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.

How to Grow and Care for Variegated Tiger Aloe

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Tiger aloe is a compact succulent that offers enormous appeal. Learn how to bring it home as a houseplant where it’ll thrive on neglect while still offering beautiful color and an interesting pattern. Or, make it part of a xeriscape where it can spread and fill in a bed or planter. We’ve got the details that you need.

Why Leaves Change Color in the Fall

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When autumn leaves put on a spectacular display of browns, oranges, purples, reds, and yellows, do you wonder why they turn such vivid hues? You’re not alone. Ongoing scientific study points to reasons that may or may not tell the whole story. Read on to learn what we know to date about why autumn leaves change color.

23 Cold-Hardy Herbs that Survive Winter

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When you sow cold-hardy culinary and medicinal herbs, you don’t have to plant them every year. From bergamot to wintergreen, there are sweet and savory perennial and biennial species and cultivars for use in a variety of dishes. Learn about 23 of our cold-hardy favorites to grow at home. Read more now.

69 Incredible Edible Flowers and How to Use Them

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You may be surrounded by edible flowers without even knowing it. Dianthus, begonia, and forsythia? Edible. Forget-me-nots, yuccas, and gladiolus? Delicious. Whether you want a little something to act as a colorful garnish, or you’re serious about using flowers to add flavor to your recipes, there are so many options.

How to Fertilize Chrysanthemums for a Bountiful Display

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Chrysanthemums can benefit from a little fertilizer if you want to maximize their colorful late-season show. But it’s not as simple as tossing some food onto the soil and hoping for the best. Learn all about how to feed chrysanthemums, including when and how to apply fertilizer, and the best types to use. Read more now.

17 of the Best Fall-Blooming Clematis Varieties

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If you’re looking to add some dramatic fall color to your garden, look no further than clematis varieties that bloom in autumn. These plants stand out most when all the other summer-blooming species are reaching the end of their performance. Here are 17 of the most outstanding species and cultivars to look for.

How and When to Fertilize Japanese Maple Trees

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A Japanese maple looks absolutely glorious – and even more so when you fertilize it properly! In our guide to feeding A. palmatum trees, we cover everything you need to know to provide your Japanese maple with the proper nutrition, including timing, techniques, and why you should bother fertilizing in the first place.

How to Grow Wingthorn Roses

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Most of us avoid rose thorns. Breeders have even developed plants that are prickle free. But in this case, you’ll want to show those thorns off. Get to know all about striking and unique wingthorn roses. These bold plants make an impressive statement in the garden with their large, dramatic red thorns.

How to Grow and Care for Autumn Ferns

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Autumn fern is a gorgeous, tough plant with fronds that emerge with a coppery hue – a welcome change from the typical fern’s green color scheme. In this guide, we’ll show you how to grow and care for these plants at home. From propagation techniques to cultivation tips, no stone will be left unturned! Read more now.

How to Treat Sooty Mold on Camellia Plants

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Sooty mold isn’t usually a death sentence for your camellias. It can stunt growth and it’s ugly, but it’s not fatal. But when black mold is present, it means something else is going on with your plants that needs to be resolved, like an aphid or scale infestation. Learn how to figure out the cause and fix it.

How to Grow and Care for Key Lime Pie Plants

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Key lime pie plants are unique succulents with gorgeous foliage and ornamental flexibility. Whether grown as a houseplant or outdoors, this specimen will truly stand out wherever you choose to put it! In our growing guide, we’ll cover propagation methods, cultivation tips, and plant health care techniques. Read more.

How to Overwinter Lilies

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Lilies are summer-flowering bulbs that are tough enough to endure harsh winters in the ground or in containers. They readily survive hard frosts and freezing temperatures, but can’t abide wet, soggy conditions. Bulbs can also be lifted and stored if needed. Learn how to overwinter lilies in this guide. Read more now.

19 of the Best Fragrant Flowers and Shrubs to Grow in the Garden

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Are you looking for scented flowers to grow in your garden or liven up your patio containers? Heady, intoxicating, sweet, fruity, and spicy, the scent of a flower is incomparable! In this guide, we roundup 19 of the best annuals, perennials, and shrubs that provide incomparable scent when they are in bloom. Read more now.

Tips for Growing Green Beans in Fall

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You can grow green beans to harvest in autumn, and the tips from our guide will improve your odds of success. Fall-grown beans need more time to grow, protection from harsh temperatures, and a carefully-selected planting site. Learn to grow a bumper crop of fresh beans for tailgates and fall festivals in this guide.

13 of the Best White Peony Varieties to Grow at Home

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The sumptuous beauty of white peonies is hard to beat as a cut flower for a vase or in a wedding bouquet. From snow white to buttery cream to some with golden hearts, these sumptuous flowers bring understated elegance to beds and borders. Learn about 13 of the best white peony varieties to grow at home. Read more now.

11 of the Best Types of Elephant Bush to Grow at Home

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Elephant bush, also known as spekboom, is a low-maintenance, succulent houseplant that is available in different leaf colors, sizes, and growth habits. From trailing to upright, variegated to bright yellow, there are wonderful options to choose from. Discover 11 of the best types of elephant bush in this guide. Read more.

15 of the Best Types of Maple Trees to Grow at Home

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Maple trees are an amazing group of plants. With so many incredible species of Acer available, it can be hard to decide which one to bring home. That’s why we whipped up this roundup of the best maple trees. We provide a breakdown of what they bring to the table, and how they can best be utilized in the landscape.

How to Grow and Care for Mondo Grass

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Darkly distinctive, mondo grass is a handsomely unique, sod-forming perennial with graceful, arching foliage. Commonly used in borders and containers, as ground cover, and for underplanting. Highly versatile and low maintenance, it’s useful in both sunny and shade gardens. Learn how to grow mondo grass in this guide.

How to Harvest Prickly Pear (Opuntia) Pads

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Though they may be just a tad fierce-looking with their large spines and strange shape, prickly pear cacti are not only edible, they’re delicious! It’s a little tricky to harvest nopales without being poked, but we’re going to discuss just how to do this so you can painlessly enjoy this treat at home for years to come.

How to Identify and Control Caterpillars on Tropical Hibiscus

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Tropical hibiscuses are gorgeous, but these plants can be targets for a variety of pests – like caterpillars and other larvae. A few of these can dole out venom with a sting to warn you to stay away! Learn how to identify and control caterpillars on your tropical hibiscus plants in this guide. Read more now.

How to Protect Zucchini from Frost

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When frost or freezing weather threatens zucchini plants in your garden, there are steps you can take to protect them. From row covers and other protective strategies to planning your plantings ahead of time, growing suitable varieties for your area, and starting seeds indoors. Learn frost protection tips in this guide.

How to Propagate Rose Cuttings in Water

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If you have a rose you adore, you can easily make more shrubs by propagating cuttings from the parent plant in a glass of water. But while the process itself is simple, it’s not always the most reliable method of rose propagation. In this guide, we’ll help you find success with a few tried-and-true tips and tricks.

How to Grow and Care for Panda Plants Indoors

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Panda plant is a succulent species for USDA Hardiness Zones 11 and 12 that also makes an exceptional houseplant. It has fuzzy foliage edged in brown, for a rich two-tone look. A striking addition to succulent collections, it also makes an eye-catching standalone specimen. Learn how to grow your own panda plant indoors.

How and When to Prune Maple Trees

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Maple trees are beautiful plants, and they look even better when you trim them properly. Luckily, you can easily learn and put this skill into practice. In this guide, we’ll cover why you’d even prune a maple in the first place, what you’ll need, the ideal timing, and proper pruning techniques. Read more now.

How to Plant and Grow Butternut Squash

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Delicious and nutrient-rich, butternut squash are pretty, tan-colored gourds with dense flesh that are grown as warm-season annuals. The trailing vines are cultivated in mounds or hills, but compact varieties are also suited for containers and small gardens. Learn how to plant and grow for butternut squash in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Elephant Bush Indoors

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With emerald-green, succulent leaves, elephant bush is an easy-care houseplant that can stand up to neglect. Also known as spekboom or dwarf jade, this plant has low water needs, plus it’s nontoxic and fun to propagate. Ready to learn more? Read our guide now to learn how to grow and care for elephant bush indoors.

How to Divide a Bird of Paradise Plant

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Dividing your bird of paradise is a great way to acquire more plants to add to the garden. In this guide, we’ll show you how to go about dividing mature Strelitzia. Reasons for dividing, necessary tools, timing, and techniques are all covered in depth, so the necessary know-how is at your fingertips. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Flowering Lungwort

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Spring-blooming lungwort brightens partially shaded areas of the landscape with pink and blue blossoms that perch atop white speckled foliage. An outstanding ground cover, this cheerful perennial is suited to cultivation in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 8. Read on to learn how to grow and care for lungwort at your house.

How to Identify and Manage Powdery Mildew on Chrysanthemums

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Powdery mildew is extremely common in home gardens, and despite being tough little plants, even chrysanthemums are sometimes plagued by this fungal pathogen. This guide helps you identify and get rid of powdery mildew on your mums using natural and highly effective methods like milk spray and copper fungicides.

Agave or Aloe? How to Tell These Plants Apart

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Get serious about succulents and learn the difference between agave and aloe. Don’t let their resemblance fool you anymore! After reading about them individually and discovering their notable differences, it’s simple to tell these stunning drought-tolerant plants apart – and they make a fantastic pair in the garden.

Fusarium Wilt in Chrysanthemums: Identify and Control This Disease

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If part of your chrysanthemum plant looks sad and wilted, you could be dealing with fusarium wilt. This fungal disease is bad news and it can spell doom for your plant if you don’t address it. We’ll help you to identify and deal with this increasingly common issue in mums, and learn how to prevent infection. Read more.

Get to Know Meilland International and Some of Their Best Roses

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Meilland International is responsible for some of the most popular and beloved roses out there, including the storied ‘Peace’ rose that was smuggled out of France in World War II. Learn all about this respected rose breeder and some of their most popular options, from the petite Knock Out to ‘Papa Meilland.’ Read more.

How Long do Chrysanthemums Last?

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Chrysanthemums have a longer lifespan than many people realize. These fall-blooming favorites have much more to offer than a single season of color. This guide explains how long mums last and provides tips on how to keep them thriving for years to come, including how to save seeds from your favorites. Read more now.

Tips for Growing Ornamental Grass in Containers

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Growing showy grasses in pots and planters is an easy way to add unique color, motion, and texture to balconies, decks, patios, and small space gardens. Plus, they’re easy to grow and are wonderfully low maintenance. Learn all about how to grow and care for ornamental grass in containers in this guide. Read more now.

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.