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November 19, 2008 Planting Trees Correctly – The Steps

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1.    Planting Trees Correctly – The Steps – 2008-11-16 13:38:06-05
Before selecting or planting any trees, their mature height and spread must be considered as it applies to your landscape. Nursery catalogs may be tempting, but it’s necessary to make careful selection, especially on an average lot. Crowding can spoil the growth and appearance of trees, particularly specimen trees. Plant Young or Old Trees In general, it […]

2.    Improve the Quality of Your Garden Soil – 2008-11-17 07:37:01-05
The most important tool with which the gardener works is the soil on his land. The qualities of soil vary greatly from area to area, and all the information outlined must be applied to local conditions. In general, however, soils can be divided into three categories; claylike, sandy or silt. The ideal soil consists […]

3.    The Esoteric Beauty of Lady Slipper Orchids – 2008-11-17 09:58:07-05
The phalenopsis orchid is very popular for their colorful blooms and uniquely-shaped petals.  But there is another orchid species that can put many phalenopsis orchids to shame – the Lady Slipper Orchids.  Paphiopedilum (aka Lady’s Slipper, Lady’s-slipper, Ladyslipper)is a fan-shaped plant with flowers having a part in prominent slipper-shaped pouch form and two sepals that […]

4.    Bougainvillea All Dressed Up – 2008-11-17 13:52:19-05
If you’ve ever wondered about adding Bougainvillea for some summer color dress maybe this picture will make you think twice. This plant tops about at about 8 feet and is completely dressed with color from head to toe. Bougainvillea is found in many landscapes not only in south Florida but all across the southeast and California. […]

5.    Star Jasmine – The Versatile Wonderful Groundcover – 2008-11-18 09:14:30-05
Star jasmine or confederate jasmine is a perennial vine or shrub. In the South, Star jasmine is grown outdoors while in the North they are grown indoors, in large pots or tubs. It has oval shaped, green leaves and star-shaped scented flowers.  Star jasmine has a woody and active vine that should be frequently trimmed […]

6.    Moving Houseplants Outdoors – Smart? – 2008-11-18 13:58:48-05
Many owners of houseplants look forward to the summer time to move their plants outdoors. They enjoy the fact of plants getting better air circulation outside, increased light, more humidity all followed by some good growth and believe it is much better than keeping plants inside all year. Let me state right off – I […]

7.    Kimberly Queen Ferns – 2008-11-19 09:26:50-05
Nephrolepis obliterata also known as the Australian sword fern or Kimberly queen is one of the easier ferns to grow. Originating from Australia, this is considered to be one of the most beautiful among all ferns.  It has large fronds going up from the soil and beautiful upright bushy and sword-shaped leaves. Kimberly Queen can tolerate […]

8.    Pony Tail Palm – If Only It Were True – 2008-11-19 11:03:09-05
The “Ponytail Palm” carries the added name of “palm” when in fact is is not a palm at all. Its long pendulous leaves may give it a palm like appearance but it’s really from the lily family. Botanically it is called Nolina recurvata, commonly it gets several names like the “elephants foot” and even the bottle […]

9.    Philodendrons in the Landscape – 2008-11-19 13:17:21-05
Philodendrons are tropical foliage plants belonging to the Aroid family (Araceae). They are part of the popular family that brings us the peace lily (Spathiphyllum), Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema), Flamingo Flower (Anthurium), and even the ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas) There are somewhere between 400-700 species of known Philodendrons. The exact number has not be defined only […]

10.    Spider Plant House Plants For Beginners – 2008-11-19 13:40:49-05
Spider plants are wonderful house plants for beginners, caring for “spiders” is easy and most of the time only downright neglect will kill the “airplane plant” or Chlorophytum comosum. Overall, the Chlorophytum is a quick grower putting out “babies” on long stalks, variegated strap like leaves coming from its center of the plant. Most of the […]

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