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coleus plantAny container garden is incomplete without the coleus plants. Magnificent colors of this plant add a totally different look to the garden. These days technological applications like tissue culture and propagation techniques have enhanced ease of growing these plants in growing numbers. You can easily give your home container garden an exciting look with coleus plants.

Gardeners also know that taxonomical genesis of the coleus plant has its Latin name as Solenostemon, but it’s currently called Plectranthus scutellarioides.

Gardeners love to grow coleus plants as annuals. Coleus are tender perennials and can be overwintered indoors. Large plants tend to “age” rather quickly when brought inside and are prone to disease. The easiest way to propagate them is to take cuttings that root in water in a flash – about 3 to 5 days. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Tips To Grow Bright Green Moss

Green MossWhen all is dormant and brown outdoors, moss will always be alive and green even when everything outside is dormant, frozen, and even brown. All you need to do is to spot a couple of moist locations or corners in your yard or nearby woods and you will likely find a patch of bright green moss.

Collect very gently a part of this pretty patch of bright green moss and transplant pieces into a shallow bowl filled with a layer of coarse grain sand and fine potting soil. If you can manage a drainage hole in the container go for it.

It is better to wash soil and debris away from the tops of your moss pieces prior to placing them in the bowl. Do not panic if your fingers put the disturbance because moss pieces will very soon attach and grow into one magnificent mound.

You may like to grow green bright moss in a plain pottery pot or even a cute coffee cup shaped container to provide it a lovely bonsai look. Moss is often used around the base of bonsai trees, but moss on its own brings its own beauty to a windowsill or tabletop with no direct sun.

Growing Lovely Palms in Home Gardens

palmsPast few years home gardeners have shown great interest in growing palms in home gardens. Nowadays exotic palm species and varieties are more readily available. Gardeners are more inclined to grow the most reliable palms for landscape use.

The best time to plant palms is May through September.The soil is warmest this time of year, and warm soil is one of the most necessary criteria for palm root growth.

It also is important to transplant a palm as soon as possible after digging. Never allow the roots to become dry. But this should not be a problem with container-grown plants. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Window-Boxes-Gardening Tips

window boxes gardeningGardening with window boxes is as good as the raised-bed-gardening. Growing lovely colors, vegetables, edibles, and even fragrance becomes easy with window-boxes.

“Window boxes are convenient containers,” said David Trinklein, a horticulturist with University of Missouri Extension. “Plant them with herbs, for example, and you won’t have to go outside to bring in the harvest.”

If are fighting for enough space for gardening just explore the possibilities of putting window-boxes at some places like wall-points, windows etc. Window boxes are ideally suited for small, shallow-rooted plants like radishes, lettuce, marigolds, impatiens, pansies, begonias, parsley, basil, sage and thyme. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Houseplant Growing Conditions

houseplants careHouseplants not getting proper growing conditions would not survive long and will simply keel over and die.

Prevention is always better than cure. First precaution would be with selection of healthy houseplants. Next would be to give them the conditions they need to grow well. Finally, keep an eye on them so that at the first sign of trouble.

With some of the houseplants you may face mortality but majority of them will sure survive to thrive for years, especially if you take steps to avoid the most common causes of fatality.

Over-watering will sure kill your houseplants. The leaves will droop, the roots will rot and the plant will die. Conversely, don’t be too stingy with moisture – plants need water and if you allow their compost to dry out, particularly during periods of active growth, you’re asking for trouble. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Small Space Container Gardening Tips

container gardenAdding cheers and glory to your garden is easy with container gardening. You can have a good summer garden with splash of lovely colors if you grow some beautiful ornamental plants in containers. Even vegetables can also be grown in containers if you lack enough open space in your garden. You only need to try it and with a little knowledge, beautiful creations are possible.

Begin with selecting any container you like — something that suits your sense of taste and style. Containers now come in plastic, fiber glass, stone, concrete, terra-cotta, various metals,  marble, wood, recycled drums, old buckets, bathtubs and  so many other forms that even the most discerning taste or limited budget should be able to find one to suit.

In order to ensure that your containers can be used around the year you need to choose a type that will not crack during winter frost and must be capable of holding with extreme temperatures. Your container must have drainage holes in the bottom preferably more than one. Plants grown in containers that do not drain will die a slow, suffocating death. Read the rest of this entry

Growing “Bush-Lily” As Spectacular Houseplant

bush lily“Clivia” or the “bush-lily” is an extraordinarily beautiful houseplant which gives a spectacular appearance during the spring season. It is basically a cluster of bright orange-yellow trumpet flowers. Clivia is a member plant of the amaryllis family.

Bush Lily is an evergreen plant and grows during a period when deciduous trees have lost their foliage. However, the evergreen foliage is poisonous to animals.

The head of flowers is carried over the arching broad strap-like leaves. These leaves push out from the center of the crown in matching sprays on each side. As the plant grows new crowns are come up leaves criss-cross over each other.

A fully grown bush-lily plant can produce a flower spike from each crown and this is a spectacular appearance. The usual color is orange but there are yellow-flowered variants as well. Read the rest of this entry

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