppress weeds. This atypical choice provides flowers and seed heads for the birds while building your raised bed or garden soil. This guide explains how to grow the flowers for maximum benefit and beauty.

9 Common Reasons for Deformed Rose Flowers (And How to Fix Them)

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Rose flowers are undeniably some of the most beautiful blossoms out there. Beautiful, that is, unless they’re ugly and deformed. It can be a challenge figure out why your roses are disfigured and how to fix the problem. Our guide covers 9 common reasons why roses are deformed and how to resolve them. Read more now.

15 of the Best True Sedge Plant Varieties for the Home Garden

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Sedges are the workhorses of the plant world, offering up color and shape without asking for much in return. They add graceful interest to shady areas, wet soil, containers, and borders, and require little more than a haircut now and then. We’ve helped narrow down the dozens of excellent options to 15 of the best.

23 of the Most Fabulous Types of Epiphyllums

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Epiphyllums are forest cacti that exhibit a dazzling assortment of flower colors and shapes, on both compact plants and prodigious growers. With their luxuriant foliage and extravagant blooms, species plants and hybrids are delights to discover. Read more now to learn about 23 of the most fabulous types of epiphyllums.

Identify and Control 7 Common Bleeding Heart Pests

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Bleeding hearts aren’t typically bothered by many pests, but when they do show up, they can be a real problem. They can spread diseases, make your plants look ugly, or even kill them entirely. Learn about 7 of the most common pests to watch for and how to eliminate them from your garden in this guide. Read more now.

How to Propagate Dahlia Stem and Tuber Cuttings

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There are over 50,000 different varieties of dahlia, from peony to pom-pom. If you’re a fan, you can never have enough. Taking cuttings is an easy way to turn one tuber into five, ten, or even more plants, all for free. Check out our guide to successful dahlia propagation from cuttings. Read more now.

Growing Orchid Cacti: How to Care for Epiphyllums Indoors

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Epiphyllums are large forest cacti that produce incredibly showy, oversized blooms. With their large, flattened stems, these succulent plants are easy to care for, fun to propagate, and stand up well to neglect. To learn more about growing fabulous epiphyllum species and hybrids as houseplants, keep reading now.

How to Use Garlic As Pest Control in the Garden

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It’s time to put the stinking rose to work against pests in your garden. Garlic, when used as a spray or as a companion plant, has been proven to deter lots of annoying pests like aphids, root-knot nematodes, and spider mites. In this guide, we look at scientifically-backed methods for controlling pests with garlic.

How To Harvest and Cure Onions

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Almost every savory recipe starts with a diced onion, adding a savory flavor base to the dish. Homegrown storage onions can stay in perfect condition for up to year with the right processing. Learn how and when to harvest and cure your onions for a self-sufficient kitchen supply in this guide. Read more now.

7 Common Reasons Why Roses Drop Their Leaves

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If your rose starts dropping its leaves, it’s imperative that you act quickly. If you catch the problem early on it will be much easier to fix, whether it’s a pest problem, a nasty disease, or an issue with watering that you need to correct. Left too long, you might be saying goodbye to your favorite shrub. Read more.

Why Are My Bird of Paradise Leaves Turning Yellow?

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

How to Identify and Treat 9 Common Rose Diseases

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Lovely as roses are, they are prone to disease, and knowing what to do early on is key to protecting the health of your plants. Our guide describes the common rose diseases you are most likely to encounter and offers effective treatment plans for each. Check out our solutions to your roses’ woes now in this guide.

How to Store Homegrown Onions

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Onions are versatile vegetables that are featured in almost every type of cuisine. If you are growing your first crop, take time now to decide how you’ll store them post-harvest. Yields are often surprisingly large, and it’s best to be prepared. Read on for all you need to know to store your homegrown onions.

Holes in Camellia Leaves: What’s Causing It and How to Fix It

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Camellias offer year-round beauty – unless something decides to chew on the foliage. There are all kinds of pests that can’t wait to dine on your pretty plants. From grasshoppers to beetle weevils, this guide will help you figure out what is causing the holes in your camellia leaves and how to remedy the situation.

How to Grow and Care for Haworthia Indoors

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Haworthias are succulents that grow outdoors in Zones 9 to 11 and indoors as houseplants. There are about 60 recognized species and many variations. Most have a rosette form. Distinctive traits include bumps, bristles, ridges, and stripes. Some have “windows” to aid photosynthesis. Learn how to grow your favorites indoors.

How to Identify and Manage Diseases in Bleeding Heart Plants

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Bleeding hearts are generally robust plants that don’t often suffer from disease. However, because they grow in the shady, moist conditions that most fungi love, they can be susceptible to fungal issues. Learn how to identify and treat nine common diseases that may infect your bleeding heart plants. Read more now.

How to Prevent Dahlias from Falling Over: Support Options for Your Plants

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Dahlias are a summer delight, their tall stems supporting a rainbow of flowers, from the symmetrical perfection of the pom-poms to the double blooms of the spiky cactus type. However, they need some support to look their best. We’ll go over the best ways to stake your dahlias in this guide. Read more now.

How to Identify and Control Bird of Paradise Pests

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

Tips for Growing Bleeding Hearts in Containers

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Bleeding hearts lend themselves well to container life, provided you can give them the right kind of environment. It’s all about choosing the right pot, knowing how much to water and when to feed your plants, and where to place them. You also need to know what to do during winter dormancy. This guide can help!

How to Prevent and Treat Common Bird of Paradise Diseases

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

How to Grow and Care for Maple Trees

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Maples are a diverse, adaptable, and beautiful group of trees. There are those that grow in frigid climates and some that grow in hot ones. Some love constant moisture and others deal well with drought. Need a tree that stays under 5 feet tall or one that grows 100 feet or more? The Acer genus has both – and more!

Deadheading Bird of Paradise: How to Remove Spent Blooms

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

How and When to Divide Dahlias

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One of the happy bonuses to growing dahlias is all the free plants you get when you spend a little time processing the tubers in fall or spring. Find out the basics of how to successfully dig and divide dahlias, including the best time of year, the important parts of the tuber, and why sharp tools are crucial. Read more.

How to Identify and Correct Iron Deficiency in Roses

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Iron deficiency is common in roses, resulting in yellow leaves with green veins and a general decline in plant health. It can also leave your rose susceptible to pests and diseases. While it’s an extremely common issue, don’t lose sleep over it. It’s easy to diagnose, and once you do, we can help you work on a cure.

35 of the Best Hanging and Trailing Succulents and Cacti

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Cacti and succulents that trail over a planter’s edge create a beautiful vision of floral bounty. But not all of these plants have the same care needs – and each of them has a different visual appeal. Keep reading to discover 35 of the best hanging and trailing cacti and succulents, and choose your favorites!

13 of the Best Yellow Rose Varieties to Add Sunshine to Your Garden

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There’s something extra special about yellow roses. They’re both cheerfully sweet and dramatically elegant all at the same time. Not all varieties are created equal, however, some tend to fade and others are prone to diseases. Discover 13 of the best yellow roses and choose your favorites in this guide. Read more now.

How to Harvest and Save Cosmos Seed

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Cosmos are a favorite for flower beds, pollinators, and cut arrangements, so wanting more of them in the garden is a no-brainer. Why not collect the seeds from your own plants so you can expand your patch of airy color next year? Read more to learn everything you need to know to easily harvest and save cosmos seeds.

How to Grow Sedge Plants at Home

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Sedges are carefree, versatile plants that turn difficult-to-cultivate spots in the garden into something beautiful. Various species are tolerant of drought, boggy areas, hard freezes, and shade, and can even be used in rain gardens and drainage beds. Learn how to pick the right one and how to grow it in your garden.

How to Harvest and Save Foxglove Seeds

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Tall, colorful, and unique, foxgloves are hard to ignore in the garden. Maybe you’re wondering how you can extend your row and share their beauty. Why not collect the seeds from your own plants? Read more now to learn everything about harvesting and storing the tiny seeds produced by your favorite foxgloves.

How to Grow Miniature Roses in Containers

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It’s true what they say: bigger isn’t always better. Miniature roses in containers offer an outsized visual impact with minimal effort on your part. Want to bring the dramatic beauty of roses to a small space? This guide can help. Find out more about choosing, planting, and caring for mini roses in pots.

How to Control Invasive Chinese Lantern Plants

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Chinese lantern plants are whimsical additions to summer-to-fall gardens in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 9. However, while their papery orange lantern-like pods are a delight, the plants spread aggressively via roots and self-sowing. Read on and learn how to enjoy Chinese lanterns without letting them take over the yard.

How to Grow Lemon Verbena In Your Home Herb Garden

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Lemon verbena is well-known as a tea or for jazzing up soaps, lotions, and potpourris. But it’s equally as marvelous in the kitchen – from tea to cake and fish to curry, it’s an underutilized ingredient that can transform a dish. Learn how to propagate, plant, and care for lemon beebrush in your home garden.

How to Train Climbing Roses

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A fence, wall, or arbor covered in the flowers of a climbing rose is an incomparable sight. Training the plant well in the first place is key to success down the road. This guide walks you through training your rose the right way to establish a healthy, beautiful plant that will perform well for years to come.

How to Plant and Grow Purple Sage

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With its alluring bicolored flowers, purple sage is a Western native that performs beautifully in arid landscapes. Drought tolerant and adapted to the desert, this shrub is an excellent, low maintenance choice for waterwise gardens and xeriscaping. Keep reading to learn more about growing and caring for purple sage.

How to Identify and Manage 9 Common Gladiolus Pests

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Gladiolus is a classic summer perennial known for its colorful spikes of flowers, perfect for floral displays or bouquets. Unfortunately there are a number of common garden pests that may infest your plants. Learn how to identify, prevent, and control nine common gladiolus pests in this guide. Read more now.

How to Plant and Grow Goldenseal

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Become a medicinal plant conservationist by growing goldenseal in your garden! If you have or can simulate a shady growing space for this woodland perennial, this is a notable herb to include in your cultivation plans. It shines as a medicinal species that is so popular, it’s currently at risk in the wild. Read more.

Tips for Growing Black Oil Sunflowers in the Home Garden

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Best uses for black oil sunflowers include native and wildlife plantings, flower gardens, and microgreens. The disease-resistant plants have striking blooms that produce seeds that appeal to songbirds and pollinators alike. Our tips make it simple to grow your own supply of birdseed for the winter. Read more now.

29 Roses with Few or No Thorns for Your Garden

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The old song isn’t true: Not every rose has its thorns. Some are thornless (or nearly so) and every bit as beautiful as thorny ones. In this guide, we’ll introduce you to 29 different options so you don’t have to suffer for beauty. From climbers to petite shrubs, there are a multitude of options available.

How to Harvest Edible Flowers

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Both beautiful in the garden and yummy in the kitchen, edible flowers are a treat for the eyes and mouth. If you grow them, you might as well harvest and use them! How exactly? In this guide, we cover all the details on how and when you can harvest them, plus some intel on storing these pretty palate pleasers. Read more.

9 Different Types of Goldenrods to Grow in the Landscape

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Goldenrods are late-season wildflowers bearing large golden sprays of blooms. With over 120 different species, there’s one suited to nearly every growing situation – dry or moist soil, wild meadows or compact gardens. To learn about 9 different goldenrods and discover which is best for your landscape, read more now.

How to Propagate Bleeding Hearts to Create More Plants

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One bleeding heart is great, but more are better. Learn how to propagate your bleeding heart plants from root or stem cuttings, seed, or divisions so you can fill the shady spots of your garden with them for the cost of some seed starting mix and a pot. Bleeding hearts are fairly simple to propagate without much fuss.

How to Identify and Control Dahlia Pests

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Dahlias, with their luscious summer color, are blooms gardeners look forward to. It’s crushing if pests get to them before you can enjoy them. Sadly, quite a variety of pests like to snack on dahlias. Check out this guide to learn all you need to know about these common pests and how to deal with them. Read more now.

11 of the Best Lavender Varieties for Hot Climates

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Are you looking to add lovely lavender into your hot climate (Zone 9 and above) garden? There are a number of varieties of this fragrant Mediterranean herb that can flourish in your region, whether it’s dry heat or steamy and humid. Discover 11 of the best lavender varieties for hot climates in this guide. Read more now.

How to Identify Rose Mosaic Virus (and What to Do About It)

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Rose mosaic virus causes all kinds of weird, ugly-looking symptoms in roses, but it doesn’t stop there. It can also make your roses weak and can even contribute to their demise. There’s no cure and no way to treat for it preventatively. So what can you do about this disease? That’s what this guide will show you.

How to Grow and Care for Goldenrod Plants

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Goldenrods are wildflowers that bear beautiful, golden sprays of late-season color. These easy-care perennials attract beneficial insects and pollinators like bees and butterflies while gilding the vista with their bright blooms. Keep reading for guidance on how to grow gorgeous goldenrods in the garden or landscape.

How to Propagate Peonies from Seed and by Division

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Saw a peony in a neighbor’s yard that you fell in love with? Have a plant in your garden that you’d like to make more of? Knowing how to propagate peonies is a useful skill to have in order to replicate plants that you want more of. Learn how to make more peonies using seeds or by dividing an existing plant.

How to Grow and Care for Bush Anemones

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

Do Bleeding Heart Flowers Change Color?

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Do bleeding hearts, with their unique blossoms, change color? Many flowers, like roses and hydrangeas, can change as the conditions around them shift. Are bleeding hearts like that? We’ll explore the science of color change in flowers and what can cause it to happen, and we’ll answer the question about bleeding hearts.

How to Grow and Care for Peacock Flowers

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

How to Harvest and Save Black-Eyed Susan Seed

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Black-eyed Susans are cheerful flowers, loved equally by pollinators and humans. If you want more of them, or want to share the sunshine they bring to a yard with friends, why not collect the seeds from your own plants? To learn everything you need to know to harvest and save Rudbeckia seed, check out our guide. Read more.

What’s the Difference Between French and English Lavender?

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Do you know which lavender is best for your garden or landscape? With so many lavenders to choose from, it can be daunting to decide which one to select. Start with learning the key differences between English and French lavender. They’re both aromatic and easy to grow but have different growing habits and needs.

How and When to Prune Bird of Paradise Plants

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

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

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

How to Identify and Control Apple Maggots

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Apple maggots are the larvae of small flies that lay their eggs in orchard fruits, especially apples, quickly turning the ripening fruits inedible. To catch these pests before they ruin your pie dreams, learn everything you need to know about apple maggots – including a variety of control options – in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Boston Ivy

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

How to Grow Succulents Outdoors in the Garden

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Low-maintenance, water-wise succulents are popular houseplants, but did you know that you can also cultivate them outdoors in the garden? Read on to discover species suited to your USDA Hardiness Zone and create eye-catching arrangements that display the varied forms, colors, and textures of these quirky desert plants.

17 of the Best White Rose Varieties for the Garden

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White roses you grow yourself can be elegant, dramatic, or sweet and fresh. They look beautiful in flower arrangements and bridal bouquets, or planted to contrast with more colorful flowers in gardens and borders. Need inspiration? Learn about 17 of the best white rose varieties right here. Read more now.

How to Grow Love Lies Bleeding

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Whether you plant Amaranthus caudatus for its striking 2-foot-long red flower heads, for its medicinal properties, or to eat it for breakfast, you won’t be disappointed with this large tropical native that’s made itself at home in North America. Learn how to grow and care for love lies bleeding in this guide. Read more.

How to Make Dandelion Tea Fertilizer from Unwanted Weeds

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Put your weeds to good use by making dandelion tea fertilizer. It’s surprisingly easy to do; all you need is a container, dandelions, and water. It naturally ferments over time with little effort or time on your part. Not only does it cost next to nothing, it’s also a great option for organic gardeners! Read more.

How to Identify and Treat Powdery Mildew on Roses

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Powdery mildew on roses is incredibly common and can be very destructive. It shows up as a powdery coating on the leaves and flowers and can cause them to be distorted. In advanced cases, it can stop blooms from forming and defoliate a plant. Learn how to prevent and treat powdery mildew on roses in this guide. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Euonymus Shrubs

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

11 of the Best Cold-Hardy Lavender Varieties for Cooler Climates

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With pretty purple flowers and a soothing scent, lavender is an excellent addition to many garden settings. And though they’re from the warm Mediterranean, there are plenty of superb selections that can overwinter through freezing temperatures and snow. Discover 11 of the best cold-hardy lavenders for cooler climates.

Troubleshooting and Preventing Carrot Growing Problems

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Carrots are popular in the vegetable garden, but these root crops are quite particular about their growing conditions. Development problems can occur due to a variety of factors, from moisture management to temperature troubles. Learn how to troubleshoot and prevent carrot growing problems in this guide. Read more.

25 of the Best-Smelling Roses to Enrich Your Garden

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Roses are obviously a treat for the eyes, but if you plant one that has a strong, lovely scent, they can also be a feast for the nose. This guide introduces you to 25 of the best-smelling roses on the market today to help you in your search, whether you want something fruity and light or musky and spicy in your garden.

7 Reasons Why Morning Glories Fail to Bloom

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Morning glories are annual vines that grace gardens with blue, pink, purple, or white flowers continuously from summer through fall. Sometimes flower production is poor or nonexistent. Learn about seven of the most common reasons why flower production may be poor or nonexistent in this guide. Read more now.

How to Identify and Treat Common Canna Lily Diseases

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No tropical garden is complete without the lush leaves and long-blooming flowers of the canna lily. Canna lilies are very popular ornamental plants – and for good reason. They are easy to grow and are prone to only a few diseases. Let’s dive into how to identify, manage, and prevent the most common diseases in cannas.

Growing Carnivorous Plants 101: How to Get Started

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

Are Pansy Flowers Edible? Tips for Harvest and Use

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Tasty, easy-care edible flowers, pansies come in an array of patterns and colors. Grow them in cool weather to yield edible blooms for garnishes, herb butter, and salads. Our guide provides important safety recommendations for growing flowers to eat, and tips for harvesting pansy blossoms all season long. Read more.

How to Plant and Grow Sedum (Stonecrop)

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

How to Identify and Treat Downy Mildew on Roses

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Downy mildew is an increasingly common problem on roses, and it’s one of those diseases that can impact some of the sturdier roses out there like Knock Outs, Drifts, and Bucks. It causes ugly dark spots, yellowing leaves, and can even kill your shrub if left unchecked. It’s difficult to address, but our guide can help.

19 of the Best Flowering Companion Plants for Dahlias

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Tuberous flowering dahlias light up midsummer to autumn gardens in bold shades ranging from pink and purple to yellow, orange, and red. Read on to learn about 19 flowering companion plants that share the same cultural requirements for soil, sun, and water, and get your beds and borders ready for a spectacular display.

How to Use Chrysanthemums for Pest Control in the Garden

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Chrysanthemums are used to make pyrethrins, which are the most popular insecticides on the planet, and for good reason. They have low toxicity for birds and mammals, but kill insects rapidly on contact. You can make your own insecticide using the mums that you grow in your own garden. This guide explains the process.

Tips for Growing Tree Peonies

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Tree peonies, also known as woody peonies, are diverse perennial shrubs originating from China. First hybridized 1,500 years ago, these blooming beauties have been slowly making their way into gardens ever since. In this guide we’ll cover the basics of growing and caring for these beautiful spring-blooming shrubs.

How to Make Lemon Verbena Tea (And Why You Should)

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Lemon verbena is a delicious herb that offers a multitude of uses! The abundant and aromatic plant provides plentiful harvests during the summertime and the leaves make a delightfully uplifting herbal infusion that can be enjoyed hot or cold. Make a cup for yourself or a pitcher to share! Read more now.

How to Identify and Control Common Canna Lily Pests

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Canna lilies can make your garden instantly feel like a tropical oasis. Their luscious leaves are certainly something to admire – but we aren’t the only ones who think so. There are some pesky garden pests you need to watch out for. With the right tools, tips, and regular monitoring, pest management will be a breeze.

Why Carrots Crack: Tips for Preventing Split Roots

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Whether you’re a home gardener or you hope to sell your harvest, growing “pretty produce” is hard. Many root vegetables may crack. But split carrots, while edible and usually delicious, are some of the worst offenders. Thankfully, this is easy to prevent through better moisture management and by making other changes.

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

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

How to Identify and Treat Common Nasturtium Diseases

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

All About Griffith Buck Roses

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Buck roses aren’t as well-known, but they’re just as hardy, disease-resistant, and low-maintenance as familiar names like Knock Out and Drift roses, with a wider range of colors and sizes available. Griffith Buck was passionate about roses and bred some cherished cultivars, but he never sought commercial success.

When and How to Prune Zucchini Plants

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Zucchini plants may need pruning to get rid of damaged or diseased leaves, or to discourage crowding and shading. Our guide tells how and when to prune zucchini without harming the vines or bush plants. It also shares ways to avoid this garden chore with ample spacing and by choosing compact varieties to grow. Read more.

How to Identify and Manage 9 Common Nasturtium Pests

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The bright, edible blossoms and green or variegated foliage of nasturtiums are as lovely to look at as they are to eat – unless they are plagued by pests. Learn how to recognize and treat nine common nasturtium pests now, and enjoy summer gardens bursting with classic orange, red, and yellow blossoms. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Firebush

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

13 Popular Types of Jasmine Vines and Shrubs

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Dainty, starry flowers and sweetly soothing fragrance highlight jasmine’s tender, climbing vines and sprawling shrubs. A perfumed must-have for patios, seating areas, and under windows, container plants can overwinter indoors in cold regions. Learn about 13 popular types of jasmine vines and shrubs for the garden.

How to Control Beetles on Green Bean Plants

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From bean leaf beetles to cucumber beetles, many insects will attack green beans. There are many ways to control these pests organically, and protect your plants from the damage they cause. Row covers and neem oil are the heavy hitters, perfect to include in your organic arsenal for keeping pests at bay. Read more now.

Are Geraniums Annuals or Perennials? Learn About Geranium Lifespans

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Most of us grow geraniums as annuals, but they’re actually perennials and can have long lifespans if you let them. There are many options you can choose to extend the life of your pelargoniums. Our guide will help you decide what to do with your plants once they stop blooming, whether that’s overwintering or pruning.

How to Prevent and Manage Common Mustard Green Pests and Diseases

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While mustard greens grow quickly and are easy to care for in the home garden, they’re also susceptible to a number of pests and brassica diseases caused by pathogens like fungi and water molds. Our guide explains how to prevent the most common ailments, like downy mildew, and ways to cope with insect pests. Read more.

How to Protect Zucchini Plants from Pests

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Zucchini is an integral part of a summer vegetable garden, but if the plants aren’t protected, pests like aphids and squash bugs can cause serious damage. While they are easy to grow, knowing how to protect your plants can improve your harvest. Discover the best options for protecting your plants in this guide.

7 Steps to Harvesting and Saving Marigold Seeds

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It’s not difficult to save seeds from faded marigolds. But for success with future plantings, be sure to follow a few simple steps to make sure the seeds are harvested and stored properly. Keep reading to learn more about collecting and saving marigold seeds so they’ll produce a new batch of beautiful blooms.

How to Identify and Control Carrot Weevils

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Carrot weevils are small snout-nosed beetles that lay eggs in the plant, and the larvae chew down into the root. The result: young plants may wilt and die, and any roots you do harvest may be cracked and full of black tunnels. This guide has everything you need to know about these pests, including control options.