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Why Hydrangea Never Bloomed

Most people grow hydrangeas for the flowers. The foliage is beautiful, too, but nothing compares to the big, colorful displays that hydrangeas put on in spring and summer. If your hydrangea isn't putting on its yearly show, something isn't right in the garden. The possible causes are few, however, a...More...

Yellow Flowering Shrubs Found in Northern New Jersey

New Jersey has separate areas in terms of geography and flora. The northern part of the state is mountainous, forested and at a higher elevation. The bottom part is flat, has large stands of pine trees and is know for growing produce such as blueberries. The northern part of the state is......More...

How to Prune Evergreen Viburnum

Evergreen viburnum are grown for their extensive foliage, flowers and berries. There are 150 species of viburnum, including evergreen, semi-evergreen and deciduous varieties. The best time to prune the evergreen viburnum is when it is dormant. Although evergreen viburnums need little pruning to main...More...

When to Trim Grape Ivy

Several kinds of ivy are referred to by the nickname "grape ivy." Before you take advice on pruning or any other aspect of care, you need to know what kind of grape ivy you own. All varieties of ivy commonly known as grape ivy are perennial in USDA hardiness zones 10 through 15, flourishing througho...More...

How to Change the Color of Cut Flowers with Vegetable Dye

Cut flowers can add color, fragrance and beauty to any home. However, if you're not so in love with the actual color of the flowers, you can dye them. To be eco-friendly, you can even dye your cut flowers using vegetable dye. Before dying the flowers, there are a few things to keep in mind: for best...More...

How to Grow Vegetables in Eugene, Oregon

Vegetables fall into two categories: warm-season and cold-season. These plants grow in summertime and winter, respectively, but will struggle when they grow against their season or in areas that don't offer the right conditions. Although most people consider Oregon to be a cold, rainy state, the are...More...

Plant Deficiencies in Hydroponics

You may want to grow certain vegetable types year-round. Or you may have limited space (only a balcony in the city) but still want your own garden. Either can be achieved through hydroponic gardening, but hydroponic plants are just as much at risk for plant deficiencies as those grown in soils, sinc...More...

Ornamental Trees for Pots

Container gardens are great for indoors and outdoors.flower pots image by photobar from Fotolia.comContainer gardening is one of recreational gardeners' favorite horticultural pastimes. Container or pot gardens bring beauty and interest to outdoor patios, decks, pocket-size gardens, and......More...

What Kills Boring Beetles?

While they may not be as infamous or destructive as termites, boring beetles can still cause damage to homes and furniture constructed with wood. Some damage is minor, and doesn't affect the overall state or stability of a house. In other instances, though, an infestation can harm a home or piece of...More...

How to Improve Silt Loam Soils

Loam soils combine the best attributes of clay and sandy soils. Loam soils absorb and retain water well and stay in a ball when squeezed in your fist. Silt-based loam soils retain water slightly better than basic loam soils, but tend to absorb water at a slightly lower rate. Silt loam soils fall pre...More...

Low-Light Plants for the Office

Low-light plants can be placed in hallways or by inside walls.potted yukka tree plant at night. image by rozeykex from Fotolia.comOne of the best ways to decorate your office is by adding potted plants. Many offices are areas of low light, and not all plants can survive in such......More...

Varieties of Purple Roses

Purple roses vary in shades from deep purple to light lavender and mauve. Purple roses are available in solid color varieties as well as a few bicolored cultivars. Roses prefer a slightly acidic soil with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5, with direct sunlight and afternoon shade. Since all roses are susceptible t...More...

How to Grow a Bean Seed in a Cup

All those dried beans in your pantry are seeds, and many of them sprout readily when provided with water. Beans don’t need much to get them going; just water and, a little later, nutrients. Although a cup isn’t big enough for a mature bean plant, it is just the right size and shape to ge...More...

Native Plants of Taiwan

Palms form a shady canopy over the forests of Taiwan.Palms image by Isabel from Fotolia.comThe east Asian country of Taiwan hosts dense, often canopy-like vegetation, which thrives in warm, humid climate conditions. Nearly four thousand species of plants grow domestically in Taiwan, from......More...

How to Handle Tulip Flowers

Tulip flowers do not live long once they are cut, typically lasting up to a week. Cut your tulip flowers in the morning when they are well-hydrated and before the heat of the day arrives. Choose ones that are still closed for longevity. Handle the flowers with care, and hopefully you'll get a full w...More...

Red Rose Bush Species

Rose bushes are perennial shrubs most commonly grown in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 8. The red rose bushes have a wide range of red coloring, from a deep velvety red to a lighter shade of red. Typically, rose bushes are resistant to disease and will range in height from 3 inches to 6 feet....More...

What Is Wrong With My Crimson Queen Japanese Maple?

The mounding crimson queen Japanese maple is one of the more common species of Japanese maples. At 6 to 10 feet tall and wide, the crimson queen makes an ideal specimen plant in almost any landscape. Its purple-like foliage turns to crimson in the fall, providing yet another benefit of this little m...More...

White Pests on Tomato Plants

Tomato plants are susceptible to a number of pests. If your crops show signs of white insects, correcting this problem is very important, as they could significantly reduce the harvest....More...

How to Control Leafspot on Japanese Maple

The Japanese maple is a deciduous tree that produces richly colored foliage in the fall. The deciduous qualities of this low-growing tree make it especially susceptible to fungal and bacterial diseases, such as leaf spot, powdery mildew and anthracnose. While leaf spot diseases can easily deteriorat...More...