How to Care for Amaryllis After Flowering

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Colorful flowers grown indoors over winter, amaryllis bulbs are easy to save for many repeat performances. If treated as foliage plants until the end of summer, they’ll rebloom next winter after a period of dormancy – or plant them in gardens with mild winters. Learn how to care for amaryllis after flowering now.

Tips for Growing Peas Indoors

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Peas germinate quickly and are one of the easiest food crops to grow outdoors in the garden or a pot. But what if you want to enjoy homegrown peas year-round? Indoor gardening is the answer! It’s easy to cultivate peas indoors like other houseplants, especially when you use a grow light. Read more now.

Do Aloe Plants Bloom?

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Whether you’ve noticed new developments on an aloe plant or you’re interested in knowing more before you buy one, you may be asking – do aloe plants bloom? Learn all about the flowering process of these plants, how to nurture aloe to encourage blooming, and how to care for plants during and after flowering. Read more.

How to Propagate Monstera (Swiss Cheese Plants)

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Can’t get enough of those dramatic Swiss cheese plants? We don’t blame you. These epiphytes are extremely easy to reproduce and this guide makes the process crystal clear. Learn 5 foolproof methods for propagating Monstera deliciosa plants, including rooting cuttings, air layering, sowing seeds, and dividing.

How to Grow and Care for a Chinkapin Oak Tree

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Suited to USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 7, the mighty chinkapin oak tree is a white oak species. Its lance-shaped, toothed green leaves are yellow in the fall for a rich seasonal display. Long-lived, this striking landscape specimen grows in full sun and provides comfortable shade in outdoor living spaces for generations.

7 Reasons to Prune Crotons (And How to Do It)

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Tropical crotons, Codiaeum variegatum, have lustrous, lush foliage in vivid hues with dramatically contrasting veins, splotches, and streaks. They thrive outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10 to 12 and as indoor potted plants in all regions. Should you prune your plants? Read on for seven reasons to pick up the clippers.

How to Grow and Care for Oak Trees

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You’ve got your shovel, you’ve got your acorns… now what? Oak trees are amazingly hardy once established, but they can use some help getting there as easily as possible. Read our expert guide to learn how to plant and provide care for your oak trees until they’re big and strong enough to do the job on their own.

How to Identify and Manage Anthurium Pests

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Anthuriums make a gorgeous, colorful, glossy addition to the home, so perfect they can look fake. Easy-care and relatively pest free, that doesn’t mean hungry insects never pay a visit. Learn all about the types of pests that might try to ruin your perfect anthuriums and how to deal with them in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care For African Violets

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African violets are one of the few houseplants that produce flowers all year long. They come in many different colors, sizes, leaf shapes, and blossom types, providing color even when the world outside is covered in snow. If you’re curious about how to grow and care for these fantastic, classic plants, this guide can help.

Poinsettias with Shriveled and Dry Leaves: Causes and Solutions

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The leaves and bracts of a poinsettia are lush, vibrant, and bursting with gorgeous color… when they’re healthy. But when Euphorbia pulcherrima has shriveled-up foliage, the plant loses its overall aesthetic appeal. In this guide, we cover just how to prevent and treat poinsettias with leaves that wilt and shrivel.

When and How to Fertilize Peace Lilies

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Peace lilies are easy-care and moderately quick-growing houseplants with soothing, lush green foliage and beautiful, flag-like white spathes. Keep your plants looking their best with a regular feeding routine throughout the growing season. Here are all the steps on how and when to fertilize peace lilies.

When and How to Prune Dracaena

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Dracaena species are stylish tropicals, popular houseplants that can also grow in gardens with mild winters. And these tree-like shrubs are easy to prune, branching to produce ample new foliage where cut. Keep your plants manageable and looking good with these easy steps to prune dracaena in the home and garden.

How to Grow and Care for Christmas Ferns

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With gorgeous hardiness, ease of care, and few disease or pest problems, the Christmas fern is well worth adding to your garden. In this guide, we’ll go over everything you need to know about evergreen Polystichum acrostichoides from propagation to cultivation, so you’ll be well-prepared come holiday time. Read more.

Tips for Growing Spartan Juniper

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For a plant as tough as the strongest warrior, check out ‘Spartan,’ a Chinese juniper cultivar with a columnar growth habit. It’s perfect as a windbreak, specimen, or living fence. We’ll explain how to plant, grow, and care for this stately shrub, from finding the right place in the garden to caring for it as it grows.

11 Reasons (and Fixes!) for Limp Leaves on Jade Plants

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Jade is a succulent for outdoor cultivation in USDA Hardiness Zones 11 and 12 and an easy-care, water-wise houseplant in all regions. Usually, the foliage is fleshy, firm, and evergreen. However, it can become limp under less-than-ideal growing conditions. Read on and learn why it happens and what to do about it.

How to Grow and Care for Anacampseros Succulents

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Compact, colorful anacampseros succulents grow as perennials in Zones 9-11, and they are easy-care container plants to overwinter indoors in colder growing areas. They grow just six inches maximum and spread to create ground cover or as filler in succulent container gardens. Learn to care for anacampseros in our guide.

How to Water Poinsettia Plants

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Watering a poinsettia the right way is essential for the plant to look its absolute best and grow robustly without developing any health issues. In this guide we’ll explain how to irrigate poinsettia houseplants throughout the year, along with additional tips to make your efforts even more effective. Read more now.

How to Encourage Indoor Snake Plants to Bloom

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Snake plants have fantastic foliage, but their flowers are interesting enough to warrant your gardening efforts. In our guide to coaxing a snake plant to bloom, we go in depth on what mother-in-law’s tongue needs in order to flower, the conditions you’ll have to provide, and how to deadhead the flowers after blooming.

How to Force Amaryllis Bulbs to Bloom Indoors

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Large tropical flowers on tall, sturdy stems, bold and beautiful amaryllis brightens our winter decor with a long flowering time. These long-lived perennials are easily cultivated and can be saved for years of continuous enjoyment. Learn all the necessary steps to force amaryllis indoors in this guide. Read more now.

How to Plant and Grow Chinese Junipers

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Chinese junipers come in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes, which means they can easily suit many different situations. You can grow these classic shrubs as gorgeous bonsai trees, stately garden specimens, maintenance-free hedges, dense privacy screens, container topiaries, and more. Read our growing guide now.

How to Grow and Care for Cinnamon Ferns

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The cinnamon fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum) has many amazing qualities – gorgeous color, easy care, and a widespread growing range are just a few of the things this plant has going for it. If you want to cultivate one – or more! – in your landscape, this growing guide is just what you’ve been looking for. Read more now.

Japanese Maple Lifespan: How Long Can These Trees Live?

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Japanese maples are elegant trees well worth the investment. If you want a tree that makes an impact, you can’t go wrong here. But how long can you expect yours to thrive? How long will all your money and hard work last? This guide explains Japanese maple lifespans and what you can do to influence how long they live.

How to Identify and Control Bok Choy Diseases

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Disease can strike bok choy quickly and without warning, severely reducing its ability to produce delicious leafy goodness. But for the gardener with the proper know-how, the most common ailments don’t stand a chance. In our guide to bok choy diseases, we’ll cover how to detect, prevent, and manage the key offenders.

How to Grow and Care for Rocky Mountain Juniper

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Rocky Mountain junipers are adapted to the harsh, changing, and rough conditions of the Rockies. They can cling to rocky cliffs, hunker down in sand dunes, or survive a long freeze. That adaptability translates to tough, hardy, versatile shrubs for the home garden. This guide helps you make them thrive in your space.

How to Grow and Care for Yew Trees and Shrubs

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Yews are gorgeous, versatile, and have a fascinating history of usage in religion, warfare, and medicine. In order to grow them as beautiful plantings in your garden, you’ll need to know the cultivation conditions that they love and loathe – which is where this guide comes in. All of the know-how you need awaits!

Tips for Growing Poinsettias Outdoors

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A poinsettia plant can bring some yuletide cheer to your landscape as well as the inside of your home! This guide to cultivating Euphorbia pulcherrima outside will walk you through outdoor-specific care practices, and the necessary protocols for transferring potted poinsettia back indoors for winter in cold regions.

How to Force Flaming Katy Kalanchoe to Flower

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You don’t have to toss florist’s kalanchoe after it’s done blooming. Our guide provides step-by-step instructions for forcing new blooms from the flaming Katy ornamental succulents. If you have a place to keep this houseplant in the dark and a little patience, it will reward you with another show of beautiful flowers.

13 of the Best Evergreen Shrubs for Your Garden

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Finding the right evergreen shrub for your garden can be a headache, especially if you want something unique. We’ve taken the guesswork out of the project and compiled 13 of the best evergreen shrubs for you to consider. Read on to see our favorite picks for a variety of growing zones in this guide. Read more now.

9 Reasons to Prune a Jade Houseplant and How to Do It

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Jade is a fleshy-leaved evergreen succulent that doesn’t need water until the pot dries out. It’s low maintenance, but there’s one task you may want to undertake: Pruning a jade plant can support its health and improve its appearance. Read on to discover 9 reasons to prune and the tools and techniques for the job.

How to Grow Mandrake

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Learn how to grow and care for Mandragora, the mysterious and bewitching mandrake plant! This is an essential ornamental to cultivate in a magical garden, but it’s important to be aware of the toxic traits of these plants and how to safely cultivate them. Read more to learn what’s required to help your plants thrive.

How to Grow and Care for Clivia Houseplants

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They’ve been shown off by houseplant enthusiasts for almost 150 years, and today clivias are regaining popularity for their blazing multiheaded blooms and architectural foliage. Learn all you need to know to care for this subtropical plant that loves a dry, low light spot, and putting on a big springtime show. Read more.

How to Care for Dormant Pitcher Plants in Winter

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As carnivorous organisms, pitcher plants spend the growing season in harsh environments where other plants would die. Come winter, these plants take a well-deserved break from all that growing via dormancy. In this guide, you’ll learn how to care for a pitcher plant properly during this dormant period. Read more.

How to Propagate Christmas Cactus from Cuttings

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Christmas cactus produces cheery blooms during the winter months and it’s easy to propagate cuttings. Whether your goal is to produce new plants to give as gifts or to expand your collection with new cultivars, this propagation method will come in handy. Read more to learn how to propagate Christmas cactus cuttings.

How to Grow and Care for Jade Plants Indoors

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One of the most popular houseplants, succulent jade retains water in its leaves, stems, and roots. This trait allows these plants to thrive on infrequent watering and with little other care. But they do require plenty of bright light and well-draining soil. Our guide shares tips on growing jade indoors.

How to Grow Chamomile Indoors

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You’ve probably put a pot of basil, mint, or cilantro in your kitchen window for quick access. But did you know chamomile can grow happily indoors? It’s true! Whether you’re looking to add beauty or an herbal remedy to your home, chamomile will thrive in your indoor food or flower garden with these tips. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Crassula Succulents

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A succulent that thrives in low humidity and bright light, crassula is easy to care for as a houseplant or outdoors in Zones 11-12. Species in this genus include the common jade tree, silver dollar plants, baby’s necklace, and worm plant. Learn more about growing and caring for popular crassula varieties in our guide.

How to Grow and Care for Creeping Juniper

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For a truly carefree, evergreen ground cover, check out creeping juniper. These plants are perfect for rock gardens or xeriscaping and they come in a wide range of options, including dwarf or full-size with green, yellow, gold, or blue foliage. Learn how to choose, plant, and care for these elegant little creepers.

How to Grow and Care for Winter Daphne

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Winter daphne might be around for a short time compared to other shrubs, but its stunning, fragrant contribution in late winter and early spring means you’ll forgive, forget, and plant more. Learn how to grow and care for this little woody shrub that will permeate your home and garden with its alluring perfume in this guide.

How to Protect Rhododendrons in Winter

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For the fullest display, you must give your rhododendrons the support they need to survive the winter and come fully alive in the spring. This guide shows you how to prepare and protect your rhodies and azaleas for the cold months ahead, whether that’s mulching, pruning, or protecting your plants from heavy snow.

How to Grow Hardy Snowdrops

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Welcome spring with mass plantings of hardy snowdrop, a bulb flower that blooms right through the snow. Let this charming perennial naturalize for impressive drifts of bell-shaped white blossoms, or interplant it with crocus for a stunning display. Learn how to add Galanthus to your garden now on Gardener’s Path.

Which Way Up Should You Plant Bulbs?

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We all know there’s a right and a wrong direction for planting bulbs, but sometimes it can be hard to tell which way is up. Some bulbs don’t have an obvious right side up. But don’t worry, our guide will help to clear up any confusion. Read more about which direction to plant bulbs, and what happens if you do it wrong.

How to Grow and Care for Amaryllis Flowers

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Amaryllis is a tropical bulb with enormous trumpet-shaped blooms in a range of colors, with variegated options as well. It can be forced to bloom indoors in all growing zones, and makes a bold addition to winter holiday decor. Read on to discover how easy it is to grow your own amaryllis indoors.

How to Grow and Care for Joshua Trees

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Learn how to grow and cultivate Yucca brevifolia, the iconic Joshua tree. These stunning slow-growing desert dwellers thrive with little to no water. Give them fast-draining sandy soil, full sun exposure, and ample room to spread, and they’ll be happy! You’ll have a beautiful and resilient landscape for generations.

How to Grow Flaming Katy Kalanchoe

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Flaming Katy is a blooming succulent you can grow indoors, or outside in Zones 10 to 12. Learn how to propagate and care for florist’s kalanchoe in our guide, whether you’re growing it as a houseplant or as an outdoor perennial in warm regions. The flowers are cheery and plants are easy to start from cuttings to share.

How to Identify and Treat Maple Bark Diseases and Afflictions

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There are several common diseases and afflictions that may affect a maple tree and compromise the aesthetic beauty of its bark. In this guide to treating maple bark diseases, we’ll cover the main threats you should keep a sharp lookout for, along with how to treat them and how to prevent them in the first place.

How to Plant and Grow Egyptian Walking Onions

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Egyptian walking onions are easy to grow and produce tasty underground bulbs as well as edible topsets or bulblets that allow them to “walk” around the garden. Hardy in Zones 3 to 10, these perennials will spread and establish a large, low-maintenance clump. Learn how to grow these unique alliums in this guide.

How to Care for Spirea Shrubs in Winter

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Spirea are deciduous ornamental shrubs loaded with beautiful, showy flower clusters in either spring or summer, depending on the variety. These tough, durable, deciduous plants are cold-hardy and able to withstand a variety of harsh seasonal weather conditions. Learn how to care for spirea shrubs in winter in this guide.

How to Plant and Grow Persian Star Garlic

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‘Persian Star’ garlic (also known as ‘Samarkand’) is a stand-out hardneck type from Uzbekistan with medium-hot, sweet, complex cloves snuggled up in a purple and white striped wrapper. Brought to the US in the ‘80s, it has become an extremely popular cultivar for good reason. Curious to find out why? This guide can help.

How to Grow Crocuses Indoors

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Growing crocuses inside isn’t as simple as cultivating them outdoors. But we’ve whipped up a guide on this topic so you can add a bright pop of floral color to your decor. We’ll cover the necessary “forcing” protocol for stimulating premature blooming, along with how to care for your plants throughout the process.

The Best Tall Houseplants: 25 Tree-Like Plants to Grow Indoors

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Want to add an elegant tree to your decor? Are you yearning for a tropical or evergreen indoor forest? Or do you simply want to make a dramatic statement in your space? One of these impressive houseplants will do the job. Our roundup includes 25 of the best tall, tree-like houseplant species for the home. Read more.

15 of the Best Woody Shrubs for Fall Color

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While many plants, with their beautifully colored flowers, shine brightly in spring and summer, others really come alive in autumn. We put together a list of our favorite woody shrubs that add spectacular fall color to the landscape with their leaves, stems, or flowers. Discover 15 of our favorites in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for String of Hearts

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With extra-long vines and heart-shaped leaves, string of hearts makes a beautiful and fast-growing houseplant. Covered with purple and dark green foliage, this succulent, also known as rosary vine, is easy and fun to propagate. Read more now to learn more about growing and caring for this Rapunzel among houseplants.

27 of the Best Xerophytes to Plant in a Water-Wise Garden

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Conserving water is more important now than ever before. Fortunately, cooperating with nature by installing xerophytic plants, which require less water, can create a gorgeous landscape or garden. In fact, we’ve cultivated a list of 27 of the best and most attractive options – which ones will you choose in your region?

When and How to Prune Elderberries

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Did you know pruning elderberry shrubs will help to produce bigger berries and larger harvests? Since Sambucus is so resilient, it’s easy to trim! Learning how to optimize the harvest of a medicinal plant like elderberry is beneficial for the home gardener who wants to increase their yield of homegrown healing herbs.

How to Identify and Manage Common Bok Choy Pests

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Many different types of pests can wreak havoc on a patch of bok choy in the garden. Need help? This guide covers how to identify, deter, and control several of the most frequent offenders. Once you’ve read and applied the tips and techniques in this guide, these pests won’t stand a chance at harming your pak choi.

How to Make and Use Calendula Oil

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Learn how to make your own calendula-infused oil and how to use it! This fragrant flower that’s easy to grow is full of healing potential. Get creative with your oil and use it to make facial serums, balms, creams, or even body butter! Read our guide now for full instructions to start making this healing herbal oil.

How to Grow and Care for Coral Bark Japanese Maples

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With gorgeous spring, summer, and fall foliage, the coral bark Japanese maple is quite stunning. But even in winter when the branches are devoid of leaves, this tree is very alluring thanks to its juvenile branches that stand out, providing stark contrast in coral pink. Read our growing guide now to learn more!

How to Overwinter Tropical Hibiscus Indoors

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Looking for something colorful to add to your northern garden? It’s possible to grow tropical hibiscus year-round, even in cold climates! Keeping your hibiscus alive through the winter is easy as long as you know what to do. Read on to learn how to overwinter hibiscus indoors for beautiful blooms all winter long.

21 Different Varieties of Snake Plants to Grow Indoors

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The Sansevieria genus, now classified as Dracaena, contains many lovely specimens – with a few surprises. Some of the forms and colors available are distinctive and stunning, and many species make excellent houseplants. We’ve chosen 21 of the best snake plants to add interest, greenery, and shape to your collection.

What Is Xerophytic Garden Design?

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Nowadays, we’re all concerned about natural resources and the environment – and rightly so! But there are steps that we can take to reduce our environmental impact, like landscaping with plant species that need less water to thrive. Learn how to plan a xerophytic garden and choose the best plants for your needs.

How to Grow and Care for Bromeliads Indoors

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Bromeliads are more than just colorful landscaping plants. When given proper care they can thrive in containers indoors. And that’s an easy feat to accomplish – they need only minimal attention to be healthy and beautiful. Are you ready to learn more about container-grown bromeliads? We’ve got all the details you need.

Tips for Growing Mint Indoors

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Aromatic and zesty, refreshing mint is used to flavor a variety of beverages and foods from mojitos to ice cream. Plants are easily cultivated in the garden and go dormant in cold weather – but you can still enjoy this tasty herb year-round by growing plants inside. Learn the easy steps to grow mint indoors now.

What Are the Different Types of Snake Plants?

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Snake plants are an old standby with houseplant lovers, but despite their popularity, some of their most unique and dramatic forms have flown under the radar. In fact, some are so different that they may seem unrelated! We’ll look at the various forms available on the market today and discuss what makes them special.

How to Grow and Care for Sugar Maple Trees

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Sugar maple trees are gorgeous and bountiful. With beautiful fall color, rock hard lumber, and deliciously sweet sap, sugar maples are well worth the cultivation effort. In our growing guide, we’ll cover propagation methods, growing techniques, and plant health care tips. You’ll be growing sugar maples in no time!

How to Grow and Care for Kalanchoe

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The Kalanchoe genus includes a range of perennial succulents that are hardy in Zones 9-12, depending on the variety. Our guide explains how to grow kalanchoe outdoors in warm areas or indoors as a houseplant. And it’s easily propagated from cuttings, seeds, or plantlets produced on leaf edges. Read more now.

How to Prepare and Store Bulbs for Winter

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Bulbs quickly add fabulous, colorful flowers throughout the garden, but many of the tender, summer-flowering varieties can’t survive freezing temperatures. To ensure their floral displays last for years, learn the easy steps to prepare and store bulbs for winter right now on Gardener’s Path. #bulbs #gardenerspath

How to Harvest Prickly Pear (Opuntia) Fruit

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Prickly pear cacti earned their name because of the edible, tasty, pear-shaped fruits they produce. These colorful fruits are tasty, nutritious, and easy to process! If you’ve avoided trying them because of their unfriendly-seeming spines, don’t worry – we’ll cover everything you need to know for a safe harvest.

How to Grow and Care for Calathea Peacock Plant

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Peacock plant, a member of the prayer plant family, is an attractive tropical species grown for its decorative green and purple variegated foliage. This gorgeous houseplant is a breeze to keep happy and healthy once you understand its needs. Keep reading to learn how to grow beautiful, luscious peacock plants.

How to Grow Japanese Maple Trees in Containers

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Japanese maple is one of the best trees out there for container growing. These have a compact, non-invasive root system and they grow slowly. But while they’re mild-mannered, they provide an exceptional display with bold, bright, and interestingly-shaped foliage, and varied, elegant growth habits. Read more now.

How to Winterize Bougainvillea

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Tropical plants like the bougainvillea aren’t able to withstand freezing temps, frost, or snow. As winter approaches, they’ll need to be protected from damage in cooler zones, whether they’re planted outdoors or growing in containers. Winterizing paperflower is easy! Learn how to keep yours safe when temperatures drop.

How and When to Prune Japanese Maples

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Elegant Japanese maples don’t get that way all on their own. It takes careful pruning to keep the trees healthy and their shape looking graceful. All that’s required are some thoughtful winter cutbacks and spring shaping. Learn more about when and how to prune Japanese maples the right way to create a striking display.

How to Grow and Care for Donkey’s Tail Succulents

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With its trailing stems and plump, bluish leaves, donkey’s tail sedum makes a striking houseplant that’s easy to care for. This cliff-dwelling succulent is the perfect choice for a raised planter or hanging basket. Plus, it is nontoxic and fun to propagate. Read more now to learn how to grow and care for donkey’s tail.

How to Grow and Care for Bougainvillea

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Are you looking for a blooming, vigorous vine that’s also super versatile? Well, look no further than bougainvillea. This brightly-colored beauty can be grown as a cascading vine, shrub, or tree, but it can do so much more. Read more to discover your options and learn how to keep paperflowers healthy and gorgeous.

How to Identify and Manage Cactus Longhorn Beetles

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Cactus longhorn beetles are prevalent in the desert climes of North America. If you grow cacti in your landscape, read on to discover which species of cacti these insect pests favor as their hosts, when they are most active, the damage they are capable of inflicting, and how to manage an infestation.

How to Save an Overwatered Christmas Cactus

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Christmas cactus is a low-maintenance flowering houseplant that thrives in bright, indirect sunlight with low to moderate moisture. Knowing when it is time to water and how much is needed is often challenging. Read on to discover ways to avoid overwatering and get instructions on how to rescue a soggy Christmas cactus.

11 of The Best Dragon Fruit (Pitaya) Cultivars

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When growing dragon fruit (or pitayas) at home, you have options. Do you want to grow small sweet yellow fruits, big tangy red-fleshed ones, or something in between? Choose the best cultivars for your growing conditions – and your taste buds. Ready to learn about 11 of the best dragon fruit varieties? Read more now.

How to Overwinter Oleander Shrubs

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Oleander shrubs withstand heat, drought, and extreme humidity, but they can’t handle harsh winters. These perennial shrubs thrive in Zones 8 to 11 but must come indoors to survive colder winters. In this guide, we’ll cover how to prepare oleander plants for winter, and cold-weather care tips. Read more now.

How to Grow Your Own Dragon Fruit (Pitaya)

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Dragon fruit are a tasty tropical treat – and with the right techniques and know-how, you can grow your own crop of them at home. These colorful fruits are borne on the succulent stems of jungle cacti, which can produce a bountiful harvest in just a year and a half. Learn how to grow your own pitayas in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Yaupon Holly

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Yaupon hollies should be more popular than they are. You can make caffeinated tea from the leaves, grow them in a range of environments, and they need little maintenance. The red berries attract wildlife and the evergreen leaves offer year-round interest. Learn how to plant and raise these versatile, hardy shrubs.

How to Identify and Control Japanese Maple Pests

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Japanese maples are attractive trees, with their richly colored, delicately feathered leaves – and bugs agree. There are a variety of pests that like to snack on the vibrant foliage and suck the sap. Learn everything you need to know about common Japanese maple pests and how to deal with them in this guide. Read more now.

13 of the Best Companion Plants for Japanese Maple Trees

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A Japanese maple’s gorgeous foliage and attractive growing habit look all the more beautiful when complementary plantings are incorporated into the nearby landscape. In this guide to Acer palmatum companion plants, we’ll cover 13 of the best options to grow in a Japanese maple’s immediate vicinity. Read more now.

How to Overwinter Snapdragons

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Snapdragons are perennials that can show off with their distinctive stalks of flowers year after year. We’ll explain how to overwinter snapdragons for several seasons of stunning color. Our comprehensive guide to protecting snapdragons during winter explains how to keep your plants healthy for future blooms. Read more.

How to Identify and Control Mites on Succulents

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Succulents are a very popular category of plants, featuring a variety of shapes and colors, and seeming to thrive on neglect. Mites like them too, and if you let them, they’ll suck on your collection with gusto. Learn everything you need to know about succulent mites and how to deal with them in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Weeping Japanese Maples

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With an elegantly cascading growth habit and finely cut, feathery foliage, the Japanese weeping maple offers a beautiful twist on an old favorite. In this Acer palmatum var. dissectum guide, we provide all of the cultivation information you need to grow these trees in your own landscape. Read more now.

How to Care for Boston Ferns in Winter

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If you’re growing Boston ferns, you might be wondering what to do with them during the winter months. In this guide we go over how to prepare your ferns for winter and what you need to do to care for them – to keep them healthy and looking their best, ready to regrow vigorously come spring. Read more now.

How to Grow Herbs in a Greenhouse

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If you can’t imagine winter without heaps of fresh herbs to use in the kitchen, we get it. A sprig of fresh basil or chives makes all the difference, improving and adding flavor to homemade meals. Read more to learn about growing herbs in greenhouses so you don’t have to be without, even at the coldest time of year.

How to Propagate Japanese Maples from Seed

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For a simple, inexpensive, and reliable way of propagating Japanese maple trees, look to their seeds. Growing Acer palmatum from seed is an empowering and enjoyable way of acquiring this gorgeous specimen for yourself, and we’ll cover everything you need to know in this propagation guide. Read more now.

How to Prune Cabbage Leaves (And Why You Should)

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Most of the time, you don’t need to do much to keep your cabbage plants growing well. They’re fairly maintenance-free vegetables. But sometimes it’s necessary to prune your plants to keep them healthy or to encourage them to form bigger heads. Learn why, when, and how to prune cabbage leaves in this guide. Read more now.

How to Propagate Garlic from Bulbils

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Garlic bulbils are small aerial cloves produced on the scapes. They’re free of soil diseases and each bloom can produce up to 100 of these tiny future garlic plants. Read more now to learn everything you need to know to collect, store, and plant garlic bulbils, and harvest and replant the resulting roundels.

How to Overwinter Passionflower Vines Inside or Outdoors

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Want to keep your passionflowers going in the garden even though you live in a cold climate? You don’t have to give up on your dreams of enjoying this subtropical, multi-purpose beauty as a perennial. Passionflowers can be overwintered indoors or protected outdoors to help them survive the cold. Read more now.

13 of the Best Trees and Shrubs for Orange Fall Color

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As summer gives way to autumn, the leaves of deciduous trees and shrubs provide a fabulous, colorful display of fall foliage. If your favorite color is orange, you’re in luck! In this guide, we take a look at 13 of the best landscape trees and shrubs that produce outstanding orange foliage in fall. Read more now.

How and When to Mound Roses for Winter Protection

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Mounding roses protects them from the damaging freeze-thaw cycle of winter. While the process is simple, there are some mistakes to avoid that will do more harm than good, including using the wrong material and applying it at the wrong time. This guide explains when and how to mound roses to keep them healthy.

Tips for Growing German White Garlic

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Flavorful, nutritious, and easily grown, German White garlic belongs to the Porcelain group of hardneck varieties. With good storage life, this popular choice is a fall-planted variety that requires cold vernalization for big, tasty bulbs that are harvested in early summer. Learn how to grow German White garlic now.

How to Winterize Your Herb Garden

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Protecting heat-loving herbs through the short days and cold temperatures of winter is a smart move that results in the return of healthy, vibrant plants in spring. Learn which plants to bring indoors and which can stay outside with the right protection. In a few simple steps, learn how to winterize your herb garden.

7 Reasons Why Your Camellia Isn’t Blooming

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Camellias provide stunning color during a time of year that can be decidedly humdrum. That’s why it’s extra frustrating when they fail to bloom. If your camellias aren’t covered in blossoms as they should be, we can help you figure out what’s causing the problem, whether it’s too much shade or not enough nutrients.

How to Winterize Hollyhocks

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A little mulch, a quick prune, and your hollyhocks will be looking better than ever. These cottage garden staples are low-maintenance, but it never hurts to provide some extra care to ensure they’ll be at their best. Winterizing is especially important if you live in a region with wide temperature variation in winter.

How to Grow and Care for Norway Maple Trees

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With stunning ornamental beauty, durability, and adaptability in the landscape, the Norway maple deserves a spot or two in your landscape. In this growing guide, we’ll cover the ins and outs of cultivating Acer platanoides in your landscape, with topics ranging from propagation and plant health care to general tips.

How to Identify and Deal with Leaf Gall on Camellias

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Leaf galls are ugly and concerning but they aren’t life-threatening to camellias. They cause strange growth that can ruin the look of your plant, but eliminating the problem is straightforward. In this guide, we’ll help you deal with this unsightly disease so you can enjoy your camellia’s beautiful display once more.

How to Winterize Boston Ivy

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Boston ivy is known for its toughness, but it could use a helping hand in wintertime. In this guide, you’ll learn how to prepare your Boston ivy for winter, plus we go over the necessary tools and techniques to ensure that your plant survives the dormant season in good health, and emerges in spring ready to grow.

What Are Cactus Glochid Spines?

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All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. Cacti have sharp, prominent spines that inhibit moisture loss and provide shade and protection for the fleshy stems. Many species also have clusters of smaller spines called glochids. Learn about these small yet troublesome ones so you’re not caught unawares.