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Agave Weevils

Agave Weevils

The agave weevil strikes terror into the hearts of desert lovers and growers of the agave cactus. The tiny insect and its offspring are capable of complete destruction of cacti.......[Read More]
Azalea Bonsai Care Instructions

Azalea Bonsai Care Instructions

The azalea bonsai is a blooming shrub that is often pruned into a flowering tree. Its rapid trunk development, easy container adaptability and beautiful blooms make it a popular selection for bonsai growers. Still, the azalea bonsai requires diligent care and attention for successful growth.......[Read More]
How to Transplant an Azalea Bush

How to Transplant an Azalea Bush

Azaleas are evergreen or deciduous bushes and are a part of the Rhododendron family of flowering shrubs. Blooming showy flowers such as pink, white or lavender, the azalea blooms in late spring to early summer. Growing from 2 to 20 feet in height depending upon the type of azalea, place them in an a......[Read More]
What Is the Purpose of Bright Colors on Flowers?

What Is the Purpose of Bright Colors on Flowers?

Most people enjoy the fragrance and colorful beauty of flowers, but their attractiveness to humans is only a byproduct of flowers' primary purpose. Everything about flowers is designed to appeal to pollinators.......[Read More]
Should You Use Potassium on Knock Out Roses?

Should You Use Potassium on Knock Out Roses?

The Knock Out rose is another name for radrazz. This is a continually blooming, popular shrub that bears 3 ½-inch cherry red flowers with five to 11 petals. After the shrub is well established, it is a hardy, low-maintenance plant that is highly tolerant of cold, heat, drought and humidity. It ......[Read More]
Box Elder Tree Problems

Box Elder Tree Problems

Box elder trees sound like a good idea. They grow quickly, tolerate extreme cold and drought and adapt to many soil types. Unfortunately, their liabilities usually outweigh their assets for home landscape use. Not only are they unattractive, but they may actually be dangerous when planted near homes......[Read More]
Why Do Plants Make Fruit?

Why Do Plants Make Fruit?

Fruits are the seed-bearing ovaries of plants that become ripe. There are several different kinds of fruits, including simple fruits like peaches and watermelons where one flower produces a single ovary, aggregate fruits like raspberries where one flower produces many ovaries, and multiple fruits l......[Read More]
Tips on Planting White Cedar

Tips on Planting White Cedar

If you live in the northeast United States or the Canadian provinces bordering the Great Lakes, you have undoubtedly seen a white cedar (Thuja occidenatalis L.). Most folks refer to them as arborvitae (pronounced "ar-bor-vi-da"). This native tree species grows well in the cooler climes of the north......[Read More]
Heavy Shade Plants

Heavy Shade Plants

Lily of the valley is an early sign of spring.Design Pics/Valueline/Getty ImagesHeavy shade doesn't have to stop you from having a beautiful garden. There are many plants that will happily grow in low light, and they offer a spot of cool color during the heat of the summer. When choosing.........[Read More]
Agapanthus Types

Agapanthus Types

Types of AgapanthusAgapanthus image by Fraser Cambridge from Fotolia.comAgapanthus, or African lily, is named for its South African fields of origin. These versatile flowers can grow in several different types of soil and are available in a variety of sizes with some species reaching up.........[Read More]
How to Send Flowers to Spain

How to Send Flowers to Spain

Flowers are an ideal gift for a variety of occasions, including birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations. They are also used to commemorate some of life's most significant moments, such as marriages, births, and deaths. And sometimes flowers are the perfect way to simply let friends and family know......[Read More]
Samoan Tropical Flowers

Samoan Tropical Flowers

Samoa's wild cotton resembles hibiscus flowers, to which it is related.Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty ImagesSamoa is a South Pacific island group with 10 islands, two of which are large and inhabited. American Samoa includes the five eastern islands: they are a United States territory,.........[Read More]
Problems With a Japanese Red Maple Tree

Problems With a Japanese Red Maple Tree

Pests and diseases can diminish the brilliant foliage of the Japanese red maple.japanese maple image by Horticulture from Fotolia.comJapanese maples rarely grow beyond 20 feet in height and feature delicately lobed green or red leaves that become vividly colored in the fall. Because they.........[Read More]
How to Hand Pollinate Maypops

How to Hand Pollinate Maypops

The maypops, or Passiflora incarnata L., is a climbing vine, generally found in eastern North America from Kentucky to Virginia and south to Florida and Texas. It is a member of the passion fruit family and can grow to a height of nearly 20 feet. Maypops flower from December to January, and the seed......[Read More]
How to Garden Pink Perennial Lilies

How to Garden Pink Perennial Lilies

When considering which pink perennial lilies to grow, you may want to think about bloom time. Asiatic lilies bloom in early June, the trumpets appear in July and the Oriental lilies show up in late July and August. Planting pink varieties of all three types will ensure a continuous supply of pink li......[Read More]
Oklahoma Lawn Weeds

Oklahoma Lawn Weeds

Oklahoma has a somewhat mild temperature range and is perfect for plants that require cool springs and falls and love warmer summers. Because of the divided seasons, Oklahoma is also home to many different kinds of weeds. These weeds are divided into two categories, and each category of weed is disp......[Read More]
Why Are Banana Plant Leaves Curling Up?

Why Are Banana Plant Leaves Curling Up?

Curling leaves on a banana plant may indicate the presence of a disease or the need for an amendment to the soil. "Bunchy top" is the name of a virus that---like a deficiency of phosphorus or boron---may cause curling of leaves.......[Read More]
How to Plant Lantana From Cuttings

How to Plant Lantana From Cuttings

The brightly colored masses of flowers on Lantana plants, also known as Spanish Flag, are difficult to resist. Why have one or two Lantanas, when you can have an entire array of their showy blooms. You only need a few basic gardening tools and some time to propagate any variety or color of Lantana f......[Read More]
How to Plant an Easter Lily in Time for Easter

How to Plant an Easter Lily in Time for Easter

The Easter lily, Lilium longiflorum, has become the traditional symbol of Easter. To many, it symbolizes purity, innocence, hope and life. It is native to the southern islands of Japan and prior to 1941, the majority of the bulbs sold in the United States came from Japan. Now, approximately 95 perce......[Read More]
Types of Bamboo Plants

Types of Bamboo Plants

Bamboo has become one of the best "green" materials on the market. This fast-growing plant is considered a renewable resource. Bamboo can be used for floors, wall covering, furniture and even clothing. There are over 1,500 varieties of bamboo growing in the world today.......[Read More]