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.

How to Grow and Care for American Bittersweet Vines

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The native alternative to Oriental bittersweet, American bittersweet has the same dazzling, bright, colorful berries without the tendency to overtake everything in its path. Excellent food for wildlife, and superb for wreath making and seasonal decoration, learn to grow this unusual woodland climber in this guide.

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.

How to Grow Yucca Plants in Containers

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Do you want to grow yucca in a pot? There are a number of advantages to growing yuccas in pots, such as greater accessibility, more placement options, and a wider variety of style choices. If you want to grow your yucca plants in containers with ease, this guide provides all the essential know-how. Read more now.

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?

How to Grow and Care for Birchleaf Spirea Shrubs

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An exceptionally hardy ornamental shrub even in northern climates, birchleaf spirea offers three-season interest. Its spring blooms, summer greenery, and multihued autumn foliage are ideal for borders, mass plantings, and erosion control. Learn how to grow and care for this pollinator-friendly spirea species now.

Are Yucca Plants Edible?

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Can you grow yucca plants for food? In this article, we’ll discuss topics such as yucca vs. yuca, edible parts, harvesting times, preparations, common yucca species, nutrition, and the ultimate question: should you cultivate yucca for edible use? Gain valuable insights to make informed choices on your culinary journey.

How to Grow and Care for Winterhazel

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Beautiful, hardy, and easy to care for, winterhazel shrubs will add beautiful yellow blooms to an otherwise dormant winter landscape. This guide walks you through how to propagate, cultivate, and maintain species of Corylopsis shrubs, as well as where to place them in your landscape for maximum aesthetics. Read more.

How to Grow Begonias as Houseplants

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Begonias are beautiful in the garden, but some types also grow as colorful houseplants. Rex, wax, cane, and rhizomatous varieties will thrive indoors in an office, sunroom, or apartment with proper light, temperature, and humidity. We’ll share the best begonia types to grow indoors and ways to keep them healthy.

How and When to Harvest Chicory Roots and Leaves

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Learn everything you need to know about harvesting chicory plants in this comprehensive guide. Find out when to harvest for optimum flavor, and master the best methods for harvesting both nutrient-rich leaves and roots. Discover valuable tips for preservation and storage to enjoy this herb year-round. Read more.

How to Plant and Grow Shallots

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Shallots are a type of onion that has a sweet, mild flavor beloved of fine-dining chefs that can be difficult to find in the grocery store. Why not try growing your own? Discover how to plant and grow gourmet shallots in your garden now with this guide. Plus, we’ll share our favorite recipe ideas! Read more now.

How Do I Know When My Pumpkin Is Ripe? Picking and Harvest Tips

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Are you having trouble figuring out how to tell if your homegrown pumpkins are ripe and ready for picking? In this guide, we reveal the five signs that your gourds are ready to harvest. Plus, we discuss the proper way to pick a pumpkin and the one important step you shouldn’t miss. Learn all you need to know now.

How Nutritious Is Raw Kale?

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Often labeled as a superfood, kale is a trendy leafy green that’s found in everything from salads and grain bowls to smoothies and juices. But how nutritious is raw kale actually, and are there any potential downsides to eating it? Read more about the potential health benefits of eating raw kale now.

How to Grow and Care for Lace Aloe

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An unusual indoor/outdoor succulent that’s the lone species in its genus, lace aloe forms white-flecked rosettes with lacy, soft bristles. Grow it as an evergreen in Zones 7-10, especially where water is scarce. Or, pot it up for dish gardens indoors. Its flowers attract bees, hummingbirds, and pollinators.

How to Store Your Pears After Harvest

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Fresh pears are sweet, juicy, and delicious. But most varieties need to be picked green and ripened off the tree before they can be enjoyed. With the right environment your crop can be stored for several months to extend the goodness. Learn on how to store, handle, and ripen pears in this guide. Read more now.

How to Plant and Grow Savoy Cabbage

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You’ve probably heard of green and red cabbage, but what about savoy? This variety has crinkled green leaves with a sweet flavor. Its deep green color and visually interesting texture make it a beautiful addition to your garden. Crunchy yet tender, this is a fantastic variety for using in slaws. Learn more now.

When and How to Blanch Maturing Cauliflower Heads

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Cauliflower is a cool-season crop that can be challenging to cultivate. Did you know that some varieties require your intervention to be able to produce unblemished heads? The technique is called blanching, and it protects the developing heads from sun damage. Learn when and how to do it. Read on for easy instructions.

19 Apple Tree Varieties That’ll Knock Your Socks Off

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Selecting the best apple tree varieties can be disappointing and fruitless (pun intended) if you don’t pick the right trees. Cold hardiness, flowering groups, and chill hours can be overwhelming, and don’t get me started on the trouble with triploids. Read more to learn about picking the right ones for your yard.

27 of the Best Echeveria Varieties

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With unique rosettes ranging in colors from icy blue to dusty plum, echeveria succulents are easy-care, frost-tender perennials that thrive in lean soil and arid conditions, making them an excellent choice for containers, xeriscape gardens, and houseplants as well. Learn about 27 of the best echeveria varieties now.

How to Grow and Care for Oregon Grape Holly

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With gorgeous fall color, eye-catching berries, and bright yellow flowers, Oregon grapes are fantastic for landscaping. These shrubs come in various shapes and sizes, and can serve multiple purposes in your yard – plus their fruits are edible. Keep reading to learn more about growing and caring for Oregon grape.

Growing a Three Sisters Garden: Beans, Corn, and Squash

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Discover the rich history of the three sisters garden, a sustainable planting method rooted in Native American traditions. Learn how to cultivate corn, beans, and squash together to harness their companion planting benefits for a bountiful harvest. Explore the synergy of this agricultural technique.

How to Transplant or Repot Aloe Vera in 3 Simple Steps

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Are you noticing your aloe becoming too big for its current pot or space? No worries, we’ve got you covered! Discover the three simple steps to transplant or repot your aloe. Not only is it enjoyable, but you’ll also be providing aloe with a new home that will support its longevity.

Tips for Growing Garlic in Containers

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If you love the aromatic flavor of garlic in your cooking, why not try growing it at home in containers? Planting in pots saves space in your garden and gives you a head start on the long growing season. With our tips, you’ll be enjoying your own homegrown harvest of deliciousness. Learn how to grow garlic in containers now.

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 Lipstick Vines

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A vining houseplant ideal for indoor hanging baskets, lipstick plant has flowers that look like little lipstick tubes. This quirky, showy epiphyte needs a few extras to thrive and bloom indoors, including indirect light, and ample warmth and ample humidity. Learn how to keep it happy with our tips. Read more now.

How to Grow Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) from Seed

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If you love amaryllis, did you know that you can grow these dramatic flowers from seed? The process requires a few years of patience but allows you to create your own hybrids for spectacular results. Learn how to pollinate, harvest, and sow amaryllis seeds for years of glorious blooms with this guide. Read more now.

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.

What Is the Difference Between Broccoli Rabe and Broccolini?

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Is there a difference between broccolini and broccoli rabe? Or are they the same? These two veggies look a lot alike and have similar names. But they are different – in their origins, how they grow in the garden, and how you’ll want to use them in the kitchen! To learn what distinguishes these two veggies, keep reading.

How to Overwinter Begonias

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Instead of tossing begonias at the season’s end, help them survive the winter and grow the same plants next spring. Our guide will help you prepare wax begonias for winter survival and save begonia tubers to plant again. Those in Zones 6-9 can find tips for preparing cold-resistant hardy begonias for wintry weather.

Sun Recommendations for Planting Kale

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Choosing to grow kale in the home garden is an excellent choice. Who doesn’t want a fresh patch of healthy leafy greens to pick from, right in the backyard? But knowing how much sunshine per day this cruciferous vegetable requires? That’s another question. To find out how much sun to provide your kale, read more now.

When and How to Harvest Caraway Seed

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Caraway is an aromatic herb that is entirely edible. Usually grown as a biennial, flowers yield to fruit in the second year. We call this fruit seed, and use it to flavor foods like classic rye bread. Read on and learn when and how to harvest the pungent seed for recipes and future crops, right here on Gardener’s Path.

How to Plant and Grow Basil

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A beautiful, warm weather herb with large, aromatic leaves, sweetly spicy basil is widely used to flavor both savory and sweet foods and beverages. Easily cultivated and fast growing, it’s an excellent container plant and a natural in herb and kitchen gardens. Keep reading to learn how to grow basil.

How to Identify and Control 11 Cactus Pests

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Cacti are resilient desert survivors, but even they’re at risk of infestation and pest damage. Our guide walks you through a handful of significant threats, how to prevent them, and how to handle them if they’re already present. Arm yourself with this know-how, and your cacti will be much better off. Read more now.

How to Plant and Grow Asian Pear Trees

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Asian pears are a treat for anyone who loves a crisp, crunchy pear. Deliciously firm when fully ripe, nashi pears can be difficult to find in the grocery store. Why not try growing your own? Discover how to plant and grow Asian pear trees in your garden now with this guide. Plus we’ll share our favorite recipe ideas!

Why Is My Cauliflower Fuzzy? Troubleshooting Tips for Ricing in Curds

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Cauliflower is one of the more difficult cool-weather crops to grow. If climate, soil, and moisture conditions are not ideal, the curd may not mature as it should. Sometimes, instead of being smooth, it looks fuzzy. Learn what causes this, how to avoid it, and if the affected crop is edible. Read more now.

How to Identify and Treat Pecan Stem End Blight

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Pecan nuts that start to turn black and fall off the tree may be suffering from stem end blight. This fungal disease is spread by insects feeding on your trees and can cause severe damage to your crop. Fungicide treatment may be necessary if your trees are infected. Learn how to identify and treat this serious disease.

How to Grow Plumcots and Pluots

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Plumcots and pluots are interspecific hybrid fruits achieved by crossing plum trees with apricot trees. Walk with us through the orchard as we explore these harmonious combos. Learn all the juicy secrets of these sensational fruit fusions like their history, how to grow and use them, and where to get your own plants.

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.

How to Grow Bird of Paradise Indoors

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If you love the vibrant, evergreen bird of paradise plants, did you know that you can grow them as houseplants? Whether you are bringing your outdoor plants in for the winter, or want to add some tropical flair to your decor, learn how to grow and care for bird of paradise indoors in this guide. Read more now.

Health Benefits of Beets

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Hunting for a root vegetable teeming with health benefits? Look no further than the beet. This earthy vegetable contains several key nutrients that are vital to our health. With a plethora of cultivars to choose from, you’ll be eager to add them to your garden. Read on to learn about what this veggie has to offer.

Your Guide to Fall and Spring Perennial Cutbacks and Pruning

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A tidy garden is a healthy garden, and cutting back perennials helps to achieve both of these things. But confusion comes into play when deciding which perennials to cut back when. Relax! We’ll teach you how biannual pruning can become an act of meditation for the gardener. Read our handy guide, and you’ll look forward to a tidy cleanup.

Tips for Growing Carrots Indoors

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If you love the taste of homegrown carrots but haven’t had much success with them in your garden, why not try growing them indoors? An indoor garden can provide you with a year-round harvest of fresh, sweet, and tasty roots – and it’s easy when you know how to grow them successfully. Read more now to get our tips.

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.

How to Make Your Own Cactus Potting Soil

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Attractive, colorful, and unique plants, cacti are fabulous in pots and containers, and require little care or maintenance. But these desert-dwellers do need special soil to really thrive – a potting mix with a sandy, porous texture that’s well-draining. Learn how to make your own cactus potting soil in this guide.

Health Benefits of Turnip Greens

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Turn up your diet quality with turnip greens! This leafy vegetable packs in a powerful nutritional punch. Turnips are best known for their roots, but don’t forget to keep the tops too! Adding the homegrown greens to salads or sauteing them with aromatics offers many robust health benefits. Read on to learn more.

How to Prevent and Manage Fireblight in Apples, Pears, and Plums

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Fireblight can quickly infect apples, pears, and plums, leaving them sickly, ugly, and unable to produce as many healthy fruits. Our guide discusses this serious bacterial disease, how to manage fireblight infections in your trees, and even how to prevent infections from happening in the first place. Read more.

Tips for Growing Collard Greens in Winter

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Did you know you can grow collard greens in the winter months? Collard greens are very cold hardy and a touch of frost improves their flavor and texture. With just a few simple tips, you can enjoy fresh homegrown greens long after other crops have withered. Learn how to grow collards in cold weather in this guide.

How to Store Your Apple Harvest

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If you find yourself with a bumper crop of apples, you’ll likely want to put some of your harvest up for winter storage, either fresh or as preserves. The fresh fruits will keep their delicious flavors and perfect textures for months when stored in the best conditions. Learn how to store your apple harvest in this guide.

How to Plant and Grow Swiss Chard

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Are you interested in expanding your repertoire of leafy green vegetables in the garden? Then colorful Swiss chard is for you. Cold and heat tolerant, it produces multiple harvests per season, and can be eaten cooked and raw in a variety of dishes. Learn how to cultivate it in your garden, here on Gardener’s Path.

What Month Should You Sow Kale?

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If you want to grow kale, an important first step is figuring out when you should sow the seeds. Assessing various factors, including where you live and the time of year, can help you to figure this out. By planting at the right time, you will be rewarded with an abundant harvest of nutritious greens. Read more now.

Broccoli Buttoning: What Causes Multiple Tiny Heads?

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Broccoli isn’t the easiest cruciferous vegetable to cultivate. It needs cool weather and a host of other favorable growing conditions. Sometimes, instead of one large, compact head, multiple small ones called buttons develop. Learn why this happens, and what measures you can take to avoid it, here on Gardener’s Path.

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.

9 of the Best Asian Pear Varieties for the Home Garden

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Distinct from European types, Asian pears are firm-fleshed, with mild to sweet flavors, and a refreshing, juicy crunch. The pretty fruit is round and apple-like, and ripens on the tree in colors ranging from pale green or yellow to bronze and russet. Read about nine of the best Asian pears for the home garden here.

The Ultimate Fall Berry Planting Guide

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Just because there’s a chill in the air doesn’t mean your gardening season has to be over. Autumn is the perfect time to plant berry bushes, trees, and canes for a generous crop of homegrown fruit next year. Read more to learn to plant a variety of berries this autumn for a luscious spring, summer, and fall harvest.

How and When to Harvest Beets

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Juicy, vibrant, and packed with nutrients, beets are one crop that’s worth growing in abundance in your garden. Luckily, harvesting this delicious root is easy and options for preservation are almost endless. Read more now for tips and tricks on how to harvest and store beets, plus some fun recipe ideas to try.

How to Stop Turnips from Bolting and Going to Seed

Can’t understand why your turnip crop keeps bolting? Bolting is caused by stress on plants and can be easily addressed with a few simple tricks. Learn what factors can cause bolting in turnips and explore some ways that you can prevent your turnip crop from bolting. Read more now.

How to Divide Aloe Plants in 5 Simple Steps

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To ensure the longevity of your aloe plants, it’s essential to divide them as soon as they begin to encroach upon each other and the space they are growing in. Read our guide to find straightforward steps on how to complete this process successfully, and you’ll also have extra plants to share with friends and family!

How to Grow and Care for Smooth Hydrangea Bushes

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With snow-white pom-pom inflorescence and exfoliating, textured bark, wild hydrangeas are sure to wow any garden aficionado. Hydrangea arborescens attracts pollinators, stabilizes slopes, and is a natural border plant with showy blooms that make for an elegant cut flower. Learn how to grow wild hydrangeas now.

What Are the Health Benefits of Homegrown Collard Greens?

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You may know collard greens as a Southern side dish staple, but did you know they also offer a multitude of potential health benefits? With plenty of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, collards make a great addition to your diet. And they can be quite simple to grow – a no-brainer to add to your garden! Read more now.

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.

How to Overwinter Nemesia Flowers

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The colorful, cheerful flowers of nemesia are a charming addition to planters, hanging baskets, and window boxes. Easily cultivated, they’re typically grown as annuals, but these frost-tender perennials can be saved as dormant plants to flower again next season. Learn about nemesia winter care now in our guide.

Lemongrass Winter Care: How to Prepare for the Cold

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Lemongrass brings a tropical touch to your garden, with its long leaves and citrusy scent. But it needs a bit of extra care and attention if it’s to survive the winter chill. To learn what steps to take to prepare your plants for the change of season, and the protection they need for overwintering, read more now.

The Best Companion Plants to Grow with Kale

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Planting kale in your vegetable garden? You’ll want to know the best common companion plants for this garden veggie. If so, you have come to the right place. Learn which plants will attract beneficial insects, repel pests, provide ground cover, and act as nitrogen fixers for this garden staple. Read more now.

How to Divide and Transplant Yucca Offshoot Pups

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Yuccas are beautiful flowering succulents for the home and garden. Low maintenance perennials with excellent drought tolerance, they’re forgiving of neglect. A star in any waterwise garden, they’re easy to reproduce as well. To thin out clumps or start new plants, here’s how to separate and repot yucca offshoots.

How to Plant and Grow Winter Savory

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Winter savory is the perennial cousin of the annual summer variety, and its evergreen leaves can be enjoyed in recipes year-round. This easy-to-grow herb adds a peppery umami flavor to bean dishes, game, meat, and stuffing, and makes a great companion plant in the garden. Read more now to learn how to grow your own.

5 Reasons Your Pumpkin Vine Isn’t Blooming

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You’ve nourished and cared for your pumpkin seedlings, and they’ve grown vines and leaves. Flowers should’ve appeared by now, but you don’t see any blooms – and no flowers means no fruit. Did something go wrong? Read more now to learn the top 5 reasons why your pumpkin vine isn’t blooming, and what to do about it.

9 of the Best Chard Varieties to Grow at Home

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Chard makes a nutritious and colorful addition to your vegetable patch. This leafy green is easy to grow and there are lots of varieties to choose from. With different flavors, textures, and colors you’re sure to find a variety perfect for your garden. Learn more about the different types of chard with our 9 top picks.

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.

How to Lift and Store Crocus Bulbs

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One of the earliest of the spring bulbs, crocus flowers brighten winter-weary gardens in glorious colors of mauve, purple, and orange. Hardy and durable, the corms prefer to stay snuggled into their soil beds year round – but they can be lifted and saved until fall planting if needed. Here’s how to store crocus bulbs.

How to Harvest and Store Kale Seeds

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Kale has healthy nutrients, a delicious taste, striking beauty, and is easy to grow – making it a beloved staple in the vegetable garden. Why not increase your enjoyment of this super-veggie with plants grown from your own seed collection? Smart, organic, and economical, here’s how to harvest and store kale seeds.

7 Top Elderberry Varieties to Grow in Your Backyard

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If you love elderberries, why not grow them at home? These tall shrubs make an incredible addition to the landscape, with beautiful flowers and tasty fruit. Learn which plants are best suited for your growing area as we take a look at 7 of the best varieties to grow at home in this guide. 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.

How to Grow and Care for Ruby Glow Peperomia

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Ruby glow peperomia is a funky green and burgundy succulent plant that’s a breeze to care for. With its chunky, fleshy leaves, this perky and colorful houseplant will be good as gold sitting on a sunny windowsill and requires very little maintenance. Keep reading to learn how to grow and care for ruby glow peperomia.

How to Lift and Store Canna Lilies for Winter

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Canna lilies have stunning, long-lasting flowers that add bright color and a tropical touch to the garden. As frost-tender plants, in Zone 7 and below, they benefit from having their rhizomes lifted for winter storage before replanting in spring. Learn how to lift and store cannas in this guide. Read more now.

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 Propagate Amaryllis Bulbs

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Amaryllis bulbs produce stunningly colorful flowers that are often grown indoors during the winter holiday season. Easily propagated from offsets and by divisions, just one mature bulb has the potential to produce several new plants. Learn how to propagate amaryllis from bulb offsets and sectioning. Read more now.

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.

The Best Pine Trees: 41 Noteworthy Varieties

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Pine trees are gorgeous plantings to add to the landscape. But with so many different kinds available, how does one decide on a type to plant, or know how to tell them apart? In this guide to the best Pinus species we cover a bunch of different pine trees, their features, and what makes them unique. Read more now.

How to Grow Winter Cabbage for a Late-Season Harvest

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If you’re looking to pull a fresh, crisp vegetable from your winter garden, consider winter cabbage. Storage varieties can withstand cold temperatures and frosts without sustaining much damage. Learn about important factors such as planting dates and crop protection for a successful late-season harvest. Read more now.

How to Harvest and Save Basil Seed

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Building your own supply of top-performing garden seeds is fun and easy – an economical way to ensure constant access to your favorite flowers, herbs, and veggies. Curate your own heritage collection and avoid the disappointment of market whims and disappearing varieties. Here’s how to harvest and save basil seed.

How to Turn Green Pumpkins Orange After Vines Die

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If your pumpkin vine died just a few weeks before harvest time, you’re probably at a loss for what to do with your green pumpkins. But did you know there’s something you can do to help them turn orange? In this guide, learn our favorite trick, and discover a few reasons why vines may die early. Read more.

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.

Tips for Growing Flowering Vines

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Flowering vines have long strands of blossoms to train over arbors, fences, and trellises, adding color and movement, and forming living privacy screens. From soft and herbaceous to woody and evergreen, there are options for all to enjoy. Read on and get ready to beautify your outdoor living space with flowering vines.

28 of the Best Yucca Varieties

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Happy inhabitants of the driest of soils, the resilient yucca tolerates drought, frost, and searing heat. With spiky foliage in shades of green, gray, and blue, yucca sports spikes of creamy flowers come summer. Learn about the most beautiful, floriferous, and toughest types of this native succulent for your garden.

How to Grow and Care for Pomegranate Trees

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

How to Save Pumpkin Seeds from Your Garden to Roast and Eat

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Whether you grow field, pie, or hull-less pumpkin varieties, saving the seeds to eat is a bonus! Here’s how to pick the best varieties to grow if you want to roast the seeds, and how to spot the winter squash with the most seeds. Follow these selection and collection tips for a nutritious harvest ready to roast.

11 of the Best Fall Annuals for the South

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When summer ends, gardeners in the south can still grow pretty annuals for fall color. Discover the best choices for borders, cutting gardens, or containers with this list of 11 of the best autumn annuals for southern growers. Our top picks include cheery sunflowers, zinnias, and marigolds. Read more now.

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 Plant an Autumn Vegetable Garden

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Carrots, and cabbage, and collards, oh my! Fall is here and it’s time to head back to the garden to plant your autumn vegetable crops. For a bountiful harvest from your fall veggie patch, there are a few tips and tricks you’ll need before you sow your seeds and transplant your seedlings. Ready to learn more? Read on!

How Nutritious Is Raw Cabbage?

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While it may not be as trendy as cauliflower or kale, cabbage is a low calorie vegetable that packs a serious nutritional punch. A member of the Brassica genus, cabbage is rich in several important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Want to find out just how nutritious raw cabbage actually is? Read more now.

How and When to Harvest Arugula

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Are you growing arugula in your garden and wondering when and how to harvest it for crispy leaves with the tastiest flavor? Find out how to pick baby greens for a mild flavor or enjoy a peppery kick from more mature leaves. Get the best out of your greens and learn how and when to harvest arugula. Read more now.

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.

When and How to Harvest Apples

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If you’re growing apples in your orchard, you’ll harvest the best quality fruit if you know how to judge the maturity of your crop. There are a number of factors that will help you estimate when your apples will be ripe for picking. Learn when and how to harvest your apples in this guide. Read more now.