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 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 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

container careingContainer gardening has its own challenges. Containers in your garden often start looking mossy and grubby ad you may not happy with such an appearance. Many a times as the time goes by such containers are just lying around the house sporting disinterested plants and that could be a painful experience for any gardener.

Containers may even be kept in dappled shade but during rains these containers are bound to lose their gloom. Dealing with such bad shaped containers need perfect caring at regular intervals.

The pots and containers in your garden should require a new identity, there must be fresh, vibrant, healthy plants, and they need to be placed somewhere completely different to give a new aspect to the garden. Read the rest of this entry

Tips For Redesigning Container Garden

Scaevola Blue Fan FlowerContainer gardening is no less addictive with various compelling options without any limit on the number and variety of plants that could be grown in containers.

A container plant’s greatest asset is that it can be moved around, shown off when it is looking good and hidden when it is not. There is never the problem of planting it in the wrong place. If there is too much shade, then it is simply shifted until it is happy.

Although more attention needs to be paid to watering and feeding, a creatively conceived collection of containers can give small gardens, courtyard gardens or even areas within a larger garden that “sense of place”.

Container gardening need not having too many pots but a well designed combination of textures, contrast and color is the beauty that one notices with surprises in your containers.

“Quick Mixers’’ are most affordable container plants. Like the instant containers, it takes the guesswork out of combining plants that complement each other in colur, growth habit and vigour. Read the rest of this entry

Tips For Tomato Transplanting

tomato transplantsHow about growing tomato seeds and transplants indoors?

There are several known methods to get tomato seeds started, While you may opt for any of them you must ensure certain pre-requisites.

It is really crucial that you start with fresh seed. Aging of the seeds with increased exposure could cause them to attempt to come out of dormancy. It is therefore extremely essential that all the necessary factors for germination are properly ensured otherwise the seed development process will stall and the tomato seed will lose viability.

Seeds that are exposed to moisture and heat over time while in storage will activate enzymes which start the germination process. If these seeds are not planted in an appropriate growing medium with a steady supply of moisture, the process will be halted and the seeds will lose viability.  Read the rest of this entry

Five Perfect Tips For Conatiner Gardening

Planting in containers is pretty easier. Container gardening is the cheaper and lower-intensity maintenance compared to the in-ground gardens.

Water and fertilizer can be concentrated on roots, rather than surrounding soil. And, best of all, you don’t have to bend down as far to pull weeds!

With little tricks and useful tips you can easily create a lovely container garden. But there are certain specific mistakes every gardener must avoid while growing plants in containers.

Do Not Use Wrong Containers

When repotting the plant in the new container never use a wrong size container. Choose a container about 1 to 1.5 inch bigger than the current container. Read the rest of this entry

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