Create Your Apartment Garden

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Pumpkins For Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns

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Designing A Flower Garden

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Garden Lighting For Perfect Look Of Your Backyard

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Desert Gardening: Create Your Summer Garden In The Desert

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Gardening Tips: Potting And Repotting

Gardening Tips: Potting And Repotting

The principles of planting and repotting are the same. Plants need to be firm in the compost to prevent air pocket around theit roots and have adequate drainage to avoid waterlogging.

All plants grown in containers should be planted the same way. When you are potting, choose a container 5 cm (2 in) larger than the rootball of the plant. Remove the plant from the original container and gently tease out the roots if they have become congested. Trim off any damaged roots. Put a good layer of crocks, broken tiles or stones at the bottom of he container and then a layer of compost. Put the plant in the container, making certain that the soil level is the same in the new container as it was in the old. Add compost around the sides of the pot making sure that it is pressed firmly against all the roots.

Wild Plum Tree (Prunus Americana)

Wild Plum Tree (Prunus Americana)

Wild plum trees are small, multi-trunked trees. The wild plum, or Prunus Americana, is known as the American plum and is indigenous to North America. These deciduous trees grow wild in the central and eastern portions of the United States. They can grow to a maximum height and width of 20 feet, and often appear more like a shrub. The branches of the tree are thin and covered with long thorns that grow up to 3 inches. Wild plum trees bloom in the spring with a profusion of small, white flowers, making them highly desirable for home gardeners who want a showy spring ornamental. The leaves are between 1 and 2 inches long and are a true green color. In the fall, the foliage of the wild plum tree changes from green to gold.

Indoor Growing Plants

Indoor Growing Plants

If you have limited space outdoors to grow a selection of plants then you can consider indoor growing. Indoor growing enables you to grow a variety of plants, including fruit, vegetables and herbs. Growing your plants in containers or plastic bags will enable you to move them indoors so that you can extend the growing season.

With the right amount of time and care, indoor growing plants can be rewarding, particularly if you opt for a variety of interesting plants. Desert type plants such as cacti or tropical plants are ideal for indoor growing, as they will thrive in the warmth of your home. Tropical plants are ideal for those wishing to opt for something that will brighten up their home.

Outdoor Plants: Pelargonium (Geranium)

Outdoor Plants: Pelargonium (Geranium)

It is not surprising that the Pelargoniums are one of the world’s favourite garden plants. They are easy to grow and propagate, they have a long flowering period and clusters of blooms are large and colorful. These are the plants popularly known as Flowering Geraniums. There is also a much smaller group which are grown for their aromatic foliage rather than for their small flowers – the Scented-leaved Geraniums.

By far the most popular flowering type is the Common Pelargonium. It will bloom almost all year round if kept on a sunny windowsill at 55*F or more. Keep the compost rather dry – overwatering is the main enemy of Pelargoniums. The Regal Pelargonium is the glamorous member of the group. Unfortunately it has a shorter flowering season and it is not as easy to grow.

Purple Shamrock (Oxalis triangularis)

Purple Shamrock (Oxalis triangularis)

Whether you grow shamrock plants indoors as a houseplant or outdoors in frost-free zones, oxalis triangularis is simple to grow and care for if you use correct proportions of water and sunlight. Oxalis triangularis is a deciduous ground cover with small flowers and clover-like leaves. Its triangular-shaped leaves fold along the vein and look like butterflies fluttering above slender stems. All Oxalis leaves are light sensitive, opening to receive sunlight and closing at night or when under shade – sometimes looking like many perched butterflies.

Oxalis triangularis comes in two varieties: green leaves with white flowers, often referred to as Oxalis Regnellii, and purple leaves with white or pink flowers, commonly called Purple Shamrock. Their bright foliage can bring color to otherwise drab winter windowsills when grown in pots indoors.

A Guide To Houseplants

A Guide To Houseplants

Finding safe houseplants that can allow you to bring in beautiful plants that clean the air inside your home, without the hassle of constantly trying to keep your plants alive. There are a wide selection of plants that are naturally hardy enough to survive without constant care. With the right plants, you can easily improve indoor air quality and create a space that is green, healthy, and vibrant.

Your Home Environment

When choosing safe houseplants, you will definitely want to consider your home environment. Areas with more natural sunlight can often house a wider selection of houseplants than darker areas, for instance. Low maintenance plants are those that need watered less frequently, such as the peace lily. The plant will let you know it is running low on water by displaying slightly wilted leaves, giving you some time to provide water before the plant actually dies.