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Why Do Watermelons Split on the Vine?

Vine-ripened watermelons are a clear confirmation that summer has arrived. Plant stresses such as pests, leaf diseases and poor nutrition will affect the health and taste of watermelons. According to the University of Minnesota, irregular watering patterns alter the quality of sugar and cause waterm

What Happens When Plants are Watered With Milk?

Milk can have negative and positive effects on plants. The amount of fats and lactose in milk determines what effects and to what extent milk has when used to water plants.

Can You Plant Dappled Willow in a Container?

The dappled willow (Salix integra) is a small deciduous tree with foliage so brilliant \ it rivals the blooms of flowers for providing color and interest. Pink buds appearing in the spring mature into striking variegated white and green leaves in the summer, while in fall, the dappled willow's leav

How to Preserve a Flower Lei

Hawaiian leis are one of the most recognizable images in Hawaii. Preserving them is straightforward once you get the flowers home. However, keeping the lei fresh until then can be tricky since there are many types of flowers used to make leis. Each Hawaiian bloom requires different treatment to main

How to Make a Border Using Wood Timbers

Bordering flower beds, garden spaces, walkways and play areas can help to regulate unwanted plant growth, contain mulch and other surface materials and delineate separate spaces visually for a clean yard design. The best method to secure timbers so that they will not move is to attach them to stakes

What Causes Yellowing in Plants?

When a plant turns yellow, a number of different causes may be at hand. Without knowing what to look for, solving the issue proves difficult. Plants sometimes yellow due to various growth and environmental factors, as well as potential injuries and various diseases.

Senna Leaf Information

Christmas Senna is a large, bushy shrub with large yellow blooms that attract the attention of butterflies and hummingbirds. A native of South America, this popular plant has made its way into Florida and the Caribbean, as it grows well in salt air.

Techniques For Sagebrush Planting

Sagebrush is a desert plant.sage brush illuminated by rising sun in death valley california image by David Smith from Fotolia.comSagebrush refers to different species of perennial shrubs in the Artemisia family. They thrive in very dry climates, hot in the summer and cold in the winter,...

How to Transplant Spring Bulbs

Spring bulbs include daffodils, tulips and hyacinth. After a few years, the bulbs may stop flowering or the blooms may become smaller and not as attractive. The culprit is usually overcrowding or poor growing conditions. Dividing the bulbs or transplanting them to a new bed with proper nutrition and

Container Gardening and Peppers

If you love the taste of peppers but do not have space for a garden, take heart---peppers are a vegetable that is ideal for growing in a container. Growing peppers in a container not only allows you to grow vegetables without tilling or digging, it also allows you to have fresh garden peppers, ready

How to Make Plants Fend Off Insects Without Pesticides

Any gardener who deals with a problematic insect pest knows the importance of pest control in gardening. Insect pests cause anything from minor cosmetic damage to outright plant death. Chemical pesticides are often employed in the struggle to protect plants from pest damage. However, these products

When Should I Start Feeding My Knock Out Roses?

Roses have a reputation for being finicky plants, but the recent Knock Out series of shrub roses is anything but temperamental. These easy-to-grow roses are pest- and disease-resistant. They grow well in average garden soil and flower abundantly with as little as six hours of direct sunlight daily.

About Tomato Plants

We use tomatoes for sauces, soups, stews and salads. Grandmother made preserves to bring sunny memories of summer when the winter winds howled. By themselves or used in other foods, tomatoes are one of the most popular fruits on earth. One of the reasons that this versatile berry is so popular is th

How to Grow Ruffle Fern Plants

The ruffle fern plant is part of the Nephrolepis exaltata family and is one of the Boston fern cultivars. This fern has fronds that can grow up to 5 feet in height and 6 inches wide. The ruffle fern has soft leaves with a feathery appearance. This fern is an ideal houseplant; it is easy to care for

Fan-Tex Ash Tree Care

A male clone of Arizona ash (Fraxinus velutina), cultivar 'Fan Tex' is also commonly sold as the Rio Grande ash. An excellent shade tree for hot summer regions, it matures 35 to 40 feet tall with a spreading, rounded canopy.

Facts About Plantations

Plantations are large, established plots of land that have been created for the purpose of growing products to sell for a profit. Plantations in the United States and across the world vary in the type of product that they produce. Plantation crops include cotton, coffee and sugar cane. Along with th

How to Grow Dendromecon Harfordii From Seeds

Dendromecon harfordii, also known as bush-poppy, is a large evergreen shrub endemic to California's Channel Islands. D. harfordii grows to 8 feet in height and bears yellow flowers. Considered a rare plant in cultivation, D. harfordii is hardy to U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 7 through 10. Tw

Information on House Fires

In 2009, 377,000 home fires were reported to fire departments across the Untied States. The fires injured 13,050 people and killed 2,565 others. Forty percent of these home fire deaths occurred in a residence without a smoke alarm, and missing or disconnected batteries are the main reason for alarms

What Is an Aralia Plant?

Aralia plants belong to the family Araliaceae. Related to ginseng, they range from small potted plants to large shrubs and trees. Many aralia plants commonly grown as houseplants are from the Araliaceae genus Polyscias, according to Michigan State University Extension. The term "aralia" is commonly

What Plants Are Native to the Dry Tortugas?

Coconut palm is a common sight on the Dry Tortugas.Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty ImagesThe Dry Tortugas are a group of seven islands, about 70 miles west of Key West, Florida. According to the U.S. National Park Service, the islands are part of the third largest barrier reef in the...