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Understanding Hardiness Zones
By: Admin    July 05 2018 , 03:00 pm
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Category: Climate , Plant Care
“Hardiness” is a term that comes up a lot in crop and flower research. It refers to a plant or crop’s hardiness zone, growing zone, or planting zone. There are different climate zones in which a particular plant can survive. Some plants can survive in very cold zones, very hot zones, moderate zones, or the majority of them. The Zones There are currently 13 zones. Each zone has a 10 degree difference. Within each zone, there are subzones A and B that divide the zone by a 5 degree difference. All of the temperatures that make up the zones are decided by those areas’ average annual minimum winter temperature. The continental United States does not go above zone 11a, which reaches an average 45 degrees. However, Hawaii and Puerto Rico both reach zone 13, achieving average winter temperatures of 70 degrees. On the opposite side of the temperature spectrum, Alaska i...
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Low Maintenance Plants for Beginners
By: Admin    April 26 2018 , 02:20 pm
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Category: Gardening , Plant Care
Looking for easy greenery? Gardening and planting are one of the most stress-relieving activities one can enjoy. However, not everyone is born with a natural green thumb. When starting your outdoor garden or indoor garden for the first time, there are a few plants that are easier to care for than others, putting you on the right track to gardening success. Hardy Plant OptionsOne of the factors that play into whether a plant will be hard to kill in your region is its hardiness. Put very basically, a plant’s hardiness is its ability to withstand hot and cold temperatures. A coneflower is a wonderful option for beginners. It has a hardiness of three all the way through nine, which means it can tolerate hot summers as well as a little frost. They are relatively drought-resistant as well! Besides being easy to care for they bring some benefits along with them. They come in a variety of colors su...
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Where to Find Quality Houseplants
By: Admin    February 16 2018 , 11:55 am
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Category: Gardening , Plant Care
Where to Find Quality HouseplantsWhether it is from a grocery store or a local nursery, here are some tips to selecting the best houseplant for your home.Grocery StoresWhat more convenient way is there to find a houseplant than while grabbing milk on the way home from work?You have probably seen a display in your local grocery store with houseplants or fresh flowers. There are pros and cons to sourcing your plants from grocery stores.  The convenience of grocery store plants is a positive aspect. You can also observe the plant and see how healthy it looks right there, rather than blindly trusting an online seller. Grocery stores can have good deals on houseplants, although the selection might not be consistent. Sometimes the plants at the grocery store are packaged attractively to make easy gifts, which is also convenient.One downside about grocery stores is that the plants might not be well taken...
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Happy Western Monarch Day
By: Admin    February 05 2018 , 11:46 am
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February 5th is Western Monarch Day! This is a day to celebrate the annual migration of the Western Monarch Butterflies back to the west coast for the winter months.Due to recent population declines, a successful migration is certainly something to celebrate! Within the past 10 years, the population of the monarch has declined up to 74-90% in some areas. Monarch butterflies give many benefits to the environment and balance local ecosystems. They provide vital pollination and are a source of food for birds and other small predators. Not to mention they are strikingly beautiful! These stunning butterflies contribute to the local economies during the migration by attracting tourists from around the country.When monarch butterflies reproduce, the milkweed is the only plant from which the caterpillars will eat and survive. The disappearance of these plants is part of the main reason we are seeing less ...
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Best Plants for Winter Indoor Gardening
By: Admin    October 25 2017 , 02:29 pm
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Indoor Winter Gardening TipsOnce cold weather arrives, you can still put your green thumb to use!Caring for plants in the winter is relatively simple, but there are a few factors to keep in mind:Plants needs less water in the winter because they tend to slow down their growth rate or even become dormant. Because of this, they will need less fertilizer (or none at all!).Your home environment will probably be much drier with the heat on, and plants need 50% humidity levels in the air to thrive. Keep the air humid with a humidifier, or by grouping the plants next to each other so they can exchange the moisture they produce. Also consider moving your plant to a moist room like the bathroom.If you are too cold or hot, your plant probably is too. Plants thrive in 65-75 degrees during the day, and no colder than 50 degrees at night. Keep this in mind and do not keep plants too close to cold windows or hot ven...
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